That report was not a surprise if you have been reading our website or watching NFL Network over the last few weeks. The players have been grumbling about Harbaugh and the talk of discord between Harbaugh and the front office is well documented. Speaking on the inaugural episode of the Rich Eisen Show Monday, 49ers CEO/owner Jed York denies that Harbaugh's fate has been sealed.
York says that the relationship between Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke is "very professional" and the results speak for themselves. And York doesn't believe Harbaugh wants to leave.
"In terms of that sustainability, every coach will move on at some point, and I don't think Jim is at that point. We've had a great relationship here, we've had three pretty successful seasons so far, and by 49ers standards, unless you're holding the Lombardi Trophy up, it's not truly a successful season, and I think we all know that and understand that.
"I've tried to explain this to people, the rawness of getting close but not getting there, not actually obtaining the ring. It's hard to start from zero every season after you have a long, long road going to the playoffs, having a gut-wrenching loss last year in Seattle, it's hard to hit reset. I think you start to see our players hitting their stride, and I think you saw that a little bit yesterday."
"I think that's pretty fair to say. That's how Jim is. Jim competes at anything and everything he does. That sometimes rubs people the wrong way, but he has an amazing way to be able to pull people together, and find a way to go win tough football games, put himself in a position to have his team have the most success," York said.