CBSsports.com had an interesting article about the top 10 jerks in the NFL. This, you’ll admit, is an important bit of scholarly research. The article listed Jim Harbaugh in a tie for 9/10 place with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. I guess they’re tied because of their public spat last season which you might call a Jerkathon.
I submit Harbaugh should get a better ranking than Schwartz. Since that episode Harbaugh said he never pursued Peyton Manning, brought up this topic all on his own, damaging his credibility for no good reason. That should vault him ahead of Schwartz.
I have a few questions.
1.Do you feel Harbaugh is ranked correctly at 9/10? Should he be more of a middle of the pack guy? I never would say he should go to the front. That’s reserved for Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger for obvious reasons.
2. Is Harbaugh the biggest jerk currently working in Bay Area sports? He has limited competition now that Al Davis has died and Barry Bonds, Don Nelson and Terrell Owens have retired from competition. I see no one in Harbaugh’s class, which is too bad. Competition always is fun. Perhaps in upcoming years he can widen the gap between him and his competition, whoever that is.
One note: I caution you if you are tempted to write, “Harbaugh may be a jerk but he’s a great coach.”
We are not talking about great coaches. We are talking about great jerks. Those are different categories. If you persist in this line of reasoning, please explain why being a great coach or a great anything absolves a person from being a jerk.
As far as Harbaugh being a great coach, that is not yet proven. He is a good coach who had a good year his rookie year. He has a ways to go before he achieves greatness.
To read the CBSsports.com article which motivated me to write on jerkitude, click here.