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07:27 AM ET 02.24 | So much for a peaceful offseason in San Francisco. Things are not getting better behind the scenes for the [49ers]. There was a persistent rumble throughout the combine about the extent of the rift between coach Jim Harbaugh and the team's front office. It doesn't seem like it will go away, and there is increasing buzz that the team might have to decide between Harbaugh or GM Trent Baalke. The men are barely speaking, I'm told, and almost all communication is through email. Harbaugh also has a strained relationship with team president Paraag Marathe, sources said, and he has clashed with many within the organization. It could prove untenable. If anything, the impression I got this week was that the situation there is actually much worse than how it has been portrayed in the media.

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February 24, 2014  07:31 AM ET

ya think? Given they talked about trading him to the Browns.

February 24, 2014  07:40 AM ET

I don't understand. Why would they have a problem with the coach who came in and turned their franchise's fortunes around, has led them to three straight NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl?

February 24, 2014  07:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't understand. Why would they have a problem with the coach who came in and turned their franchise's fortunes around, has led them to three straight NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl?

Belichick has done a heck of alot of winning. Doesn't mean he's a great guy to work with.

February 24, 2014  07:47 AM ET

Too bad.

February 24, 2014  07:50 AM ET

That's a shame, because Harbaugh has lifted the 49ers from obscurity and mediocrity to a perennial Super Bowl contender.

February 24, 2014  07:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Belichick has done a heck of alot of winning. Doesn't mean he's a great guy to work with.

Belichick has never had a problem working with the owner and front office and most players that have a good work ethic like playing for him. Sounds like you are comparing apples and oranges here.

February 24, 2014  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Belichick has never had a problem working with the owner and front office and most players that have a good work ethic like playing for him. Sounds like you are comparing apples and oranges here.

Sounds like you're letting your boston homerism get to you again and only reading what you want to. I never said he hasn't gotten along with the front office or ownership. I only correlated the fact that winning doesn't make you a nice guy.

Ask the media. Ask the players who can't even look at his direction in the hallways of team facilities.

February 24, 2014  08:01 AM ET

lol,.....harbaugh ain't going nowhere....!

February 24, 2014  08:18 AM ET

This is consistent with Harbaugh's "my way or the highway" personality and approach, and his history of being abrasive both at the college and the pro levels.

February 24, 2014  08:19 AM ET

Wow, this came out of left field. Didn't expect this drama.

February 24, 2014  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't understand. Why would they have a problem with the coach who came in and turned their franchise's fortunes around, has led them to three straight NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl?

It sounds like a good old-fashioned power struggle to me.

February 24, 2014  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It sounds like a good old-fashioned power struggle to me.

and somebody was ticked off enough to try to send him to Cleveland. Very strange!

February 24, 2014  08:27 AM ET

The best thing to do in this situation is to fire Marty Schottenheimer.

February 24, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Belichick has done a heck of alot of winning. Doesn't mean he's a great guy to work with.

But because of the winning Belichick has done, the owner, management and players make the relationship work with him. Which is my point about the Harbaugh situation. Winning is the bottom line. Harbaugh has SF winning and contending year in and year out. The organization needs to get the emotional feelings out of the way.

February 24, 2014  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It sounds like a good old-fashioned power struggle to me.

I had the same reaction; Harbaugh wants more decision-making authority at the expense of the GM's and President's authority.
Very familiar story from a successful, headstrong coach.

February 24, 2014  08:55 AM ET

Being the runner up doesn't count. Second place is the first loser. And Mgmt sees this as opportunities lost. Everyone was healthy and still couldn't bring it home.

February 24, 2014  08:59 AM ET

WHO CAN GET ALONG WITH JIM HARBAUGH???

NOBODY!!!!!

February 24, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Enjoy Brown-town, jIMBO

February 24, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Harbaugh has become his own worse enemy, the guy rants and raves about anything and everything. Very sad

 
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