There’s no denying Jim Harbaugh’s Midas touch with the San Francisco 49ers.
At a 20-game benchmark, including postseason action, Harbaugh is 16-4 in his first stint as a head coach in the National Football League.
Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle recently spoke with several of the Bay Area’s top football minds for their thoughts on Harbaugh’s impressive start to his NFL head coaching career.
“George Seifert, ever loyal to his childhood team, watches the 49ers with heightened interest these days,” Kroichick wrote. “He sees Jim Harbaugh roam the sideline, intensity splayed across his face, and Seifert cannot help but flash back to the time his 49ers played Harbaugh and the Colts in Indianapolis.”
Kroichick also relayed the thoughts of Hall of Fame coach John Madden, who called Harbaugh’s 2011 season one of the best rookie coaching jobs in NFL history.
Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter recently spoke with Michael Crabtree on his quest to find the end zone more consistently. Trotter: “Crabtree wants touchdowns, which have been elusive since he was drafted 10th overall in 2009. In 44 career games he has just 12 touchdowns, and it bothers him.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com also examines Crabtree’s on-field relationship with quarterback Alex Smith. Maiocco: “The early season chemistry problems of the past that appeared to plague 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and top wide receiver Michael Crabtree has not been an issue in the first two regular-season games.”
Maiocco also offers a transcript from Randy Moss’ Wednesday media session.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shares a Scout.com report that said veteran linebacker Shawne Merriman visited the 49ers, but the team elected to sign Eric Bakhtiari because of his special teams experience.
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