The idea that the 49ers have a more ideal situation for Jim Harbaugh to enter into is optimistic but misleading. As an avid 49er fan and strong supporter of Harbaugh as our next HC, the prospects of Denver making a play for our guy scare me a bit.
While Miami, Carolina and Denver have been etching their names into the rumor mill of potential destinations for JH to be over the next few years, it's not a stretch of the imagination by any means that JH may consider DEN as his next home of record.
The QB situation in both SF and DEN has made a topic of conversation but no one can say that SF: Troy Smith, Alex Smith, Nate Davis, David Carr & the 7th pick overrall; is more attractive than Orton, Tebow, Quinn and the #2 overrall pick for a coach that develops QBs like lil Wayne produces babies.
Andrew Luck was a gift from the gods as far as JH was concerned but at the end of the day, I've grown up with guys like Kyle Wright who, out of HS was THE guy but at Miami, subsequently failed due to a lack of coaching & development. What JH did was take a guy that had the gift and turned it into a formula for winning football games. Some people attribute JH's succes to Luck and I couldn't disagree more. He turned a program around 180 degrees in 4 years, found and developed a QB that he felt responded the best possilbe way and made it to an Orange Bowl where he absolutely outcoached Frank Beamer and had his players to an embarrassing 40-12 victory on top of his success at San Diego State.
Jim Harbaugh is the 49ers best possible HC going forward, hands down.
The conversation has been built around this idea that SF offers the best possible situation for JH to enter into but after looking into this like a crack head on Aderol, there is just as much, if not MORE incentive for JH to go to Denver. I don't like the idea and I hate the fact that we've heard nothing but UofM and SF when there is so much more to what potentially exists.
As of now (0221L MST) JH is looking at 4 potential destinations: CAR, DEN, SF, Stan. Standford is most assuredly out and Carolina has been pinching their pennies since this conversation happened.
Denver has made a serious play towards acquiring JH at the Orange Bowl and while most would argue that the incentive for JH to join DEN is minimal due to Tebow's status there is ludicrous. The QB situation in DEN could be addressed with ease considering their draft position and the fact that Kyle Orton (some how) is deserving of a 2nd round pick.
Jed York has stated that he is ready and willing to pay top dollar for "the right guy" but at the end of the day, it may come down to variables we all should take a good hard look at.
Again, I love the idea of JH staying in the bay area but as long as John Elway, the #2 overrall pick and an ownership that will spend whatever it needs to exists, it's worth discussing.