This was noted yesterday, but I figured we might as well get some discussion about it today. There were some people freaking out on Twitter and in some of the 49ers blogs out there, and I really don't understand why. Jim Harbaugh was not at the Senior Bowl weigh-ins yesterday, but general manager Trent Baalke and some scouts were present. Sure, it would have been nice if Harbaugh was there, but his presence really is unnecessary, and here's some reasons why...
It's true that Jim Harbaugh will have some say over the roster, but ultimately it falls on Baalke for that. Harbaugh essentially had two tasks coming into San Francisco: hire a capable coaching staff and find a quarterback that he can support 100%. It's true that there are a couple guys worth looking into at the senior bowl, but Harbaugh is a new coach, with a lot to do. He has all the time in the world to meet these guys and see if they're right for him. Nothing of value is lost, and the team is covering its bases by sending Baalke, who has an eye for talent and is totally trustworthy in this regard.
He (Baalke) has the final say on roster moves, supposedly, but I think we all know that the quarterback will be the guy that Harbaugh wants. He's not in danger of missing anybody, and he'll spend hours upon hours locked in a room watching tape when the time comes. The draft if the only thing to truly look forward to with some semblance of certainty this offseason, it'll get done.
Also note that other first year coaches did not attend, as well. Pat Shurmur of the Cleveland Browns was not present, according to Matt Maiocco on Twitter. There is just too much to do! While it would have been nice to think Harbaugh could go there and that everything was all gravy already in 49erland, it's just unrealistic and - in my opinion, it really doesn't make much of a difference.
We are left in Trent Baalke's very capable hands.