First off, I LOVE Harbaugh. I love every bit of his quirky thought process, but Wednesday's press conference is going to be hilarious...
Wednesday's press conference:
Reporter: "So coach, have you named a starting quarterback?"
Harbaugh: "I'll get to that in a second, but first I want to make a few announcements, and clear up a few things. First, it looks like Kyle Williams will be out for the season. Tough blow to our team, as he was a real team guy. Hunter might also be out for a while, but we know that we have guys on the team who will step up and fill in without skipping a beat, because they are team players and have been preparing to have this opportunity, and that is what "team" is all about.
We have a very tough opponent coming up, whom we played a very hard fought game against recently which ended kind of awkward with a draw of sorts. We're going to have to play very well as a team if we want to get a "W" against them on their turf. So I told my team today to remember to focus on the TEAM the TEAM the TEAM, and not to let all the other chicken scratch and turkey gobble gobble distract them. I guarantee that we will win or lose this next game as a TEAM. There will be no single player responsible for victory this coming Sunday. Every single player on the team will be important to our team goal.
Second, on that note I would like to clear up who the starting quarterback of this team is. The starting quarterback of the 49ers is Alex Smith. That has always been the case, and it will remain so for the rest of the season. He is "our guy". He has done nothing at all to lose his job, and that is why he will remain the starting quarterback.
Reporter: "So Smith will start against the Rams this Sunday?"
Harbaugh: "Woh there! Wait a second. I didn't say that. Please don't put words into my mouth. I haven't announced the starter yet, I will get to that in a minute."
Reporter: "Uh ok, but..."
Harbaugh: "...The TEAM. The TEAM. The TEAM. That is what is important here. I know you have to write your articles and sell them smoking hot off the presses and try to create a little drama that isn't there; but that is not how the San Francisco 49ers operate.
So now I'd like to announce the starting quarterback for this Sunday. As if this even matters, but for some reason you guys just love these little announcements. The starting quarterback for this Sunday against the Rams is going to be Colin Kaepernick.
Reporter: "So what is the reason you're going with Colin this week, if you feel Alex is your starting quarterback?"
Harbaugh: "I feel that, at this time, we have the best chance to win as a TEAM with Colin at quarterback this week."
Reporter: "Is it because you feel his style of play has a particular advantage against the Rams defense?"
Harbaugh: "No, not really. The opponent in particular has nothing to do with the decision actually."
Reporter: "Do you still feel that Alex is completely over his concussion symptoms?"
Harbaugh: "Definitely. I spoke with the doctors and they have given him a 100% clean bill of health, and Alex told me he feels great."
Harbaugh: "...and that is great because Alex Smith is our starting quarterback, the team captain, one of our team leaders, and it will be great to have him 100% ready to go on Sunday."
Reporter: "But if he is 100% healthy, and there is no particular match up advantage Colin brings against the Rams, then why..."
Harbaugh: "See I KNEW this would happen! I KNEW it. You guys have to write up your stories, and try to drum up all kinds of circus side shows, just to get people all riled up so they buy your articles and web blogs.
Reporter: "Web blogs?"
Harbaugh: "I think it is 100% crystal clear. Alex is the starting quarterback of this football team. He is "the man"."
Reporter: "But not 'the man' who will be walking out to the huddle when the offense takes the field in St. Louis?"
Harbaugh: "I really fail to see how any of this actually matters! Our football TEAM will walk out onto the field in St. Louis. This isn't fantasy football. This is a real football game, and real football games are won by real TEAMS, not by fantasy web blogs, and gobbledy gobble articles in newspapers."
Reporter: "So you are starting your BACKUP quarterback?"
Harbaugh: "See again. Look, all this terminology just serves to tear people down, and I'm not about that. This team is not about that. Really guys, I don't think there is much more to say about this issue."
Reporter: "After this press conference, believe me coach, there is going to be a LOT more to say about this issue."
Harbaugh: "Well that's too bad, because it should be about the GAME. That's what really matters. Not the fantasy stats or who's the favorite player on the web blog. The game is just so much bigger than all of this side show stuff."
Reporter: "Do you think it is wise to have the starting quarterback position 'up in the air', week-to-week?"
Harbaugh: "Absolutely not. Why do you say its 'up in the air'?"
Reporter: "'Up in the air' in the sense that the team will not know who the starter is week-to-week?"
Harbaugh: "The team knows who will start the games week-to-week."
Harbaugh: "Colin Kaepernick."
Reporter: "Colin is going to be the starting quarterback going forward?!"
Harbaugh: "My gosh, I don't get what is not clicking here today. Alex Smith is the starting quarterback! What is that now, the 10th time I've said that?"
Reporter: "So Alex Smith is 'the starting quarterback', yet Colin Kaepernick will actually be starting the games week-to-week and into the foreseeable future?!"
Reporter: "So Smith is 'The Starting Quarterback', just like 'The Queen of England' is 'The Queen'?"
Harbaugh: "See now, that's just unnecessary. Why do you have to go on and do that? Why do you have to diminish the guy? Just to go sell a paper? Just to go sell your blog?"
Reporter: "Don't worry about that coach, after this interview, the papers will sell themselves."
Harbaugh: "Well then I guess we're all happy." *Everyone laughs*
[ Edited by BrianGO on Nov 27, 2012 at 3:21 AM ]