Jim Harbaugh: San Francisco 49ers New Head Coach to Make Instant Impact
Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a 5-year, $25 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN. The announcement officially confirms the worst fears in the minds of Stanford Cardinal faithful.
Just hours after learning their quarterback will be returning for his junior season, Stanford followers have now learned their head coach will be moving on to the NFL.
Harbaugh will likely make an immediate impact in the Bay Area, bringing his NFL playing experience and strong coaching abilities to a franchise on the cusp of returning to past prominence. The 49ers by no means were competitive in 2010, but they do have several key pieces that could form a foundation for victories next season.
Frank Gore is a productive running back, and there is still potential at the QB spot. Alex Smith has yet to live up to his draft hype, and Troy Smith hasn't seen enough playing time to really get a solid grasp of the offense. Other QB candidates will be available, and under the direction of Harbaugh, could be a big turnaround.
The franchise is ready for a Championship, remembering past glories of the Joe Montana and Steve Young eras. Harbaugh could be just that coach to take them to new heights in the weakest division of the NFL.
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