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"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers because he was at odds with the owners and GM. And neither side was willing to budge. This disfunction led to Harbaugh becoming a lame-duck coach. After that, it was over. Following a 7-4 start, the Niners finished 1-4. The offense lost huge leads, and the team fell apart against some questionable squads.
The Seahawks also started 7-4. They finished 6-0. The difference? The Hawks played together. As a cohesive team. Carroll's position is strong. Wilson was in control. Kaepernick was not. Problems with Harbaugh, led to problems for his players, including the mercurial quarterback. Clearly an incredibly physically talented player, Kaep lost confidence. His mental game was not there.
With the coach in question, the offense lost it's rhythm. Ultimately, it's nearly impossible to run a successful organization, especially in the NFL, without stable and clear leadership. Scott Ostler at the SF Gate reported that whenit was often the coach who seized control. This surely didn't please the young York, who "fights an ongoing battle to be taken seriously as the main man" of the 49ers.
From all accounts Harbaugh is difficult to work with. He can be rude. He can be disrespectful. According to Astler, "the embarrassment and resentment York" felt continued to "fester with every succeeding Harbaugh high jink, like when he pulled the team off the Levi’s field at a public practice, essentially mocking York’s dream stadium."
At the Levi’s Stadium’s ribbon cutting Harbaugh showed up in his traditionalEveryone else was in suits and ties. He also did not speak at the event, which many viewed as a sign of his relationship with the front office.
The owners weren't willing to cede control of their team to someone they didn't like. And who didn't appear to like, or respect, them. Aswrites, the separation appears mutual. After all, as Ostler concludes, "the chances that Harbaugh recognized York’s awkward position at any point and at least tried to soften the rift and make the owner feel better? Zero." And this begs the question, was Harbaugh forced out? Or did he just quit?
As a 49ers fan, I hope York et al. finds someone he and the rest of the still very talented team, can work with. Let's go Niners!