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Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:36 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Harbaugh (US Presswire)
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. ET: According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh’s deal is for five years, $25 million. If this is true, then the 49ers did NOT increase their offer to Harbaugh after he was reportedly close to sticking with Stanford.


The AP is reporting that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday 6:30 p.m. ET.  

This is a somewhat long-expected move for Harbaugh, albeit one that had plenty of twists and turns towards the end. Harbaugh and the Niners brass met for five hours on Wednesday. Late Thursday, Stanford reportedly upped its offer to try and keep the head coach. On Friday, whispers about Harbaugh going to Michigan resurfaced. Earlier in the week, the Denver Broncos expressed interest – and obviously not as much interest as the Miami Dolphins, who sent their top men to California for a face-to-face meeting.

In the end, all the drama only helped to raise Harbaugh’s value. We don’t yet know exactly what that value is, but we do know that by choosing San Francisco, Harbaugh at least saves himself the cost of moving and buying a new house.

This may have been a closer call for the Niners than many realize. A Stanford source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "We thought we had Jim locked up last night but Jim wanted to sleep on it." Stanford may never let a head coach hit the hay again.

On the Niners’ side of things, let the discussion begin about whether this is the right hire. The initial chatter around the web seems to be saying YES! But very few college coaches successfully leap to the pro level. Harbaugh, of course, played in the NFL and was an assistant for the Raiders in 2002-03, so credibility and pro culture shouldn’t be issues. Still, Harbaugh is known for his demonstrative style and somewhat cutting personality. College players willingly deal with that. But multimillionaire pros?

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Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:10 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

well you know he will get two wins a years(when he coaches against pete carroll).

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:07 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

The 49ers have decided to go with another ex-Chicago Bears player as their head coach.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:06 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

This is the only alternative to staying at Stanford that made any sense.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:05 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I am a happy man.  Singletary laid the discipline ground work so his cutting personality shouldn't affect anyone.

Now I know this part may reach controversy, but I wouldn't mind going after Vince Young, and Alex Smith has had plenty of opportunities and I was guilty of having faith even this year in him.  He makes a decent back up QB not a starter.  I would like better than Vince but he is available and after this past year hopefully more humble.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:03 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Looks like he went with Plan man...... Stanford leaders are no dummies either.  Standing offer to return to Stanford at his convenience, I'll bet....
Plan A.) Thank the Stanford Board of Directors profusely for their generous offer and the opportunity to coach such an outstanding program. Thank them again, and apologize for taking the next step which they so graciously helped you obtain ... at 3 or 4 times the amount of money you'll ever need to live the rest of your life (and the next 3 generations of Harbaughs) comfortably. Go to the NFL and win or stink, get paid, get fired at some point regardless how you start, and then take ALLLLL that money and return to Stanford to finish your career at a still exorbitant salary that would make the rest of us choke on our ownshoe laces if we were offered that kind of bling. Plan B.) Stay with Stanford, try to meet ever higher and less reasonable expectations from boosters, students, program directors, former players, and (see above) mindless sports writers until you run out of luck (no pun intended), great athletes or both. ThHEN get fired, WISH you had cashed in your best chence when you had it, and STILL live out the rest of your life comfortably thanks to a salary that would make the rest of us choke on our tube socks if it were offered. Plan C.) Quit both, go to the broadcast booth, and avoid the second guessing that both plan A and plan B are doomed to suffer. Good luck, Mr. Harbaugh. We've never met, I didn't attend Stanford, and I may not be a genius, but I know an opportunity of a lifetime when I see it.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:02 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

One of MY most despised teams in any sport.

Comprehension ftw, twit.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:02 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

So much for Dillweed John Elway who was quoted as saying he would stay at Stanford. Sorry John he just didn't want to come work for your sorry arse.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:00 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Most Despised team in the any sport? What world are you living in?  You are the only person outside of Oakland that has ever said the 49ers are the most Despised team(Patriots, Yankees, Bulls, Lakers, Celtics, Red Sox to name a few.  Last time a Stanford coach went to the 49ers a Dynasty started!

Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:57 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I guess we'll find out if the great QB makes the coach, or vice versa.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:56 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

What I like about this pick is the offensive mind set he brings. He has a precise and innovative offense, expanding on Walshe's conceptsThe 49ers need to return to the precise surgical offense that was perfect to watch. We have gotten so far away from that offense, it has been pathetic.

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