Tag:Jim Harbaugh
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Jim Harbaugh popping in the Bill Walsh film

Posted by Andy Benoit

Upon getting the Stanford head coaching job in 2007, John Harbaugh got an endorsement from the legendary Bill Walsh. Presumably, Walsh would be a fan of Harbaugh stepping in as the newest head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Harbaugh plans to run a variation of the West Coast offense that Walsh first invented. According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Bay Area, Harbaugh will soon spend time watching extensive 1980s video of Walsh and his staff implementing the system. Maiocco writes, “The 49ers recently received a shipment of tapes and DVDs from NFL Films that contains videos of Walsh and some of his offensive coordinators through the years installing the offense. The 49ers' library of videos at the team's offices in Santa Clara had been decimated through the years with numerous coaches ‘borrowing’ the resources and failing to return them.”

Walsh taped all meetings during his tenure, and NFL Films backed up many of the tapes. "We're all very excited about that," Harbaugh said. "(Receivers coach) John Morton, myself, (quarterbacks coach) Geep Chryst, we're all kind oWf champing at the bit to get our hands on that."

Harbaugh has already reviewed every snap of the Niners’ 2010 season, and he has spoken with a majority of the players. He’ll spend most of his time working with the offense, as Vic Fangio will oversee the defense.

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 8:19 pm

Harbaugh turns to Stanford staff for OC, DC jobs

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jim Harbaugh is getting his first professional coaching staff filled out, and it looks very similar to his most recent collegiate coaching staff. The Niners hired Greg Roman as their offensive coordinator on Friday. Roman served as offensive coordinator under Harbaugh at Stanford. Prior to joining Stanford in 2009, Roman was an assistant for the Panthers, Texans and Ravens.

Additionally, Matt Maioco of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area reports that 11-year NFL veteran assistant Vic Fangio is coming aboard as the defensive coordinator. Fangio served in that same capacity for the Cardinal this past season. Fangio ran a 3-4 scheme for Dom Capers’ Panthers in ’95-’98 and again for Capers’ Texans in ’02-’05. This is important given that the Niners already have heavy investments in 3-4 personnel.

A third Stanford coach, Tim Drevno, will also be on San Francisco’s staff. Drevno was Stanford’s offensive line coach, though with incumbent O-line coach Mike Solari expected to remain with the club, it’s possible Drevno could go back to instructing tight ends. His exact title has not been determined yet.

UPDATE 6:34 p.m. EST: Our 49ers Rapid Reporter says the club will hire former Packers and Falcons defensive coordinator Ed Donatell to coach the secondary.

UDPATE 8:18 p.m. EST: Matt Maioco reports that the Niners will have two offensive line coaches in 2011. Drevno will share the duties with Solari.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:10 pm

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers have handled two of their three biggest problems, by promoting Trent Baalke to general manager and hiring Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach. Well, they've addressed the problems; it remains to be seen if the gentlemen can actually handle the issues at hand.

One of those issues is probably the biggest problem held over from the previous regime -- no clear-cut starting quarterback on the roster. Alex Smith's the former franchise quarterback who's clearly not the answer. Troy Smith provided a glimmer of hope during the 2010 season, but he clearly can't handle a complex offensive system. And David Carr, well, let's not get into that. Baalke apparently agrees, as he told Mike Florio on "Pro Football Talk Live" that he doesn't think the Niners' have their

"We've got three ways that we're going to approach it," Baalke said. "Obviously, you've got the draft. You've got potential trades. And you've got free agency. Is the quarterback of the future on this roster? I think it's obvious that he isn't at this point, but things could change and they will change through one of those three vehicles."

Things could get complicated because of the labor negotiations though -- there's a chance that they won't have a chance to either a) sign a veteran before the draft or b) trade for a veteran or trade players to move up in the draft for a quarterback.

Which means that San Francisco will likely draft some quarterback when the weekend of April 28-30 rolls around.

And, on the bright side, at least Baalke's aware that the team need a significant upgrade at the position and that his first test in his new job's going to come soon.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:53 pm

BCS Championship podcast with Karlos Dansby

Posted by Will Brinson

You might think because tonight's all about our college brethren, we have nothing to contribute. You'd be wrong.

See, we got a hold of Miami Dolphins linebacker and Auburn alum Karlos Dansby to chat about the BCS title game, Jim Harbaugh's hiring (Ed. Note: the interview actually happened on Friday, so it was "breaking" at the time), Tony Sparano getting run around on by Stephen Ross, Cam Newton's NFL hopes, whether Chad Henne can be a quarterback for a playoff contender, who he thinks will win the BCS title game, and what he does when he hangs out with Charles Barkley.

Bonus: Newton and Nick Fairley make a guest "appearance" as they come walking by Dansby and screaming and whooping and whatnot. It's rather comical.

Just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:47 pm

Miami's coaching situation is a PR nightmare

Posted by Will Brinson

Something ain't stirring the Kool-Aid down in Miami. And all apologies to the inestimable Tone Loc for ganking his line (although it did involve the Dolphins, so I suppose it's okay), but whatever Stephen Ross is doing with his coaching situation seems a little bizarre.

Not only did he openly chase Jim Harbaugh (and Bill Cowher?) while Tony Sparano was/is still gainfully employed with the Dolphins, but apparently there's some sort of flirtation going on with Eric Mangini now too.

See, there was a press conference (or, if you prefer "media roundtable") planned in Miami for Friday. There the team was going to presumably present, as the Miami Herald's Armando Saiguero put it, "a unified front" after handing Sparano some "sorry for publicly embarrassing you by chasing after someone else" money.

That press conference was scheduled for 4:45 PM EST and then, suddenly, canceled. 

Why? Excellent question.

Well, they created a bit of a miss by running full sprint after Jim Harbaugh without firing Tony Sparano. Additionally, Jeff Darlington of the Herald cites sources who say the 'Fins scheduled a meeting with former Browns coach Eric Mangini for Friday. (Yes, this is like posting a sign inquiring into dates out in front of your ex-wife's house. Before she's moved out.) Supposedly the Browns were only seeking a "'consultant' who has 'knowledge of the division,'" and eventually cancelled the meeting anyway

But, given the surrounding circumstances, it's auspicious to say the least. Back to the cancelled press conference -- Darlington cites sources who believe the Dolphins suddenly realized what a mess they'd created and decided to "reorganize." Or something.

Either way, Tony Sparano should be announced as the head coach of the Dolphins sometime soon. And it's all but certain that his first press conference back from the job from which he was never fired shouldn't be awkward at all.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:36 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Harbaugh (US Presswire)
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. ET: According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh’s deal is for five years, $25 million. If this is true, then the 49ers did NOT increase their offer to Harbaugh after he was reportedly close to sticking with Stanford.


The AP is reporting that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday 6:30 p.m. ET.  

This is a somewhat long-expected move for Harbaugh, albeit one that had plenty of twists and turns towards the end. Harbaugh and the Niners brass met for five hours on Wednesday. Late Thursday, Stanford reportedly upped its offer to try and keep the head coach. On Friday, whispers about Harbaugh going to Michigan resurfaced. Earlier in the week, the Denver Broncos expressed interest – and obviously not as much interest as the Miami Dolphins, who sent their top men to California for a face-to-face meeting.

In the end, all the drama only helped to raise Harbaugh’s value. We don’t yet know exactly what that value is, but we do know that by choosing San Francisco, Harbaugh at least saves himself the cost of moving and buying a new house.

This may have been a closer call for the Niners than many realize. A Stanford source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "We thought we had Jim locked up last night but Jim wanted to sleep on it." Stanford may never let a head coach hit the hay again.

On the Niners’ side of things, let the discussion begin about whether this is the right hire. The initial chatter around the web seems to be saying YES! But very few college coaches successfully leap to the pro level. Harbaugh, of course, played in the NFL and was an assistant for the Raiders in 2002-03, so credibility and pro culture shouldn’t be issues. Still, Harbaugh is known for his demonstrative style and somewhat cutting personality. College players willingly deal with that. But multimillionaire pros?

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:37 am

Report: Broncos no longer pursuing Harbaugh

Posted by Andy Benoit

Another team is out of the Jim Harbaugh running. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos have come to grips with the reality that the Stanford head coach will not be coming to work for John Elway in the Mile High City.

The Broncos have never seemingly been high on Harbaugh’s list, and it’s doubtful they could afford the $5 million per year that San Francisco is reportedly offering. At this point, the best guess would be that Harbaugh will pull an Andrew Luck and surprise everyone by staying at Stanford.

But we should probably all check again two minutes from now…

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:46 am

Harbaugh drama getting almost Favreish

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jim Harbaugh is becoming the new Brett Favre. The man is constantly trailed by rumors about where he’ll be come next season. The Dolphins are out. The Panthers can’t pay. The Brown will likely want a “Holmgren guy”. The Raiders are a joke (Harbaugh would know – he was an assistant on that staff a few years ago.) The Broncos are likely everybody’s fallback option.

This essentially leaves the 49ers – the NFL team Harbaugh originally flirted with all along. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports sent this tweet just after midnight Thursday (or would that be Friday?....anyway, you get the idea): "Strong signal outta SF that Harbaugh is in strong talks w Niners to get a deal done 2nite over 6 mil per. But w this guy could change again"

The this guy could change again part proved prescient, as Glazer’s next tweet read, “Now hearing Stanford upped their offer considerably for Harbaugh and he's leaning that way now. Ya know what? Wake me when it's over w him.”

Who knows when that will be…

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