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Harbaugh's legacy on the line

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07:47 AM ET 01.08 | During his NFL tenure, Jim Harbaugh hasn't exactly been given to particularly engaging press conferences. But mainly and plainly, Harbaugh is a guy who wants to win football games and fails to see the point in wasting time on anything that does not lead to winning football games. That probably describes most NFL head coaches. Harbaugh is just more up front about it than most. And he definitely understands that this week, building to Saturday's playoff game with Green Bay, is a legacy-making week for him and his team. By the time the game ends, we will conclusively discover if Harbaugh's big choice to switch quarterbacks in midseason from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick truly was the right move.

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January 8, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Coming fresh off a Singletary thread, I just caught a flashback of how his coaching career in San Fran was defined by a few questionable QB moves....

January 8, 2013  08:03 AM ET

What's his "legacy" again?

January 8, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Too bad the Packers don't have an offensive line, or this could be a really good ball game.

January 8, 2013  08:12 AM ET

If he wins he is one step closer to starting a legacy, he's a smart guy and looks like one of the coaches of the future, but legacy's begin with Victories!!!

January 8, 2013  08:18 AM ET

The other Harbaugh has his legacy on the line in the playoffs this year much more than his newcomer brother.

January 8, 2013  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The other Harbaugh has his legacy on the line in the playoffs this year much more than his newcomer brother.

Yup. A second-year coach can't have a legacy.

January 8, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Too bad the Packers don't have an offensive line, or this could be a really good ball game.

Beat the Pack!

January 8, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Go Pack Go!!!

January 8, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The other Harbaugh has his legacy on the line in the playoffs this year much more than his newcomer brother.

True...although you could say that Jimmy's is weirder bc he purposely changed to an unproven QB..that would be like Johnny changing from Flacco to Tyrod Taylor. Puts that decision in a much larger spotlight...secretly, I hope to see the train wreck :)

January 8, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Beat the Pack!

Can't "discount" Rodgers. I'm sick of his stupid commercials, but the man is for real.

January 8, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Harbaugh is doing all things right... Alex Smith wouldn't have played any better... Alex was slowing this offense down and Kaepernick is giving this team the big plays it needs to win the big games...

January 8, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Harbaugh is doing all things right... Alex Smith wouldn't have played any better... Alex was slowing this offense down and Kaepernick is giving this team the big plays it needs to win the big games...

As long as he doesn't make the big turnover. Smith could be counted on not to do that.

January 8, 2013  10:24 AM ET

I think he's more concerned about the Packers than he is about his legacy.

January 8, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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As long as he doesn't make the big turnover. Smith could be counted on not to do that.

I agree. Unless Kaepernick makes some serious blunders, it's pretty tough to say the move was right or wrong. With Smith not playing, we'll just never know.

January 8, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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Can't "discount" Rodgers. I'm sick of his stupid commercials, but the man is for real.

No doubt. I'll be the first person to give him props for being arguably the best QB in the league (although it pains me somewhat to do so).

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January 8, 2013  01:08 PM ET
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He's a whiney dick.

Oh, that's right. A mighty legacy it is.

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