SANTA CLARA, Calif.
Jim Harbaugh ran plenty of game-salvaging two-minute drills during his 14-year NFL playing career. So it’s no surprise the quarterback known as “Captain Comeback” for his ability to rescue a game in the final minutes took advantage of a prime opportunity in late April to make his first significant save as an NFL rookie head coach.
On April 29, during the waning hours of a court order that temporarily lifted the contentious NFL lockout, the league announced that teams could conduct business with their players and first-round draft picks for a brief 36-hour window.
Harbaugh jumped on the phone with quarterback Alex Smith, the 49ers’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft. Fifteen minutes later, Smith was inside the 49ers’ practice facility.
Oh, and that technicality about Smith being an unsigned free agent at the time, and talk of the 49ers allegedly considering Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb or Matt Hasselbeck as his replacement?
Just a formality.......
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