Just when it seemed like the San Francisco 49ers were again going to prove to the rest of the NFL, and it's fan base, that they are really an organization more akin to a rudder-less ship then a football team. Just when it seemed like the team's hunt for a head coach was going to turn into another debacle similar to it's hunt for an offensive coordinator a couple of seasons ago, the tides of fortune for the team may have changed.
After the Miami Dolphins' briefly showed that there are more desperate and floundering organizations than the 49ers out there, a brief flirtation with the Denver Broncos and the University of Michigan, and a last ditch effort by Stanford, the 49ers get the man they coveted all along by signing Jim Harbaugh to a five year deal worth a reported 25 million dollars.
So now that Jed York and Trent Baalke have saved face and kept the organizations reputation—and theirs—from further damage, what's next?
The logical assumption is that Harbaugh will come in and clean house. He will bring a lot of his coaching staff with him from Stanford and key positions will be announced in the next few weeks—offensive and defensive coordinators.
But what is the immediate impact of the Harbaugh hire?
We have heard recently that players were playing "scared" under former head coach Mike Singletary, but how will they respond to their new coach?
I would think that there are still a few players out there that should be scared, don't you?
But on the other hand, with the suffocating aura of "Iron Mike" gone, and an offensive minded coach hired to harness the talents of all those 49ers "play-makers", which players are dancing in the streets right about now?