Golden Nuggets: Learning About Jim Harbaugh Through The Players

Good morning everybody. I'm here to cover the Nuggets this morning and I'm kind of glad it worked out that way. There is a really interesting post I wanted to discuss. Grant Cohn puts together transcripts of some of the locker room interviews players conduct before practice each day. He put together one yesterday covering Donte Whitner's chat with the media and he had some really interesting comments.

Whitner spent time talking about how Coach Harbaugh actually takes time to get to know the players and chat with them from time to time. When asked if the players could be completely honest with Coach Harbaugh, Whitner said they generally could. Of Harbaugh, Whitner said, "He said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he'll forgive us except put our hands on women. If you put your hand on a woman then you're done in his book. So other than putting your hands on women, you can do anything and come talk to him, and it's true. Open-door policy. Everybody around here really likes him and we want to win for him and for ourselves."

Now this isn't exactly a shocking revelation that Coach Harbaugh has a problem with players hitting women. However, there is something about a player actually articulating this kind of thing that is interesting, to say the least. I don't know why, but something about that comment jumped out at me. The Harbaugh comments as a whole are interesting because it shows how much the team loves him. I urge you to check out the transcript if you have a minute.

All the links are after the jump...

49ers using bye to rest and prepare for potential future opponent (Saints?) (Sam Lam)

49ers S Donte Whitner wins Garry Niver Award; several players miss practice (Sam Lam)

Greg Roman to remain with 49ers as Penn State is set to hire Pats' Bill O'Brien (Sam Lam)

Falcons would be 49ers' easiest opponent (Maiocco)

Breakdown: 49ers received huge contribution from rookie class (Barrows)

Whitner: 49ers eying New Orleans as next opponent (Barrows)

Ginn, Williams return; J. Smith, McDonald among those not practicing (Barrows)

Can great defenses beat great QBs in NFL playoffs? (SFGate.com)

10 plays to remember from 49ers’ turnaround season (SFGate.com)

Fantasy football Heroes and Zeros Awards (SFGate.com)

49ers special teams finds its anthem (SFGate.com)

49ers’ Whitner respects Lions, expects Saints (SFGate.com)

Playoff Conversation with Charley Casserly (49ers.com)

David Akers on KNBR (49ers.com)

Playoff Preparation is Underway (49ers.com)

Five Questions with Parys Haralson (49ers.com)

Cosell on Alex Smith: "To evaluate him totally objectively, I think he’s had an outstanding season." (Press Democrat)

Whitner on Harbaugh: "He said a couple things today that surprised a lot of guys. Some guys liked it. Some guys didn’t." (Press Democrat)

Vernon Davis' excitement can't be deleted (Press Democrat)

2011 All-NFC West Offense (Sando)

2011 All-NFC West Defense (Sando)

2011 All-NFC West Specialists (Sando)

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