Originally posted by Big_Daddy:
Originally posted by NCommand:
A poor FO can set your team back 5-10 years in no time at all. Oh wait, we all know this personally first hand. I love Harbaugh but I also can't dismiss the fact that he walked into the PERFECT coaching position at the perfect time. It's like a young upside rookie QB going to a team that already has a dominant defense, outstanding OL and running game and a quality and clutch receiving group...like Roethlisberger.
Ncommand--- you and I are on the same page
All the people rooting for Harbaugh point to our record and say he is irreplaceable. I've already listed 10 coaches who could lead this team but that's besides the point. People still fail to tell me exactly why Harbaugh is so good. As a game manager, he's terrible. He makes rookie mistakes with timeouts and challenges. His offense consistently leaves points on the field. We've been the best team in the league for 3 years but we have no rings.
So why all the love for Harbaugh? In a perfect world we keep everyone and add an experienced OC. Baalke has proved he is an elite GM. Harbaugh has proved he is a very good coach who also has major flaws. I think Baalke could easily find a replacement that would get us over the hump
If Jim correctly perceives Kyle Williams had fumble-itis we're in the Super Bowl. If we run from first and goal at the 5 with Ngata injured we have a championship. If we call timeout on the 20 yard line instead of rushing a fade we score and pummel the broncos. This is poor game management!!!
Agreed. I'm not taking sides in this. I want Harbaugh and Baalke to stay. I also think any coach, no matter how good, needs a talent base. I don't think there is a single coach in this league that can turn s**t into gold. He needs players.
At the same time, a great GM won't ever see the fruits of his labor without a quality coach to develop the talent. Singletary had this team mired in mediocrity, so the natural response is "Talent means nothing without coaching." That is true to an extent, but gets over-exaggerated in Niner land because Singletary was a complete buffoon.
Pete Carroll has everyone on his nuts right now. All of a sudden he's this genius defensive mastermind and elite coach after a decades worth of mediocrity on his resume. He's run the same scheme for decades. What changed? Talent. His scheme does not dominate opponents without exceptional players like Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor. You replace those guys with your average NFL player, and he has an average NFL defense.
Coaches get too much credit in this league. I don't mean to downplay their importance, because they have a bigger impact on games than most any sport, but this is still a players league. VERY few HCs in league history deserve the "genius" label. That word is tossed around too liberally. When I think genius, I think of Walsh and Lombardi. Harbaugh and Carroll are not in that "irreplaceable" class IMO.
[ Edited by SofaKing on Mar 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM ]