It’s amazing how fans, critics and San Francisco 49ers-haters are calling for Jim Harbaugh’s ouster. It’s unknown what impact San Francisco’s 22-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday has on Harbaugh’s relationship with players; victories tend to gloss over rifts. However, according to Fox Sports‘ Jay Glazer, even if the 49ers win Super Bowl 49, word is Jim is moving on, according to ProFootballTalk.
This whole kerfuffle began last Sunday when Deion Sanders reported that San Francisco players are no longer happy with Jim Harbaugh. There is even some talk that the team’s head coach may have never gained the love of his squad. Sanders said that based on his interview with 49ers players, the general sentiment in the locker room is anti-Harbaugh. Then, there is talk the rift involves “trust issues” which were sparked by the franchise’s alleged pursuit of Peyton Manning the same year the Denver Broncos landed his services.
Fox‘s Glazer followed up on Sanders’ report and said there is “no way” Jim Harbaugh will be head coach of the 49ers in the NFL 2015 season and beyond, even if San Francisco wins a championship title in January. It’s Glazer’s belief Coach has “worn thin” his welcome. As a consequence, he and the organization are likely to move in opposite directions. Simply put, Jim Harbaugh is moving on, come hell or high water.
The headlines about Harbaugh are something he and the team can do without. And it’s apparent Jim and San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke are feuding behind the scenes.
But before you write off Jim Harbaugh, bear in mind how the organization looked before he came along. For eight consecutive seasons San Francisco logged more losses than wins, according to Pro-Football-Reference. When Harbaugh arrived in 2011, it all changed. Under his leadership, the 49ers have posted double-digits in the “win” column every year of his tenure. And, mind you, one of those years he led the team to Super Bowl 46.
Although he is still coaching from the old corporate model with “in-your-face” locker room and field tactics, and he can use a refresher course on people-skills, Jim Harbaugh is the best thing for the organization — at this point in time.
Sunday’s win ranked San Francisco (3-2) third in the NFC Western Division behind the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks. Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, respectively, have challenges on each side of the ball, but under Harbaugh’s leadership, there’s more wins in front of losses. And that’s not a bad thing.
Granted, Jim has not delivered the results fans want — everyone wants a Vince Lombardi trophy — he has taken the franchise into the right direction. Gone are the ’80s when Joe Montana was a football deity, and gone are the ’90s under Steve Young’s leadership on the field. The bottom line is Jim Harbaugh has brought a level of legitimacy back to San Francisco that was missing in action for over a decade. He’s a firecracker at times on — and off — the field, but he’s the best thing since sliced bread for the 49ers, hands-down – at this point in time.