Tale of the Tape: Harbaugh vs Gruden

The consensus around the league is that the top two choices for the head coach position are current Stanford Jim Harbaugh and former Raiders/Bucs coach Jon Gruden. Here is the tale of the tape regarding both coaches.

Info Jim Harbaugh Jon Gruden
DOB December 23, 1963 August 17, 1963
College Michigan Dayton
Coach Exp 94-01 – Western Kentucky (offensive asst)
02-03 – Oakland Raiders (QB Coach)
04-06 – University San Diego (Head Coach)
07-Present – Stanford (Head Coach)
86-87 – University Tennessee (grad asst)
88 – SE Missouri St (QB Coach)
89 – University of Pacific (WR Coach)
90 – San Francisco 49ers (Off QC Coach)
91 – University of Pittsburgh (WR Coach)
92 – Green Bay Packers (Off Assistant)
93-94 – Green Bay Packers (WR Coach)
95-97 – Philadelphia Eagles (Offensive Coordinator)
98-01 – Oakland Raiders (Head Coach)
02-08 – Tampa Bay Bucs (Head Coach)
Record 57-27 College 95-81 NFL

Jim Harbaugh

  • Prior to the 2004 season, Harbaugh was named head football coach at the University of San Diego. In his first year, he directed the Toreros to an overall mark of 7–4, including 5 straight wins to end the season. The following year, the team improved to 11–1 and won the 2005 Pioneer Football League Championship. In 2006, USD again went 11–1 winning their second consecutive Pioneer League title in the process.
  • In 2009, the Cardinal had a comeback season, finishing the regular season at 8–4, finishing #21 in the polls, and receiving an invitation to play in the 2009 Sun Bowl, the Cardinal’s first bowl appearance since 2001. Running back Toby Gerhart was named a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing second to Mark Ingram in the closest margin of voting in Heisman history. On December 13, 2009, Harbaugh was rewarded with a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
  • The 2010 season brought more success for Harbaugh and the Cardinal who went 11–1 in the regular season, with their only loss coming from Oregon, a team that ultimately remained undefeated and went to the National Championship Game. This marked the first 11 win season in program history, earning Stanford a #4 BCS ranking a BCS bowl invitation to the Orange Bowl, where they will play against Virginia Tech. Second year starting quarterback Andrew Luck was named a Heisman Trophy finalist, the second year in a row that a finalist was from Stanford. Harbaugh was named the winner of the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year Award.

Jon Gruden

  • Under Gruden, the Raiders posted consecutive 8–8 seasons in 1998 and 1999, and leapt out of last place in the AFC West. After uniting with journeyman quarterback Rich Gannon, Gruden led the Raiders to the top of the AFC West and made the playoffs three straight seasons. Oakland finished 12–4 in the 2000 season, the team’s most successful in a decade, and its first division title since 1990, ultimately reaching the AFC Championship, where they lost 16–3 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
  • After compiling a 40–28 win-loss record (including playoffs) in four seasons with the Raiders, Gruden replaced the fired Tony Dungy as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, via a high-stakes trade that included Tampa Bay’s 2002 and 2003 first-round draft picks, 2002 and 2004 second-round draft picks, and $8 million in cash.
  • Immediately after arriving in Tampa, Gruden significantly retooled the offense with the addition of numerous free agents. His determination to fix the under-performing offense so often maligned during Dungy’s tenure inspired the Bucs defense to another #1 ranking, which helped the team to a 12–4 season and a win over Gruden’s old team in Super Bowl XXXVII.
  • In the two years following Gruden’s Super Bowl win, the Bucs went 7–9 and 5–11 respectively, implying to many Dungy supporters that Gruden had simply taken over a strong team and then driven it into the ground.
  • 2005 marked a return to the playoffs, as the Bucs’ posted a surprising 11–5 record, despite the loss of starting quarterback Brian Griese and some controversial coaching decisions, including a two-point conversion in the final seconds to defeat the Washington Redskins, who would later return to Tampa and eliminate the Bucs from the wild-card round of the playoffs.
  • In 2006, Gruden led the Buccaneers to a 4–12 season. It was his worst record as a head coach and the first time a Tampa Bay team had not won more than four games since 1991.
  • In 2007, the team finally cleared itself of salary cap constraints and united Gruden with a mobile West Coast quarterback in former Pro Bowler and Grey Cup winner Jeff Garcia. The team posted a 9–7 record.
  • In 2008, Gruden was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2011 season. On November 30, Gruden earned his 100th win, against the New Orleans Saints. Going into December the Buccaneers were on pace to make the playoffs, claim a bye week and have home field advantage. However the Buccaneers went winless in the month of December, and on December 28 the Buccaneers were eliminated from making the playoffs by the Oakland Raiders, the team Gruden left for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers ended the season with four losses in a row.
  • Jon Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers on January 16, 2009, after seven seasons with the team.
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  • LoneTexas49er

    We need Gruden, it is too much of a risk to get Harbough an experiment and we do not have the time and patience to see how that pans out. If he fails the 49ers fans will go nuts. We need a proven coach who has familiarity with our organization and the west coast offense. Gruden will be dynamio an fire up the squad and he will not tolerate losing. Gruden started with us and he will fininsh out his coaching career on top with us.Gruden will lure in the players and he will bring us back to our Daynasty. gruden knows the tradition here and the legacy it is being a 49er, Harbough would be a risk and big risk and I have a bad feeling harbough would be disastorous! We need Gruden, thats what the fans want, it will increase ticket sales, bring players and make us a dynasty again. Its a common sense decision 2+2=4, it has to be done or we will continue to suck!!!

  • LoneTexas49er

    Holgrem & Gruden, we as fans need to let the orginization know this is what we all want and deserve, we pay for the tickets and we want winner, proven winners in here, not unproven coaches and staff anymore, we need the best, we are the championship 49ers we need to start acting like it again and spend the money and make it happen once and for all!!! I hope when Gruden is here we get Mcnabb and get back shawn hill as backup to him, and draft our guy this year in the first round, thats our priorities and getting Holmgren and Gruden! We need the best, we are the 49ers!!!

  • LoneTexas49er

    We need Gruden Priority # 1!!!!!! No more unprovens, all the fans want chucky!!!! He knoiws our legacy and he will carry our tradition of winning!!!

  • Subdoc9ers

    Bro, I ike Gruden too, but it just isn't in the cards. Peter King said last night at Half-time that he is not a serious canidate. Harbaugh is the #1 name on that list. Jim wants to coach us. He has experience turning programs around, just look what he did with Standford. He can bring us Luck to be our QB. He will need some help with a trade but I think that we can get that done. Plus, Trent Baalke is rumored to be in Miami right now, and that so happens to be where Standford is playing Monday night. Just something to think about.

    • LoneTexas49erfan

      Subdoc, He's good but with all respect he's not proven in the NFL, its too much of a risk and we dont need uncertainties. Its a big gamble, the college game is way different than the NFL game. Ereickson was very sucessful in college, still is, and he sucked in the NFL. Do we want another Erickson. I dont care he's from here, that doesnt matter, his game probably wont translate to the NFL, its a huge gamble, thasts why I said we need certainty and provens like Gruden, Bottom line we need Gruden and big names as GM fromn proven programs like Holmgren, or from the patriots orginization. All the suggestions on here have been crap over the years, I'm not a no it all, I just see what wevee past on every year and you guys are always saying want happen zero chance and we get unproven players or coaches in here. WE wont get anywhere unless we get at least Gruden. We dont need Harbough otherswise why did we get rid of Sing. I think Harbough would suck, too much of a gamble ERICKSON HARBOUGH COMPARISON

      • Subdoc9ers

        LoneTexas49erfan, I love you passion, but I really think that Jed wants Harbough. I think that he is there man and he will be the next head coach of the 49ers. I don't agree with you on Erickerson from. Erickerson failed before in the NFL and we still gave he a shot, because we were trying to be cheep. Jim has never coached in the NFL, however has played QB in the NFL for many years. He knows what it takes to be a NFL QB and can help develop a young QB. To be honest I would be happy either way. I also would be happy with billick, Cower or Fisher. Anyone that we get SHOULD be better than Sing.

  • Willy

    If Stanford coach is hired the team will have another Dennis Erickson. Team does not need a college coach. We need a coach that his been in Playoffs and Superbowls. We need Gruden!!!