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Harbaugh hired as Niners head coach

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm with 55 Comments »
January 7, 2011 1:43 pm

It appears that Pete Carroll’s rival from the Pac-10 has followed him to the NFC West.

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to announce that Jim Harbaugh is the team’s new head coach, replacing the departed Mike Singletary. Harbaugh reportedly agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal.

Harbaugh had unprecedented success at Stanford, and the news of his departure comes on the heels of projected No. 1 draft pick quarterback Andrew Luck choosing to stay in college at Stanford.

Harbaugh was speculated to have talked to Miami and considered returning to Stanford before finally agreeing to take the Niners’ job.

Carroll had an interesting take on Harbaugh potentially moving to the NFL when asked during his presser earlier this week.

“I don’t mind saying this — I think he’s a fantastic football coach,” Carroll said. “I watched him come in and take over a program and get it going, and knew when he was down in San Diego as well.

“And I didn’t know the factor that he was. I thought he did a fantastic job. And wherever he winds up going, they’re getting a terrific coach. He brings attitude, personality and toughness — all of the right stuff. Probably the farther away the better. He’s really good.”

Also, New Orleans will be without a couple key players on Saturday. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive end Anthony Hargrove and linebacker Danny Clark.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Jenkins out is as big or bigger than Thomas / Irovy out. He is a huge part of that defense at both safety and corner. With due respect, that ought to be the headline here, not Harbaugh (which is a fine hire for the 9ers).

  2. Harbaugh is going to find out that life is a little different with a Smith as his QB. I’m sure they’ll get one somehow (hope it’s not Mallett) but for now it’s funny. They have a good, solid team but their QB position is holding the team hostage.

    Yeah, missing Jenkins is huge. There are so many things pointing our way right now with their injury situation being the way it is.

    I wonder how Okung has looked on his ankles in practice lately?

  3. Audible says:

    Good thing we won the division this year…

    With Sam Bradford’s development and the 9ers with a legit coach to go with all that talent, we’re going to have our hands full repeating next year.

    And, especially if we’re unable to get the QB position nailed down.

    Hopefully, Schneider and Carroll will continue to be actively signing FAs.

    Another really good draft, a handful of solid FA signings, and a few more diamonds in the rough should help put us over the top again.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    And Jimmy Graham who’s become such a big target for Brees in the red zone the last 3 weeks, is also a bonus for Seattle.

    Things really couldn’t be breaking better for Seattle. All they have to do now is play their best football and they’ve got an upset in the making. Let’s go men!

  5. Does anyone know if Josh Wilson met the requirements for us to receive the 4th round pick from Baltimore (instead of their 5th rounder)? I’m assuming so since he emerged as their best CB and scored a few TDs.

    Even though we’re without our 3rd rounder, it will ease the pain by having the Broncos 4th rounder (from NE) which is the 2nd pick in that round. Plus, we’d, potentially, have the Baltimroe #4. And I still think we’ll be awarded a comp. pick from the NFL in the 4th round based on the contract status of the FAs we lost vs. the ones we got back. Personally, I’d rather have three 4th rounders than a single 3rd rounder although in a perfect world, obviously, I’d rather have all of them.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If we can some how get our O- line better, I can deal with Matt and/or C.W for another year or two while we develope a younger q.b.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I’m no Alex Smith fan, but he’s not nearly as responsible for them tanking this season as Singletary was. That team had no chance with him in charge and all his volatility.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What’s the chance for snow?

  9. Dukeshire says:

    A 4th comp seems awfully high. Burleson? Redding? Although considering postseason honors are part of the equation, you never know. That would be awesome, if so.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Low 40s and rain. Beautifully perfect Seattle weather.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    You just can’t blame it all on the qb. When Brady went down the Pats still were competitive. When Worthlessburger had to sit out four games the Stealers went 3-1.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Great! Your right Dukeshire, it looks like things are going more and more our way. Can’t wait for Saturday!

  13. Audible says:

    We ended the Rams’ season.

    We caused the 49ers to go into a tailspin which cost them the playoffs and Singletary his job.

    Tomorrow we have a chance to deliver the Superbowl curse to NO and end their season.

    Are we having fun yet?

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Lol… Yes! I’m pretty excited, right now.

  15. Audible says:

    Lock sure has a lot of “family matters”…

    This is the third time in four months he has left the team to handle an undisclosed family situation. September 17th, October 27th, and now this entire week.

  16. During the regular season Deion Branch took a few days off for personnal reasons prior to a game – then voila – he was a Pat(?)

  17. I placed money on Seahawks this week, so they better win, lol. But I’m excited, I genuinely believe we have a shot.

  18. freedom_X says:

    That’s a huge list of Saint injuries. With the guys they put on IR, there’s no question, but I wonder if they really are “resting their players” wherever they can. Probably not, but declaring them out is a way to not play guys without seeming arrogant. And if they lost, they could blame the injuries, though the players would know the truth…

    The NFC West will rise again. St. Louis ought to have a winning season next year. The 49ers have the talent to win 10 games. So Seattle has a lot of work to do to, to keep pace. But unlike what some people think, Seattle hasn’t patched this together with a bunch of high priced, aging veterans. Seattle is where they’re at after having cleaned house. So the meter should be pointing upwards for Seattle too.

    AZ is the only team left off the train, though if they get a good QB they’d be back in it even if the team is declining. But you could say that about any of the NFC West teams. (A bump up in QB play would help St. Louis too, though I fully expect Bradford to be the source of that improvement in the future for them.)

  19. Audible says:

    I wouldn’t mind us accepting the blame for the Chargers missing the playoffs as well. Afterall, they were 5 1/2 point favorites and should have smoked us.

    Sando’s “Final Word: NFC West”
    “Wrap and roll: The Seahawks’ tackling has improved over the past few games after coach Pete Carroll asked players to adopt a technique he taught at USC. The basic idea: aim low, grab onto the ball carrier somewhere from the hip down, then spin and roll while wrapping up the legs. The approach might help the Seahawks’ defensive backs hold up better. Cornerback Marcus Trufant suffered a concussion against the Saints when trying to tackle Chris Ivory. Safety Earl Thomas was shaken up during a collision with Saints receiver Marques Colston, who scored on the play.”

    Colston underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 28. If Hawks start shooting for his knees there’ll be complaints about dirty play. This is hios first week back since the operation. Gotta get him down, regardless.

  21. Jenkins and Jimmy Graham both out does help us again – Graham has really become a favorite target (4 tds in last 3 games) – things are breaking our way indeed.

    If we can bother Brees, no easy task, we could be in this one.

  22. Question is, can Hawks stop screens and outlets to Bush?

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think our special teams will have a good game. We have to score early and pressure Brees into a few mistakes. I don’t care if he has 300 yards if he throws ints, and we stay strong in the red zone.

  24. Skavage says:

    Now this is funny….

    Although I feel sorry for those that have bought the “large” beer. Well kinda sorta….

  25. Audible says:

    Where’s everybody at? This the eve of the biggest game we’ve had on over two years!

  26. “The 47-year-old Harbaugh went 58-27 overall as a college coach and 29-21 in four seasons at Stanford. He took over a 1-11 team when he was hired in December 2006 and quickly turned the program back into a winner and bowl contender.

    The Cardinal went 4-8 in his first season, 5-7 the next, then improved to 8-5 and earned a Sun Bowl berth in 2009 — the school’s first bowl appearance since 2001.”

    OK, not trying to play the ‘my dad can beat up your dad’ card – but, I mean, really, Harbaugh had one good season at Stanford, and he did it with the undisputed #1 player at the most important position in the game. I allow that he turned around a program, but it’s not like he had anything close to a sustained run of success. His team didn’t win the Pac-10, let alone the natl title. Anyway . . .

  27. I knew I always liked eric allen . . . .

  28. Dukeshire says:

    Skavage – That is funny. It wasn’t enough that they’re raping you with the price to begin with but they’ve been insulting us as well. I now feel even more justified by bringing a flask in to every game.

    Audible – The calm before the storm!

  29. bayareahawkfan says:

    I’m here – excited, just had a long week of work. I’m wearing my #8 jersey to a local watering hole tomorrow here in SF, and – whatever happens, to use a meaningful phrase…I’m in :).

    Go ‘Hawks! This is shaping up to offer a test of what these guys believe, and will fight for.

    I’ll leave my Harbaugh and “NFC west = what’s your deal?!?” rant for the offseason.

    Matt, BMW, Marshawn, Obo, Deuce, Tats, Clem, and Raheem, let’s make this a Saturday to remember.

    And Golden, here is where you earn your maple bars.

  30. I respect Harbaugh. The ‘9ers could have definitely done worse.

    When I was watching their bowl game they were talking about their/his offensive playbook and it had over 300 plays in it. That’s a lot of damn plays. I certainly am not as smart as him, but that seems a little (lot) much.

    Yeah, yeah, I know other teams have to prepare for the unknown and don’t always know what’s coming at them, bla, bla, bla, but that’s a lot of plays for your team to remember.

    I prefer the Holmgren approach of making an offense masters of a certain play (plays) and making them run it over and over and over again until they get it right. I like being perfect at lesser things than good at more things.

    There are too many instances where teams try to do too much (i.e. lots of plays) and they actually improve when the ‘focus’ on the basics. I also think it’s easier to do all kinds of fancy stuff when you have the best QB in the nation. I’d like to Harbaugh try his 300+ plays playbook with Alex Smith. It won’t work so well.

    One thing I will say for Harbaugh, he’s definitely got talent to work with. They have a stud foundation for an OL (thanks to Singletary this past year) and playmakers at RB, TE, and WR. For an offensive minded coach, that’s a pretty good situation to walk into. And having a defense led by Pat Willis, IMO the 2nd best defensive player in the NFL, isn’t too shabby either.

    He’s going to do well, unfortunately, once he solidifies the QB position (i.e. go out and get one). And with Sam Bradford in the division, it’s certainly not getting any easier. At least the division is on the right track to not being a laughing stock though.

    Saints 27, Seahawks 28

    Seahawks 21, Bears 17

    Packers 24, Seahawks 28

    Seahawks 31, Colts 30

  31. Skavage says:

    Exactly Duke! An insult, Or do you suppose the felt it would decrease the number of drunk fans? Nah….corporate greed. Has to be!

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:


    Many will be back if we lose!

  33. “They have a stud foundation for an OL (thanks to Singletary this past year) and playmakers at RB, TE, and WR.”

    Who’s the playmaker at WR? Don’t say Crabtree . . .he’s coming off a terrible year . . .

    I do agree they’re the probably the most talented team in the division. I wonder what Harbaugh will do with the QB spot.

  34. Crabtree will be fine. He’s got such soft hands and he’s entering that magical 3rd year for a WR. Many a WR have dramatically changed in that season and I expect it from him too. The coaching and QB positions certainly didn’t do many favors for their playmakers this season either. Imagine the offensive opportunities if they actually get a real QB.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d give anything to be wrong and for him to suck!

  35. If Earl Thomas were a 29 year old FS who played exactly the way he did this past season, I’d be like, “so-so year, nothing overly special” but the fact that he’s so young and you know the best football is in front of him, I’m like “wow… what a great pick.”

    Just b/c Crabs (I love that nickname for an enemy opponent) didn’t set the world on fire with Singletary, a Smith, etc. doesn’t mean it’s time to write him off. He’s only 23 years old.

  36. IdahoHawk says:

    Local news is reporting that Stanford is trying to get coach Pete from BSU. DAMN HIT FOR THE PROGRAM.

  37. I don’t know – every time I watched the Niners this year, he was dropping balls, and/or running sloppy patterns. I know their QB situation was terrible, but I don’t think of Crabtree as anything close to a playmaker. He’s got good size, but I’m not sure what else sets him apart from someone like Obo.

  38. You may be right and I hope you’re right!

  39. The NFC Worst is going to get better in a big hurry, that’s for sure. Seahawks on the way up. Rams on the way up with Bradford, and now the 49ers have one heck of a talented coach, plus an early draft pick to find their QB. No one will be making fun of this division in a couple years. We had better have a great offseason if we are going to stay on top of this division!

  40. So, who out there thinks just maybe the Saints have a big fat surprise waiting for them tomorrow??? :-)

    Short week.
    Cross-country travel.
    Outdoor stadium.
    Multiple Saints injuries.
    The Roar of a Very Hungry 12th Man.
    An overconfident World Champion team,
    against a Seahawks team with absolutely nothing to lose.

    I like the way this is adding up.

  41. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thats right Stevos, There is nothing I would like better than for the Seahawks to beat down the Saints. They have the most obnoxious fans I have ever been around. Can’t go to the bar without having to see and hear those slimy cockroaches! Worse than the Stealer fans.

    Oh add this to the list!

    They have never won a road playoff game!

    And they are near the bottom of the pack in return coverage!

  42. Dukeshire says:

    Anyone watch the Cotton Bowl? Terrence Toliver had a nice game. 5 catches for 112 and 3 TDs. Might make a nice mid / late round addition at WR.

  43. Dukeshire says:

    I should add he’s like 6’5″ 220.

  44. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – That’s funny. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually met a real Saint fan. Is it kind of like new money, don’t know how to handle success yet? lol

  45. GeorgiaHawk says:


    They just don’t know when to shut up! And they have been this way ever since I moved to Atlanta in 86.
    I think perhaps Atlanta being about the only team that they could beat consistently through the years has something to do with it.
    They have infested just about every bar down here and it’s time for the Hawks to send them back to that toilet bowl in the gulf!

    Go Seahawks!

  46. What will nighthawk do if Julius Jones runs for 150 yards in a Saints win?

    For the record, I do NOT want it to come to that.

    I want a WIN!

    Screw draft position!

  47. Cockroaches come out of the woodwork when times are good. They are nowhere to be seen when their team sucks.

    If you’re a fan, you’re a fan. If you’re not, you’re not. Minnesota Viking fans are proof of that. They were ultra passionate about “their” team last year. This year they could care less and constantly claim they “suck.”

    I still miss Steve Hutchinson!

  48. GeorgiaHawk says:

    When is Hutchinsons contract up? Perhaps we can get him back?

    Wishfull thinking.

    Mike Pouncey!
    Mike Pouncey!
    Mike Pouncey!

  49. I’d love Mike Pouncey, but I think he’ll be gone by #21 (if we were to lose). Besides, I want to mortgage some picks for a trade up of Mallett. I don’t think many value OL as much as some of us… but QB is the ONE position I value more than OL (the only one).

  50. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Speaking of fans.

    When I moved to Atlanta in 86, I went to a Falcons- Raiders game, and I saw a sign in the stadium that read, ” Go Falcons and take the Braves with you”!

  51. BobbyK, love your predictions. Unfortunately, if the Seahawks make it to the Super Bowl, they’ll probably run into the Patriots and a 45-3 pasting. Hope springs eternal, though.

  52. GeorgiaHawk says:

    How about if we just go crazy on drafting O- lineman this year and try to squeeze one more year out of Matt & C.W before we draft a Q.B?

    At least then we wouldn’t be throwing our Q.Bs to the wolves.

  53. Dukeshire says:

    ” Go Falcons and take the Braves with you!” Lol

  54. That’s a good point. The Braves may have sucked in ’86 (minus my favorite baseball player in the history of the world — Dale Murphy) but I have a feeling they have turned it around 5 years later and went on a crazy streak of winning for a LONG time. Long live Tom Glavine too!

    Georgia — there’s merit in going with 3 OL w/our 1st 3 picks (to start w/Okung and Unger) and f-the ’11 season so we can get some Luck in the ’12 draft.

    Of course, actually building a team the correct way is foreign to almost every NFL “expert.”

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