So it took $5 million a season over five seasons but they did it. The San Francisco Forty-Niners are ready to embark on a new mission, with a new coach.
Jim Harbaugh, Stanford football coach and Bay Area native, has agreed to become the head coach of the team, effective immediately. I love, LOVE, this for several reasons.
— Harbaugh is a quarterback guru. He’s coming to a team with just about everything in place but a competant, consistant quarterback. He’ll make the position his top priority.
— Harbaugh is a traditionalist. He likes his teams to run the football and play smash-mouth defense, and will hire the coaches to get it done.
— Harbaugh is indifferent with the media. He could take’em or leave’em, and would much rather the focus be on the player than himself.
It’s also not a far stretch to say Harbaugh is almost everything former coach Mike Singletary was not — offensive, direct and nonconfrontational. The team clearly wanted to go in a vastly different direction.
So it took $5 million a season over five seas0ns. The change alone will be worth every penny.