The San Francisco 49ers-Jim Harbaugh debacle of a proposed trade to the Cleveland Browns has taken a number of twists and turns over the past few days. Since the new broke Friday night, we have heard that a deal was almost done, that nothing ever came close, the the Browns’ offer was laughable, that Jed York quickly shot any idea of a trade down, that Jimmy Haslem thought he had a chance “but it didn’t materialise” and that Harbaugh knew nothing of a trade involving himself and the Browns.
Let us take a minute to catch our breath.
Jim Harbaugh can be rough on coworkers at times, and he demands a lot out of his players, but his players love to play for him, he has instilled a culture of hard work and dedication, and his results should speak for themselves. He has taken his team to the NFC Championship Game three years running. Yes, winning these games is important, but there is a heck of a lot of luck involved, and unless you are the Buffalo Bills, eventually that luck will turn around.
As for the relationship between the 49ers and Harbaugh, this needs to be signed, sealed, delivered, and extended. Harbaugh deserves a contract up there with the best of them. Perhaps he should not be making the equivalent of Bill Belichick, but he should not be too far off. York, who has lauded Harbaugh since before he became the 49ers’ coach, will not easily let his defining decision, to this point, walk away from the franchise. To save face–and to save the future–Jed York will ensure the 49ers have signed Harbaugh to an extension by the end of 2014, if not the end of the offseason. It is imperative that he does so.