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#pounditTuesday, January 18, 2022

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Pete Carroll shockingly reached out to Jim Harbaugh about Colin Kaepernick

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have a fierce rivalry that dates back to their days coaching in the same college conference, but apparently Carroll was able to put that aside when the Seattle Seahawks coach was interested in signing Colin Kaepernick a few years back.

Carroll said Thursday that the only person he called to inquire about Kaepernick prior to the Seahawks bringing the quarterback in for a visit in 2017 was Harbaugh. Harbaugh, of course, was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers when the team drafted Kaepernick in the second round back in 2011.

“The only guy I ever talked to about it — other than just for our own internal information — I called Jim Harbaugh way back when because I respected what he would tell me,” Carroll revealed, via Marcus White of NBC Sports Bay Area. “That’s the only guy I ever talked to about it.”

Harbaugh went 2-1 as a head coach at Stanford against Carroll’s powerhouse USC team, and the desire to beat Carroll again at the NFL level was said to be one of the things Harbaugh was most excited about when he took the 49ers job. Harbaugh insisted there was no hostility between the two at the time, but no one really believed it.

Despite all that, Carroll said this week that Harbaugh’s opinion on Kaepernick held a lot of weight.

“That was before we ever visited [Kaepernick], and [Harbaugh] glowingly supported Kap and all that,” Carroll said. “That’s why we were so positive as well. He gave us reinforcement.”

Remember, this is the same Harbaugh who essentially called out Carroll’s Seahawks for cheating at one point. Any phone conversation between the two is significant, especially if the point of that conversation is to have a friendly discussion about a player.

Carroll has always had high praise for Kaepernick, and he recently said he believes one NFL team is interested in signing the free agent.

Jim Harbaugh calls rumors of NFL return ‘total crap’

Jim Harbaugh

Is Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh exploring an “exit strategy” so that he can find his way back to an NFL sideline?

That was the word on the street on Monday evening following a report from Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, who suggested that Harbaugh’s representatives were working to find him another opportunity at the professional level.

Lead FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt speculated last month Harbaugh could retire, but sources say the Harbaugh camp has its eye on a different departure.

Sources tell FootballScoop that Harbaugh’s representatives have their eye on getting their client back in the NFL.

On Wednesday morning, Harbaugh dismissed the report, calling it “total crap” and claiming he doesn’t even have a representative in a personal letter sent to the parents of his Michigan players.

Dear parents,

I am reaching out to let you know that recent claims that I am pursuing an “exit strategy” are total crap. It’s an annual strategy driven by our enemies to cause disruption to our program and to negatively recruit. By the way, I don’t even have an “agent or representative.”

I am committed to your sons, their education and to their development as football players and people.

Please excuse the informality of this letter but I felt that it was important to get this out to you as quickly as possible.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Happy to discuss.

Go Blue!

Jim Harbaugh

That’s a strong and blunt denial from Harbaugh, who is 43-16 at Michigan but has yet to defeat Ohio State or win the Big Ten East.

Urban Meyer’s daughter shades Jim Harbaugh over comments

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Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, stood up for her father with some shade thrown at Jim Harbaugh on Twitter.

Harbaugh made a few headlines with some comments about Meyer on Tim Kawakami’s podcast this week. The Michigan Wolverines coach said Meyer has a great record but also is involved in controversies.

“Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been,” Harbaugh said. “But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.”

Harbaugh’s comments are factual, but some don’t like the source of the remarks and feel like it’s Harbaugh’s way of taking away from his 0-4 record as a head coach against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Nicki certainly thinks so.

She called Harbaugh’s remarks “a deflection strategy.”

The Meyer girls are always quick to come to Urban’s defense over social media, as we’ve seen many times in the past. Nicki’s not alone here as many other Buckeyes fans defended Meyer in response to Harbaugh.

Jim Harbaugh jumps into Brandel Chamblee versus Brooks Koepka feud

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Brooks Koepka rolled to his second consecutive PGA Championship and fourth major win in the last two years. He also got a chance to go “scoreboard” against professional golf commentating provocateur Brandel Chamblee. Koepka acknowledged that Chamblee’s criticism after the Masters, questioning his toughness, made him angry. Koepka posted a picture of Chamblee in a clown nose earlier in May. Chamblee spent the week trying to walk back and qualify his earlier comments, and said Koepka “is in elite company now.”

Koepka has an unusual ally in his feud with Chamblee–Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh weighed in on Chamblee’s previous comments on Monday.

Jim Harbaugh brought up Chamblee going 0-for-4 in making a cut at the PGA Championship. This, though, just sets up Chamblee for the perfect comeback given that Harbaugh is 0-4 against Ohio State since returning to Michigan as head coach. Let’s hope it goes there.

Quinn Nordin talks back to Jim Harbaugh after missed field goal (Video)

The Michigan Wolverines cruised to a fairly straightforward win over the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, but there were still some bumps in the road.

Sophomore kicker Quinn Nordin missed a 31-yard field goal attempt toward the end of the first half, the third straight week in which he has missed a kick. After the miss, Nordin seemed to yell at a frustrated Jim Harbaugh on the sideline.

Harbaugh downplayed the confrontation after the game, writing it off as an intense discussion.

Harbaugh wanted Nordin so badly that he slept over at his house while recruiting him. The feelings were a little less warm on Saturday.

Brandon Jacobs: Jim Harbaugh ‘didn’t know what he was doing’ in NFL

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Brandon Jacobs had some harsh words for Jim Harbaugh during a recent interview.

Jacobs was a teammate of Tiki Barber on the New York Giants in 2005 and 2006. In his second-to-last season in the NFL, Jacobs played for Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers, though he didn’t do much for them.

On Thursday, Jacobs joined Barber and Brandon Tierney on the “Tiki and Tierney Show” on CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Radio and talked about his time with the 49ers under Harbaugh.

“I enjoyed my time there, but we didn’t see eye to eye,” Jacobs told the hosts. “I knew more about football than they led on. Going somewhere where they didn’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd. They were just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won. Let’s be real.

“They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim was throwing slants into cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man.”

Jacobs only played two games, carrying the ball three times for seven yards in San Francisco, so it’s fair to say his time there was a disappointment. But to downplay how good of a coach Harbaugh was and to say he doesn’t know anything is nothing short of foolish.

Harbaugh turned a poor team around and made them instant contenders, even taking the Niners to the Super Bowl. He has won convincingly at every job he’s held. Sorry, Jacobs, but we’re with Harbaugh on this one.

Jim Harbaugh appears to subtweet 49ers after bad season

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Shortly after the wheels came completely off for the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh sent the following tweet that many believe was aimed at the franchise.

Here’s the subtweet the current Michigan coach sent:

Yeah, within hours after the team fires Jim Tomsula following a pathetic 5-11 campaign that saw the franchise implode? It’s no coincidence. Unless …

Harbaugh capped off a 10-3 season at Michigan with a huge Citrus Bowl win over Florida. The same man who turned around University of San Diego, Stanford, the 49ers, and now Michigan continues to have success. Meanwhile the Niners became a laughing stock after he left.

That wasn’t a shot at Tomsula, who was on his staff and then took the head coaching job, but at the team’s front office, which pushed him out the door and made him look bad to the media. Harbaugh and Jed York have beef.

Alex Boone on Jim Harbaugh: He’s crazy, wore out his welcome

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Alex Boone was one of the most vocal supporters of Jim Harbaugh before Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers decided to part ways. The offensive lineman said at the start of last season that everybody “loves” Harbaugh, and he seemed pretty genuine.

Now that Harbaugh has moved on to Ann Arbor, Boone feels more comfortable telling the truth about what was really going on inside the walls of Levi’s Stadium last year. During a chat with Andrea Kramer for the latest episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Boone admitted Harbaugh wore out his welcome.

“He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom,” he said, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “But after a while, you just want to kick his ass. … He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain. Stop. Let go.’ He kind of wore out his welcome.”

It’s no secret that Harbaugh is an emotional guy. That’s one of the reasons many believe he is best served coaching college athletes.

“I think he just pushed guys too far. He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much,” Boone added. “You know, ‘We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this.’ And you’d be like, ‘This guy might be clinically insane. He’s crazy.’ … I think that if you’re stuck in your ways enough, eventually people are just going to say, ‘Listen, we just can’t work with this.’”

Boone also noted that the players had nothing to do with Harbaugh being fired, which is inconsistent with reports like this that were scattered throughout the 2014 season. Still, it’s interesting to see how much Boone’s perspective seems to have changed.

Jim Harbaugh: I didn’t leave 49ers, they left me

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When the 49ers’ season came to a close, owner Jed York announced a mutual parting of ways with coach Jim Harbaugh. Turns out, the parting wasn’t so mutual.

Appearing on a podcast with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh said he was told after the 49ers’ Week 15 loss to Seattle that it was time for a change.

“I was told I wouldn’t be the coach any more,” Harbaugh said via Pro Football Talk. “And then … you can call it ‘mutual,’ I mean, I wasn’t going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn’t want any more. But that’s the truth of it. I didn’t leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me.”

So why did Harbaugh stick around for the final two games?

“I wanted to finish what I started — what we started,” Harbaugh said.  “And I have great fond memories of it.”

Speculation was rampant all season that Harbaugh was on the outs in San Francisco. Harbaugh even asked the aforementioned Kawakami at season’s end to investigate where all the leaks of disenchantment were emanating from, a notion that was not lost on Kawakami during his podcast.

Kawakami: You did ask me after the last game to investigate where the leaks came. And I understood that and I believe we should do that. I asked Jed York point blank if he was the leak, he denied it. I’ve since written that I believe he was. How do you think I’ve reported it so far?

-HARBAUGH: I can’t say that I’ve read everything. I mean, I have a good idea–I’ve got a pretty good understanding of some of the things that took place.

I don’t think we were playing out of the same playbook. But maybe there’ll be a book some day. Maybe I’ll write a manuscript…

Maybe after he’s done stimulating Ann Arbor’s khaki economy, Harbs can pen his memoir and give us the full truth. Although we think it’s pretty safe to say that Jed York is the one who ordered the code red from the start.

Anquan Boldin: Jim Tomsula won’t be as tough as Jim Harbaugh

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There were a lot of rumors that players in the San Francisco 49ers locker room did not like ex-head coach Jim Harbaugh or had tired of his ways. A comment from Anquan Boldin suggests that not all the players were in love with the coach.

The Niners on Wednesday promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. Boldin, who has played with the Niners the past two seasons, spoke positively about the move.

“I think it’s a good move,” Boldin said in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s “He’s a guy that everybody is familiar with. He’s a guy that has a pretty good feel for the locker room, so I think it’s a good move.”

Boldin described Tomsula as a “great coach” and highlighted the continuity the team will be able to maintain as a key factor in keeping the coach. He also mentioned a difference between Tomsula and Harbaugh.

“He’ll be the same way, but I just think he has a pretty good feel for the locker room,” Boldin said. “Not saying coach Harbaugh didn’t. I don’t think coach Tomsula will be as tough as coach Harbaugh was.”

Well now we’re starting to hear a player on record talking about not loving Harbaugh. Tough does not always correlate with a bad coach; coaches’ goals are to win, not be beloved. In fact, Boldin was actually on record in March saying his relationship with Harbaugh is good. But this might lend some credence to some of those reports about Harbaugh’s act wearing thin with the players.