Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by verb1der:
Don't even try to spin it like that! Everyone knows all the players were scared of Sing, he had to send VD on time out like a little child, he even yells at news anchors like Dennis O'Donnell..."we WILL STOP DREW BREES! "
But look at Harbaugh, when Moss came in everyone said he would be a cancer and ruin the locker room, but now...he's like the model team player for all of sports!
The man is a smooth operator, and it trickles down to the team, they don't wear blue collar button ups as a fashion statement!
No spin, Willis and VD adopted MS like mannerisms in talking and other players did as well. It is common to reflect the boss and not a sign of anything other than the chain of authority. As for these players sounding like mature young men? That's because they are mature young men not Harbaugh induced clones. So please stop with the "Harbaugh created mantra."
The fact that there is no overt fussing over this type of situation is directly attributable to the key players--Smith and Kaepernick. If you recall the Montana Young situation--it was definitely a split between supporters of Montana (the old crew) against the just let me play mentality of the younger guys. Those guys played into the rift.
Harbaugh is not a smooth operator but he is a smart guy and a good manipulator. The press has been all over him for this but he had so much good will in the bank no one else really cared. If the team begins to lose that good will can disappear pretty fast. If he continues to win all will be fine. He has a lot riding on CKs success, which is why I'm not betting against Kaepernick.
I get your point, but can you tell me when was the last time 49ers players ever had a "team mantra"?
When Bellicheck built his dynasty in NE it was the same mantra, "the team", they even went as far as being introduced as a "team" on gamedays. Their players echoed the same theme when being interviewed, "it's about the team, and no player is bigger than the team." It was refreshing and very inspiring at the time.
This was the first thing I noticed when Harbaugh came in and why I knew he would be successful, because the players say it in their interviews all the time "its about the team". That's what separates these players, from Singletarys players. So yes, Harbaugh does get all the credit for creating the culture.
Back to my original point, Harbaugh has the pulse of his team, and it shows in his players. So anyone who thinks this QB switch will "divide the locker room" is not paying enough attention and is probably just a fairweather fan, because I sure know whole lot of brand new 49ers fans because of last year's success.