Originally posted by danimal:
HC's who last on teams for 5+ years, have long term success, and periods of failure but still get support from their players......90% are conservative smart guys.
A smart, experienced and educated NFL player realizes that an HC who can out think the guy across the field is the guy who will give you the best shot to win season after season.
Courage, Fight, excited. emotional, inspirational???? None of that stuff helps you outcoach the guy across the field. Those attributes are great for on the field. Last time I checked the coaches can't play the game
Again. Harbaugh is clearly the guy who is going to end this terrible drought. And nothing else should matter. Nothing else matters to me right now. But someday I want the Niners to finally replace Walsh and Seifert. A matured Jim Harbaugh can be that guy
I think you might be projecting a bit. Preparation, having a gameplan, putting your players in the position to win can be accomplished by coaches will all sorts of sideline demeanor. Contrary to what you might think, not all of them are completely calm and collected on the sidelines. Maybe you can get that feeling if you look at guys like Belichick (although I would argue he is pretty agitated and argues with the refs a lot, but arguing with the refs is something ALL head coaches do) a lot, but there are plenty of counterexamples of successful, long-term coaches who have a very different sideline demeanor.
Prime example would be Sean Payton, who goes off on the sideline like crazy, but last I checked, he is considered one of the great offensive playcallers in the game right now and also sports a recent Super Bowl Ring. Tom Coughlin is also a pretty agitated fella (have you seen his face go red when he argues? Always fun to look at ) and he has been successful with the Giants for quite some time now. Mike Tomlin is also a young HC who can get pretty agitated and he has some Super Bowl hardware as well and is in maybe the best long-term coaching position in the league. Those guys are temperamental coaches with long-term success, just like there are more calm ones like maybe Mike McCarthy or seemingly Belichick. So I think there is no single, simple blueprint for a successful head coach and his sideline demeanor.
Do I think Harbaugh should learn to control himself a little better in time? Sure, that cannot hurt. But I think he should stay true to himself and if that means being more agitated on the sidelines, so be it. Does not mean he will not be successful long-term or cannot win a Super Bowl. He should show that he has answers in game-planning, coaching and personnel moves for the team and right now, he seems to have plenty of them (don´t forget the players raving the last weeks about the detail-oriented preparation they got from him and the entire coaching staff). I look forward to see if he and his staff can keep this up