The well-read Don Banks recently posted an article on SI.com regarding the San Francisco 49ers‘ issues with Jim Harbaugh. Though I am sure most 49er fans are tired of hearing about this, I would imagine most are equally scared that these reports may be true.
Banks suggests that this next season could be make-or-break for Harbaugh–seemingly ridiculous considering Harbaugh’s extraordinary run of success. Banks points to Harbaugh’s consistently short tenures, however, as well as his strong, Type-A personality and perceived desire to obtain more control over the 49ers’ personnel as indicators that his time in the Bay Area may be running out. Banks also suggests that the 49ers brass feels strongly in the qualities possessed by Jim Tomsula, the 49ers’ defensive line coach and interim head coach for one game at the end of the Mike Singletary years, as a possible head coach.
A couple of thoughts on this. First and foremost, Harbaugh has earned a top of the line salary. Winning a Super Bowl means a lot, and it takes a lot of talent to do that–but it also takes a certain amount of chance and good fortune. That should eventually go Jim Harbaugh’s way. Secondly, why in the world should the 49ers let Harbaugh walk and keep Trent Baalke? The last two drafts have produced almost nothing, leading to an aging roster that is in need of a young revamp. If anything, Harbaugh should be given the personnel responsibilities he appears to crave and let the results speak for themselves.
The 49ers may be tempted to play hardball with their head coach. For the sake of the franchise and the fan base, I certainly hope that is not the case.