With Anquan Boldin just re-signing, along with secondary coach Ed Donatell, it seems somewhat odd to discuss a drastic changeover by the Bay, but that could be exactly what is about to happen.
Jim Harbaugh may be out after this season, leaving in his wake a talented squad with a few aging players at key positions. These positions–defensive line, wide receiver, running back–are ones that the 49ers have attempted to, or must attempt to, address in the next year or two–with or without Harbaugh. Nevertheless, a team with new faces seems surprisingly possible. How likely is it, however?
It is probably somewhere between your hopes and desires for a perfect, everlasting 49ers-Harbaugh union and the media’s extensive negative portrayal of Jim Harbaugh. As usual, extremes sell, making articles like Peter King’s, Ann Killion’s Ian Rapaport’s and more all quite suggestive of a pending Harbaugh-49ers divorce. However, this stuff makes for easy readership–especially in the NFL dead month of February. Furthermore, people get paranoid, as could very well be the case in Ann Killion’s article with her source.
Is there tension in San Francisco? No doubt. Then again, I cannot imagine Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft always see eye-to-eye. I also cannot fathom players absolutely loving everything about the man widely considered the best coach in the NFL. If Harbaugh wins a Super Bowl, much of this frustration will die down. In the meantime, he will have to live with the noise. As will we.