This Sunday almost certainly marks the end of the Jim Harbaugh era. If the Fox Sports report from Jay Glazer are true, the Niners will release Jim Harbaugh of his head coaching duties 24-48 hours after the last game of the season. This could be a huge mistake. The season has not gone the way we would have wanted. We had become accustomed to the success that Jim had led us to. But Jim is a good coach that had a bad year. To lose him just because he doesn't get along with the front office is sad.
When Jim does lose his job, who do the Niners hire to replace him? I'm not sure any hire satisfies Niner fans. Most fans would want an offensive minded coach to help with this struggling offense. Keeping Fangio as defensive coordinator is a must for the team. He has worked wonders with an injury riddled team. They have played exceptionally well under the circumstances.
The coaching hire as well as some key player decisions will be discussed all offseason. Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Ahmad Brooks could all be gone although we will still want Frank to end his career as a 49er. Justin Smith is ending his 14th season as an NFL player. All these storylines will make for an interesting offseason.
You don't say, Vernon | Davis: Lots Of Distractions (Maiocco)
OL Open Up Holes With Davis Back (Williams)
Still holding out hope they don't let him go | Harbaugh Gone After Season (Biderman)
Who Else Is Gone After The Season (Inman)
Let's get Frank to 1,000. He's been a great Niner | Gore Could Join Elite Company (Branch)
Gore Of Old (Gutierrez)
Age Is Just A Number (Gin)
He never talks about himself. Nothing new | Jim Doesn't Help With Speculation (Inman)
Everyone is on this list | Injury Report (Inman)
Jim Takes The High Road (Branch)
All Jim This Week (Barrows)
Reid To Visit Neurologist (Maiocco)
Here we go again. Can someone lock Aldon at his home? | Report: Aldon May Have Been Drinking During McDonald's Incident (Gantt)
Kept The Doctors Busy (Gutierrez)
Details In McDonald's Case (Barrows)
NFC West Report (Pentis)
More Trouble For Aldon? (Maiocco)
New Details From McDonald's Case (BASG)
Baalke Looking Into Aldon's Involvement (Inman)
Baalke Talks Michigan (Inman)