The San Francisco 49ers finally were able to get their man, Jim Harbaugh signed a 5 year contract worth $5 million a year to be the next head coach. Now the 49ers have their first offensive minded coach in years and one with NFL quarterback experience. Harbaugh should be able to get the players to respond to him immediately if as Vernon Davis stated after Mike Singletary was fired that players were too scared to just go out and play football under Singletary. Harbaugh played recently enough for these players to remember, he was a pro bowl caliber quarterback and is known to have an eye for talent at the position and being able to develop it. He gave high draft grades to David Garrard and Tony Romo and a low draft grade to Joey Harrington and was spot on with that analysis. As for development, he coached Stanford QB Andrew Luck into what could have been the first overall pick in this upcoming draft had Luck not decided to remain for his senior year.
49ers fans know their team has a lot of pieces to the puzzle already in hand. What the team has been lacking the past several seasons however are the two most important pieces, a quarterback and a head coach to put the team over the top. They may have well found the one in coach Jim Harbaugh, now to the next one, quarterbacks will likely be both signed in the offseason and drafted. The offseason acquisition could determine how early the team takes a quarterback in the draft. Harbaugh has stated his intention to reinstall the West Coast offense which might make the team take a look at Donovan McNabb who ran that style of offense in Philadelphia. If the team is able to deal for Kyle Orton they may take a QB later in the draft and allow him to study under Orton and Carr-who is the only quarterback with a contract for next season on the team.
Fans are optimistic but most are cautious however after having been misled into believing Singletary was exactly what the team needed to bring it back to its glory. Harbaugh surely has the mindset to capitalize on the weapons the 49ers currently have. The fans believe he will do so, Jed York believes he will, most NFL experts believe he has what it takes as well. All that is left is for him and the team to put it all together on the field. The 49ers have the 3rd easiest rated schedule in the league next year so Niner Nation will hope it all falls into place.