Jim Harbaugh’s wife wants him to ditch his $8 Walmart pleated pants


San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh makes about $5 million per season. That would be enough money for most people to live comfortably, to say the least. However, a multimillion-dollar salary has not stopped Harbaugh from appreciating a good bargain when it comes to his wardrobe.

On Tuesday, Harbaugh’s wife Sarah called into 99.7 FM’s “Fernando & Greg Show” to discuss her husband’s sense of fashion — or lack thereof. Sarah wanted to make it clear that she is not responsible for his black sweater and khaki pants combo.

“I will not take the blame for his outfits,” she said, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve thrown (his pants) away many of times. I’ve asked him: ‘Please, pleats are gone. Wear the flat front.’ He has a flattering body.”

Sarah sounds serious. In fact, she said she once threw out Jim’s pleated khaki pants before he traveled to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, but he was able to find a Walmart store and pick up some more.

“I threw them out and when he went to the combine, he found a Walmart,” Sarah said. “They were $8. $8!”

Harbaugh is apparently a man who is set in his ways, though Sarah said he has finally agreed to make a wardrobe change next season if it bothers her so much. Given the success the Niners have had since Harbaugh took over as head coach, fans probably don’t want him to change a thing.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Jim Harbaugh tucks clothes into pleated khaki pants, looks like Michelin Man

Jim Harbaugh layers fat

Staying warm in -5 degree weather is not easy. In order to combat the cold in Green Bay, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh layered up. He also tucked in all of his layers into his khaki pants, which made him look rather, um, rotund.

The result was Harbaugh looking like he put on one of those fat suits for sumo wrestling. The guy had a strong resemblance to the Michelin Man and Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters:

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Frank Gore reportedly angry with Jim Harbaugh over lack of touches

Frank-Gore-NinersSan Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is off to a slow start in 2013, and that is due in large part to his team’s overall poor play. The Niners have been forced to abandon the run over the past two weeks after digging themselves into an early hole, resulting in just 20 touches in two games for Gore. After Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the veteran running back was reportedly angry with Jim Harbaugh.

“When things are not going right you get frustrated,” Gore said after the game, via Eric Branch of SFGate.com. “But I think the game got kind of different in the second half and we had to do what we had to do, just throw the ball.”

Last week, the Niners found themselves trailing just 5-0 at halftime and 12-3 after three quarters. On Sunday, they were only down 10-7 at the half. The deficit was not large enough that San Francisco had to stop running the football, but Gore received only four touches in the second half. According to Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Gore had “choice words” for Harbaugh after the game.

San Francisco pounded the ball on the ground all season last year, and the end result was an NFC Championship. Harbaugh may be getting overly confident with Colin Kaepernick and abandoning what the team does best, which is controlling the clock and keeping the ball on the ground. Look for the Niners’ attack to become more balanced going for, starting with a matchup against the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Richard Sherman gave Jim Harbaugh a tap on the rear

Richard Sherman was in a celebratory mood after the Seattle Seahawks wiped the San Francisco 49ers 29-3 on Sunday night.

Sherman intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass in the fourth quarter to help ice the win. He also shut down Anquan Boldin, holding the Niners wide receiver to one catch for seven yards. The brash trash talker told fans and pundits after the game not to doubt the Seahawks again. He also was so proud of his performance, he made sure to chase down Jim Harbaugh, his college coach at Stanford, after the game.

Sherman gave Harbaugh an “I got you” love tap on the behind. Harbaugh was frustrated and embarrassed with his team’s performance, but turned around to give a what’s up to Sherman.

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Jim Harbaugh: Clay Matthews will have to work on ‘tough guy’ image after slap

Clay-Matthews-Single-Season-Sack-RecordThe second Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews committed a penalty with a late hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, you knew Jim Harbaugh would have sound be sounding off in response. The outspoken coach didn’t disappoint.

On Monday, Harbaugh gave his take on the Matthews clothesline and ensuing “slap” of Joe Staley.

“If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap,” Harbaugh said, via Cam Inman of the Mercury News. “That young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Harbaugh probably feels even more inclined to call Matthews a “tough guy” after the former USC star spoke about targeting Kaepernick in the week leading up to the game. As for the hit itself, Harbaugh said it reminded him of former New York Giants and Packers Hall of Fame safety Elmen Tunnell.

“You talk about launching,” he said. “You talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback’s six, seven feet out of bounds. “Back when that was legal, (Tunnell) would stand in the middle of the field and wait for a receiver to cross and clothes line them. Their feet would fly in the area. Their backs would hit the ground. I was struck, ‘I’m seeing Emlen Tunnell here.’”

The comments were classic Harbaugh, as no coach is more animated when it comes to defending their players than he is. Matthews is a sack machine who does his best to intimidate opponents, which is something you want from a linebacker. However, Harbaugh and Kaepernick have been adamant about showing that the Niners have no intention of backing down from anything of the sort.

Jim Harbaugh thinks Green Bay Packers are targeting Colin Kaepernick

Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed concern on Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers defense may be targeting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Week 1 game between the teams on Sunday.

Harbaugh is specifically worried about the ability of defenses to hit the opposing quarterback if the QB is carrying out a fake on a read-option play. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” on Monday that they’ll be looking to get their licks in on Kaepernick on those plays.

“One of the things that the referees have told us is that when these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback,” Matthews said on Mike & Mike. “So with that, you do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense. If that means they pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

Harbaugh thinks what Matthews said indicates the Packers are planning to target Kaepernick. He even compared Matthews’ words to some of the stuff heard during the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.

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Jim Harbaugh: AJ Jenkins was bullied by media

AJ-Jenkins-NinersThe San Francisco 49ers drafted former Illinois wide receiver AJ Jenkins in the first round of the NFL Draft last year, and the selection never panned out. Jenkins never caught a pass in a regular season game for the Niners and was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday for receiver Jon Baldwin.

At this point, it is safe to label Jenkins a draft bust. Last year during training camp, Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh blasted the media for criticizing Jenkins when he was not performing well in practice. In retrospect, it appears the writers and reporters were accurate with their assessment of Jenkins. Despite that, Harbaugh continued to defend the 23-year-old after trading him.

“I know a lot of people made sport of AJ and Jonathan and my comments and that type of thing,” he said Wednesday, per Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “And I really feel the same as I did a year ago when I made those comments. I don’t think it’s fair to bully or label a young player. I fully understand people are entitled to their opinion and their perspective, however, I refer the criticism — or appreciate — if the criticism is directed toward me. I’m responsible and I certainly accept it.”

Obviously, Harbaugh and the entire San Francisco organization are disappointed that they spent a first-round pick on a player who never worked out. But as Harbaugh has shown us in the past with his animated defense of Alex Smith, he is rarely ever going to throw a player under the bus.

“I’m responsible. I’m responsible for helping pick the draft picks and fully responsible for coaching the players up,” he said. “So I willingly accept those responsibilities.”

Baldwin, also a first-round pick in 2011, caught 41 passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns during his two seasons with the Chiefs. A change of scenery could benefit both players.

H/T Around the League