Jim Harbaugh: 6 Ways He Will Improve the San Francisco 49ers

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Jim Harbaugh: 6 Ways He Will Improve the San Francisco 49ers
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Jim Harbaugh will instill a new attitude with the 49ers

Jim Harbaugh takes over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He will be expected to transform the team back into winners and perennial playoff contenders. It will be a big task, as the 49ers have not been over the .500 mark since the 2002 season. 

Harbaugh played 14 years in the NFL and was also a quarterback coach with the Oakland Raiders. He then moved to the collegiate ranks as the head coach at the University of San Diego from 2004 to 2006.

Harbaugh then led the Stanford Cardinal as their head coach from 2007-2010. He resurrected a team that went 16-40 over the previous five years, including a dismal 1-11 in 2006. 

Harbaugh left Stanford with a 29-21 record in four years, including going 12-1 in his final season. The Cardinal won the Orange Bowl 40-12 over Virginia Tech and finished as the fourth-ranked team in the nation.

He inherits a 49er team that was expected to make the playoffs, but went 6-10 last year and was fraught with turmoil all season. 

I believe he will provide several important positives that will benefit the 49ers. Let's take a look at six of these key factors.

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