Originally posted by AXEGRINDER:
Originally posted by ads_2006:
Originally posted by niner4life21:
Seems like a lot of fans around the league don't like Harbaugh...
Was reading some stuff on the Giants board and one guy said he thinks that Harbaugh is 'a young guy looking for a reputation'
Another dude said he is a 'piece of s**t' and can't 'stand his persona'
Guess the 49ers winning ways really does offend some.
what did he do to earn that perception
aside from the handshake and the whats your deal
he hasnt really done anything or say anything controversial
People tend to hate on those who are successful. Everyone is guilty of it at one time or another. Everyone.
Good point. Also, I think other teams fans feel anxious because Harbaugh and his staff:
-Made an incredible, stunning turnaround with their team
-During a lockout season, where everyone predicted especially the rookie coaching staffs would struggle
-With most of the same players as last years team
-While letting some former starters go (mostly on defense), who have not really caught fire on other teams, so they made the correct assumptions
-Spending little in free agency, mostly signing bargain-type players and hitting on essentially all of them, some spectacularly (Carlos Rogers)
-Drafting well, getting good contributions from a lot of their picks early on and even finding some gems late (like fullback Bruce Miller)
-Having a creative mind, especially on offensive playcalling, with the odd formations and some interesting play-calling
-Resurrecting some players careers, most notably Alex Smith, a guy most people (including a lot of us) had already written off. I would add Carlos Rogers and, at least at the beginning of the season, Frank Gore to those players too. We hoped we could find a cheap replacement corner in Rogers after dumping Clements. After his Redskins career nobody really thought of Rogers as having Pro Bowl potential, but right now, plays so well we can realistically have this conversation. Gore had been so dinged up the last few years and had his expiring contract and when we did a new deal this offseason and he started slowly, we all feared he might be done. But he was rejuvenated the last few games and although he was hurt against the Giants, he is having a terrific season so far.
-Showing steady improvement and rising up the occasion. They beat weaker teams like the Browns and Redskins while not playing that well and now in the bright national media lights against the Giants stepped it up.
-All while seemingly having fun at it.
Now look at some other teams which are struggling, including our entire division, but also other teams with rookie coaches. If I were in that fan base, I would be pissed as well if I would look at the Niners and see what they could do and wonder why my team was unable to do so.
Especially, while they could not have had all of our great players like Willis, Justin Smith, Vernon, Frank etc., I think those other fans think their front office could have had Harbaugh and his staff, because after all, the Niners did not have to overpay him (for example, I think Pete Carroll makes more than Harbaugh) and he listened to other offers, like the one from Miami. I think that adds a lot of frustration which I think those fans then project on Harbaugh.