Before Jim Harbaugh came to town, the San Francisco 49ers had been plagued by poor coaching for the better part of a decade. Especially on the offensive end, the team found itself behind the curve as compared to much of the league, and the on-field results played out accordingly.
With so many short-lived head coaching stints (and even more upheaval at offensive coordinator), it's easy to forget how many successful coaches have led the franchise over the years. The history of 49ers head coaches is actually fairly complicated, with a few successful runs separated by some extraordinarily brief flops.
Including interim stints, there have been 18 head coaches in the history of the organization, all of whom can be seen in this year-by-year breakdown on Pro Football Reference. But current 49ers fans have seen enough terrible coaching, so we won't relive any more of that historical pain here.
This space is reserved for the best to ever command a 49ers sideline, so let's get started on the top five head coaches in 49ers history.