If I had a vote for Coach of the Year, without hesitation it would be Jim Harbaugh. What he's done with this franchise in less than a year with a short offseason due to the lockout has been nothing short of remarkable.
For me, it's easily one of the best coaching jobs in the NFL of the past decade and possibly ever if they win the Super Bowl. He took a 6-10, middling franchise and a severely underwhelming quarterback to the NFC Championship in his first season.
There's things about this team that have separated them from their competition all season.
The defense plays fast, hits hard and creates turnovers. The offense runs the ball efficiently, dictates time of possession and doesn't turn the ball over. The special teams are incredibly consistent and reliable.
The entire team is disciplined and they have been since Week 1. The San Francisco 49ers have tested teams' discipline all season with different gimmicks and unorthodox calls.
When the New York Giants traveled out to San Francisco in Week 10, Harbaugh tested their attentiveness with an onside kick in the second quarter during a game tied 6-6. He let his veteran place-kicker work his magic.
Little things like knowing when to make an off-beat call can win you a game.
Most importantly, though, is that the players respond to Harbaugh. He has instilled belief and confidence within this team.
You can see that this team wants to win for him.
A picture says a thousand words. Vernon Davis' celebration after the game-winning touchdown tells you all you need to know about Harbaugh.
He'll have 'em ready on Sunday.
Justin Sparks is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report @JustinSparks22