He just might be the closest thing to the world’s most interesting man.
Jim Harbaugh’s off the field activities as the San Francisco 49ers coach are unique to say the least. It speaks to his wide-ranging interests when he’s not working with professional football players.
On Tuesday, Harbaugh told Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News that his bucket list included the wish of purchasing a motor home.
Harbaugh’s only driven an RV once, but would like to own one at some point.
After the 49ers coach made a cameo on Judge Judy this week, Inman noted the numerous activities Harbaugh has taken part in during his tenure in San Francisco:
– Drive the pace car in last month’s Indy 500. (Harbaugh has been a co-owner of a racing team since his late-1990s playing days with the Indianapolis Colts.)
– Meet baseball idol Willie Mays. He did so last year when Mays attended a 49ers practice (and later hosted Harbaugh and his father Jack at his house to watch a Giants game).
– Play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He’s done that the past two years, even placing a respectable 13th this year with partner Jason Day.
– Receive inspirational speeches from military heroes, including Gen. Martin Dempsey (Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman), Marine Corps Col. Jim Minnick, four-star Army Gen. Bob Cone, Sgt. Dontae Skywalker (at Arlington National Cemetary) and an anonymous Navy SEAL.
– Moonlight as a team manager at an Indiana University men’s basketball game, which he did last year for Hoosiers coach (and brother-in-law) Tom Crean.
– Have his silhouette depicted on a T-shirt. OK, he never publicly opined for this, but Nike has come out with a $28 shirt featuring a side view of Harbaugh in a black top and khaki pants.
– Phone into John Madden’s daily radio segment, which he did in January for advice on being a first-time Super Bowl coach.
More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
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The 49ers haven’t had much turnover in the coaching ranks since Jim Harbaugh signed a five-year contract in February of 2011.
That’s not to say the coaching staff can’t be improved mid-offseason. Harbaugh’s staff received a boost on Tuesday with the announcement of veteran coach Eric Mangini joining the 49ers as a senior offensive consultant.
Mangini has 15 years of NFL coaching experience and is looking to become a head coach once more after stints with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.
For now, San Francisco’s new consultant is focused on growing his offensive knowledge. Mangini comes to the 49ers with plenty of defensive awareness. In his new role, he’ll use his defensive background to help the 49ers offensive coaches scheme against opposing teams and understand how the opponent will attack.
Jim Harbaugh felt like the hiring of Mangini makes the 49ers “better” in 2013.
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared five examples of how Mangini can help the team.
More 49ers headlines and OTA notes can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.
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The San Francisco 49ers announced they have placed WR Kyle Williams and RB Kendall Hunter on the Injured Reserve List. The team also announced that RB Jewel Hampton has been added to the active roster from the Non-Football Injury List. The team also added WR Chad Hall to the practice squad, and waived S Eddie Whitley from that unit.
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The San Francisco 49ers announced that LB Darius Fleming has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list. G Joe Looney and RB Jewel Hampton have been placed on the active/non-football injury list. Players placed on either list count against the 90-man roster limit and can be activated at any time prior to the final cuts of training camp.
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Fresh off Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to start up the Morning Tailgate here on Goal Posts, not like you guys didn’t have the grills on all weekend anyway…
The first, and perhaps most noticeable headline of the weekend, came from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, who has submitted his Super Bowl XLVII winner in late May.
Maiocco has the San Francisco 49ers hoisting up the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“The 49ers exceeded all reasonable expectations in Jim Harbaugh’s first year as head coach,” Maiocco wrote. “That will not happen this season.”
According to the longtime 49ers beat writer, San Francisco is his choice for many reasons. Chief among them, the team returns every key player from last year’s dominant defense and added key upgrades on the offensive side of the ball. It remains to be seen if Jim Harbaugh can have his team race off to a Super Bowl title in his second season in San Francisco, but the 49ers coach continues to guide his players through offseason workouts with the mantra of getting better every day.
More on the latest 49ers headlines, including Harbaugh’s interest in motorsports can be found after the jump.
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49ers football school workouts received a jolt of energy on Monday as the 49ers rookies joined the veterans.
“There were a lot of bodies and a bunch of eager people ready to get in there and learn,” said three-year veteran Kyle Williams. “It’s always refreshing when you get some guys that are ready to work hard and this means everything to them. It was good to get them out there today.”
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