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Jim Harbaugh to Coach 49ers

Posted by Taylor Price on January 7, 2011 – 3:13 PM

All the rampant speculation can come to an end. After the 49ers hired a general manager on Tuesday, they’ve hired a head coach three days later.

Trent Baalke acted swiftly in making his first move as GM. Since being promoted from vice president of player personnel, Baalke met with several qualified coaching candidates and has now delivered the franchise its new head coach.

Former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has signed a multiyear contract to be the 18th head coach in San Francisco 49ers history.

Harbaugh will be introduced to the media in a Friday press conference to be held at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The press conference will be streamed live on 49ers.com at 3:30 p.m. PT.

Here’s the official release from the 49ers public relations staff:

Jim Harbaugh has been named head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Widely regarded as one of the finest up-and-coming coaches in football, Harbaugh becomes the 18th head coach in 49ers history.

A 15-year NFL veteran quarterback, Harbaugh brings 17 years of coaching experience to San Francisco, which includes spending the last seven years as a head coach (58-27) in the collegiate ranks. He joins the 49ers after an impressive four-year stint as the head coach at Stanford University, where he guided the Cardinal football program to the biggest turnaround in school history over a four-year span.

Among Harbaugh’s many accomplishments while at Stanford were orchestrating two of the highest scoring teams in school history, three of the top four rushing teams in program history and back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1995 and ’96. He also coached back-to-back Heisman Trophy finalists in running back Toby Gerhart and quarterback Andrew Luck.

As Stanford’s head coach, Harbaugh led the Cardinal to a 29-21 overall record, including a 20-6 record over the past two seasons. It was in stark contrast to the program he inherited in 2007, which had compiled a 16-40 record in the previous five seasons, including a 1-11 mark in 2006. After leading the Cardinal to records of 4-8 and 5-7 in his first two seasons, Harbaugh guided Stanford to an 8-5 overall mark and an appearance in the Sun Bowl in 2009, followed by a historic 12-1 season and an Orange Bowl win, in 2010.

Harbaugh fielded one of the greatest teams in Stanford football history in 2010, as the Cardinal posted a school record of 12 wins on the season, suffering its only setback to the Pac-10 champion Oregon Ducks. The Cardinal proceeded to win its final eight games of the season, which was capitalized by a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the first Bowl Championship Series bowl appearance in school history.

The Cardinal offense set a school record with 524 points on the season, having scored 30-or-more points in all but one game, to finish the season ranked 9th nationally in points scored (40.3) and 14th nationally in total yards per game (472.5). Harbaugh played an instrumental role in developing Luck, who completed 70% of his passes for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns. Stanford’s ground game also proved productive as the team ranked 17th in the nation in rushing yards per game (213.8).

The team’s defensive unit was just as impressive, ranking 10th nationally in scoring defense (17.4). The Cardinal posted three shutouts on the year and finished ranked in the top-25 nationally in five defensive categories.

In 2009, Harbaugh was able to effectively transform the Cardinal into one of the most productive offensive units in the nation, as the team finished the season ranked 19th in total offense (427.6 yards per game), while setting single season records for total yards (5,559) and rushing yards (2,837). The year culminated in a trip to the Sun Bowl, a 31-27 loss to Oklahoma, marking the program’s first bowl appearance since the 2001 season.

Harbaugh came to Stanford from the University of San Diego, where he guided the Toreros to an impressive three-year overall record of 29-6 (.829), including back-to-back 11-1 seasons that netted a pair of Division I-AA Mid Major national titles in 2005 and 2006.

Prior to joining the University of San Diego, Harbaugh spent two seasons (2002-03) as an offensive assistant with the Oakland Raiders. In his first season, the Raiders posted an 11-5 regular season record, won the AFC Western Division title and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII.

Harbaugh laid the groundwork for his coaching career while he was still competing as a player in the NFL, serving as an NCAA-certified unpaid assistant coach at Western Kentucky, where he worked with his father and Hilltoppers head coach Jack Harbaugh, from 1994-2001.

As a first round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1987, Harbaugh played for five teams over 15 seasons, including the Chicago Bears (1987-93), Indianapolis Colts (1994-97), Baltimore Ravens (1998), San Diego Chargers (1999-2000) and Carolina Panthers (2001). He racked up 26,288 passing yards to go along with 129 touchdown passes, while completing 2,305-of-3,918 passes in 177 career games (140 starts). Harbaugh ranks in the NFL’s top-50 in two career passing categories – completions (41st) and pass attempts (45th).

Success is no stranger to Harbaugh. A product of nearby Palo Alto High School, he enjoyed a storied career at the University of Michigan, where he played for legendary coach Bo Schembechler and helped lead the Wolverines to two bowl appearances, garnering Big Ten Player of the Year honors.

Jim and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Addison and Katherine. Jim also has three children, Jay, James Jr. and Grace. He is the son of long-time college coach, Jack Harbaugh, the brother of Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, and the brother-in-law of Indiana University Men’s Basketball head coach, Tom Crean.



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209 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh to Coach 49ers”

  1. By Kyle Williams on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    GREAT!! Now lets get back to the glory days.

  2. By Chris on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Finally a done deal. This carousel was making me dizzy. Although I don’t have an opinion of Baalke..at least he got our man. He even was instrumental in re-signing VD and Wills…so Good job 49ers!!!

  3. By Gamebreaker76 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Well making good progress good job Now Cut Alex smith!!!!! And Get us a better Quarter Back.

  4. By KDB on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    YEEEEEE HAWWWWWW about time

  5. By PAniners on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Just when I thought there was no chance of getting him, he’s signed. Hope for the same kind of results Stanford got. Next step………quarterback.

  6. By David on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Excellent work Trent and Jed. Now get a QB. watch out NFC West.

  7. By Al on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Alright!!!!!!!!!! I know Jim Harbaugh can do very good thins for our 49ers. I’ve been a fan of Harbaugh. Even when he played for the Colts and got robbed in 1995 AFC Championship game. (Kordell was out of bounds in the back of the end zone.) Can’t wait to see what He does with the QBs.
    To the NFL, GET THE DEAL DONE AND AVOID THE STRIKE!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By Marquis on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Congrates to Jed and Trent you got your man.

  9. By T49F on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    NFL get ready!! SF is coming back to Playoffs….Oh n fire all of sing staff

  10. By David on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats Jed and Trent! I will be honest I was getting upset when it looked like he was going south , but you landed your guy good job men!

  11. By REEF on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    fuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk yehhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Alex YOU next!

  12. By Niner Dave on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Now that is some refreshing news. Next trade Alex Smith to the first guy who’ll take his payroll and lets have a new QB!

  13. By Mel on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a little concerned about having both a GM with no experience and a HC without any NFL experience. I guess there’s nothing else to do but wait and see.

  14. By Lee Michael on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    We finally get a coach who has been coaching 24/7 for 10 years successfully . He has done well at every level he’s coached in . Now if he can only get Mr. Smith (either one) to play better , then he is worth every cent he gets . Great news !

  15. By Niner Joel on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Ra ra is great, now lets put this franchise back where it belongs! We don’t need a babysiter aka Sing, let’s get to biz and hold some accountability to all from top to bottom

  16. By RC on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    “…..in the first Bowl Championship Series bowl appearance in school history”

    Wasn’t the Rose Bowl Stanford played in on Jan 1, 2000 a BCS bowl?

  17. By Matthew on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    There is no need to cut Alex Smith…his contract just ended with the end of the 2010 season. BUH BYE Alex…good luck elsewhere.

  18. By Frank G on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Captin Comeback!!! Thats a good thing. We need to come back and get to the playoffs. Now lets go get Kolb!!

  19. By Scott Gardner on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    What about picking up Luck?

  20. By Evil Jersey on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Very good hire, if not unexpected. With all of the teams interested in Harbaugh (both pro and college), it is nice to know our Niners were attractive enough for him to turn us around. Now to draft a quality QB. OR, we could tank the 2011 season, have Luck declaire for the 2012 draft and get our franchise QB that we so desperately need!

  21. By GEEPEE on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Bring it back to the Dynasty we should be!!!!

  22. By Jonah on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Keep Alex for 1 more year, Sink below to get #1 Draft for 2012. This year pick up Patrick Peterson (CB) or Prince Amukamora (CB). Then if AJ Green (WR) is still there please pick him up. AJ Green will be our vertical route runner that will stretch the field. Please use Mchael Crabtree in the slot…PLEASE HE IS NOT A BURNER, STOP USING HIM IN TEH VERTITCAL. Michael Needs to stay where he was best at which is at Slot where he can run post routes. Keep Alex 1 more year for $500k, that way we dn’t have to sign big deal to some vet (D McNabb) for 5 mil a year. Please jed york be smart now…

  23. By steve on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    thank good ness thay didnot hier jhon or bill sweat !!!

  24. By Lawanda on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Adn what has he done? QB coach in the NFL in 2001.. FNot so good at first HC college job…a pretty good turnaround at Stanford…
    5 million a year? Wow.
    Hype is amazing, isn’t it? Good luck though!

  25. By David K. on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    To Mr. York, Mr. Baalke and the rest of the Niners management (and ownership), MANY, MANY thanks! I am so excited that we could finally return to the Walsh era of quality play, good sportsmanship, integrity…and…WINNING! Bless you all!

  26. By J. Hore on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    That 95 Championship game was one of the best football games I ever witnessed. Hopefully now we can get a qb, rt guard, and a set of dbs. Nate Cements needs a pay cut. He is an awesome open filed tackler. Great against the run but he can’t back pedal.

  27. By Jesus M. on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    J-York beat out J-Lo! Very impressive!!!! Thing are lookin’ up!

  28. By Phill on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Finally! I was getting worried there. Now get rid of Alex Smith.

  29. By chingpea on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m so excited!!!! We’re moving in the right direction… Now for that QB position…

  30. By Big Ryno! on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    finally!

  31. By Nik on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great job Yorks and Baalke on landing Harbaugh. Please do not keep Alex Smith! We need to think about 2011 and not 2012.. 1st thing Jim needs to do is release Alex.

  32. By Flying Fossil on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    WHOOOOOOOOOOO- YAAAAAAAAAAAA best news YET since Steve Young !!!!! go SEALS!!! back up could be Frankie Albert, AHHH Kezar! !!!!

  33. By Jeff Watson on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

  34. By Caveman on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Barring any team conference reorgs, or significant changes in our own conference, we better win the division next year. You only have to be a .500 team, so please make it happen Mr. Harbaugh.

  35. By Rey Garcia on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hell yeah!!! I agree keep Alex Smith as back up for at least 1 last year. He has had more coaches and OC’s in the last 5 years than any QB I can remember in my 32 year life. See what Harbaugh can do with him.

  36. By Eugene on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Niner nation we got he coach we wanted, keep alex for another year but also draft another qb as well

  37. By Jonah on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    But I wouldn’t ride on the Jim Harbaugh wagon yet. He hasn’t even won a game in the NFL and already we’re cumming all over the place. Calm down people, you act like we’re going to go to the Superbowl next year. There are so many pieces missing and today was the start of the rebuilding glory of the 49ers.

  38. By Gibbster49 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Great moves thus far by the Niners. Jed is doing an awesome job. My hat is off to the front office and the whole Niner organization. Thank you, for going to the limit for the fan base. Now we need to get Kolb or Mcnabb for a couple years. Draft a QB and add 2 or key free agents, like CB’s Brent Grimes or Eric Wright and safety Eric Weddle. Re-sign Spikes and Lawson, and we are golden.

  39. By John Franco on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a very happy 49er fan right now this is a aswome oppertunity because i believe jim harbaugh is going to to make the 49ers a playoff team and get back in winning so niner fans we were come we will start going foward and get bakc in the glory days

  40. By Jonah on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Gib we don’t need to get Vince Young or D McNabb. You know how much salary cap that is going to kills us? McNabbs new deal was like 8 mil a year for 5 years. Vince Young is too much of a diva and a locker room distraction. Like I said talk alex into signing another year for $100k and let harbaugh do the playcalling and if Harbaugh is the real deal, than he can turn any QB’s good. See what he can do with a QB who never really had an offensive minded scheme and see where he goes. We act like we’re going to win the superbowl with Harbaugh. We need to calm down and realize the pieces are still missing. I’m already starting to lose my trust in Michael Crabtree. Can’t run routes, slow, tries to much to juke and make moves instead of catch and run. If we are lucky enough to draft Andrew Luck 2012, then we grab a solid Vet QB to help Luck out reading defenses and how to pick em apart.

  41. By Sukh on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Very excited with this move. Can’t wait for next season to start.

  42. By Joan Towner on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hope!

  43. By mike on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    now pic up a good vet QB and draft a QB to learn from a vet Like Aaron rogers did

  44. By Glen on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Sink low to get the #1 draft pick! You must smoke crack. You would actually like to see the 49ers go 2-14 to have a chance at an unproven rookie quarterback. Trade for Kolb and win the division. We have everything we need to be a good team next year, except a quarterback and some help in the secondary. I also think we should keep Manusky, but if he gets a chance to be a head coach, good luck to him. Next years Niners will not dissapoint. I wish it was August 2011.

  45. By jose cisneros on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Im happy we finally got a head coach in place now lets get a veteran qb like Mcnabb or V. Young and then draft a rookie qb like B. Gabbert or R. Mallet. Go Niners!

  46. By Femmefan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Whoooo Hoooooo
    The best news Forty Niners Faithful have had in Eight years!
    Yeah baby.

  47. By Scott No2 on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    umm.. no need to cut Alex Smith, he’s a free agent.

  48. By Tony on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Jonah you are very correct but at least the wagon appears to pointed in the right direction

  49. By Adrian on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Who now we need to star to find a good quaterback ant cut Alex Smith, or let the oportunity to Troy to show hes taletn, I really hope this knew hed couch help us to geat back to the super bowl

  50. By 808-49erFan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    As a 49er fan living all the way out here in Hawaii…I would just like to say to Jed and Trent…MAHALO!!!

  51. By alex on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    let smith go n get vince young..

  52. By Johne B on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats JH…So Lets Get It On 2011 Season! Go Niners!!

  53. By Jon Kotler on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    According to team’s press release, Coach Harbaugh spent 15 years as an NFL quarterback plus he has 17 years coaching experience. That’s a total of 32 years. Harbaugh is 47 years old. Which means, according to the Niners’ figuring, that he must have begun his NFL career as a fifteen (15) year old and entered the University of Michigan at age 11. Looks like the problems the team had with time recently weren’t limited to former Coach Sing and the game clock

  54. By Stephen B on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Excellent news. Hopefully this can catapult us forward for the 2012 season and at least put us on top of the mediocre NFC West.

  55. By Juan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t go and get all excited about Harbaugh, we haven’t even drafted anyone or played a game and here you all are making him to be our savior, wait until we play a game until we jump on the wagon.

  56. By Bill C. on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Good news. Knew he would’nt listen to Elway.

  57. By Paul on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Niners need to sign Alex Smith. He posted a 82.0 QB rating with horrible coaching. Imagine what he can do with an offensive genius like Harbaugh. No other qb interests me. Mcnabb???? Are you kidding me?

  58. By mrTgo49ers on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great Job Jed and Trent! A terrific hire to turn this team around, cant wait to see the results. Now time to solve the QB problem . . . . do what you do best Jim and create us a Pro Bowl QB that we can win with for the next 10-15 years!

  59. By Guy Raggio on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    The Niners just saved one more season ticket holder from canceling. I am excited and can’t wait for next season. A few player changes and we are off and running to being an NFL worthy team.

  60. By Crespo on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Couldn’t ask for a better coach, he’s hungry. Now lets go after Kolb give up a couple draft picks we have 22 in the next 2 years.

  61. By frank on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    gracias a dios como que todo se va a componer con mis niners la verdad soy fanatico de toda la vida de los niners pero ya estamos cansados como aficionados de tener puras marcas perdedodas, ya queremos sentir el entusismo de los playoffs, contraten a un nuvo mariscal de campo creo que es una de las cosas que nos urge tener ya que los smith de los dos no se hace uno VAMOS NINERS

  62. By Ray on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I see this as a great turning point. We have a way to go before getting back to our glory days… Awww memories…. This shows that the niner organization is finally trying to do the right thing. As far as Alex goes… not a big fan of the man but I could see giving him 1 more year to show us what he’s made of. GO NINERS!!!

  63. By Eric on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I was really scared that this was not gonna happen. And when it looked bleak, I was really really mad.

  64. By KDB on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    He’s going to keep Alex you watch. If he doesn’t start he can be 2nd and then get Kolb from Philly let them compete and then get a 3rd round or later QB draft. That’s what I think.

    Also don’t get ANYWHERE NEAR VINCE YOUNG OR MCNABB please god don’t do it.

    But whatever Harbaugh says I’m down with.

  65. By David Blanchard on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    OMG IM FREAKIN OUT!! The San Francisco 49ers sign Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh to a 5 year deal!! Finally the West Coast offense comes back to it’s birth place!! To Jim Harbaugh, welcome to the house that Walsh built. To the people who aren’t 49er fans, welcome to hell!!

  66. By sdakota9er on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    kdb………..i agree stay away from mcnabb and vince. Harbaugh is a teacher, u wouldn’t think that he waould want anything to do with either guy. i am still a alex fan………..few and far…..but i am…….he has alot of tallent that has been screwed up by bad coaching and a control freak. let smith spread it out, run a west coast O and use his smarts and call his own plays….use his tallents that got him to the nfl. maybe i’m wrong and his confidence has been crushed be on fixing, but i think Harbaugh has played the position and coached enough to figure that out…………..i agree…..i am down with what ever he decides.

  67. By Hermie on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yes!!! I think this will be very good for the 9ers. Harbaugh will go get a QB as he knows Alex is not the franchise QB he needs to succeed in the NFL. And, with the talent we have on offense, the O-line will continue to get better, we are 1 year away!! We did need an offensive minded HC, now let’s see who our OC and DC will be…this was a great start not knowing who we might get after Baalke was named GM…I am very excited and optimistic!

  68. By Hermie on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I do not believe Kolb is a franchise QB, never has proved anything yet.

  69. By Mi bambino en su boca on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    GIVE ALEX SMITH ANOTHER YEAR..HE CAN PROVE HIMSELF IF HE GETS ONE MORE YEAR..

  70. By patientfan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    We need an OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR! It doesn’t matter who the QB is, until there is a new OC in place.

  71. By Mi bambino en su boca on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    AND TEACH THAT RETARDED NATE DAVIS HOW TO PLAY QB

  72. By patientfan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I want Vince Young!

  73. By patientfan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not that “high” on Harbaugh. I kinda preferred Brian Billick.

  74. By canadian9erfan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    great news get a qb no goofs like mcnabb or kolb and tighten the d.high hopes for 2011

  75. By steve on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I WANT ALEX !!!! HE GOT THE BIG SHAF WITH DICK NIOLN OR WHAT EVER HIS NAME IS AND MIKE WAS TRYING TO PLAY SOME HARD BALL D AND GOOD HARD FOOT BALL DOUSE NOT WORK IN THIS DAY IN AGE THE REF WILL JUST END UP LITTERING THE FILD WITH YELLOW FLAGS ALEX ALEX ALEX ALEX I KNOW ALEX CAN DO IT !!!!! I JUST WANT TO WIN AND I THANK ALEX WILL BE ABLE TO PUT IT TOGHETER NOW THAT JED HAS MANED UP I BLEVE IN ALEX I BLEVE IN THE YORKS 49ER FOR LIFE

  76. By steve on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    O YA WOW JED BIG UPS TO YOU FOR DOING THIS… I THANK THE FANS KNOW NOW THAT YOUR IN IT TO WIN IT ….. AS FANS YOUR GOING TO HERE IT FROM US WHEN YOU MESS UP BUT ITS JUST CUZ WE CAIR AND THIS IS ARE TEEM TO WE ROLL UP IN THE 9ERS GIER AND HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SH-T TOO …. THANK YOU JED FOR THE HOPE

  77. By Zeolit on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Our Christmas Present finally arrives! New Years is officially New! It’s going to be a really great year!

  78. By joe weidner on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    whaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo there is a god!!!!!!!!!

  79. By MiG on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    ITS GREAT that we have land this great coach..Go NINERS!!…And I’m a A. Smith Fan also..and wish him the best.. but i honestly believe hes leaving this organization that has failed to develop or even polish his skills as a QB…He found out the hard way that he was drafted to manage games only..That”s why Nolan drafted him for the reasons of building the second coming of the RAVENS..great defense and poor offense..He”s not dumb enough to stick around for a seven season y’all…

  80. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    i can not believe that! wow.York has to many preying to got this two people.And same time believing without Singletary work ,it will be not possible to got them!

  81. By tru9erfan on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    What can you say but Jed and Trent got it right…great day to be a 9er fan!!!!

  82. By brian on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    great day for niner fans can’t wait to watch west coast o/back in S.F.

  83. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Of course there is a God, His name is Christ Jesus. The headlines will read in 2012, San Fransisco 49ers 2012 Superbowl Champions with Alex Smith as starting QB. Rob and all the Alex S. haters will be real quiet! Great choise, Go 49ers…….

  84. By 49erfaithful on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    I am so happy…i think we should keep alex probably as a backup but keep him because he hasnt had the opportunity to have a person with real knowhow for a decent period of time…Its a long process faithful…a superbowl would be nice next year but we have alot of ground to cover!

  85. By missouri 9er on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    JR Baca from New Mexico, Gods name is Jehovah ( Ps. 83:18, Ex. 6:3 ) Jesus Christ, Gods SON ! but I’m with you on Alex one more chance and a playoff run, GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  86. By Tim on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, it’s about time!!!Jim Harbaugh should lead this team to wins!!It’s time to get to the playoff soon and avoid the dreadfulness since 02.

  87. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Missouri9er, Christ Jesus is God. Colossians 1:15-18, Isaiah 9:6,7, and the head of all things including our awesome 9er team. It fills great to be a 9er this day. 6 time Champions is only 13 months away. the days of old are coming back and we have the coach and team that will do it!

  88. By ninerfolife on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Nice job men!!!!!! It looks like we are headed in the right direction!!! I think Coach will keep Alex Smith…. There is no denying his talents…. But i also think we should try to grab Kevin Kolb he will be availabe…. Dont get me wrong I am a Huge Alex Smith fan… he ended his season in good fashion,, he is mature and even keeled at all times, And thats what will make him great soon.. but i think he needs stiffer competition…. And we can draft a Q.B. ans SITT HIM SO HE CAN LEARN AND NOT THROW HIM INTO THE FIRE. HUCK IT!!!! CHUCK IT!!!!! FOOTBAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. By way2sicc on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    a smith a pro bowl qb next year for sure

  90. By Charles Schimmel on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    This season: Harbaugh…next season: Luck? Go ‘Niners..they’re my team again!

  91. By John Franco on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys i totaly agree 100% on this god is good and i praise my savior christ chrsit for his blessing and i do believe he brought these guys to get the 49ers turned around and also plus i know we will be a whole differnt team for sure and plus coaach harbaugh is bring back the west coast offense which is going ot be very interesting im pumped cant wait and 49ers are back go 49ers i believe

  92. By IhateAlexSMITH on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    ALEX SMITH NEEDS TO BE FIRED! I HOPE THE NINERS DRAFT A QB, AND HIRE KOB OR YOUNG! PLEASE don’t make the 49ers SUFFER another LONNNGGG Season with ALEXXX SMITHHH! I was the only 49er fan that was at the Chargers game this year, and I don’t want see Alex play on any TEAM like the way he has played for us. IIIII HAAATTEEE ALEEEXXX SMITTHHH!!!

  93. By mike on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, I’m kind of routing for Alex too. But all this week all I could think about was GET JIM HARBAUGH, for the love of God get Harbaugh!!!! I’m so relieved after it seemed maybe we wouldn’t land him. THANK YOU JED!!! THANK YOU TRENT!!! Now keep Alex, get a decent vet on the cheap, kinda like Walsh did with Deberg to bring up Joe, and let’s do this thing. I believe in Jed, I believe in Trent, I believe in Jim and I really do believe in Alex. I wonder if you guys read this crap, probably not……

  94. By IhateAlexSMITH on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    6 years with ALEX and there has been no sign of progress. I DON’T SEE WHAT YOU SEE IN ALEX SMITH. HE IS THE WORST QB. THE TEAM DOES NOT BELIEVE IN HIM AND SO DOSE THE TRUE FANS. THE FANS WHO BUY TICKETS AND STAY UNTIL THE VERY END OF THE GAME. IF YOU HAD EVER BOUGHT TICKETS YOU’LL SEE SMITH ON THE SIDELINE.. .DEMOTIVATED AND ALONE. Alex is not what we want. AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME THEN ANOTHER COACH WILL BE FIRED!! DARR GONE

  95. By J Philbrick on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Great choice! The only way we can go is up.
    Keep the faith……but get rid of Alex!

  96. By mg75 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Once we get a good qb, Harbaugh is gonna love Vernon

  97. By mg75 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    who knows maybe david carr might be the future qb! wtf am i smokin crack. now that would be funny

  98. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Amen, brother John Franco, praises to His mighty all powerfull name. I believe Singletery brought morals to our team, and now JH is bringhing wisdom, knowledge and boldness to our team. the Dallas CowlittleBoys might be called Americas team, the 9ers are God’s special team, He groomed them with coach Sing. and now He will do His finished work with coach JH. Get ready for the best team in the NFL this coming season. The 49ers are in God’s mighty hands. The Lord number is 7, all this happend on the 7th, a day of perfection, to God give the glory, Amen! Go 49ers…….

  99. By Crespo on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    You can say that Alex Smith hasn’t had a fair shot…ok but Harbaugh will go watch film on Smith and then realize that under pressure no matter the situation the guy makes major mistakes, thats not coaching thats just Smith since his rookie year. Smith OUT he needs a fresh start somewhere else.

  100. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Jesus for our new GM and head coach Jim H. Now the 49ers are going to be the best team ever to play the game of football.

  101. By Mike on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Screw all this religious talk!!

  102. By Crespo on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Amen my brotha!! Now if they will start Mays at safety and be the hardest hitting defense in the league!! Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh 2011

  103. By HOPE on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Keep Alex Smith! He will be perfect for NOW! And Hopefully later.

  104. By JD708 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe how enthusiastic everyone is about Harbaugh. He is a good college coach thusfar but so was Spurrier. The 49ers still do not have a single person on their team who knows anything about winning in the NFL. Willis, V Davis, Gore, Smith, J Smith, and any other player or coach or front office guy you want to name have no history of NFL success.

    I wish Harbough the best of luck and I’m looking forward to seeing the move the 49ers make but I am NOT in favor of taking a leap of faith on a coach without a history of NFL success. The niners are ready to win now and a quality NFL coach would help ensure success immediately. Im afraid we are going to have to deal with growing pains of a rookie head coach the same way we did with Singletary. Who knows who is going to be on his staff because they are a key element that is being overlooked in this process.

    I love my niners and I’m eager to see the changes that need to be made, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Championships are won in reality and not in blog posts

  105. By STAN 78 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Geeeez it finally happend ! we got Jim I really think this is a good move he is very good developing QBs.I just hope the pros give him the respect he deserves.They did it for Walsh in 77 I hope they do it now!

  106. By 49er faithful on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    thank you to all of you that still believe that alex deserves one last shot with a real coach and not just coordinators…….any hooo congrats to jed and trent great job so far boys keep it up and coach harbaugh it is gonna be fun watching, thank you for making the right decision!!!!!!!!!!

  107. By David on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Jed York GREAT JOB!!!!! I was one of the mad fans , now you have made us very happy , I think this will go down as the 49ers second best hires in history.And even Balke appears impressive!

  108. By David on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith? Come on be real , I know 5 OC’s in 6 years is rough but we need to move on.He has shown very little , we need a confident winner , not damaged goods , if Harbaugh showed up 3 years ago maybe , but 6 years later? noway Kolb from Eagles would be great choice.

  109. By David on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Also Alex is an option QB not a west coast off. guy , don’t think he would mesh.

  110. By KDB on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Whatever Harbaugh decides i am down with as far as QB, DB, the entire team. As much as I’d like to see Alex come back I don’t think he will. that being said–Kolb, Delomme, Who else?????

    Harbaugh’s a PROVEN winner at all levels so far, just like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Walsh so he’s our best option and a guy that has a SYSTEM and understands the game.

    He’s without a doubt the best choice at this time and I will be renewing our season tickets.

    I also ow Balkke an I’m sorry, he came off good yesterday and I like him to.

    Also–Jed stepped up and I’m feeling better about our chances.

  111. By Cedric Winston on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I am a singletary man but understood strong arm tactics lead you to prison not glory. With that beimg said Jim will offer something singletary couldn’t and that is style and flavor of a scheme. Singletary allowed himselsf to waiver under constant stress and couldn’t make up his mind and keep it their. Jim is cerebral on the sideline. I doubt he will get mad and run on the field. Take his notes make his adjustments and capitalize. Lets Get It in 2011 its time.

  112. By matthew on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Please Draft Mallett….hes raw but harbaugh can develop him…trade for mcnabb for now…once hes ready to retire mallett will be ready

  113. By jake on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    KDB Kolb yes I dont know about Delomme there is not going to be alot out there so Alex might be the best out on the market

  114. By Hermie on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I too owe Baalke and York some kudos, when I wasn’t sure they had the Moxi to get it done!!

    Kolb really hasn’t shown that much…I don’t believe Reid let McNabb go because he felt Kolb could do it. I think he saw Vick was his man, but in the situation he was in…he had to name Kolb starter, but I think he knew he was gong to go with Vick. Kolb has not proven anything and has not started that many games in the NFL. I would prefer another direction from Kolb…

  115. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with jake, there is not a lot of good QB’s out there, Alex is our best option out there if he disides to stay. Alex knows that the 49ers have a great team. I’m sure he want’s to be with a team that is going to be Superbowl bound this next season. I truly believe that with Jim H. as our new leader, Alex will turn around and become a great QB. It is nice to see that most of us 9er fans are excited. New Mexico Niner Nation is excited. Great times are ahead. Go 9ers….”+”….!

  116. By vic b on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t you think Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh look like twins?… hmmmm, the last time the San Francisco 49ers had look-alikes in their organization, they won five superbowl championships!

  117. By Matthew Kelleher on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats 9ers; a quality offensive mind is now onboard; he was a 9er fan as a kid; there is hope to focus this very talented team on more victories. As a Kezar baby; I don’t expect a Super Bowl every year; but I do expect intelligent coaching adjustments that benefits our chances of winning. last year was an emotional roller coaster but frankly in the games that mattered; we simply got out coached.
    Only problem with Harbaugh is he’s a Cardinal ! Go Bears ! I’ll be renewing my season tickets now; wasn’t going to after the last season.

  118. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I can now see Alex Smith staying. Not because he is the best available man for the job. But because he will come at a very cheap price tag. And he’s already familiar with the organization. Harbaugh will bring back the west coast offense and this is suited to Alex’s talents. Im sure Baalke and York would want to at least see if Alex and Harbaugh will mesh together, especially if Alex can be signed at minimum money.

    I see Nate Davis being promoted to backup QB. Troy Smith will sign elsewhere. David Carr will not be back.

    The Niners can use their 7 pick to draft a top flight defensive player -whether its a lineman or secondary. Or even the best available RB, considering the fact Gore is getting more and more banged up.

    By keeping Smith and keeping their #7 pick, the Niners will allow themselves enough extra cash to be able to sign a decent free agent or two.

    CB Champ Bailey comes to mind. Former Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams is out there. And so is former 9er Terrell Owens. The team will need to bring in some veteran free agents in order to create a nice mix with their current young talent.

  119. By L.J. on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    i think that our new coach will turn the team around and as far as superbowl gose probly not but playoffs diffently yes

  120. By melendez on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    GREAT!!! now can we do something about the QB situation, may I suggest Kevin Kolb

  121. By gtbniners on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    wow alex smith 4 qb again no frikin way can play under center bad under presure only plays well when where trailing by 3tds makes comeback when is time 2 win the he chokes coach will get it done

  122. By henreeree on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    i say we let go A Smith if theres any good quality qbs out there… but for a really cheap price..idk…maybe he shoud stay. As far as Jim H. he has a lot to prove and work on. I am very much excited to see what our 49ERS can do for next year…..

  123. By KDB on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    CFR you could be correct, except I think T. Smth and all other QB’s will be gone, that’s what I think and I hope. I see more “Pro Style QB’s coming in. I’m not certain Alex wants to come back I would if I was him to just prove it which he will if he comes back. Heck he proved it the last 2 games even more so.

    Anyway it’s fun again isn’t it?

    I’m excited to see what coordinators he brings in.

    Also-don’t waste a pick on a QB on #7 but what big
    Jim decides I’m on board.

  124. By KDB on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hermie you know I like you right? It’s all good.

  125. By KDB on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with you Jake it’s a tough market out there. And I think and have always thought Alex would flourish under a guy like this?????

  126. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I believing 49ers will be have new starting QB to!That will be nice!

  127. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I am kind of glad that we didn’t make the playoffs, Sing. would still be here and we would have never picked up coach Jim H. It was all in God’s perfect plan!

  128. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Lady JR BACA i dabbed you understand the game!

  129. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Viliam no one cares what you think , “GET A LIFE”. Your an ignorant person what ever you are, The one thing I do know about you is that you are not a true 49er fan!

  130. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Lady Baca,well i know, that i am ignorant.

  131. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Viliam, I have a lot of brothers in the Lord as 49er fans, I don’t need to deal with a stuped fag like you. It is people like you that screw up these blogs, your a looser that needs to go back to school to learn how to speak english correctly.

  132. By NINER1 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I like the hire of Jim Harbaugh an his awarnesses of the offense which will lead us back the SUPER BOWL days!!! GO NINERS11111

  133. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Lady JR Baca,that is very nice.But i insured you,that i posses testosterone!

  134. By sdakota9er on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    so nice to see all this postive niner talk! hope it carries over to the team. it has been so rough years…….but i think none tougher than last. i think Sing brought a lot of honor to the young guys on the team, something u can’t replace at any level. with that the sky is the limit with harbaugh and his offensive mind!

    i want to see alex succeed, not sure if kolb is the answer…..but i will take what Harbaugh believes in! go 9er’s!

  135. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys ,i am very sure,that Alex Smith will be not with 49ers next season.Just what Jim Horbaugh sad,that he is couch who believing,that QB is most important player.

  136. By PETERD on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    For god’s sake can’t we take christianity or ANY faith-based belief system out of football? See how I slipped in “for god’s sake?) It’s NUTS!
    Humans playuing gamews for big bucks. Sometimes very well. That’s all…

    I heard god and jesus and all those top of the line deities really are backing Buffalo.

  137. By PETERD on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    For god’s sake can’t we take christianity or ANY faith-based belief system out of football? (See how I slipped in “for god’s sake?”) It’s NUTS!
    Humans playing games for big bucks. Sometimes very well. That’s all…

    I heard god and jesus and all those top of the line deities really are backing Buffalo

  138. By Robo on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Great, the 49er’s have a new head coach, but does anyone else out there think that the 49ers should not have dismissed Mike Singletary altogether? The offense sputtered a lot, but the defense was the 49ers strength and it’s style of play has Mike singletary’s signature written all over it. Mike Singletary would be perfect as the teams defensive coordinator and if my history is correct, Harbaugh and Singletary both played together with the Bears. Anyone know what their relationship is? As for quarterbacks, I don’t think that there is anyone readily available for the 49er’s this year. The QB they want will be in the draft next year. Until then, the 49er’s should stick with Alex Smith and see how he develops under the guidance of Jim Harbaugh. After all, the NFC West is still pretty weak and just by adding Harbaugh, that should be enough to get the 49er’s to the playoffs. This year, I’d like to see the 49er’s draft secondary help to improve their defense, either Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara and gamble a bit by trading their 2nd Round pick to Arizona for the Cardinals 1st Round pick in 2012. Then hope for a little Luck.

  139. By Enrique Merino on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    A head coach with seventeen years of experience, interesting.

  140. By Hermie on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I am good KDB, we are all excited about what is about to take place. Harbaugh will let us know what he thinks of our QB situation, and I am certainly on board with what he thinks…I do believe he will go another direction from Alex, but if he can turn him around…I am all for whatever will help the 9ers win. We are not Alex haters, just do not believe he has what it takes to take us to thepromised land!! Harbaugh please deliver us!!!

  141. By Hermie on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    So here is the fotball 101 I ‘think/hope” is in the works…aside from who they may pick up in free agency…#7 pick there will be a quality DB we should pick up. Harbaugh is going to want to bring in a QB…Sings philosphy was the QB was not the most important position on the team, but collectively was how you win. Harbaugh does not buy in to that philosphy…He will go after a QB that will make the offense work.

    Don’t get me wrong…Alex can play, he just will not ever win a championship, not consistent enough. Once he is flushed out, the play is over…I watched good QB’s like J. Ferguson (one of Buffalo’s best) who never won a championship because he was not consistent enough. Great at times, never able to put everything together game after game…that is Alex from what I have seen.

    Harbaugh will let us know!!

  142. By Hermie on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    PETERD…you know as well as I do all Buffalo teams are cursed!!! There is no way Buffalo is Gods team!! All you have to do is look at the Bills…Sabres… and Braves (Oh, that right there is no Buffalo Braves anymore).

  143. By Jonah on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Jim Harbaugh is a QB’s Coach as well as a master of the X’s and O’s. I can see 49ers sign alex for 1 more year and if things don’t work out we can still get Andrew Luck. But I would love to see Alex Smith come back for 1 more year under the JIM HARBAUGH SYSTEM in which he said will run the WEST COAST OFFENSE. Please dear lord let the Head fix everything.

  144. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    PETERD, Just because I mention Chris or God in this blog or any other blog, it is none of your business, this is a free country and it does not make me or anyone else a Bills fan. There are a lot of Christians that are 49er fans, we all want to see out team become a winning team. It is not all about big bucks or having lots of money, it’s about the game. If I or others want to bring God or (Y’shua) Jesus into our conversations, there is nothing wrong with that, the majority of the 49er team are Christian, and they believe in praying just like we do. so if you have nothing good to say about Christ Jesus, don’t say it at all and don’t try to stop us Christians from bringing Christ into our conversations. This is a Christian team and you or the devil or anyone else can’t stop us from saying what we want to say. Beliver & 49er for life!

  145. By UpLateAgain on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, yes, yes!
    Alex Smith’s head is truly on the chopping block. We now have a head coach, who knows how to tailor a game to a QB’s strengths. So Alex produces this year, or he’s gone. And with harbaugh coaching, who knows…. he might.

    Of course, the ideal situation would be reuniting Harbaugh and Andrew Luck in 2012 draft. That’s tricky. IIt will be all about spending money and trading good players to bad teams for draft choices, ’cause I don’t think the Niners are likely to be the worst team in the NFL with the talent they have and Harbaugh at the helm.

  146. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I am with Jonah, give Alex S. one more chance with a new head coach and I believe that Alex will become more consistent as QB. Alex needs to become more confident in his position, with the right coaching staff he will become a great QB and will lead our team to the next Superbowl in 2012.

  147. By Juan on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think the 49ers missed a good opportunity to let Jim Tomsula continue coaching the team to more victories. He has a great record from NFL Europe and you can tell that the players respect him and are will to work harder for him.

  148. By Hermie on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe how much Harbaugh and Baalke look like brothers!!

  149. By Robert wayne on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    no no Harbaugh is not a christian he is A CATHLOIOC….there is a big difference Catholic,s killed more Christians in history than any other Religious power….also If Harbaugh is such of a great coach, why was he ahead of Oregon 21-3 at halftime and got beat 54-21…It would seem like 49ERS would want Chip Kelly (Oregon coach) more.

  150. By KDB on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with you Hermie, it truly is an exciting time in Ninerville again, yahoo.

  151. By KDB on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Guys I want Alex to come back to but I don’t think he will. I bet now he is thinking it over and a bit excited, if it wasn’t for our fans that boo him I think he’s be back but???????

  152. By Tony the Tiger on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    The 49ers hire of Harbaugh is the start of a movement to reverse the trend begun with the hiring of Steve Mariucchi. The Niners need to consider drafting Patrick Peterson of LSU in the 7th slot, thereby filling two positions – kick returner and shutdown corner – with one big, confident, well-coached All American with no personal baggage and a great attitude (I was lucky enough to interview him during the past three years as a member of the media covering LSU). The Niners could also draft QB Andy Dalton out of TCU who has a lot of the skill sets and attitudes of Joe Montana and Steve Young, Or they could choose Vonn Miller, the Butkus award winner from Texas A&M, who would be a great outside speed rusher and more than compliment Willis at linebacker.

  153. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Lady JR Baca from New Mexico. Well ,i do not what to say about GB anymore.I used to like Alex Smith , 49ers draft pick.But after six years,and sack two coaches,i f i will be Jim Harbaugh,i will be not thing long time what to do with Smith!

  154. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I believing that Alex Smith,reach his potential.Many NFL QB come from much lover draft and are now ranked higher than Smith.

  155. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    A “FAG” Viliam Dugovic, I am not a lady, you need to stop your crap. Stop being so stupid, at least use a dictionary. your words don’t make any sense. And Alex Smith is not going anywhere. he will stay and will be ready to start next season. you have to understand that it was not only Alex that screwed up, it was the whole team and bad coaching. Alex is better then most QB’s out their. We have a great coach now that is going to turn our team around and take them in the right direction. Our team will prevail. Viliam, I do forgive you, but you need to stop, you need grow up and be a man!

  156. By KDB on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    The problem is Alex is a Free agent and some believe he will be gone so to say he’s staying I’m not sure. I would if I was him given that he has Harbaugh as a coach. I thin we need to keep our best QB which is Alex if we can, then get a Free Agen and then draft a 3rd round pick or later, we’ll see.

    Get rid of Carr, T. Smith and Nate Davis, PLEASE.

  157. By KDB on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    What’s interesting is the fact that so many now think that Alex with an excellent coach, now can do better, that is very cool to see that folks know it really hasn’t been all on him.

    People know how dysfuntional the system he’s been dealing with has been since Norv Turner left.

  158. By KDB on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Like Harbaugh said in his press conference, we need to “coash up the players we have” pretty cool no matter who he was talking about. That’s what a great coach does, he coaches his players UP!

  159. By Nobrun on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Not sure what to think. All I know is there’s proven coaches out there: Dungy, Holmgren, Gruden, Cowher…we couldn’t get one of these guys on board? Who is Harbaugh?

  160. By elysin on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    hahaha.. Alex smith is a free agent….they cant cut him!

  161. By JD708 on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Nobrun. I would love to have gotten a coach with NFL success. Thats not what the niners have done so their going to continue to under-preform. Dungy I don’t think is interested in coaching, Holmgren has a job and could hire himself as coach in Clev; however, Gruden or Cowher would have been fantastic. Gruden would fit better cus he is an offensive coach that knows the west coast offense. Cowher is a def guy but would obtain a fantastic staff to come with him.

    As far as QBs go I think the niners are screwed. Alex is a one-trick pony that can only run a spread offense. I would love to keep him if Harbaugh wants to run the spread but he doesn’t so Alex would suck again cus (as Urban Myer told everyone before Alex Smith was drafted “He’s slow to pick up the offense but once he gets it he’s fantastic”) it would take him forever to learn the new system and we do not have time to wait on him anymore. Unfort the options avail are not better. Drafting a QB in this draft is insane. There is not a QB (for our system) worth the #7 pick. Pick the CB Prince at #7 and try to work a deal for a vet QB. I do not think the right guy is out there for us to grab so we’ll have to endure another year of questions from the QB spot. I like the idea of getting McNabb cus at least he knows the west coast system and has been a winner in the NFL but his price tag maybe too high (however its not my money so pay him). I also like the idea of trading a late rd pick for QB Josh Johnson cus Harbaugh had him at SD St so he could be serviceable if needed and not too costly.

    I wish a better answer was out there (Rodgers, Rivers, Brees, or even Luck as a draft pick, etc) but they arent. We’ll have to start working towards a solution at QB but it will not be remedied this upcoming season. Hope the defense improves and the team overall starts playing better football cus they are capable of competing with anyone.

  162. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I am done with this blog, anyway blessings to the team and all of niner nation, see you all next season my brothers. Bleed Red & Gold, Go 9ers…+…!

  163. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    JD708…It may seem farfetched but there is, in fact, a better answer for the Niners if EVERYTHING FALLS INTO PLACE. Consider this Niner fans:

    1) Peyton Manning just lost AGAIN in the playoffs. The Colts are getting worse as Manning is getting older. The Colts are thisclose to rebuilding. Does Manning believe this is the best situation for his career? Or will he look for a team that already has a solid nucleus in which he can continue his legacy? Keep in mind the Colts DO NOT have a good RB. The Niners DO. And Gore is the kind of player than can in fact lengthen Manning’s career and make him flourish as he gets older. I say if I were York, I’d go all out and throw the bank at Peyton. 9ers have nothing to lose.

  164. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Scenario #2.

    Micheal Vick and the Eagles just lost to the Packers. During the post game presser, Vick was asked about his free agent future with the Eagles. He said, “There’s no guarantee I’ll be here next year.” Hmmm…I didn’t get the feeling Vick was that ecstatic about re-signing. The Niners will run the West Coast offense that Steve Young absolutely flourished in. Could Vick possibly be having visions of this in San Francisco? Vick knows the weather is better in California. Vick knows he’ll get big, long term money. And Vick knows he can get a very fresh start as a 49er and would be a perfect fit to play alongside Gore, Davis, and Crabtree. If I were York, I’d offer the bank at Vick and at least make a run at him especially if Peyton decides to re-up with the Colts.

    Bottom line: If the Niners are really serious about winning Super Bowls, they should never waste their time luring middle of the pack QBs like Kolb, Palmer, Vince Young, or even over-the-hill McNabb. Go for the GOLD York. Go after Manning and Vick. This will be the only chance for SF to get a top five QB in the next three years because Brady is locked up, and so are Brees and Rodgers. If Manning and Vick go elsewhere, you’re stuck once again with no big time QB in the near future (and you can’t rest your luck on Luck in 2012).

  165. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have this small little gut feeling that the San Francisco 49ers will end up signing Peyton Manning.

    Compare it to when the Los Angeles Lakers signed free agent Shaquille O’Neal in 1996, after the Lakers had gone through several years of lackluster mediocrity after the Magic Johnson era ended.

    This is the time for York, Harbaugh, and the SF 49er organization to show their mettle, show what they’ve got, and show to the world they are still among the elite franchises in the NFL. The Yankees, Red Sox, Lakers, and Celtics always strive to have the best superstars play for them. No reason why SF shouldn’t do the same. Get MANNING or VICK and bring the rings back to the bay.

    I’m out like the Colts and Eagles.

  166. By JD708 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I love the optimism. Yes Manning or Vick would be awesome but I’m not sure the rest of the world sees the 49ers the same as us. Petyon is God in Indy and I can not see him leaving under any circumstances (not saying he shouldn’t but he’s already the head coach and offensive co-coordinator of that team. I’m sure hius next contract will make him the GM as well so he can sign his own players.

    I have more optimism about Vick however he is unpredictable. Would love to have him under center for the next few years but I also don’t see him leaving Philly. A Franchise Tag will keep him there at least one more year and he doesn’t have the option to say no to that.

    I’m also disappointed with the rumors that we are hiring Vic Fangio as our Def-Cordinator. The dude was a def co or the Panthers, Colts, and Texans….Not decent. He had some ok years in his career but at each stop the def got progressively worse. Im not a Munusky guy but lets set the bar higher then a D-co that finished last in his last year of NFL coaching.

  167. By KDB on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    CFR–Right on with the Peyton call. He may want to leave Indy but I think it depends on their long term goals, that would be tough. Vick yeah ok but agin he fails in the playoffs.

    For the other dudes on this board—

    As far as Fangio, well let’s see oh yeah Bill Bellecheck was fired at Cleveland when he began and as far as Harbaugh–he comes from a great coaching petigree so I’m happy we have him. Brian Billick I would have liked as well but not as much as Harbaugh. He’s won at every level and if for some reason it doesn’t work here, I’m still good with his hire.

    Cowher listed 3 jobs he would have taken and one of them wasn’t SF. Additionally, Chuckie never wanted to come here either. Harbaugh is the man but he will need some help.

    Alex would be fine under him and NO, he doesn’t stink he just has been miss managed and NEVER coached up. Additionally Urban didn’t slam the kid. In fact he praised his athletism and his smarts as a package.

    Let’s see what happens but I see more pro style QB’S coming in and I agree CFR no way on V Young and some of the others but you know I do like Kolb.

  168. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with ChickenFriedRice, it would be great if we could sign M. Vick. The 9ers are a great team and other players from other teams see that. We just had the wrong coaching staff. Even though I would keep Alex as backup. So Vick if you are listening, come join the next Superbowl Champions, the San Fransisco 49ers…+…!

  169. By L.G on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    It’s nice to have a more offensive minded coach…He runs a similar offense to the original west coast offense Bill Walsh implemented…We had two defensive minded coaches and never became dominant in 6 years on defense…Good change all around!

    Brian Billick runs the most dull offense ever I am happy they did not get him!

    Why keep Alex because he has a few good games against below .500 teams? He wants to move on anyway he wants out big time and I don’t blame him! I wish him the best…

    We need to go after Kevin Kolb before the Cardinals get him or Vick…

  170. By z9ers on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ok right now we have a great college coach so dont get to happy just yet. This is good though because we got the guy we set out to get so props to Jed and Trent. I do think that Harbaugh will do good things here. As far as QB I think that Harbaugh will meet with Alex and want to resign him. Harbaugh is not stupid and will see the market for FA Qbs is not very good this year for the money they demand and that Alex is one of the best in the Red Zone. He will figure that with his play calling he can get them to the Red Zone. I dont know if Alex will want to resign though and dont be shocked if Lienhart is in camp also.

  171. By darkniner on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sure JH will be impressed with Alex’s intellect so don’t be surprised if he sticks around for 1 more year…

  172. By 9er fan 4llife on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    man most of these so called “fans” of the 9ers make me sick..how r u going to try and talk a team into going or droping game to get a low pick…obviously not true fans of my 49ers….jim is going to be a great coach and if we pick alex smith up again it will pay off big time…or getting a mcnabb or VY wouldnt hurt us either..i say get mcnabb for 3yrs & draft a good young qb in the 2nd round let learn and view the system.plus mcnabb will get us to the playoff also……..AND IF YOUR A “TRUE” 9ER FAN Y THE HECK R U WISHN TO DROP GAME FOR A 1ST ROUNDER THATS JUST PLANE DUMB

  173. By L.G on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    No he wont keep Alex, two coaches have lost there jobs under his 8 year run…Jim has more common sense than that…Like I said Alex (God Bless him for his hard work) wants to move on anyway. I think everyone going to be scraped, mainly coaches.

    Congratulations Jed everyone was dogging this kid and he has done very well. I listen to some of his interviews and he is a smart and articulate guy…He will do fine, he has learned a lot by hiring Sing. and has a clear direction of were he wants this organization to go now…

    I am excited to see the new change…

  174. By Neil on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    AWESOME!!

    Let’s get a new QB and rock n roll as we did w/ Joe M. & Steve Y.
    Enough with the bs games..Let’s win the games and be a contender.

  175. By temper on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone still here? KDB? Are you on?

  176. By REEF on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    VINCE ‘F’N!!! YOUNG!!!!!!

    NUFF SAID!

  177. By Niner Wil 1962 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Jed for landing the big fish in Jim Harbaugh, now let’s get back to playing the type of football that this franchise has been lacking for the last several years. Give Alex Smith one last shot at running this offense, he’ll come cheap, Harbaugh may be able to help him as they go back to running the west coast Offense again.

  178. By BT 9er on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I hope JH turns us around. I’m 23 and never really got to experience the glory days of the 49ers. As for Smith, (Alex) stay another year. I admit I was one of the guys at the game booing him but I also knew it wasn’t all his fault. Give the guy a chance to show us what the right coach and right scheme can really do. More importantly, give yourself a chance Alex to prove us booers wrong make us eat our words. I hope you do. As for JH. What better test for a head coach than winning with a QB that nobody else could win with. Vince Young hell no Mcnabb too expensive but maybe kolb maybe. GO NINERS!!!!

  179. By JR Baca from New Mexico on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Z9er,I believe that If Alex does decide to stay, that he will become a great QB under our new coaching system. Alex will achive greatness and take us to the playoffs and beyond. It was a team effort. it was not all Alex’s fault, Alex has had his up’s and down’s because of bad coaching. Just look at last game with the Rams. Coach Sing was desperate, took Troy out, put Alex in at the end of the game, that is bad coaching. If Alex would have started that game, we would be in the playoffs today. I know that a lot of fans including myself were mad with all the screw up’s this season, but it was not all Alex. he deserves a chance to prove himself with a great coach, he has had so many bad ones, but it would be great to sign Vick.

  180. By Gedric on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    LET JIM HARBAUGH NURTURE ALEX SMITH JUST LIKE ANDREW LUCK.

  181. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

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  182. By SIPRA CORP on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Take look at the schedule from 1981 …… erie isn’t it !!!

  183. By JR Baca in NM on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Fag Viliam Dugovic, that is what all the women tell me!

  184. By JSR on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Congradulations to Jed and Trent. At least you went out and got your man in Harbaugh. If you guys stay aggresive in your search for players, the draft like you did in landing Harbaugh, when everyone else seem to want him, the niners will be fine in the future. Harbaugh needs to go after his coaching staff in the same way. Maybe Harbaugh can help Alex Smith or Troy Smith, but regardless, we should still draft another QB and whatever happened to Nate Davis? Also, pick up the Raiders corner, Asomugha. We need a good corner. Move Nate Clements to Safety and get a better cover guy. Sorry Nate, at this time you are a better tackler than a cover corner and would probably do a better job at safety covering backs and slot recievers.

  185. By L.G on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Alex is not coming back get over it! My gosh! Move on look at the below attachment. The Niners finally have some football guys running the show!

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2011/01/baalke-niners-w.html

  186. By Hermie on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, Baalke says that none of the QB’s currently on the team is going to be the guy!! Nate has recently signed with Seattle. If anyone will come back and beat us, it won’t be Alex. At least Harbaugh and Baalke are on the same page in that respect!

  187. By 49er trainwreck on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Why all the excitement? Harbaugh has done nothing and who the heck is our GM anyway? Get ready faithful.l.. 3-15 (18 game season) for the 49ers in 2011-2012. Yeah the team will be sitting at home in front of the big screen at playoff time again!

  188. By Viliam Dugovic on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

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  189. By Jason on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Eagles Fan Here — I can’t see the 49ers, or any other team, trading a top-10 pick, straight up, for Kevin Kolb. I can, however, imagine the 49ers (or another team) swapping first round picks with the Eagles (7th and 23rd) and giving the Eagles their second round pick in exchange for Kolb. Eagles would be getting the “high pick” they allegedly will demand in exchange for Kolb, and 49ers (or another team) will get their long-term solution at QB and a later first round pick as well, to address other needs. Seems perfectly reasonable to me — which is why I doubt it will happen. This has been noted by certain local Philly sports writers, however, as a way to make a Kolb deal work in light of the Eagles demands and other teams’ hesitation in trading a top-10 pick, straight up, for Kolb.

  190. By Michael on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    49ers should try to pick up kolb from the eagles or jake locker from washington in the draft. get rid of alex smith or keep him as a back up, who cares. at least there is a real qb coach now who can develop whom ever is playing qb.

  191. By Hermie on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Harbaugh will not be developing the QB (although I am sure he will be a close observer)…that will be left to whomever he (and Baalke) hire as O.C. and ultimately the QB coach. I guess the is the guy we need…Johnson was the QB coach in the past…my guess is Harbaugh will bring some guys from his current staff with him.

  192. By mike on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    troy smith, vince young, kevin kolb, mcnabb? do any of you kno what a good quarter back is? keep alex for for one more year as a starter guy has had more coaches in his 5 years than most do in there whole career. spend the first round on a rookie qb. or bring back jeff garcia guy still got some fire

  193. By JR Baca in NM on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like Alex is going to leave, even though he might change his mind or maybe talked out of it. Who ever they choose I’m sure he will be a great. Our focus this year is win from here on out. Go 49ers…+…!

    Check out this site:

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2011/01/baalke-niners-w.html

  194. By Humi67 on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hi,
    I am from Germany and lived in 2001 in SF. I became a real 49er-fan over there and I still follow the game from overseas! GO 49ers, GO!!! back to the great times!!!
    Good luck and I really hope to be able to watch a real game again pretty soon!!!

  195. By sj2gp on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    i’m not a big fan of college coaches coming in to the nfl cuz they have a bad track record. I do hope you break that.
    we need a qb a vet, mcnabb, Vince young, Kevin Kolb. chad Pennington and draft a qb to learn the system of yours
    and we need tall CB’s i really like greg manusky still hope he’s going to stay because he is at what he does.

  196. By KDB on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    Well i thought that this may happen—Alex won’t be back (HIS CHOICE) good for him.

    I wouldn’t touch Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett but I would take Andy Dalton from TCU as a draft pick, and I would for sure trade for either Flynn, Palmer, or kolb in any order if I could.

    I wouldn’t ouch any of those retreads like V. Young, McNabb, etc.; however, if Harbaugh chooses one of these Retreads I have to believe he may just a little more than I, LOL!

    Here we go should get interesting.

  197. By KDB on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    Oh and GOOD RIDDDENS N.Davis and T.Smith–I thought Harbaugh would bring in a more “Pro Style” set and it looks like he will.

  198. By robert.c on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    SiGn VICK

  199. By KDB on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    Curious—What QB’S that were Free Agents have wond a Super Bowl besides:

    Brees
    Dilfer-I think was one
    Brad Johnson

    Can someone name a few more?

  200. By robert.c on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    BrinG SINGLETARY back 4 defensive coordinator

  201. By KDB on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    Plunkett?
    Kurt Warner

    Who else?

  202. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    KDB…My money is on Carson Palmer. He had two great years in Cincy but just wasn’t surrounded with the right people. Marvin Lewis is a joke of a coach. Chris Henry, Ochocinco, and TO weren’t the right mix of receivers for him to lead. The personalities clashed. That’s why Houshmanzadeh got out of Cincy. Palmer’s best years were when Houshmanzadeh and Chad Johnson were the two playmakers.

    I say the Niners bring in Palmer and turn the tide. He was a winner in college. He’s a leader. And he’d be the perfect fit for Harbaugh’s system and the perfect kinda veteran to lead guys like Gore, Davis, and Crabtree.

    And then SF should draft the best available position player at #7 and fill in the missing pieces through the draft.

    I’m willing to be my money on the Niners taking a long hard look at Carson Palmer.

  203. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    Carson Palmer, I GUARANTEE 90%, is the next starting QB for the 49ers.

  204. By bigsteve8789 on Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    Why don’t the 49ers hire Jerry Rice as a wide receivers coach? Ther’s nobody who could get these young receivers where they need to be.

  205. By K.Peterson on Jan 17, 2011 | Reply

    ALL WE NEED IS MICHEAL VICK NOW OR RANDY MOSS

  206. By 49erfan4life on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone think we should get the CB from the Raiders? i dont kno how to spell his last name but it sounds like aus-im-wa

  207. By ChickenFriedRice on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Asmougha would be a nice pick up but he might come at an expensive price tag and might turn off 49er mgmt. He had that one great year with the Raiders but has only managed one pick in each of the last two years. One-year wonder? Maybe.

    I’d rather go after Champ Bailey, who is a free agent, and is a proven leader on defense.

  208. By lu austin on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    Let just all settle down abit…im a die hard 9er..if vick come to us,that would be a piece 9ers could use. yes 9ers in the past made bad coaching decsions. have all the respect for coach sing,,,but he is a bear…9ers have talent..use what we have…we are a good team…one peace off from making a run at the playoffs..good luck

  209. By Dr. on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Great coach now we need a bright start.so why dont we keep the draft simple nd get either patrick peterson or von miller which ever availible.second or third pick we.need a big mike william.calvin johnson type of red zone reciver.the rest of the draft address all defense fututr.holes. we should address a qb via trade or agency.kolb.palmer.nd orton are all good candidates better than any first year rookie qb.or if we must give smith his last chance.next is a big maybe but i guarantee you we do this nd we will b solid.sign nhamdi asomugha.oj otogwe.nd bob sanders.maybe add a veteran dt henderson or ellis.or just take sopoaga out nd put ricky jeAn francois in..also why is it we dont use ginn in the slot much.in miami he had a season for over 700 yards he has the damn spped to b a mismatch for crying out loud nd he the same size greg jennings…nd wat the hell is dominuque zieglet doing still on the roster he has had four plays in three seasons..stop wasting willis nd davis lives we gota act now nd aggresively..

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