Saturday, February 14, 2015

Jim Harbaugh: 'I didn't leave the 49ers...the 49er hierarchy left me'

Within minutes after the 2014 regular season ended, the 49ers announced a mutual parting with coach Jim Harbaugh.  Appearing on a podcast with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh said it wasn’t really a mutual separation.

“I was told I wouldn’t be the coach any more,” Harbaugh said.  “And then . . . you can call it ‘mutual,’ I mean, I wasn’t going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn’t want any more.  But that’s the truth of it.  I didn’t leave the 49ers.  I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me.”

Harbaugh also confirmed that he was told he wouldn’t be returning on the Monday after a Week 15 loss to the Seahawks.  He opted not to leave at that point.

“I wanted to finish what I started — what we started,” Harbaugh said.  “And I have great fond memories of it.”

Some of the memories apparently aren’t so fond.  Someday, Harbaugh may have a lot more to say about it.

“I don’t think we were playing out of the same playbook,” Harbaugh said.  “But maybe there’ll be a book some day.  Maybe I’ll write a manuscript.”

I’d definitely buy the book and/or watch the movie.

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