Report: Jim Harbaugh's 'act has worn thin' with some 49ers players
After more than a week of reports detailing friction between San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, a new report says that Harbaugh's "act has worn thin," even with the locker room.
Ann Killion of The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Harbaugh's style is getting old among several members of the team's locker room.
From the report:
On one hand, nothing tangible has changed. Harbaugh is still the coach. Baalke is still the general manager. The 49ers are still very good. And the tension between Harbaugh and others in the organization is nothing new. As one 49ers source told me, "We seem to thrive on chaos and distraction."
But on the other hand, the friction has gotten worse. And given the events of the past week, it's become public. So there's no pretending that everything is fine.
And from what I've been told, the tension isn't just upstairs in the building. One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key "face of the 49ers" type players. While the team is winning, that's not a problem. But a few losses could expose a widening rift.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed last week that his team was in talks to trade for Harbaugh, saying there was "an opportunity" that never fully materialized. With those reports have come other details of the friction that has built between Harbaugh and the 49ers' front office.
But for now, Killion reported, the problem is most in danger of exploding if the 49ers don't continue what have been extremely successful ways under Harbaugh. The head coach has a 36-11-1 record in three seasons as an NFL head coach.BANKS: With tensions rising, 2014 could be a make-or-break year for Harbaugh