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Jim Harbaugh does pushups with a walrus (Video)

If you’re wondering why Jim Harbaugh would go face to face with a walrus and start banging out pushups, you probably have a lot to learn about Jim Harbaugh. If you asked the San Francisco 49ers coach why he had a pushup contest with a massive creature of the sea, he’d probably fire back with something like, “Why the hell wouldn’t I?”

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According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Harbaugh spent the day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on Sunday. He got a kiss from a sea lion, bottle-fed a tiger, chatted with an elephant and went on some thrill rides. And you thought being an NFL head coach was exciting?

H/T Niner’s Nation 

Jonathan Martin traded to 49ers; Jim Harbaugh gets his player back

Jonathan MartinJim Harbaugh was not bluffing when he voiced his support for Jonathan Martin during the bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 49ers have agreed to trade a conditional pick to the Miami Dolphins for Martin, who was a second-round pick of the team in 2012.

Martin infamously left the Dolphins last season after being emotionally tormented by his teammates, most notably Richie Incognito. Despite the scandal, Martin’s representative indicated the offensive lineman planned to continue his NFL career. It looks like he’ll get his way and be reunited with his college coach.

Martin played three seasons at Stanford — two under Harbaugh — before leaving for the NFL Draft. He was a two-time All-American and first-team Pac-12 player in college.

Here’s what Harbaugh told the Ted Wells investigators about Martin.

“(Harbaugh), told us that he had never doubted Martin’s tenacity, work ethic and dedication to the game, and that he had never seen Martin exhibit problems with social adjustment. Coach Harbaugh told us he believed that Martin likely could continue to have a successful career in the NFL. It appears that Martin was up to the challenge of dealing with physical or verbal intimidation by opposing players during NFL games, but fell victim, at least in part, to persistent taunting from his own teammates.”

“Although initially quiet, he became a vocal leader on the team by his final year,” the report states. “Coach Harbaugh emphasized that he never doubted Martin’s physical or mental toughness, and he believes that Martin can continue to have a successful career in the NFL. Coach Harbaugh also said that the atmosphere in the Stanford locker room, in his view, was not materially different from that of the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room.”

Martin was pretty pumped about the trade.

According to CSN’s Matt Maiocco, Martin will compete for the backup tackle job on both sides of the line. He was initially drafted to be a left tackle and was switched to the right side midway through last season.

Jim Harbaugh attends Missouri high school basketball game … in khakis and 49ers hat

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Jim Harbaugh is everywhere! And everywhere he goes, he wears the same outfit — khaki pants and a San Francisco 49ers hat.

On Tuesday night, Harbaugh attended a Class 5 District 13 playoff game between Blue Springs and Blue Springs South in Missouri. Harbaugh was supporting the team of his brother-in-law, Jimmy Cain, who coaches Blue Springs South (their team lost). Harbaugh took a picture with a bunch of fans and could be seen wearing his Niners hat and khaki pants.

While he was in the area, Harbaugh decided to meet with Kansas’ basketball team, too. Oh, and of course he was wearing his 49ers hat and khakis for that speech:

So can we just assume that Harbaugh’s closet is full of nothing but khaki pants, 49ers sweatshirts, and one hat? I think so.

H/T MaxPreps
Photo: Twitter/robbjones5

Anquan Boldin: I have a ‘real good relationship’ with Jim Harbaugh

Jim-Harbaugh-Blue-Collar-49ers-ShirtsAnquan Boldin reached a two-year, $12 million deal to remain with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. That alone should tell you that he has no problem playing for Jim Harbaugh, but Boldin reiterated that point when speaking to reporters.

“He had a big role in me coming back,” Boldin said on a conference, via Around the League. “He’s a guy I had a real good relationship with. And I just like his demeanor, the way he approaches the game. He’s a guy that wants to win. I’m the exact same way. So I think we mesh pretty good.”

Over the weekend, a report surfaced that claims Harbaugh’s “act” is wearing thin with some key Niners players. There have also been reports about Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke not speaking to each other, with some speculating that the coach’s days in San Francisco are numbered. Boldin doesn’t understand who is relaying this information.

“I don’t think anybody in the locker room has an issue with coach Harbaugh,” he said. “The way our locker room is built, we have an open-door policy. If anybody has a concern or wants to voice their opinion, they’re more than welcome to. There have been times we have voiced our concerns as players, and coach Harbaugh has listened to us and taken into consideration how we felt as players.”

On Monday, Harbaugh denied that there are any issues between him and the Niners’ front office and said there is “zero chance he leaves the team before his contract expires in 2015. The fact that Harbaugh has not been given an extension despite the team’s success since he came on board is confusing. Boldin’s decision to sign with the 49ers before testing the open market says a lot.

Jim Harbaugh says ‘zero’ chance he leaves 49ers in next two years

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Jim Harbaugh has been the subject of rumors, reports and speculation that say he is unhappy with the San Francisco 49ers and wants more money and power from the team. There has been a lot of speculation that he might even leave the team. But Harbaugh says there is “zero” chance that happens in the next two years.

Speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh denied that he will leave the Niners before his contract expires, denied that he has a problem or doesn’t speak with GM Trent Baalke, denied that he wants to be the highest-paid coach in football and denied that he wants more power.

Here’s what Harbaugh told Rosenberg when asked about his chances of leaving the Niners before his contract is up.

“No,” Harbaugh said. “Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind.”

“I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football,” Harbaugh said. “They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody — my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money.

“The other one is that I want more power. I have never said that, nor do I want any more power than I have. I coach the team. I’ve told my owner I don’t want any more power. I want to coach the team. And I’ve never told anybody else otherwise,” Harbaugh told SI.

Harbaugh also told Rosenberg that he has no problem with the leadership structure on the team, one that sees Baalke have final say on all personnel decisions. He refused to say he wanted a contract extension, instead deflecting towards one of his staff members — Vic Fangio — whom he believes deserves a new deal. But what was one other big takeaway? Harbaugh said he won’t negotiate a contract through the press. It’s that quote that tells me we shouldn’t really believe all that he says.

If Harbaugh does not want to negotiate through the press, then that means he’s not going to tell the truth to the press — or at leas the full truth. I do believe that he entertained the idea of going to the Cleveland Browns and that he wants to be paid more by the 49ers. He probably lets some of this stuff happen for leverage. If the fans freak out and people like John Madden say the Niners need to choose Harbaugh over Baalke if it comes down to that, that gives Harbaugh more leverage in negotiations. This is all just a tactical game.

Harbaugh would be foolish to leave the Niners, and the team would be even dumber to let him go.

Jim Harbaugh’s act wearing thin in 49ers locker room?

Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh’s situation with the San Francisco 49ers is sure to be one of the more interesting stories to follow this offseason.

Harbaugh is entering the final year of his contract and has not signed an extension with the team. Is that because he doesn’t like staying in one place very long and likes to keep his options over? Is it because the Niners are not offering him the type of deal he feels he deserves? Or is it because he’s not getting along with GM Trent Baalke? It could be a combination of reasons, but one other factor here is that the Niners may be ready to move on from Harbaugh.

Not only was there a recent report saying the Niners discussed trading Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns, but a new report says the head coach’s act is wearing thin in the locker room.

Here’s what the SF Chronicle’s Ann Killion reported Saturday:

And from what I’ve been told, the tension isn’t just upstairs in the building. One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh’s act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key “face of the 49ers” type players. While the team is winning, that’s not a problem. But a few losses could expose a widening rift.

Is this because Harbaugh has a difficult personality and comes off as a jerk? Or could this just be a matter of some players getting tired of a coach over the years?

All I know is that winning seems to cure all issues. As long as the Niners are winning, I’m sure most players will be fine with Harbaugh’s coaching. And if they win the Super Bowl, I’m pretty sure the 49ers front office will be happy.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

John Madden: Niners should choose Jim Harbaugh over ‘suit’ Trent Baalke

Jim-Harbaugh-Blue-Collar-49ers-ShirtsWith Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers’ front office experiencing some tension as of late, some are wondering if Harbaugh’s days with the Niners could be numbered. The head coach is reportedly “barely speaking” to general manager Trent Baalke, and there has been some talk of the team potentially having to choose between the two.

If you ask John Madden, that choice would be easy.

“Jim Harbaugh has done a great job of coaching in the NFL no matter how you put it,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew earlier this week. “Getting to three championship games in a row with that group or with any group is a heck of a thing that he’s done. You tell me where they’re going to get a guy that’s any better than him? It’s a lot easier to get a suit than it is to get a coach.”

Personally, I agree with Madden. Baalke has a challenging job when it comes to assembling a team and operating within the constraints of the salary cap, but Harbaugh has had an instant impact since coming into the NFL. Finding a head coach who can win consistently is a very difficult task.

Harbaugh’s current contract with the Niners expires after the 2015 season. He probably would have had a new contract by now if not for bickering behind closed doors. The team would be wise to work it out and extend him, otherwise some other NFL team will be getting a rare commodity.

H/T Pro Football Talk