Welcome to another edition of TAILGATE TALK: 49ers release Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh. Its been a ridiculous year in the NFL this season and with it officially over, the curveballs continue to be thrown. Its been rumoured all season that the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh would part ways at the end of this season but who really thought it would be true? It felt like one of those things where you just thought that when the end of the season came, the 49ers would have come to their senses. Well, they did not and let their Head Coach walk.
Why, you ask? Well, the 49ers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, which just so happens to be the season prior to Harbaugh joining the 49ers. Since joining the team Harbaugh has led the 49ers to three straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. The 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in that Super Bowl appearance 34-31. Prior to Harbaugh, the team missed the playoffs 8 straight seasons and went through 4 different Head Coaches. The last time the 49ers made the playoffs was 2002 when the team was coached by Steve Mariucci.
Jim Harbaugh’s Final Press Conference as a 49er
So, why would the 49ers let him go? Apparently, Harbaugh and the front office did not see eye to eye and often battled when it came to decision making for the team. What baffles me, is how can the front office be so tired of Harbaugh when the team has been so successful? I mean, there have been many coaches who have come through the NFL and not gotten along with the GM but kept their jobs because they simply won. Jim has won everywhere he has coached including a struggling Stanford University. Stanford’s Football program went 1-11 the year prior to Harbaugh and 2 years after he arrived were competing in Bowl games and finishing his final season 12-1. I would also like to note that Jim Harbaugh’s overall record for the 49ers is 49-22-1. It almost seems fitting to end his time with the 49ers with his 49th win … you see what I did there? (Im clever! lol)
Richard Sherman talks about Harbaugh at the Senior Bowl
So, where does he go next? The two teams that seem to be the next destination for Harbaugh are Michigan University or the Oakland Raiders. I would personally like to see the Coach stay in the NFL and try his hand at turning around another struggling franchise in the Raiders. The Raiders are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises and it would great to see the “Silver and Black” once again as one of the elite teams. Especially with a young talented quarterback like Derek Carr, who has shown a lot of promise in his rookie campaign. The problem however, is Michigan seems to be ready to throw the bank at the Michigan alumnus, a whopping $8 million a year. Harbaugh (a former quarterback himself) played his college days at Michigan, passing for nearly 5,500 yards and 31 touchdowns. So its easy to see why he would be interested in the Michigan job.
So thats it for this edition of TAILGATE TALK: 49ers release Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh. Comment below and click the LIKE button with you comments and thoughts on Harbaugh and the 49ers parting ways or Tweet me @D_ScHramER34 with the #TAILGATETALK. I’ll see you at the Tailgate!