John Harbaugh Says Jim Harbaugh "The Right Man To Coach 49ers"

Discussion in 'San Francisco 49ers' started by BigBlueBruiser, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Earlier this week, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it wouldn't surprise him if younger brother Jim remained as Stanford University's coach, which seemed likely Friday morning until he changed his mind by midday and accepted a five-year, $25 million deal to coach the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Then again that reversal didn't shock him either, considering their competitive childhood and bloodlines inherited from father Jack, a former college coach at Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. "I'm not surprised from a competitive aspect," Harbaugh said in a conference call hours after Jim's introductory news conference. "He loves competing at the highest level, and the NFL's the highest level of football. He's got a great organization there and he's got a good football team coming back. They've got some things to improve on, but he's built for the job and I think he's the right guy for the job." Asked how he'll fare compared to other college coaches who haven't fared as well after jumping to the NFL, Harbaugh noted his younger brother's 15-year pro career as a quarterback as an asset, as well as his willingness to start at the lowest coaching levels, and by sorting through the many opportunities speculated for him after the Cardinal's 12-1 season and Monday's Orange Bowl victory before deciding on the 49ers, Harbaugh said that's an example of his thoroughness. John Harbaugh, whose Ravens begin their third consecutive postseason Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card playoff, joked that it might create some divided loyalties in the family when the two meet next season at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Of course, that was bound to happen given their upbringing. "It'll be fun (to face each other)," Harbaugh said. "It's not going to be new for us. We've been doing it for quite a long time. We shared the same bedroom for 18 years, so we've been wrestling around for quite a long time. It'll be fun to get back at it in this way, whenever that comes up."

    Source: USA Today