Originally posted by AmpLee:
He doesn't need to say anything. He could be vague and dance around the report like most people do when they want to minimize damage. In fact, Jed wouldn't have had said anything at all. It would have come from a generic statement like Cleveland's did. High profile people within organizations don't willingly lie on social media sites. They put out vague statements through the team's public relation's department. And again, my argument isn't that there wasn't a conversation, my argument is that you retarding the argument by accepting the supposition that whatever being reported must be true. Thick skull. lol. Move along.
Anyone saying a discussion or call from the Browns did NOT happen is being naive. Its the f**king Browns of course they will leave no stone unturned to act like they did everything they could to get out of mediocrity.
Did we SERIOUSLY say yes to a trade for our head coach with 2 years remaining on a deal, meaning 1 entire year until he becomes the "lame duck"???? Hell no, we'd only seriously entertain it if Harbaugh was concretely definite about leaving when his contract up we would likely consider it after evaluating which coaches we could get in 2 years time.
This is hilarious that there are people on here blindly agreeing with one side or the other.
PFT only has to prove that they did not blatantly slander or libel the 9ers or Harbaugh with their report, which can be done very easily by just saying "Our source said the Browns called the 9ers about trading for Harbaugh". That is all they have to prove if the 9ers ever served them with a lawsuit.
By the way this is the ultimate nugget of important information that I haven't seen anybody mention.
Harbaugh has taken San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game in three consecutive seasons. He and recently fired Cleveland general manager Mike Lombardi are extremely tight, and there has been some recent media speculation that Harbaugh and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke are not. Harbaugh, a Raiders offensive assistant from 2002-03, worked with Lombardi when he was in Oakland's front office. Lombardi's son, Mick, was hired by the 49ers last year as an assistant to the head coach.
Which all but confirms that at least 2 of Florio's sources are Michael Lombardi and his son. Opens the door wide open for a tampering allegation against the Browns that Michael had his son gauge Harbaugh's interest in the job.
[ Edited by sfout on Feb 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM ]