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Harbaugh on Doug Baldwin: “I should have drafted him.”

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm with 16 Comments »
December 21, 2011 3:28 pm

San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh talked about his former players at Stanford, cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Doug Baldwin.

Harbaugh said he made a mistake in not taking Baldwin in the draft. The Niners drafted USC receiver Ronald Johnson in the sixth round instead, who’s no longer with the team.

“Well, I should have drafted him,” Harbaugh said. “Yeah, I’m kicking myself for not doing that. And at the same time I’m really, really happy for Doug. I’ve watched him this whole year whenever we’re watching crossover tape. Or I’ve sometimes put on the tape, just to watch him and Richard. And I’ve seen him really grow the whole season.”

On Sherman’s transition from receiver to cornerback his junior season at Stanford, Harbaugh said that Sherman initiated the move.

“Richard suggested it,” Harbaugh said. “He texted me, and wanted to move to corner. And I said, ‘Sure, let’s do it.’ And he’s really blossomed. Does it surprise me? No. He’s a talented, talented athlete. He loves football. He has a real respect for the game.”

San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith put it simply when asked what the difference is between last year and this year for the Niners.

“We’ve got 11 wins, that’s the difference” he said. “It’s pretty simple. We’ve won some games that we didn’t win in the past. We’ve been able to close out some of those tight games and hold onto the leads that we haven’t been able to in the past. So just the little things really that add up to big ones.”

Smith gave Harbaugh credit for creating an atmosphere of winning by putting together a good, knowledgeable coaching staff, along with an attention to detail in the team’s weekly preparation for games.

“Everything you do is a reflection of your head coach, one way or another,” Smith said. “And he’s just a no-nonsense, football guy. And I think it’s done wonders for this team.”

Smith gushed when talking about Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s running game.

“I think he’s one of the top backs in the league,” Smith said. “I mean the way he runs, the plays he makes. I’d put him definitely at one, or two or three for sure. He’s a top back in the NFL.

“The way he runs, the way he can make one, two, three or four guys miss, I mean it’s amazing. And the power he has with his size, he’s got the speed – everything. He’s the total package. So that’s who we have to focus on, and that’s who we have to stop. It’s not going to be easy.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    So, I’m guessing Harbaugh doesn’t have the control over personnel he thinks he ought to have. If anyone in the league should have known what Baldwin was capable of, it’s him.

  2. Palerydr says:

    It’s just me I’m sure but Harbaugh comes off as insincere talking about his former players. Personally I’m glad he screwed up and didn’t draft them. Typical stuff from Smith talking up the other teams players wonder what he says in their meeting room.

    I will adjust my keys to this game looking at the Baltimore and Arizona losses for SF putting pressure on Smith needs to be the top priority. They gave up 14 sacks in those 2 games and hit the QB 21 times. Looks to me like he will get rattled although it didn’t lead to turnovers just 1 pick in the 2 games he was 15/24 in Baltimore and 18/37 in Arizona lots more 3rd down incomplete’s I would think. Baltimore 2-12 Arizona 8-21

  3. Huh, I never knew Sherman was a converted receiver. Somehow I missed that fact. Seems like he could be an imposing WR with his size/speed. So, do i take it that this is only Sherman’s 2nd year as a CB? That’s pretty amazing.

  4. I hope Baldwin has the game winning catch and that the 49ers get the ball back with a little bit of time and Sherman picks off Alex Smith in the end zone to win the game!

  5. Someone (not named Jim Schwartz) needs to wipe that smug look off Harbaugh’s face.

  6. “Someone (not named Jim Schwartz) needs to wipe that smug look off Harbaugh’s face.”

    A-men.

  7. I wish a reporter would ask Harbaugh how being a crappy NFL QB has helped him become a good NFL head coach (I do have respect for what he’s done as a coach, even if he was too stupid to draft Baldwin).

  8. BobbyAyala says:

    Doug Baldwin on Harbaugh’s comment: “No, s$*t.”

    Doug E Fresh flashin’ in the PNDub now, though. Look for a big game, Saturday.

    PLAYOFFS AHEAD, for the faithful.

    Screw everyone else.

    Hawks 31, Niner 9

  9. This game is one where KJ Wright could play a major factor for us. If they can dial up some opportunities for him to put some pressure on Smith that would be great!

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/12/what-is-the-top-pick-of-the-2012-nfl-draft-worth/1

    If we don’t trade up to get Luck, then I would like to see us draft Decastro or Martin. Two players that gave Luck all the time in the world to throw, and opened big holes for the run game.

    Hell, I would be happy to draft any Stanford prospect after what Baldwin and Sherman have done!

  11. raymaines says:

    I was going to say that the SeaHawks should have drafted Doug Baldwin, then I looked up the 2010 draft. Wow!

    Round 1 – James Carpender
    Round 2 – None
    Round 3 – John Moffit
    Round 4 – K.J. Wright (Pick #2 from Denver)
    Round 4 – Kris Durham (Pick #10 from Detroit)
    Round 5 – Richard Sherman (Pick #23 from KC through Detroit)
    Round 5 – Mark Legree (Pick #25)
    Round 6 – Brian Maxwell
    Round 7 – Lazarus Levingston (Pick #2 from Denver)
    Round 7 – Malcome Smith (Pick #39 – Compensatory Pick)

    All of these guys are still on the team. Awesome

  12. freedom_X says:

    I though Legree was history? The one flop in the class (didn’t make the team or the practice squad.) Excellent if you only have one dud out of 9 picks after the 1st year (and it’s a mid-round flop.)

    Harbaugh may have control over the roster – that’s why he’s saying he made a mistake. I strongly dislike Harbaugh (all the way back to when he was a QB at Michigan), but I have to give him credit for frankly admitting he blew it on Baldwin. I didn’t see any suggestion he wanted Baldwin and got overruled.

    If anything, Harbaugh might have been trying to prove he was not going to turn the 49ers into a Stanford crony refuge, and led him to this mistake. Similar to Carroll not turning Seattle into USC North. Carroll clearly tried to be objective in evaluating ex-USC players, and it looks like he chose rightly is almost all cases (most obvious example – passing over USC star, workout wonder and local favorite Taylor Mays and picking Earl Thomas instead.)

    Being cold-blooded and parting ways with Tatupu – shipping off Lawrence Jackson – passing over Everson Griffen – ignoring fan pleas to pick up Matt Leinart or Carson Palmer – all proof that Carroll was being objective about personnel. Harbaugh I’m sure is trying to do the same thing, and maybe didn’t fight hard enough for Baldwin vs. the scouting staff. (or genuinely didn’t think Baldwin could play at the NFL level.)

  13. Dukeshire says:

    freedom – You are correct. LeGree was a final roster cut. He went to Ariz, SF, and now is on the Jets PS.

  14. scorpeeo says:

    Being cold-blooded and parting ways with Tatupu – shipping off Lawrence Jackson – passing over Everson Griffen – ignoring fan pleas to pick up Matt Leinart or Carson Palmer – all proof that Carroll was being objective about personnel. Harbaugh I’m sure is trying to do the same thing, and maybe didn’t fight hard enough for Baldwin vs. the scouting staff. (or genuinely didn’t think Baldwin could play at the NFL level.)

    Don’t forget kicking Lendale to the curb when he thought he was PC’s fav and didn’t have to work.

  15. wabubba67 says:

    Seems like Harbaugh, if he was really being sincere, would have made a push to sign Baldwin as an undrafted free agent at the very least. It’s tough to imagine Baldwin picking Seattle, or any other team, over the 49ers and his old college coach….if Harbaugh had shown any interest at all.

    This is just the usual prattle that opposing coaches offer up before a big game…especially when there is acknowledged animosity between Harbaugh and Carroll.

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