Jim Harbaugh has agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract to become the newest head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
This news coming out the day after the consensus No. 1 pick, Andrew Luck, decided to return to school. Once that news came out, some, including myself, expected Harbaugh to follow suit.
It was reported that Denver, Miami, and San Francisco were the NFL teams in contention, but as days passed during the week, Denver and Miami bowed out.
The jump from the NCAA to the NFL won’t be too much of a leap for he and his family, as he will be able to stay close to he and his family. A job in Denver or Miami would have meant a relocation of home-base for him and his family.
Harbaugh has no NFL experience as a coach, but went 58-27 overall as a college coach and 29-21 in four seasons at Stanford. Harbaugh took over as head coach for Standford in December 2006 and flipped the switch for the school.
Harbaugh was a college star at Michigan but bounced around the NFL as a player in his 15 seasons, playing for the Bears, Colts, Chargers, Panthers, and Ravens. He was a first-round draft pick taken 26th overall by Chicago in 1987, Harbaugh passed for 26,288 yards in his career and completed 129 touchdowns.
The quarterback position is what will, as it did for Singletary, determine whether or not Harbaugh will see his contract all the way through. If the 49ers continue to play with mediocre pieces behind center, this team will continue changing coaches as often as one would change their oil.