Double K’s Take: The Ups and Downs of the 49ers and HC Jim Harbaugh Situation…


                                                                                                                           Four Years ago I sat in my room and watched the TV as the anchors on ESPN (I forget who they were on that day) and they were talking about the hottest coaching commodity in the game. Stanford Cardinal HC Jim Harbaugh, who had blazed himself a trail through college football. He was a QB coach with the Raiders and was very successful at the job, then he went on to coach the San Diego State Aztecs and I believe he led them to a 11 win season and made them a consistent bowl team and relevant in the world of college football. Then he moved on to Stanford where he took a team and school that was known for academics and not football and made them a powerhouse within the Pac 10. He first did this by dropping the biggest guy in the yard (USC) with a two win team. Then by taking the team to multiple BCS bowls even though they fell short of the National title game multiple times during his tenure. But today I was watching as my San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins make bids to reel in a hot coaching commodity and boy did they battle? With Miami offering as much as $10M dollars a year, But alas Jim decided to stay local and signed a 5yr $25M deal with my favorite NFL team the 49ers…


                                                                                                         The next four years were a blur of fun and success, in his 1st year he helped Alex Smith revive his career that had been marred in disappointment and failed expectations of a #1 pick. Not in 2011 though Jim and Alex led the 49ers to a 13-3 season a #2 seed (GB finished 15-1) and took them on a trip to the first of 3 straight NFC Championship games. He revived his rivalry with Pete Carroll from their days inn the Pac 10 and made the 49ers relevant in today’s NFL. In his 2nd year he did the unthinkable and led the team not only back to the NFC Championship game but this time after a win over the Falcons he reached the Super Bowl. He would face his own brother and after a battle that looked lost ended in near victory. Jim walked away knowing that this team had given him everything but it just wasn’t enough. In his 3rd season the old rivalry that Jim had dominated for so long came back to bite him in the butt as Pete and the Seahawks were able to beat the 49ers in Seattle on a last second play to go on and do what the 49ers could not an win a Super Bowl in dominating fashion…


                                                                                                   In what would be his final year all the signs pointed to the 4th year being his final year, all of the usual ESPN pundits were saying that basically he was gone. As I watched this team struggle through this season and finish it 8-8. The writing was on the wall was that the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco was coming to a close. This upset me because I said all of the things that most people would that the 49ers front office were idiots for parting ways with him. Then I began to think about it like a grown up and realize that football is a business like any other and after a 4 year run maybe things got too tense between Jim and the front office. Just maybe Jim wasn’t as awesome of a guy as I gave him credit for. At the end of the day it didn’t/doesn’t matter because Harbaugh is no longer the HC of the San Francisco 49ers. He has moved on to his “dream job” as the HC of the University of Michigan Wolverines!! I expect that he will do well there the same as he has done everywhere else that he has gone and I wish him the best. Now that leaves a very good 49ers team coming off of a bad year with no leadership, Who will steer the ship? That’s up to two guys Trent Ballke and Jed York and they have made good decisions in the past and I hope they will make the right choice now….

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