Anyone sick of this issue? I mean, ready to throw your computer out the window and blame everything on EBNF sick of the issue?
Yeah, me too.
However, to increase everyone's level of bile, I wanted to add one more non-football perspective.
First, for this quick piece, I've made assumptions. The first assumption is that this isn't a Quinton Patton prank (as I "reported" here). I'm assuming that there is quite a bit of truth in the rumors that Harbaugh and Baalke are active in a power struggle. I'm assuming that this isn't overblown, and that they honestly can't get along.
In the work environments I have worked in, you have people you get along with great and people who you just plain hate. They have annoying habits, or like to take credit, or beat you to the punch on some issue or another. There are also those you'd never hang out with in real life, but you do great work together. Harbaalke fit in this category.
Both are very talented at what they do. Harbuagh is, in my arrogant opinion, a top five head coach. Yeah, he has made a few mistakes. His record speaks for itself though. Baalke also is a great GM, probably in the top ten if not higher. We have Aldon Smith, Eric Reid, and Quinton Patton. Yeah, the 2012 draft stunk, but the other drafts look promising. The point is that they both DO GOOD WORK.
Now, in the work environments I've been in and most I have seen and read about you have to work with people you don't like. If two people keep causing a ruckus, you deal with the situation. And if these two are in actuality having ego clashing issues that they can't resolve, here is my solution.
Fire them both.
You are now gasping for air and asking why blow up what we have? Quite simply this. The NFL is full of ego and infighting and big personalities and power struggles. If they can't handle this while we are a top-three team, how are they going to handle things if we go 9-7 or even have a losing season? What happens if there is real pressure? I don't want people who will fold like a house of cards over a TRIVIAL matter.
So, IF this is real, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER HARBAALKE.