Good morning and happy new year everyone! With Jim Harbaugh being officially released the 49ers have spent the past week or so setting up interviews with candidates to take over. In fact, the links today are pretty much full of nothing but Post-Harbaugh details on his tenure here, and reports on who is interviewing. The names I have seen include a few in house candidates, and a mix of offensive and defensive coordinators with old fogey Mike Shanahan mixed in.
As for what I want in the next coach, I can't decide what I think would be better between an offensive or defensive minded coach. I feel like a lot of what made Harbaugh great was that, despite being a former QB, his focus seemed to have a great balance between all three phases. In fact, his philosophy of running clock and playing defense might be what you would expect from an offensive lineman or defensive player. Needless to say, I think that someone like Rex Ryan, who seems to completely ignore the offensive side of the ball would be a terrible hire. By the same token, an offensive coordinator that pads his stats with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning running things means nothing to me. Really? Josh McDaniels got the Patriots to play well on offense? With Tom Brady? No way.... Happy New Year everyone, lets get to those links.
Jim Harbaugh is a college coach, through and through (which means Jed York was right about it being "mutual") (BASG)
49ers fans react to York, Harbaugh fallout (Mercury News)
49ers to interview Denver’s Adam Gase on Friday (Barrows)
Harbaugh’s loyalty to Roman was likely last straw (Branch)
Report: 49ers talk to Mike Shanahan (ESPN)
Jim Harbaugh, as I covered him, from the early Stanford days to the last moment in the 49ers locker room (Kawakami)
Fangio, Tomsula top candidates from staff to replace Harbaugh (Maiocco)
Niners Must Choose a Head Coach Who Can Work With Kaepernick (NBC)