Fooch's Update: I got a tweet from James Harbaugh with the same profile picture, and he is saying he was hacked tonight. He sent me these two tweets:
@NinersNation my Facebook was hacked tonight. I'm not aware of the full extent of what was said/posted but it was not from me.— James Harbaugh (@James_Harbaugh) December 29, 2014
@NinersNation No. I've reported it to Facebook. Definitely not my words.— James Harbaugh (@James_Harbaugh) December 29, 2014
The decision by the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh to go their separate ways has led to plenty of comments on the situation, and there will be plenty more to come. In the meantime, there is an interesting one that has popped up on social media. I was going to wait to share it, but everybody keeps asking if I've seen it, so here it is.
A person on Facebook named James Harbaugh posted a lengthy comment to a 49ers fan page. Jim Harbaugh does have a son named James, so it could very well be him. I suppose someone could make it up, but I am inclined to believe it's Jim's son.
I actually don't think the comments really raise any shocking issues we didn't either already know, or at least have a clue about. We've talked about Mike Lombardi being behind the Browns thing, so that is not surprising. I am a little skeptical about James's comments about the reports on unwillingness to fire assistants (namely Roman). He could be right, but I've heard otherwise, so take it however you want. I do like that he put it out there as winning and losing is a team effort, and blame and celebration do not belong to a single person.
You can view the full thing HERE, but you need to be a member of the group. I've copied and pasted an edited version of it below:
This may be a long read, but it will be worth it. I promise.
By all I'm sure you've all heard the news that we won't be back in SF next season. My dad was told the Monday following the loss in Seattle that he would not be back in 2015. I wish you could've been told then. It obviously wasn't my place to break the news. I know there have been months of rumors and speculation leading up to this over the course of a year so I just want to make sure you all know the whole story.
You need to first realize that my dad loved this city and team. He chose to coach here for a reason 3 years ago. He believed they could go far. It's why leaving is so difficult. You also need to know that he would've stayed if he could have. Unfortunately, he wasn't given such an option, and was disappointed by that.
There have been hundreds of reports from journalists each with varying reasons on why he was leaving/what the locker room atmosphere was like. Those people know nothing more than the average person about what goes on behind closed doors. They're in the business of looking for drama and stirring up controversy. I can't blame them. It's in their job description. That being said, I've yet to see a single article that truly depicted the real story.
Last summer a story came out about a potential head coach trade with the Cleveland Browns. If that seemed like it came out of left field for you, it did for us too. It was brought up by someone in the Browns front office who we knew, but it was a one sided conversation. The idea wasn't even entertained. Yet the media fed off of it, and created a story line where there was no story, and thus, we came into the current season with questions regarding my dads future with the team. Like the trade rumors, reports of locker room discontent also came as a shock. Nothing I saw in 3 years of being at the facility, on the team plane, and in the locker room at games ever even suggested anything of the sort. I don't care to point fingers because in the end it doesn't really matter who planted the rumors. The mere fact that they existed is enough.All I'll say is it wasn't a player or analyst as most have said. Look up what happened with Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys for reference.
This is a talented team, and I believe they can still win. Injuries plagued us in a year that could've been special. The fans have sometimes forgotten that, and placed too much unnecessary criticism on the players we did have that stepped up or played through injury. However, there are still deep rooted problems in SF that need to be fixed to win the sixth Super Bowl. I'll just list a few of them to make this brief.
The front office We were aware and were told about the reputation of the teams front office when we came...we are well aware now.
Stadium There was no consistent home field advantage at Levi's stadium this year. I desperately wanted there to be one, but honestly, if I were on any other team, I'd love to play against our team there. You can blame the design, but it really starts with the fans. If you ever want to win at home next year and beyond YOU HAVE TO STAY IN YOUR SEATS IN THE SECOND HALF AND BE LOUD THE WHOLE TIME, NOT JUST ON THIRD DOWN WHEN THE TEAM IS AHEAD. It was dead silent at times when the opposing team was on offense. Trust me, u despised teams like the Seahawks and Saints, but their fans are loud from start to finish. They really do make an impact. It's possible here too.
Keep Frank Gore No one wants to win/cares as much about football as much as Frank. He was my favorite player on the team. Sign him.
The front office We were aware and were told about the reputation of the teams front office when we came...we are well aware now. I have respect for everyone there don't get me wrong, but I don't feel the season needed to end this way.
Lastly I just want everyone to think before you point fingers and blindly just throw criticism around. Everyone in the 49er organization had the same record for the past 3 years. Winning or losing is a team effort, and can never be put on a single person. All of this stuff you've been saying around around about the unwillingness to fire assistant coaches leading to us leaving and my dad losing interest to coach just isn't true. He fought with maximum effort and intensity till the very end.
I always tell my dad about the good things you all have to say. Your support doesn't go unnoticed. I wish you all the best and I hope the team be successful in the future for the sake of the fans. This city deserves it.
Thank you for a four amazing years.
WHOS GOT IT BETTER THAN US?