Originally posted by iLL49er:
unfortunately he very much is, we've had the best team in the nfl the last 3yrs w/ no superbowls to show for it
i know people say look how harbaugh turned us around...well i'd give most of that credit to vic fangio
if harbaugh didn't have fangio and his staff of tomsula/donatell etc making us amazing on defense then he'd be getting run out of town by now because the offense hasn't taken the next step even though it has weapons like crabtree/davis/boldin out there
i don't blame roman, that's weak...jim harbaugh is an offensive head coach he doesn't even touch the defense so he's the main issue here as to why the best team in football has failed to win the superbowl now for the last 3yrs
This is nothing more than ill conceived revisionist history....The truth is that Harbaugh is conservatively one of the top 5 coaches in the NFL. Three straight NFC Championship Games, one of which they lost in OT and one they lost on basically the last play of the game.
As for Harbaugh's role with the offense, let's see...the 2011 team, he turned Alex Smith around from borderline starter to an efficient winning QB that went into the NFC Championship game with an injured Crabtree, Kyle Williams and Joe Hastings at WR and a worn down Gore from all the work he had to do in the regular season.'
The 2012 team, he changed QBs in the middle of the season, which allowed the 49ers offense to take off and carry the 49ers through the playoffs with the defense hurting and faltering through much of the playoffs...lets not forget that the offense put up 29 points in the SB, but the defense and special teams gave up 34...The slow starts were a valid criticism but at the end of the day, but lets not make it out like the 49ers' offense was solely to blame for the loss in the SB. There was plenty of blame to go around, including the defense and special teams.
The 2013 team...scored over 400 points and more points than the 2012 team despite not having Crabtree for more than half the season and not having him at full strength when he did play. The OL also had its first major injuries in the last couple of years. Kap, under Harbuagh, struggled through much of the season but played his best football down the stretch and was the main reason offensively they won on the road in GB and Carolina and came within 1 play of beating Seattle in Seattle.
The 49ers had a talented roster when Harbaugh arrived but most of that talent was on defense. It was the offense, especially the QB position, that was the biggest problem for the 49ers and Harbaugh fixed that immediately in the short term with Smith and in the long term with Kap. You're taking Harbaugh for granted, which is beyond silly when he's 36-11-1 in the regular season, 5-3 in the playoffs (including 3 road playoff wins). The Patriots have been to the last 3 straight AFC Championship Games as well, lost 2 and lost 1 SB, guess their coach isn't any good either.
As for Carroll, the Seahawks won the SB so he gets the credit but lets not forget, Seattle very easily could have and probably should have lost to the Texans, Rams and/or Tampa and they were still just 1 game better than the 49ers during the regular season and 1 play better in the NFC Championship Game...For that matter, but for the controversial call in the 49ers-Saints game, the 49ers could have played Seattle in SF and the outcome probably would have been different.
Bottom line...Harbaugh and Kap are the two most important pieces to the 49ers. End of story.