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

Report: Jim Harbaugh and some of Niners’ brass ‘barely speaking’

Jim-Harbaugh-Baseball-Press-ConferenceSan Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York has publicly denied the most bizarre rumor you will hear during the NFL offseason — that the Niners nearly traded head coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns for draft picks. Assuming the initial report had to come from somewhere, you have to wonder what is going on behind closed doors within the Niners’ organization.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed that a trade for Harbaugh was discussed. The 49ers have enjoyed nothing but success since Harbaugh took over, so why all the alleged hostility? According to CBSSport.com’s Jason La Canfora, Harbaugh’s relationship with the team’s front office is deteriorating.

More specifically, La Canfora reports that Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke are “barely speaking” and that the organization may eventually have to choose between the two. Harbaugh has also supposedly had issues with team president Paraag Marathe. La Canfora believes the tension between Harbaugh and the Niners’ brass is the main reason he has not gotten a contract extension. He has two years left on his current deal.

Other teams could try to explore trade possibilities with the 49ers if it appears certain that Harbaugh is not going to be with the team beyond his current deal in 2015. On the surface, it would appear that the former Stanford coach has been a perfect fit in San Francisco. Perhaps his personality, which can be overbearing at times, has created an uncomfortable situation that the public is just now hearing about.

49ers’ Jed York denies Jim Harbaugh trade rumor in great way

jim harbaugh fitSan Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York denied the report that the team nearly traded Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns in a great way.

On Friday afternoon, Pro Football Talk reported that the Niners nearly traded Harbaugh to Cleveland. They say Harbaugh decided to stay with San Francisco and that’s why the trade wasn’t made.

In response, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that two high-ranking 49ers officials denied the trade report. What’s interesting is that the Browns did not deny the report when issuing a statement on the matter.

Mike Florio, who reported the news for PFT, told Rapoport that his source was lying.

He then asked why the 49ers weren’t denying the trade report on the record.

That’s when York chimed in:

Game. Over.

P.S. I still believe Florio’s report that the Browns attempted to acquire Harbaugh despite York’s denial, I just don’t think they got as close to making the trade as Mike says.

49ers deny trying to trade Jim Harbaugh to Browns

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San Francisco 49ers sources deny that they had a trade in place to send Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns, according to a report.

On Friday, Pro Football Talk reported that the Browns nearly pulled off a trade for Harbaugh that would have seen the team send San Francisco multiple draft picks in exchange for the coach. Mike Florio said the deal was in place but Harbaugh decided not to leave the team.

In response to the report, a Browns PR spokesman sent out this statement, which is vague and does not deny an attempt to lure Harbaugh.

“That search produced an outstanding head coach in Mike Pettine and we’re excited about his future with the club. The team conducted an extensive coaching search, and explored several options.”

However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted the following, which shows he received a strong denial.

Rapoport later said he received denials from two 49ers sources.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen added some more context and background to the story.

The two reporters said on “NFL Live” that after firing Rob Chudzinski, the Browns started to think outside the box for their next hire. That led them to explore the possibility of trading for Harbaugh, whose favorite team growing up supposedly was the Cleveland Browns. They said it was a scenario that was discussed but never went very far and that the team didn’t even know if the commissioner would approve such a trade.

I can believe that the Browns explored this possibility, but I’m guessing PFT characterizing the deal as being close and “nearly” happening is a stretch.

Think about it: why wouldn’t the Browns want Harbaugh? Knowing that Harbaugh hadn’t signed an extension with San Francisco, they probably figured it was an option worth exploring.