Is Jim Harbaugh Getting Too Much Recognition for San Francisco 49ers' Success?

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Is Jim Harbaugh Getting Too Much Recognition for San Francisco 49ers' Success?
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Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz got into it after the game

The San Francisco 49ers won a tough, hard-fought game this past Sunday against the Detroit Lions.  The 49ers are now 5-1 and in a commanding position atop the NFC West.

Good feelings and accolades are plentiful around the 49ers.  The defense has played well and is developing into one of the top units in the league.  Offensively, the 49ers have done enough to pull out some close victories.

The 49ers endured some tough years under former coaches Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary.  Now at 5-1, the 49ers finally seem like they are on the right track and have the inside track to the playoffs in the NFC West.

Immediately following the 49ers' 25-19 victory over the Lions, head coach Jim Harbaugh met Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz for the traditional post-game handshake.  Harbaugh was extremely excited after the 49ers' win and grabbed the hand of Schwartz and gave him an emphatic slap on the back.

Schwartz took offense and was extremely upset.  He went after Harbaugh and the two had some tough words.  As Harbaugh tried to walk away, Schwartz went after Harbaugh and had to be restrained.

Although Harbaugh was admittedly over excited when he met with Schwartz, this should never have escalated into the confrontation it became.  Harbaugh was overly amped up, but Schwartz should have simply walked away. 

This entire situation will be way overblown by the media.  They will have a field day with this for the coming week.  Harbaugh undoubtedly won't care, as the main thing he's concerned with is that the 49ers are 5-1.

This brings us to the next point.  Is Jim Harbaugh getting too much recognition for the 49ers' success?

I would like to answer this with a vehement "no."  Let's take a look at five key factors why Harbaugh is not getting too much recognition.

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