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Jim Harbaugh gets plenty of TV time, Colin Kaepernick not so much

In a SHOCKING study, it turns out San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is show frequently during game broadcasts. A Wall Street Journal study of television time for coaches and players broke down the numbers for coaches and quarterbacks.

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Over the last few days, an article has been bouncing around the Internet regarding the frequency with which NFL coaches and quarterbacks show up on a television broadcast while on the sideline. I've posted the graphic down below, but to sum it up for our purposes, Jim Harbaugh leads all coaches in per game appearances, while Colin Kaepernick ranks tied for 25th.

The Harbaugh ranking is not at all surprising. He is one of the more "active" head coaches on the sideline. Awful Announcing pointed out a great Google Image search. Just check Jim Harbaugh freak out and you'll get all sorts of amusing pictures and GIFs. Harbaugh averaged 45.5 shots per game, one higher than Bill Belichick, and 1.5 higher than Chip Kelly.

Colin Kaepernick on the other hand, only averaged 10 sideline shots per game. He was tied with Nick Foles and Jay Cutler. They were ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, Charlie Whitehurts, Matthew Stafford and Mike Glennon. Peyton Manning led the way with 31 shots per game.

Every so often, someone will ask why we don't see shots of Kap looking at pictures of the game, or talking with coaches. Part of the reason is the cameras just are not finding him all that frequently. And it is not surprising given how much action is going on. With Coach Harbaugh, you've got a very demonstrative figure, and the man in charge of everything. I don't anticipate that changing anytime soon this season. And a lot of this list reflects particularly storylines that the media push, in not so surprising form.