Originally posted by dtg_9er:
First, Harbaugh is a bit of a nut! His intensity level and abrasiveness reminds me of a hyper Walsh...which I love but other coaches and media people won't. Fans from other teams see the brashness and are put off, so they are "offended by 9ers success"...too bad!
Have you noticed other teams using some of Harbaugh's tactics? Yesterday I saw more big guys being brought in on offense and I predict that movement will also become more popular. Harbaugh did not invent these things but he is re-popularizing them. Extra OLinemen, three TEs, DLmen in the backfield and catching balls, on and on. What a great day for the 9ers!
Is he the best coach in the NFL? I would put him on a level with the best but Belichik is a darn good coach. Can't think of another I would put with those two.
Edit: One of my criteria to be considered a great coach is being able to attract great assistants and Harbaugh has done that.
Teams don't do some of the things we do (play more power) because everyone is geared toward the pass nowadays. We're a minority in the league in terms of some of the things we do... The league moves through stages, and I wouldn't be surprised if passing begins to wane a bit in the coming seasons when teams have more success winning games like we do.
I truly believe the NFL moves in stages. For instance, a few years ago, when big, physical WRs like TO began appearing, teams wanted bigger cornerbacks to contend with them. When teams started moving to more wide-open, spread offenses... the speedier, quicker, though smaller CBs became more in-demand. Nowadays, teams have both types on their team because one week you'll have to deal with Wes Welker, and then another week, you'll have Calvin Johnson.
The same thing will happen. Teams are passing a lot now, but we're showing that "the old ways" of methodical offense with a running game and a strong defense can win you the game.