Jim Harbaugh: A Coach With Some Serious Cojones
What? Seriously? Not going to play the "we'll see how the week goes" card or the "we'll see how Smith is feeling and make our decision later in the week" or "Colin played a great game but Alex Smith is our quarterback". This from a coach who going into the game had a 7-2-1 record, with six of those wins with Smith at the helm. But here he is, going with his gut, with the "hot hand", with very little hesitation.
That could not have been easy. First, the "quarterback controversy" that Harbaugh immediately created with his statement had to have caused flutters within the organization and certainly with local and national media. Harbaugh had to know exactly what he was doing and saying. This is not a man that seems to do anything without some serious forethought. He knew what he was in for and he said it anyway.
I respect the heck out of Coach Harbaugh for that move. Among so many others, but this one really stood out. So many coaches, especially those in Chicago, tend to be so politically correct, not want to create waves or upset anyone, they don't always do what is in the best interest of the team. And Harbaugh clearly believed that Colin Kaepernick quarterbacking his team was the direction he felt was best for San Francisco. This guy clearly knows what he is doing. After 8 years of mediocre to awful teams in San Francisco since 2003, Jim Harbaugh comes in and in his first season takes a team that had gone 6-10 the year before and turns it around to 13-3 with a visit to the NFC Championship game. Very impressive.
Coach Harbaugh comes from a family of coaches, he played quarterback at the University of Michigan and was in the NFL for many years. Coach Harbaugh played for a few years in Chicago-clearly our Chicago toughness wore off on him. He is a fantastic coach, who is willing to take chances, mix things up and do whatever is best for his team. I am seriously impressed. I can't wait to see what he will do next.