Originally posted by toeshawn:
what do you guys think about harbaugh's defense of jenkins? At first I didn't think much of it but this writer described it as "thin"skinned.
It's also the second time they describe harbaugh as a joke around the league for the things he says that no one believes, (the other being that they have five number one receivers). Do you guys give a s**t?
And writers was Harbaugh referring to?
I really haven't seen any criticism of Jenkins, other than when the Niners selected him with the first overall pick. But the same people who hated on that pick also hated on last year's selection. Now, how did that turn out. I specifically point to CBS pundit Pete Prisco (or, if you want to misspell his name slightly, Prickso).
This is what Prisco thought of last year's pick in the first round (Aldon): "I think this is a risky pick. He is a bit overrated. He is somewhat tentative with contact coming at him. Why not a quarterback?"
As Bugs Bunny would say: "What a Maroon."
Now, for the selection of A.J. Jenkins, it seems that Prickso may have learned his lesson after getting burnt like toast last year on Aldon Smith. His 2012 grade was much better: "This kid can run. He is frail, but he can run. Randy Moss isn't the answer. This is a surprise, but scouts really liked this kid. He can run."
Now, I'll be honest here. This one worries me. Prisco is so often off the mark that when he praises a pick, it turns out to be bust city. I'd rather have him busting our chops because if there's one thing you can rely upon, it's the words "Prisco" and "wrong" in the same sentence.
As for Harbaugh -- is he too over the top? Is he doing too much? I don't think so. And I specifically refer to the quote from Joe Staley, who is one of the true locker room leaders on this club. The quote from the Barrows article in the Sacramento Bee really caught my eye:
Asked how he felt about his coach defending one of his players, Joe Staley, the de facto captain of the offensive line, said he loved it.
"This is a very close-knit team," he said. "And it starts with the head coach."
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/30/4672832/pugnacious-harbaugh-defends-rookie.html#storylink=cpy
This tells me that, more than anything else, the team has Harbaugh's back on this. Now, Jenkins could still prove to be a bust of gigantic proportions. Even the great Bill Walsh snuffed on 1st round draft picks. Harbaugh and Baalke aren't perfect. They're not going to score touchdowns on every selection. But they've made more good moves than bad, which is why this team has improved so quickly.
But -- to answer the poster's question -- "Is Harbaugh Doing Too Much?"
No, I don't think so. In fact, I think he's making all the right moves.