San Francisco 49ers Get the Hottest Free Agent on the Market: Jim Harbaugh Signs

wes burdenContributor IJanuary 7, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal looks on after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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If you read this headline, then this might not come as a shock to many.

Yeah sure, Jim Harbaugh was twisted on what to choose, between staying as the head coach at Stanford or using his talents to lead the San Francisco 49ers in their charge to become one of the elite franchises in football again.

Well, in my eyes, I think Mr. Harbaugh made the right choice to take over (seeing as how I'm a 49ers fan). This day could not be any sweeter for those who believe the 49ers are only a quarterback and great leadership away from making it back into the playoffs.

I think we can check one of those items off the list now.

As Harbaugh has proved, he has the talents to take turn things around in only a short amount of time. He took over the Stanford team that had been 1-11 the previous year. Now fast forward four years later, and the Cardinal are 12-1 coming off an impressive victory in the Orange Bowl.

We all know college coaches get a little more slack in terms of time to rebuild a program. But, in the NFL, coaches coming in have much greater expectations and are expected to win in the immediate future, either one or two years.

On top of everything Jim Harbaugh brings to the table, the 49ers are a team that failed to meet high expectations this past season. The defense was not up to the level they were last year, and the team failed to receive any consistent play from the quarterback position.

The 49ers, coming off a bad 6-10 season, have the seventh pick in this year's NFL draft. Couple that with some quarterbacks who could be on the market next season, like Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton or Kevin Kolb, and San Fran could pick up one of these QBs and possibly spend their draft pick on the quarterback of the future.

I suppose with such a high profile coach like Harbaugh coming in that he will want some control or be able to give some insight as to who the 49ers go after this year.

Whatever he wants, I say give it to him, 49ers.

You haven't been to the playoffs since 2002. You just signed the biggest head coach free agent on the market today. He grew up in California. He wants to spend his life out there with his family. Please, let him do what he needs to do in order to be successful and bring great pride back to your organization.

Here is to Jim Harbaugh agreeing to coach the 49ers next season, and hopefully many years beyond that.