To be honest, there is a reason I am not the owner or a coach of an NFL team. Well, actually there are several million reasons why I am not but perhaps one of the main reasons would be because I’d simply fail.
The same however can’t be said about Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The man, to whom every single fan from the City by the Bay toasts has rejuvenated the 49ers and led them to the NFC Championship.
Let me take you a year back and remind you how NFL leaders were coveting Harbaugh, hailing him to be the coaching prodigy of this era. Since then their golden calf has achieved much and this is why there are still many out there with a man-crush on him.
Some consider Harbaugh to be reincarnation famous Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi but the 48-year-old has a lot to prove before he comes even nearer of reaching Lombardi’s status. Harbaugh led Stanford to a 12-1 record in 2010 and was 58-27 overall as a college coach but NFL performances are much different than college careers.
Harbaugh is only in his first year, which clearly shows that the young coach still has a long road ahead of him. Nick Saban is considered to be one of the best college coach but his career with the Miami Dolphins was a disaster with 15 wins and 17 losses. NCAA legend Steve Spurrier can also relate to a similar story.
Therefore, many will consider Harbaugh as a man who won the sweepstakes till he has some silverware on his mantle. The 49ers, are a franchise that last made it to the playoffs a decade ago and that was also their successful season. Moreover, the 49ers haven’t won more than eight games in a season since then.
Nonetheless, Harbaugh does seem to be on the path towards a successful career. Harbaugh inherited a 6-10 squad which didn’t even qualify for underdog stature in the 2011 season, but somehow Harbaugh has managed to turn the tables.
So, what did Harbaugh do?
Well, for starters he killed unrealistic expectations and setup a pragmatic process for success. According to Harbaugh, this and firm belief are the key factors to 49ers 14-3 record this season. Harbaugh told reporters in a recent news conference that he was no man with a cape but he believed in striving hard for success and that is what helped him achieve a spectacular 36-32 win over the New Orleans Saints.
The 49ers are now scheduled to host New York Giants in the NFC Championship game on Sunday and if Harbaugh manages to continue with his momentum he has a good chance of defeating the thunderous Giants.
Over the past year Harbaugh hasn’t just developed players, he has helped a broken down team link up with increased chemistry on the field. This is another reason why 49ers locker room sings hymns of Harbaugh’s praise. Harbaugh has certainly turned San Francisco into a happier place.
“I feel so much different than in years past, just the sideline,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “The sideline atmosphere is so much different. When bad things happen, when plays get made against us, things like that, the guys are just so confident.”