Why Jim Harbaugh Will Be the Next Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers

Ken StansellContributor IIDecember 29, 2010

Jim Harbaugh - the Next Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers
Jim Harbaugh - the Next Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ersOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Some NFL insiders are already saying that Trent Baalke will be quickly elevated to the official title and position of General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers. 


Why all the rush to name a GM when 49ers President and CEO Jed York said he would take his time to find the right GM? Because Jed York, possibly with the help of his Uncle Eddie DeBartolo, has already decided who he wants his next head coach to be and he doesn't want to waste any time in landing the object of his desire.

The 49ers next head coach will be (and should be) Jim Harbaugh of Stanford, assuming of course that the 49ers can lure Harbaugh away from Stanford which should not be too difficult.

I am not just following the trendy party line here either when I say this.

In my September 27th Bleacher Report article entitled "Jed York, Mike Singletary and the State of The San Francisco 49ers",


I said that I thought that Jim Harbaugh was the wisest choice to be the next head coach of the 49ers.

Why Jim Harbaugh? some might ask. He only has a few short years of experience in the NFL and as a lower level assistant with the Oakland Raiders at that.  Others will say that he has only coached the University of San Diego and Stanford and is woefully unprepared to be a head coach in the NFL.  A few critics will say that Jim Harbaugh is brash, boisterous and at times, downright stubborn. That - sounds an awful like Mike Singletary now doesn't it? We all know how that selection turned out!

There are major differences however between Jim Harbaugh and Mike Singletary.

Singletary used to say (Loudly) that he wanted "winners". Jim Harbaugh is clearly a winner at everything he does in life. 

Jim Harbaugh has played and won at the collegiate and NFL levels - at Quarterback - a position in need of much help on the 49ers. 

Jim Harbaugh hails from a coaching family. His father Jack Harbaugh coached Western Kentucky to a Division 1-AA championship in 2002. Jim's brother John  is currently the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and has coached the Ravens to playoff wins in the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh has proved (twice) that he can not only coach but turn around down programs having coached the University of San Diego to two consecutive Pioneer League Championships (2005 and 2006) and has recently coached Stanford to a number four national ranking in the current BCS poll.   

If the 49ers are fortunate enough to hire Jim Harbaugh - they will in effect be hiring not just a coach but an entire coaching family.  Jim will already have an informal "staff" of consultants to draw upon in both his dad Jack and brother John.

Jed York already knows what he wants to do for his 49er organization.  Plan A is to hire Jim Harbaugh. 

The 49er faithful await the announcement of his hiring.