Jim Harbaugh underwent a procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat Thursday afternoon and still found time to watch part of the team’s practice in the same day.
The 49ers coach returned to his normal duties on Friday, but his players weren’t surprised to see their head man back to work so soon.
“That’s typical Harbaugh,” offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore said. “We knew he wouldn’t be out long. You expect that from a man like Coach Harbaugh, as blue-collar as he is, a guy who hates to miss work – we knew he’d be back today.”
Playing a well-rounded team like the Bears and having success would have been difficult for the 49ers without Harbaugh on the sidelines.
You want your coach to be there for every game, but especially against the league's top teams who may be playoff opponents later in the year.
The 49ers don't have an easy schedule as the season enters its final seven weeks. San Francisco still has to play quality opponents such as the Bears, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Harbaugh has been a key part of the 49ers' resurgence over the last two years, which has brought late-season NFL excitement back to one of the league's most successful franchises.
After losing in the NFC Championship Game last season in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the 49ers are once again an elite team in their conference.
San Francisco has the third-best record in the NFC and is well positioned for a second straight division title.
Thanks to Harbaugh's tremendous ability to motivate his players and have them fully prepared for each opponent, the 49ers will be one of the most difficult teams to beat in the NFL playoffs this season.
It's great to see the 48-year-old coach doing well and healthy for an important game against the NFC North leading Chicago Bears.