Jim Harbaugh as Head Coach: San Francisco 49ers Strike Gold

Orly Rios Jr.Analyst IIJanuary 8, 2011

Harbaugh signed a 5 year deal to be the 18th Head Coach in 49er history.
Harbaugh signed a 5 year deal to be the 18th Head Coach in 49er history.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers President Jed York likes to talk a big game. Following a gut-wrenching 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles before a nationally televised audience, York commented to ESPN: "We are going to win the division."

Two months later, after the 49ers playoff hopes were dashed by the St. Louis Rams in a 25-17 loss, York proclaimed that there would be changes. By nightfall, head coach Mike Singletary had been fired.

York also promised that money would be no object when it came to making the changes necessary to get the 49ers to where most experts thought they would be, at the top of the NFC West and hosting a playoff game.

York and the 49ers went after the biggest fish in the coaching sea, Stanford head coach and former NFL quarterback, Jim Harbaugh, who took a 1-11 program to a BCS bowl game victory in four years.

Jed York finally walked the walk, and the 49ers landed their man, Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh, who agreed to a deal worth $25 million over five years has promised the 49er Faithful to return to the team's roots, by running the West Coast offense, which had all but vanished for the 49ers. Harbaugh also becomes the 18th head coach in 49ers history.

The 49er Faithful have good reason to smile today. Jed York and the 49ers have not only talked the talk, but over the the last 48 hours, the 49ers have walked the walk and have landed the biggest fish in the coaching sea.