Rock:Harbaugh:Hard Place

Jim Harbaugh most likely got to work Friday morning before 7:00, which was when Aldon Smith got arrested for doing something dumb - again. It's been awhile since Aldon Smith has done something truly dumb, although he's had his name in the news lately for a act of dumbness from the summer of 2012.

So when Harbaugh walked into the facility he was probably looking forward to putting the finishing touches on the week of practice and game plan for this Sunday's game against the Colts and all their players and coaches who worked with Harbaugh at Stanford. He was probably in a pretty good mood.

Sometime after he got to work he got word that Aldon Smith had regressed back into a state of dumbness we all thought he had left behind and in an instant the entire American sports media wanted to know what he was going to do about it. Harbaugh, ever the company man, said very little to the media about it, while I'm sure quite a bit was being discussed between he, Jed York and Trent Baalke behind closed doors.

Now, Friday afternoon is exactly two days before kickoff and in case you don't remember last week, the Niners sure could use a good performance this Sunday. Armed with the knowledge that the NFL will surely suspend Aldon Smith (when we're not sure, but there's really no doubt about it), Harbaugh (and York and Baalke) decided to take the wait and see approach.

Then it happened. The veritable internet explosion of pundits and know it alls saying the Niners were practicing a double standard by bringing up Demarcus Dobbs, calling Harbaugh a hypocrite and referencing his comments on the Seahawks having a bit a steroid problem, and basically saying Harbaugh effed this one up.

So what's the man to do? He knows that one of his star players is facing a suspension, but everyone wants him to tack on another for the same crime. He wants to toe the company line, while everyone wants him to throw his player under the bus. He wants to keep his players focused on a good performance tomorrow, while reporters are hounding his players about how they're reacting to the "distraction." Most of all, he probably wants the league to act. Aldon deserves a suspension and we all know he's going to get one, so let's get it over with. If you read this, Roger Goodell, bring down the hammer on Monday morning and don't make us wait a minute further.

Let's put this stupid incident behind us. Because that's what it is, a stupid incident. Luckily no one got hurt, except maybe Aldon Smith's dignity.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

SB Nation Featured Video
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.