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Sounds like inside the bubble group-think.
I'm just going to say this .....
Harbaugh has the potential to be a great coach and it would seem he has the potential to be closed minded that he can't truly evaluate the problem.
Harbaugh is a great coach and what exactly is the problem? Three straight NFC title games, a Superbowl appearance and has yet to win less then 11 games.
dude talent automatically won about 2/3s of our games, we were already a perennial 6-8 win team with Nolan and Singletary because of how stacked the D was. Harbaugh's coaching style and innovation approach did put us over the top but now all that motion, jumbo, and things that freaked teams out in 2011 and even part of 2012 is just another play to any of the top D's in the league, even some of the worse ones.
If we don't come into 2014 with a new gimmick, yes I used gimmick, whether it is going back to a 75%++ pro style offense, or going full retard with the spread like the Saints it'll just be another year of our talent crushing the will out of the team despite the fact that they know what play were trying to run. Then every once in awhile we'll get crushed because we've gotten too cute against D that knows all of our tricks.
I wrote a quality post about how Groupthink is likely the issue within Harbaugh's offense some months ago, probably lost to the abyss by now but heres how it is.....
Harbaugh doesn't need to prove he's a great coach, he's done things no other coach has done, he's simply incredible but what he does need to prove is that he can make the tough decisions when they need to be made. Have the humility to consider an offensive revamp, whether it is schematic or coaches, remember to scheme for teams weaknesses not just our strengths -- we too often just impose our will and it is what leads to our ground out, oh so close for comfort wins, when if we had just played to exploit a team we'd probably annihilate them.
I totally agree with this post .....
It's pretty clear that Nolan and Scott McCloughan (Scout-in-Chief), were a great GM/Scout pair. These two were NOT a coach/GM pair. They're good talent evaluators - and it helps to pick at the upper end of the draft each year with an under performing squad. Nolan was a freshman coach who never was a HC at any level and then was replaced by ANOTHER freshman coach who was never a HC at any level. So OF COURSE you're going to have an under performing team, but what you did have was a pretty good scouting department and some good folks (like Tom Gamble) who were involved with personnel. Schemes? Game-day coaching? Position coaches? Terrible. Nolan and then Singletary had no clue on who to bring in and all were either not qualified to run a pro-style offense (Hostler), was only a temp looking for another job (Turner) or just wasn't right for the personnel for on the team (Martz).
In comes Harbaugh and my expectations were that in the first and second year we would see the first iteration of a developing offense. It would reintroduce common sense and schemes would challenge opponent match-ups game by game. As the NFL chess match evolved, as defensive and offensive coordinators adjusted, Harbaugh would adjust also being a former NFL QB and a disciple of the WCO.
I've seen this on defense but it simply isn't happening on offense. And is it better than the extremely low bar set with Nolan and Singletary? Of course. But again that bar was very low. As the NFL adjusts, now we'll see if he can really coach 'em up and making things happen - as the team ages, get through injuries to its key players, can it win big games regularly against opponents better than they are on the talent scale? Can this team be regularly out-coached?
I think the great ones have answered these questions regularly over their careers without qualification regardless of "talent" - they win with who they have because of superior schemes, not only because of superior talent.
Nice summary. The best coaches (Belichick though I don't like him personally) use the talent they have well. This year NE, with no receivers of note, became a running team and made it to the AFCCG. Andy Reid had to re-tool. Walsh, of course, went through nearly a complete roster change. Until Harbaugh teaches Kaepernick how to play, and brings a pro offense to this team, will always be just another coach who inherited a talented roster from a bad coach and winds up looking good in the process.
The sad part of the ending to this past season was that guys like Gore, who deserved to go to the Super Bowl, were denied the opportunity because of the failure of the coaching staff to fully develop a competent QB and offensive philosophy. Now, with a lot of good young players coming up for new contracts, the team will have to part with some vets that will not have the chance for a ring.
Totally disagree, the coaching staff is what's gotten us too the NFC championship, 3 years in a row. Some people just can't except s**t happens. Seacocks are a tough tough team, and Harbaugh had our guys ready to fight like I've never seen. And saying that the coaching staff took rings from the players...
This isn't just about the most recent game. This is about a coaching staff that, as noted above, inherited a LOADED roster that was predicted to win 10-11 games THE LAST YEAR UNDER SINGLETARY. Harbaugh added a couple of wins due to some tricks and gimmicks, but the league has caught on to those and Harbaugh and staff have had nothing to add to an offense that was designed in college and is no longer generating at the top level. Disagree if you want but it is talent, not coaching that is keeping this team at the top.
Not say coaching is bad. It is good, not great. This off-season will see if Harbaugh catches up.
Harbaugh added a couple wins? Harbaugh has won at least 11 games in each of his first 3 seasons. Bill Walsh never won more than 10 games in any 2 consecutive years. We've been to the NFCCG three straight years and to the Super Bowl once in Harbaugh's first three years. We barely lost all those games. It is extremely difficult to win the Super Bowl; I don't care how talented you think you are. This is the NFL. We were bottom dwellers with the same squad before Harbaugh got here, and you don't think he made much of a difference because we were PREDICTED to win 10-11 games? We DIDN'T win 10-11 games. We won 6. And before that we won 7. Then all of a sudden after Harbaugh comes we go 13-3, 11-4-1, and 12-4, and you think coaching has nothing to do with our success? Come on, man.
I think this is apples and oranges ... but sure I'll bite. Walsh was never handed a completely stocked team bursting with talent on day one and then winning the Super Bowl by his third season in a free-agent less, significantly smaller, and more talented NFL. 3 seasons later, did it again and then finally created a team over the next 4 seasons with talent that would establish it for the next 20 years. Each version of his teams were evolving, better, more talented, etc...
The key, Walsh teams didn't repeat the exact same errors that kept them from winning the championship in each version. The current 49ers IMHO could hold their own if not beat - if coached similarly - Walsh's most talented version of his team - the 1988 version. I would argue the Alex Smith version, if coached with the same coaching staff, would also give the 1988 version fits. So even before Jerry Rice and Taylor, Walsh still won ... the Super Bowl. Sure his teams didn't always have winning seasons, but I could completely understand a letdown after championship seasons.
You're correct - we barely lost those games under Harghbaugh, but what's disturbing is that we're losing in the SAME ways - offense. We were told against the Giants, we lost because Crabtree was the only receiving option. We add an aging but respect-demanding Moss and productive at the time productive Manningham, get to the Super Bowl and weather a storm and in crunch time, three passes, essentially the same play to the one player we said the offense didn't need to focus on because we needed more options. This season we lose again because why? When it mattered most, the offense again struggled to complete a pass/sustain a run game/ etc. when it needed it the most to make the next step. Lesson learned? More talented team? In each of Walsh's examples, the more talented his teams, the more successful - so much so, in their final version, his DC could just come in and just essentially place the team in the same coaching system and repeat the same success by more.
Has Harbaugh created a successful template to win a championship like Walsh? I don't think he's actively doing that.