By TED SILLANPAA
I’ve read that Jim Harbaugh is just a little too cocky given that he hasn’t really accomplished anything particularly special coaching the 49ers. I read somewhere, and can’t remember where, that he hasn’t done anything “great” in his two season in San Francisco.
In a society of sports fans and media members that use the word “great” far too quickly and often when it’s not merited, who on earth can say that Harbaugh getting what was a horrible 49ers’ team into the NFC Championship in his first season and into the Super Bowl his second year is anything short of amazing? Great? Depends on your definition, I suppose. But, with a couple of breaks in the NFC title game last year, Harbaugh would’ve coached two Super Bowl teams in two seasons.
With a break on Sunday, pick a play that could’ve gone the Niners’ way and didn’t, Harbaugh’s a Super Bowl champion in his second season … with a 2nd-year quarterback he hand-picked out of Nevada. My gosh! It’s one thing to have a problem with a coach but it’s another thing entirely to harp on his accomplishments to the point you create an alternate reality.
I’d argue that Harbaugh choosing, obviously, Colin Kaepernick to be his franchise quarterback alone was one of the great coaching accomplishments in 49ers history. Bill Walsh drafted Joe Montana further down in the draft … but, he wasn’t drafted to be the franchise quarterback and he’d played his college football at Notre Dame.
If the 49ers had won on Sunday, the media types who don’t like Harbaugh would still be bashing him. But, finally, who can argue that the coach hasn’t done amazing things in his two seasons?