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Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:37 pm

MIAMI -- How would Jim Harbaugh do in the NFL? Great question. Glad you asked.

The answer: probably well. But with an asterisk.

Harbaugh is expected to depart Stanford. He's gone. See ya'. It seems he's headed to Michigan or quite possibly to the NFL. He's smart and works hard. He has a strong chance to be successful whereever he lands.

I've met Harbaugh several times. Interviewed him once or twice. He's a different sort of dude. Borderline strange. His rah-rah style works well in college but it would fail miserably in the NFL. He knows this and I'm sure he'd adapt.

What would also help him in the NFL is his pro playing background. Harbaugh was a good player and current players would respect this.

But Harbaugh would have to be more like his brother in Baltimore: slightly calmer, less bombastic and more seasoned.

If that happened, he could succeed in the NFL, and in a big way.

Category: NFL
Tags: 49ers

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:04 am

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

Let's talk about a couple of ESPN "hacks",Michelle Tafoya and Rece Davis. You figure that they would get the "memo" and not ask about Jim Harbaugh's future,but nooooo, they had to pound before and after the game and ask him that question.I'm surprised that Harbaugh had even enough time to breathe after the game.He had that "look" at Rece Davis and if I was Harbaugh,I would of thrown one of those oranges at Davis to make sure he got the "message" loud and clear.Laughing

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:29 am

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

Any coach is better off in the NFL.  While you have to coach 16 (possibly 18) games, plus playoffs, you do not have to worry about a million NCAA rules, constant trips to try and lure recruits to your school,  players grades, and numerous player violations that get the team in trouble.  After the season is over, the only things an NFL head coach has to concentrate on is who will be his asistant coaches and the draft. 

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:34 am

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

49ers or Michigan?  I have been a fan of both programs for a long time.  Niners ownership is dreadful.  Michigan is now geared for the spread.  Two bad situations for a new coach to walk into.  Harbaugh is up for the challenge though.  He took Stanford form 1-11 to 11-1 in four years.  It really comes down to wether JH wants to stay in the college environment to be a part of these young kids maturation process and help them become men or make tons of money and deal with rich players who play are all about themselves.  I was a huge fan of his and wish hime luck.  Go Blue, we need Harbaugh's help.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:28 am

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

What a joke that they were asking him about his future on the Orange Bowl trophy Podium. Unbelievable. Coach: Screw these vultures in the NFL and Michigan throwing around their money like your some store bought toy. You've got the most talented, hardest working, highest character team and it's the one that believed in you from the start and fought for you all season. 

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:19 am

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

even though he is an alum of michigan he was a pro qb and if he has the desire to be one of the great coaches he will feel the need to do it in the nfl, that is where it takes real coaching ability to win. i believe he will end up there if not with ther 49ers this year then someone else soon. nothing against college football but the game there is different big schools get big time players, in the pros you have to earn it.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:11 am

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL


Harbaugh is briliant.  A perfect example of a "rah-rah" guy is Mike Singletary.  There is a huge difference between having something upstairs and not.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:33 pm

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

I've heard tons of rumors that Harbaugh is the current #1 choice for the 49ers:  matter of fact, there's some speculation the reason they haven't hired the supposed frontrunner for the GM spot (Baalke) is that he and Harbaugh might not work well together.

He either ends up in Michigan or with the 49ers.  I don't think he'll go anywhere else.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:51 pm

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

Still don't understand the reason yet for leaving Stanford ? First off, he still has to win the PAC 10, let's not even hang him for not having won a national title ? I understand going to Michigan in that respect, but now he'll have to be in the Big 10 there. Does it fit the lifestyle for JH ? I understand he bicycles to work every day. That makes him somewhat of a strange bird ? Where in the NFL is he going to fit ? SF, Miami, Tennessee, Cincinnatti ?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:27 pm

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

Great article by Freeman. He actually has the courage to say that Harbaugh will be successful in the NFL and gives supporting it. Also, he is not another mindless drone who keeps harping that Harbaugh will go to Michigan and not provide reasons supporting it. All in all a good article. If I ever bought cbs I'd fire all the writers but keep Freeman. 

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 6:45 pm

Jim Harbaugh and the NFL

I think his coaching pedigree has more than been confirmed. Having Jack as his father and growing up around Bo are tremendous assets that supplement his experiences as a college star and long-time NFL QB. The fact that he was able to bring Stanford to the forefront of college football only enhances his attractiveness.

There is no doubt that he would have to calm down some of his antics but who is to say that he is not playing up his cockiness to better suit the college game.

A better question is whether there is a QB on the 49ers roster that is salvageable. Smith (Alex) has has more chances than a family of cats. The other Smith doesn't appear to have the game to be successful in the NFL (plus he was a Buckeye).

A better question is not whether JH can run a successful offense but can he delegate enough authority and attract a talented staff needed to succeed in the NFL.

This blog will be moot in two days anyway when he shows up in Ann Arbor for a press conference.

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