It has been fun watching Jim Harbaugh take a perennially losing 49ers and transform it into a serious contender. The most impressive part is the fact that he did it with virtually no training camps. It hasn’t taken long to figure out that Jim is no Bill Walsh, George Seifert, or Steve Mariucci. Taking a cue from Jim himself, I decided to think outside the box, and realized he is a hybrid of Julius Ceasar and Bobbie Fisher. For these reasons I will stand behind coach Harbaugh for years to come, through the good and the bad.
Like Ceasar, Jim has embarked on an impressive early conquest and has clearly established his dominance over the NFC West. In true Roman tradition Jim pulls no punches, when going after another team. Also he shows his genuine statesmanship required of every great head coach, during every interview and speech he has given.
Like Fisher, Jim has figured out one of the greatest secrets to beating other NFL masterminds. As in chess there are only so many moves you can make out of each formation, or at least there are only so many moves an opposing coach can plan for. Each time Jim has turned the opposing game plan on its head, and each time he has made it infinitely more complicated to plan on how to beat the 49ers.
As fans we had hoped for the second coming of Bill Walsh, but I think we have been given so much more. Built on the firm foundation Bill had established, I expect Jim will rise to greater heights, by elevating the 49ers to something much greater than relevance, Dominance. When Jim walks off the field from his first Super Bowl win, in the words of Julius Ceasar, it will be a Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) moment, and that will just be the beginning.