Okay, time to change it up with a bit of Niner talk. I’ll leave it brief to give more room for discussion in the comments. The consensus seems to be that, after yesterday’s steaming dump of a loss in Seattle (or even last week’s in Oakland), Harbaugh is as good as gone. Either one or both sides have decided to cut ties and now they’re just playing out the string.
I’m not so sure about this, if for no other reason than he hasn’t been canned yet. History and personalities would suggest that if the Niners had made the decision, he would be gone already and Tomsula or someone else would be in a caretaker role.
Think about the last two HCs: both Mikes Nolan and Singletary were given the axe mid-season. The team did not want to leave either coach in as a lame duck to finish out the year. They made their decision and they dropped the coach as soon as it was decided.
And then there’s Harbaugh. He’s definitely not the type that would decide just to cash a paycheck and say the right thing until the season ends. As much as they’ve been limping along of late, he really doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would agree to that, especially given his supposedly less-than-friendly relationship with the higher-ups in the organization.
Which leads to two possibilities: one, that his fate hasn’t been decided yet. Or two, they’ve decided or are pursuing a trade to be announced in the offseason. Though in that event you would think it’s going to leak in the coming weeks as the Niners would want to get a new coach in place ASAP and whoever’s getting Harbaugh will want to make what will surely be a big announcement.
So, what’s everyone here think?