I don't understand why everyone is so quick to criticize Harbaugh. Before Sunday, we all thought the Cowboys were gonna murder the Niners. Vegas had us 6.5 underdogs. If Ricky Jean doesnt redirect an offline kick, we win this game and everyone would be on Jim's jock. A bunch of posts would spring up about the genius of Jim Harbaugh and preaching the virtues of how smart it was to keep the 3 points. But since we lost, hes a coward, a dummy, a Jimmy Raye clone.
Should we have taken the points off the board? Should we have been more aggressive? Probably. It's easy to answer questions in hindsight. Is Harbaugh a bad coach then? I don't know. What I do know is that Jim put us in a position to beat one of the most talented teams in the league as a first time NFL coach, with inferior QB, and an abbreviated offseason. IT'S FRIGGIN WEEK 2!!
Jim Harbaugh went 4-8 and 5-7 his first two years at Stanford before turning it around. Give Jim a full offseason to install his scheme and get the proper personal (a real QB), and then we can truly judge him merits. I know we lack patience after so many years of futility, but we should give Jim the year before trying to drive him out of town. Until then, consider the 49ers a work in progress.
And for all you doom and gloomers thinking this game is a premonition of things to come. We're in the terrible NFC West. A division in which last year the Niners started 0-5 last season and were still in the hunt week 14. The Niners are currently tied atop the division, while the division winning Seahawks and preseason favs, Rams, are 0-2. Harbaugh just needs to be mediocre and we'll take the division.