Since taking over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh has been one of the most successful coaches in the NFL, leading the team to three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, making the Super Bowl once. But reports have persisted that there is serious tension.
The latest comes from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer who says there is no way Harbaugh returns to the 49ers next season:
According to FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, Harbaugh will not be back with the 49ers next season “even if they hoist the Lombardi.”
Apparently the tension stems back to the 49ers’ pursuit of Peyton Manning during the 2012 off-season. Harbaugh supposedly was not truthful when asked about the team’s interest in Manning and that led to the team losing trust in him.
This off-season it was reported that the Cleveland Browns nearly acquired Harbaugh in a trade, furthering the speculation that Harbaugh’s time in San Francisco is running out.
Harbaugh still has one year left on his contract so it is unknown exactly how the two sides would split, but if he is available, Harbaugh will be the hottest commodity in football.
The Oakland Raiders have already fired head coach Dennis Allen and would surely love for Harbaugh to turn around their franchise the same way he did the 49ers. Harbaugh has also been linked numerous times to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, who is only 2-4 this season after losing to Rutgers