Seriously when you think of all the success that Jim Harbaugh has had this season with the San Francisco 49ers, you have to be amazed. Unless your name is Joe Simmons who predicted that they would be good, but not even he knew that they would be this good. When you think about it, the only loss they have is to the Dallas Cowboys and quite frankly they should have won that game as well.
Not many coaches leave college and have the success that Jim Harbaugh has had in his initial year in the NFL. Quite frankly I can only think of a couple of guys who have done it and had success right away. You can start with Jimmy Johnson who left Miami to be with the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson came in and within a couple of years he turned the Cowboys into perennial champions. Johnson was able to win two championships in a row and many believe had he stayed in Big D, they would have won close to five rings with his style of play.
Another Coach that had immediate success although inherited was Jim Caldwell. Caldwell inherited one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL and was one bad pass away from winning a Super Bowl himself. Caldwell’s now feeling the other end of the spectrum as he is without a super star quarterback and the losses are piling up. Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel or he will be replaced by another Jim (Tressel) who appears to be waiting to take over the reigns.
Enter Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers got a steal when they got the former Bears quarterback and former Stanford head coach to take over their struggling franchise. The 49ers had all of the pieces on defense. In fact they were led by two defensive guru’s Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary for the past few seasons. (Note to self, don’t hire anyone named Mike who doesn’t have the last name Tomlin)…
Harbaugh has come in and stabilized the offense and made Alex Smith a household name again. The Harbaugh effect is simple. Better calls of the offense and not deviating from the game plan of run first, pass when needed and use play action passes to your advantage. Harbaugh has played on Alex Smith’s ability to run the boot and has eliminated all of his turnovers by keeping his reads simple.
Who knew that you could win in the NFL with a simple running offense and a good defense?
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