Jim Harbaugh hired by the San Francisco 49ers 3 years ago today

Ezra Shaw

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was hired three years ago today. Happy anniversary, Coach!

In the midst of preparing for the 49ers playoff game this weekend in Carolina, I almost overlooked the anniversary we celebrate today. Thankfully the 49ers pointed it out on Twitter. If you missed it, three years ago today, the San Francisco 49ers hired Jim Harbaugh to be their head coach. Given how much has transpired over the last three years, I think we can all agree it's at least worth a mention.

It's been a wild ride, and it could get a little bit crazier over the next few weeks. The 49ers have a significant uphill climb if they are going to win a Super Bowl in Coach Harbaugh's third season, but this is a quality team. If anybody can go on the road and win the next two games to earn a trip to New Jersey, this team is built for it.

Given that this is Coach Harbaugh's three-year anniversary, I thought I would drop in some old links from late 2010 and early 2011 as the situation developed. This is not every single post, but I think it hits a lot of the highlights of that wild time at Niners Nation. And it really covers the flood of information flying back and forth January 5th through 7th. The comments alone provide plenty of entertainment value:

November 28, 2010

My first post discussing Jim Harbaugh

December 6

A FanPost pleading the case for Jim Harbaugh
The first "NN Brainstorm list" for head coach options

December 26

Mike Singletary is fired

December 27

Jim Harbaugh, Jon Gruden, Etc, Please Pick Up The White Courtesy Phone
Jed York first discusses Mike Singletary's dismal, introduces Jim Tomsula as interim head coach

December 28

A look at Jed York's qualifications wanted for HC
Are Jon Gruden and Jim Harbaugh the focus of Jed York's search?

December 29

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan, The 49ers, & Stanford: Where Will The Other Shoe Drop?

January 3, 2011

49ers GM/Coach Search: Jim Harbaugh might require Mike Lombardi
Stanford destroys Virginia Tech: Impact on Jim Harbaugh head coach decision

January 4

Trent Baalke, Hue Jackson, Michael Lombardi, Jim Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis, and Perry Fewell Walk Into a Bar in Miami...
49ers head coach & GM decision: The impact on player philosophy
Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke and the infamous "trigger"

January 5

Trent Baalke: Is Jim Harbaugh's shoe gonna fall hard and heavy
49ers head coach search: Jim Harbaugh and the Bill Walsh factor
49ers head coach updates: Jim Harbaugh, Hue Jackson and John Elway?
Jim Harbaugh 49ers' Head Coach Watch: I Know A Guy Who Dated A Girl Who's Brother Thinks...
Jim Harbaugh coach watch: Where MC Hammer has all the credibility
49ers courting Jim Harbaugh into the dinner hour
Harbaughdly anything to work with at this point
Jim Harbaugh watch: Dolphins Steve Ross and sheer desperation

January 6

Jim Harbaugh, Steve Ross, Jed York: A menage-a-trois of pain
It looks like Jim Harbaugh is going to Miami
Breaking: Andrew Luck returning to Stanford in 2011
The Jim Harbaugh saga continues
Jim Harbaugh not with Steve Ross at the moment?!
Jed York, Jim Harbaugh, Stephen Ross = Charlie Brown, the football, Lucy
Miami sticking with Tony Sparano, Jim Harbaugh sticking with the Bay Area?
Jim Harbaugh watch: Jed York, Jim Harbaugh vs. Stanford in a South Bay steel cage showdown?

January 7

Jim Harbaugh watch: Why he might choose Stanford over the 49ers
Jim Harbaugh watch: Youth vs. experience, or, what quality is best for a head coach?
Breaking: Jim Harbaugh expected to sign 5-year deal with 49ers!!
Jim Harbaugh signs 49ers contract; It's official!
Jim Harbaugh hired by 49ers: Live press conference
Jm Harbaugh 49ers press conference: This is a confident man
Jim Harbaugh 49ers press conference: Clearing up misconceptions

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