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I want to revisit Jim Harbaugh’s unusual diatribe from Wednesday. I was on Comcast last night and Purdy, correctly I believe, said Harbaugh said what he said to defend Alex Smith from what Jon Beason tweeted — that if Peyton ┬áManning had come to the Niners, they would have cut Smith.

Purdy’s interpretation seems right on. And that leads me to some questions and I hope you’ll play this quiz — I am seeking your opinion and promise not to disagree with you even if I disagree.

1. Do you believe Harbaugh was not interested in replacing Smith with Manning?

2.Was it right for Harbaugh to revisit this issue?

3. Was it smart for him to do it?

4. Did he help his team or his QB?

5. After this, do you think more of him, less of him, the same?

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  1. Stan

    First of all..Harbaugh and Baalke are sounding remarkably alike. Baalke answered a questions a few days ago with “We are not in the business of comparisons”then Harbaugh’s quotes of “evaluations”..so much alike.
    I’m not saying his success has gone to his head..but Jim would make a great North Korean dictator. Everything is what he says it is.

    He went to Manning on the other side of the country with no intentions? Just to evaluate a Super Bowl winner and top tier NFL QB?. He thinks anybody is falling for that?
    Maybe the press shouldn’t ask Jim anymore questions,it’s just revealing more about Jim then I want to know.

    May 31st, 2012 9:52 am

  2. Stan

    He’s a regular Jim Jong IL.

    May 31st, 2012 9:58 am

  3. Dennis

    1. only if the price was right. So yes and no.
    2. yes
    3. yes
    4. yes – both
    5. the same. I think he is a very good “players” coach.

    May 31st, 2012 10:00 am

  4. Dennis

    Stan, with regard to you first line in your first post, would it be safe to say that you believe that Baalke and Harbaugh are on the same page? (LOL)

    May 31st, 2012 10:53 am

  5. Brady

    1. He was not trying to “replace” Alex. He was looking to upgrade a position without hurting another, as he is always looking to do. If he thought Peyton was better than Alex (he is), and could be had for a price that wouldn’t hurt another position (he couldn’t), he would’ve done that, while still retaining Alex as a backup QB.

    2. Yes. There was a misconception by the media (you’ll notice that the Niners never actually offered Peyton a contract), and he sought to shoot it down.

    3. Yes. He could have done it better, but it boosted the esteem and confidence of his QB, at a time when Smith was taking a lot of flack from the media because of his comparison to Cam Newton.

    4. Yes.

    5. The same. This is right in line with his normal actions.

    I understand why this is an issue, but it sure seems like the media is doing everything they can to avoid what Harbaugh meant, in favor of what he didn’t mean.

    May 31st, 2012 11:32 am

  6. Larry Rowe

    I do not think they ever were really serous about PM. They new that it would cripple our team now and in the future. JH new that AS was not going any where and had no other options.

    If they signed PM. JH would of surely looked really bad when they run up the gut 3 times in a row. Or when our WR drops a sure touchdown on a fade pass in the end zone.

    Or when it is a fullback pass instead of a crossing route.

    What about when PM tells JH to go for it on every 4th down. What if we are very similar in stats this year as last year, is he going to keep the teams model or go all Diva on us.

    This was just a smart PR move and nothing else. You do know that PM would of rather played for SF than Denver.

    But look out for AS. Beside JH always stated that he would put the best players on the field. No exception.

    Do you agree Cohn?

    May 31st, 2012 12:52 pm

  7. George

    It does not matter to me why Harbaugh brought this up. Obviously he thought he had to, probably for team reasons. What I care about is that the team is in good hands and going in the right direction. This stuff about the other day is all noise. I would much rather focus on something like what’s gotten into Randy Moss or Brandon Jacobs. Is there something in the water there? If so, let me drink it. Lowell, you’re a great sportswriter but you have to chill about Harbaugh.

    May 31st, 2012 4:22 pm

  8. Stan

    Well Dennis sometimes they even speak with that same cadence..alter Trent’s voice to a little less gravely..add gravel to Jim’s..they are one voice. Spooky.
    And Brady..you don’t know what the 49ers did(you sound like Mark Purdy on Comcast)..they could have made an offer. We do know Peyton turned the 49ers down. I mean Payton says he had made a choice between THREE teams and said the 49ers were on of them. That sort of puts to lie Jim’s wild assertion,his claim,his bogus argument that the 49ers didn’t want to sign him.

    May 31st, 2012 5:41 pm

  9. GeoffC

    I bet he didn’t want to talk about aomething so he threw this out there.

    May 31st, 2012 7:48 pm

  10. Nate

    The purpose of the comments is also to reinforce who the enemy is at all times not during a game – the media. Because it is not your job to maximize the chances of the Niners winning the Super Bowl, Lowell, you are the enemy.

    May 31st, 2012 9:39 pm

  11. nova4ess

    Stan,
    My take is the 49ers didn’t want to sign Manning at his price. From what I’m deciphering from Harbaugh’s words, the 49ers wanted Manning if he decided to play for less guaranteed money. Manning decided to sign with the Broncos who likely offered more money.

    Of course, I have never seen how much the 49ers were offering Manning. Has anyone?

    June 1st, 2012 6:31 am

  12. Tiburon Dave

    Words can be twisted to convey anything…

    Actions Gentlemen…Actions speak the truth…

    The 49ers knew EXACTLY how much money it would take to land Manning…they know his agent very well…

    The 49ers evaluated the risks to “Team Chemistry”, alex smith’s fragile psyche and all the rest of the blunderbuss…

    Then they got on the plane.

    They took several days away from their families and VERY busy schedules and flew to DURHAM freakin’ North Carolina…

    Take it from a man who flies to the East Coast 10 times a year…it sux…you only do it if you have to…

    The rest is all words twisted by a Coach who seems to actually believe whatever version of “truth” he spews today…

    June 1st, 2012 1:10 pm

  13. glenellen

    Best line, from (of all people) ESPN’s Skip Bayless: “The thing about Harbaugh is that he believes his lies.”

    June 2nd, 2012 2:40 pm

  14. Oaksterdam

    Harbaugh is not human. He is a football coach. The two are not related. A completely strange being. But he wins. If he starts to lose, no one will have it worse than him. Nobody.

    June 2nd, 2012 4:55 pm

  15. Stan

    One other possibility : Harbaugh’s guilt that he wanted Manning and Peyton just didn’t like Harbaugh. If that’s true..you think Harbaugh isn’t doing his best to convince himself he didn’t blow it?..”Well,I never wanted him..”..a.spurned coach!

    June 4th, 2012 5:27 pm

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