San Francisco 49ers: Power Ranking Jim Harbaugh and Every Coach in Franchise History
When I say San Francisco 49ers head coaches, who comes to mind?
Bill Walsh? I knew you'd say that. I'm what's called "bulimic."
Anyone think Dick Nolan? George Seifert? Buck Shaw? How old are you?
Maybe Mike Singletary? Mike Nolan? The pantsless motivator? The empty-skulled suit?
The new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers has an opportunity to erase these shameful coach caricatures from our memories and restore San Fran to greatness. But will he?
Considering the hype, you'd think Jim Harbaugh had already done it. His $25 million, five-year contract insinuates the same.
Had he accepted a reported $8 million per year salary from the Miami Dolphins, he would have become both the newest and the highest-paid coach in the NFL. Can you imagine Bill Belichick's contempt? He's been toting sleeveless sweatshirts since Harbaugh was a toddler at USD.
Nevertheless, Harbaugh is here to stay, and he's carrying big expectations. His brother coached the Ravens to the Divisional Round of this year's playoffs, and his father coached Western Kentucky to a DI-AA championship in 2002. As far as personal accomplishments go, Jim Harbaugh quarterbacked for the Colts from 1994 to 1997 and was the NFL MVP runner-up in '95.
He certainly has all the potential to be the next Bill Walsh, but he's not there yet. In the following slides, I'll rank Walsh, Harbaugh and every 49ers head coach in history. Where does Harbaugh stand?