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If this is true, it’s blockbuster. A report says the Niners tried to trade Jim Harbaugh for draft picks to the Browns but Harbaugh nixed the deal. If this is true, what does it mean about the relationship between the Niners and Harbaugh going forward, and the relationship between Harbaugh and Trent Baalke? What are your thoughts on this near-trade? To read the article click here.

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  1. Johnc

    If true it means that 49ers don’t believe Harbaugh can win the big one. It means that he is basically a great defensive coach but lacks offensive acumen.

    February 21st, 2014 3:20 pm

  2. Jimmy

    If true, which we’ll never know, this is pretty shocking. There are so many implications here. This topic could provide columns for weeks.

    February 21st, 2014 3:51 pm

  3. Neal

    Lowell,

    I would make the trade in a second if we got multiple first round draft picks and got rid of Greg Roman.

    February 21st, 2014 3:51 pm

  4. Dennis

    I haven’t read anywhere that the 49ers tried to trade Jim Harbaugh. I did read that the Browns tried to trade for him, but not the other way around. If the 49ers wanted to trade Jim Harbaugh I have to believe it would be pretty easy and could happen pretty quickly. There are a whole number of teams that would make that deal.

    Now if it turns out that the 49ers initiated this, again, I have not heard that, it would mean too me that Harbaugh maybe wanting more money than Jed thinks he needs to pay for a top flight coach. Why not give that headache to someone else (again, if turns out there is a shred of truth to this) get a whole bunch of draft picks and go back to the Farm and make David Shaw the next big thing for half of the money. Not saying any of this is true. In fact, I hope that it is not. But I am just saying.

    February 21st, 2014 5:16 pm

  5. Marco

    It says that Harbaugh is a constant distraction who will most likely never reach the pinnacle. He’s a football genius with personality flaws that cause him to self destruct when the lights get hot. He doesn’t get along well with others and so coexistence becomes impossible. He understands his own shortcomings and moves on when the odds seem insurmountable. Ultimately, his intentions are good but he just can’t toe the line.

    February 21st, 2014 5:39 pm

  6. Stan

    As moderator you have insight to my Stan thoughts ahem.. So,Lowell I’m sure you remember my “Mark Davis should acquire Harbaugh post, AND where I said flat out..Harbaugh wont bring Balkee with him.
    This goes back to Jed low balling Jim to even be 49er coach. I’m sure Harbaugh would have thought the 49ers by now would have gone Zito on his contract,not will work for 49er cafeteria food.

    February 21st, 2014 6:09 pm

  7. Dr. Feelgood

    Fascinating!
    If this turns out to be true, what does that say about the Niner executive’s mentality?
    1. That no avenue will go untraveled in the quest to improve the team. Everything and Anything are possible.
    2. Jim Harbaugh is NOT bigger than the “The 49ers”. No one is. No one is irreplaceable.
    3. Someone on the current coaching staff is VERY qualified to become the next head coach.
    4. Someone outside the organization is identified and regarded as an upgrade over the current coaching staff , including Harbaugh.
    5. Cleveland’s No. 4 draft pick, and the additional picks reaped through the proposed trade, are considered more valuable than maintaining current coaching continuity.
    6. To overtake Seattle, the true difference-makers in this years draft lie within the top 5-10 picks, outside the Niners reach. There will be no catching Seattle this year.
    7. The organization has been put on notice that second best is not good enough. Win, or move over/out.
    As a fan, I’m am fired up that the executive group is thinking outside the box and will will do anything/everything to become champions.

    February 21st, 2014 7:06 pm

  8. glenellen

    Yes Lowell, they are going to trade for a coach that is better with the press !

    February 21st, 2014 7:26 pm

  9. htwaits

    Use the headline to attract maximum attention. No one is ever responsible for misleading headlines.

    February 21st, 2014 9:16 pm

  10. MJ

    Lowell…seriously? You might need to check your sources. It was, as mentioned above, the Browns who inquired, in their ever endless search for a head coach. As you should know, inquiries into players (and in this case coaches) happens all the time in sports. We all know Lebron is not available for trade, but don’t you think that every time a GM calls the Heat they ask what it will take? These are the same rumors about Lee going to the Timberwolves yet here we are.

    It was probably something along the lines of “hey Jed, this is so and so from the browns, what will it take to get you to trade us John”….*Jed texts John during the convo ‘Hey John, the Browns are trying to trade for you…lawl…’…John texts back “Hilarious!”…Jed “Sorry so and so, John says no…good bye”

    February 21st, 2014 11:22 pm

  11. MJ

    *Substitute “Jim” for “John” in that conversation

    February 21st, 2014 11:24 pm

  12. PhD

    What Dennis said.

    February 22nd, 2014 2:59 am

  13. Steve the cat rescuer

    I concur with both Marco’s and Dr. Feelgood’s thoughts. Harbaugh took Stanford to the brink, Shaw improved and brought them home. Could be the same scenario for the Niners. I’ve posted in the past that Harbaugh’s apoplectic sideline antics are counterproductive, especially when the game is on the line. History shows that most successful coaches are those that remain calm in the heat of the moment, something that cannot and never will be said about Harbaugh.

    February 22nd, 2014 12:36 pm

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