Rumors have been circulating that San Francisco 49ers‘ head coach Jim Harbaugh wants more power over personnel decisions than he currently has. Trent Baalke, the current general manager, would obviously be the person whose power Harbaugh seeks — if, that is, there is any truth to these rumors.
The 49ers, having reached the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl in the past two seasons, respectively, have little need on the surface to shake up personnel-making decisions. Thus, it seems odd in the first place to imagine that Harbaugh would demand such a thing. Fortunately, there seems to be little truth to this “information.” Jed York recently told the Sacramento Bee that there is no contention between his two power players in the front office.
This is good news. The last thing a successful franchise needs is a falling-out in the management. That would lead to the loss of many good evaluators of talent. Some disagreements naturally will exist — and that is a good thing, since the more people look at a player the better chance the team will not make a stupid decision on one. Harbaugh can be quite animated, but he also seems to be quite rational with (most of) his decision-making. He’s not going to Texas. Let’s hope Baalke stays as well. Expect this to all blow over fairly quickly as the 49ers continue their winning ways.