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Niners may let Harbaugh walk

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07:25 AM ET 02.25 | Credit the Browns for taking a swing at Jim Harbaugh -- even if it was yet another miss in a long line of them for Cleveland. That doesn't mean [Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine] aren't good hires -- they well might be -- or that a quick turnaround is impossible. Given everything I'm hearing, though, Harbaugh clearly wanted no part of Cleveland. For I'm convinced that if he had, his current employer would not have stood in his way. As much as [Jed York] and his top executives value Harbaugh and appreciate the swift and sublime success he has enjoyed since arriving in 2011, a stretch that has included three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances and a near-miss Super Bowl defeat, they are not inclined to beg him to stick around, either through words or emphatic financial gestures of support.

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February 25, 2014  07:42 AM ET

He wanted no part of Cleveland? SHOCKING!!

February 25, 2014  08:00 AM ET

Clash of the titanic egos. This has all the makings of a true Greek tragedy.

February 25, 2014  08:03 AM ET

If the rumors of Harbaugh wanting $8M or upwards are indeed true, then I guess I would agree with Jed. Let someone else fund that.

February 25, 2014  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If the rumors of Harbaugh wanting $8M or upwards are indeed true, then I guess I would agree with Jed. Let someone else fund that.

......and someone ''el$e'' ......will....!

February 25, 2014  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

......and someone ''el$e'' ......will....!

And then... we'll find out what kind of football savant he really is, Mother.

February 25, 2014  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

And then... we'll find out what kind of football savant he really is, Mother.

his ego is much bigger than his brain.

February 25, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If the rumors of Harbaugh wanting $8M or upwards are indeed true, then I guess I would agree with Jed. Let someone else fund that.

It lends more credibility to the rumor that he'll be in Miami in 2015.

February 25, 2014  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It lends more credibility to the rumor that he'll be in Miami in 2015.

good news for the current staff down there in South Beach. lol

February 25, 2014  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Clash of the titanic egos. This has all the makings of a true Greek tragedy.

A Shakesperean play like Richard III might fit.

February 25, 2014  08:48 AM ET

Here's the crucial quote: "Simply put, the Niners' brass believes that general manager Trent Baalke has assembled a talented team and is likely to continue making smart roster decisions -- and that Harbaugh is hardly the only person who could coach this team to a championship." That looks like bye-bye for Jim and a giant stupid for "Niners' brass." You don't create coach-team chemistry in a tube, Yorkists.

February 25, 2014  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

A Shakesperean play like Richard III might fit.

Harbaugh: "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son (of a b i t ch) York."

February 25, 2014  08:52 AM ET

This is more trash written by the local SF / Bay Area Media . Before you say their is friction between the 2 or 3 you better point to a clear reason for the friction.

For all of you out there that do not watch some of the Bay Area sports talk shows you would have no idea of how much these guys hate Jim Harbaugh, Why? Because he does not bend to wishes. I love it when a local media guy asks a stupid question and Harbaugh tells them to their face that it was a stupid question. If you read anything by ( Tim Kawakami, Ray Ratto, Ann Killion, Lowell Cohn ) you will really know what terrible writers they truly are. Of course you will never hear that from Sports Illustrated because some of these writers write articles for SI.

This latest false rumor has allowed them to spread their vile poison pen venom.

All this talk of letting Harbaugh go is hogwash and if Jed York is even considering the debate of whom to chose; Harbaugh or Baalke then he needs to stop SELL THE FRANCHISE and move on because it would be a clear indication that neither he of his family has learned anything about running a sports franchise.

February 25, 2014  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

All this talk of letting Harbaugh go is hogwash and if Jed York is even considering the debate of whom to chose; Harbaugh or Baalke then he needs to stop SELL THE FRANCHISE and move on because it would be a clear indication that neither he of his family has learned anything about running a sports franchise.

Seriously, do think that will ever happen? York is king and it's who's got the ear of the king that matters. Seems to be Baalke and GMs are notorious egotists. Bad decisions a-plenty have been made before motivated by egotism. It would be a BIG mistake for SF to let Harbaugh go, but it may come down to one or t'other and it looks like Baalke would win that one (see comment #10).

February 25, 2014  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here's the crucial quote: "Simply put, the Niners' brass believes that general manager Trent Baalke has assembled a talented team and is likely to continue making smart roster decisions -- and that Harbaugh is hardly the only person who could coach this team to a championship." That looks like bye-bye for Jim and a giant stupid for "Niners' brass." You don't create coach-team chemistry in a tube, Yorkists.

Exactly.

Trent Baalke has assembled a talented team. Don't make me laugh. How many starters has he drafted that might be accredited to Baalke- 1 Aldon Smith, not unless you want to throw in Bruce Miller who is more of a creation of Tom Rathman.

2 starters that can be attributed to Jim Harbaugh; Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Still, only 4 starters in 28 picks, not very good .

February 25, 2014  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Exactly.Trent Baalke has assembled a talented team. Don't make me laugh. How many starters has he drafted that might be accredited to Baalke- 1 Aldon Smith, not unless you want to throw in Bruce Miller who is more of a creation of Tom Rathman. 2 starters that can be attributed to Jim Harbaugh; Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Still, only 4 starters in 28 picks, not very good .

Yes, but H. can still go against all sense and reason. That's what I am saying.

February 25, 2014  09:10 AM ET

You can load a team with all kinds of talent and unless you do not have a good Head Coach all that talent is worthless. I'm sure we can all point to teams that had talent, but the team failed under the coach. Or seen instances were teams that were not necessarily the most talented team were led to victory by a coach that inspired the team.

February 25, 2014  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here's the crucial quote: "Simply put, the Niners' brass believes that general manager Trent Baalke has assembled a talented team and is likely to continue making smart roster decisions -- and that Harbaugh is hardly the only person who could coach this team to a championship."

LOL. Once upon a time Jerry Jones uttered the same type of B.S. and they haven't been the same since. Good luck with that mindset.

February 25, 2014  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

good news for the current staff down there in South Beach. lol

This made me laugh... really loudly. Well done.

February 25, 2014  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

You can load a team with all kinds of talent and unless you do not have a good Head Coach all that talent is worthless. I'm sure we can all point to teams that had talent, but the team failed under the coach. Or seen instances were teams that were not necessarily the most talented team were led to victory by a coach that inspired the team.

Preaching to the choir, Narry.

 
February 25, 2014  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here's the crucial quote: "Simply put, the Niners' brass believes that general manager Trent Baalke has assembled a talented team and is likely to continue making smart roster decisions -- and that Harbaugh is hardly the only person who could coach this team to a championship." That looks like bye-bye for Jim and a giant stupid for "Niners' brass." You don't create coach-team chemistry in a tube, Yorkists.

EXACTLY this. They are on the verge of killing a really good thing over childish BS. They are on the verge of forming a solid team for the ages and are about to throw it all away.

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