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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 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:43 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

So where's he gonna go?  Patriots and Colts don't exactly have openings.  And if you were paying attention to the Niners' season you woulda seen that with better coaching and breaks they coulda easily gone 9-7.  Seriously. 

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:41 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Nothing but haters in here. Tell you what, this move makes sense for him and the 49ers. I have no doubts (as I did with coach Mike) that he will bring this team back to winning. You guys really think that the 49ers are bad, well they are not. They are a couple of skilled positions away from being in the playoffs every year. What is interesting now is does Luck change his mind? I know the thought is silly but really, think about it.

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:41 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Can we PLEASE! get the rams ( I just threw up in my mouth saying the r word) fans off of this board!

PS: Lets also remember he was a teammate of Singletary. Just because he is offensive minded don't think the niners won't still be physical.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:38 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

The REAL story would be what he told or was telling all his players while all the speculation was going on about where he would coach next year.  If he promised them he'd be there to try for that championship and now he's gone because of $25mil, then he's a scum.  We all know the QB news that came out yesterday and day.  How did or does this effect that?  The line is long and distinguished with college coaches going pro falling on their faces and going back to college.  That being said, why the five year contract.  Any amount of money says ther is a buyout clause with in three years.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:36 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers


Why has everyone forgotten Harbaugh's ultra-competitive nature?  It's what made him.  He hates Hates HATES being second.  For the past couple'a years, he's been second in his own family. His brother john is not only in the League, he's a HEAD COACH in the League!  Jimmy was just a head coach at Stanford, and no matter if he won a National Championship thre, his bro had the goods on him becuase John is in the big show and Jim isn't. 

This was an easy call.... Stanford and Michigan didn't have a chance once the NFL came calling, depite what Michigan's Brandon or  Stanford's AD may think.  This is harbaugh's chance to get back on top of the family food chain.  And he didn't even have to move to make it happen....

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:35 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

So, another former Bears player.  First Mike "pants on the ground" Singletary and now Jim Harbaugh.  After Harbaugh fails they might go after Ron Rivera

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:31 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

This was a nobrainer all he has to do is win 8 games next year and the 49ers win the division. It is kinda suprising that they are going with a unproven(in the nfl) ex-player to the the HC in SF.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:29 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

So much for not wanting to coach "dummies".

How can one of my favorite coaches/people goto one of my most despised team in ANY sport.

You're killing me Jimmy.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:26 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Not sure that the 49ers is where you want to plant your flag as an NFL coach....I don't blame him for leaving Stanford, but this guy can basically pick and choose any job out there. The only thing going for the 49ers is that they are in the weakest division in the NFL.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:26 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Les Miles is staying at LSU, he knows what he has with the Tigers, and win AL losing most of their offense, Newton and Mallet in the pro's next year LSU should be the favorite to win the SEC West

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