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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: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:24 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

He will make the 49ers a winner again, you have to remember the Division they play in. The only Solid QB in that Division is Bradford, if he hires the right OC and DC they will the Division next year, they have an excellent Def and excellent position players on the offense it is a matter now of coaching up the QB position.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:20 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

As a life long Michigan fan and someone who always have been a fan of Jim Harbaugh's i really cannot blame him like so many others around here for jumping at the chance to go to the next level. Do i wish him success? Yes! Do i think he's in over his head? Yes, i do only because i believe he does need a few more years of head coaching experience at a high level something of which a Division I program somewhat provided...

As for Michigan... I am already resigned to the fact that Brady Hoke will be our next head coach and that we have several more years of mediocre footbal ahead of us. I was beginning to think that with no coaching interviews (that we know of) so far that just maybe Michigan was waiting for Les Miles to finish up his season this evening in the Cotton Bowl to make a strong pitch and hire him but as the minutes, hours, and days pass the more and more i believe that come the weekend or Monday that it will be Brady Hoke!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:19 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

 - where do you think coaches like urban Meyer, Chip Kelly, Jim Tressel, and Jim Harbaugh (Western Kentucky) started coaching? Mid-majors, you moron. No one starts at the top. Are you too stupid to understand that? 

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:18 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

So the press conference was scheduled an hour before the story was announced? Check into that one CBS.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:16 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:15 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Are you F - ing kidding me?  Why would this guy leave a program he built and could be a power-house next year?  Oh, yea, the money.
Why not? Jim Harbaugh can't lose here.  If he does well in San Fran, he makes a fortune and realizes his dream of succeeding in the NFL.  If he fails ( as you obviously know ahead of time, you're a genius) it doesn't matter for 2 reasons.  One, he'll still be filthy rich and second of all every college team in the country will be tripping over themselves trying to hire him.  He could get fired in 2 or 3 years  and nobody in college football that needs a coach is going to forget what he did with those kids in Stanford.

It's a win win situation for Harbaugh... how many of those chances have you gotten in life where you get to double your salary and if you fail go back to your old job or a similar job and make even more then you made before????

I'd jump on it, that's for sure.. and so would you.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:13 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

I wonder if ole Jimmy will live up to the hype, or will he be like the other first time NFLers from college and O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:12 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

If, after all of the BS of the past week, this guy ends up being a bum, I'm going to have to hurt many, many people.
Okay, Ninja will you least let me get a running start so I can get all camo-up and go tactical......But seriously,after the last two head coaches were defensive-minded,it's makes since to go after someone with a offensive background with all the breakdowns on the 49ers offense especially at the QB position. How will this effect Alex Smith? Hopefully, a whole hell of alot. This move by the 49ers will bring some continuity on this team, more so on the offense.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:11 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

It sure seems like Harbaugh is going to be overpaid in relation to his accomplishments, as the hype made it appear as if this man might just be the second-coming
Why is he overpaid?  He took a school that had done nothing in a very long time to places they couldn't dream of going if he doesn't coach there.  Not to mention he was limited when it came to recruiting in comparision with 90 percent of the other schools because they only offer scholarships to kids with brains, unlike other schools that hand them out to any kid that can play football regardless of stupid they are.

Why is it ok that rookies in the NFL up until now can make ridiculous money, some more then Harbaugh could ever dream of getting as a coach? Why are we willing to accept players on our favourite teams constantly being overpaid but have a problem if a coach is overpaid??  This isn't any different... Harbaugh is the brightest and fairly young coach available in today's market, thus he gets paid just as rookie players have been paid for years.

All I heard for the last 3 years is how good Sanfrancisco is or should be but saw nothing for results, and that's in the worst division in football.  In the last 10 years the only good team in that division has been Arizona when Warner was there... that's it.  Yet Sanfran couldn't get it done....

This is a GREAT signing and fans of his team should be delighted.  Why do you guys care how much money a coach makes anyway? It doesn't count against the cap so it doesn't affect who your team signs, draft picks or free agents.  It's a joke if you ask me.. all the whining.. it's stupid.   You're just fine with paying Alex Smith, a rookie bust over 40 million dollars in his career so far to do nothing, but signing Harbaugh for a lot of money is a problem for you??????

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:11 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Are you F - ing kidding me?  Why would this guy leave a program he built and could be a power-house next year?  Oh, yea, the money.

He's just like everyone else in this business.  He likes padding his pocket with big NFL dollars.  The 49ers suck and he will not be able to bring them to contend for any kind of division championship, let alone a Super Bowl. 

Maybe he just wants to prove to Carrol that he can spank his but in college AND in the NFL.

Good Luck, careful what you wish for..........the evil you know is often better than the evil that you don't know

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