Jim Harbaugh has been the focus of much analysis over the past half week, with his somewhat abrasive personality and aggressive mentality. However, as Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area notes, Trent Baalke butted heads quite often with former head coach Mike Singletary as well. Could it be that Baalke’s personality is the more difficult one to deal with?
It must be remembered that, under Singletary, Baalke did not have final say over the roster. Under Harbaugh, however, he has had this authority. In the past two years, the draft results have not been very impressive, even if the on-the-field results have been absolutely amazing–despite the lack of a Lombardi Trophy.
It definitely appears as Jed York has his work cut out for him dealing with this situation. He must find a way to diffuse it, either through conversations with each party, a contract extension for Jim Harbaugh and vote of confidence in both men, or letting one of them go. Whereas much of the talk has been about letting Harbaugh go, it perhaps may be better to keep the coach who has had unparalleled success and instead let the GM who has struggled recently in the draft find a new squad. If there is one thing in Baalke’s favor it is his ability to negotiate contracts on team-friendly terms. With a coach like Harbaugh, though, it may be time to open up the bank a little bit. If Baalke recognizes this, then things may start to improve. His personality, however, may not let them.