49ers Going From Contender To Disaster...Jim Harbaugh's Fault

Discussion in 'San Francisco 49ers' started by markaz, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. markaz

    markaz Resident Cards Fan Staff Member

    Say what you want about locker-room strife or the transient nature of the NFL: If Jim Harbaugh was still coach of the San Francisco 49ers, the team wouldn’t be staring a 4-12 record and two years of rebuilding directly in the face. In football, like in no other sport, the winning starts at the top and though Jim Tomsula has done a fine job with the 49ers defense over the past eight seasons, he’s no Harbaugh.

    Harbaugh commanded respect, both due to his winning ways and on-field presence. Now, without him, players are fleeing California like The Big One was coming. Here’s a partial list of what’s happened since Harbaugh fled the west coast for the colder, cozier confines of Ann Arbor:

    Colin Kaepernick was allegedly dangled in trade talks and the speed with which these rumors were denied almost guaranteed their truth.
    Frank Gore, the team’s running back mainstay for a decade, left town bound for PhillyIndianapolis somewhere other than San Francisco.
    • Three-time Pro Bowler and offensive line star Mike Iupati plans on signing with the Arizona Cardinals, a special sting given that he’ll be staying in division.
    • Five-time first-team All-Pro Patrick Willis retired at 30, an age which made him one of the youngest players on the Niners’ aging defense.
    • Another young defender on a roster full of 33-year-olds and over, Dan Skuta, signed with Jacksonville. JACKSONVILLE.
    • Cornerback Chris Culliver, he of the Super Bowl anti-gay statements, arrest for hit and run and brass knuckles (seriously) and one years of starting is expected to sign elsewhere.
    Michael Crabtree appears to be on his way to Buffalo.
    • The Niners signed Darnell Dockett, who will be 34 years old when the season starts, last made a Pro Bowl in 2010 and missed the entirety of the 2014 season with an injury.

    The gist: Everybody’s getting out of dodge. [More at http://ftw.usatoday.com]
  2. Walnuts

    Walnuts All-Pro

    Willis retired to follow the teachings of a pretty awfully homophobic and misogynistic cultish preacher. So that's pretty great.