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Jim Harbaugh Puts Media Speculation to Rest

Posted Mar 3, 2014

Head coach Jim Harbaugh went on record with SI.com, addressing several rumors surrounding the 49ers front office.

Trades, power struggles and contract negotiations, there have been plenty of rumors surrounding the 49ers front office this offseason.
 
On Monday, head coach Jim Harbaugh put them all to rest in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg.
 
Harbaugh reaffirmed his commitment to the San Francisco 49ers, refuting any reports that he would leave the team before his contract expires at the end of the 2015 season.
 
“No,” Harbaugh told Rosenberg. “Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind.”
 
There has also been speculation of tension between Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke. That too, according to Harbaugh, is inaccurate.
 
"We're both demanding and we want to be accountable for ourselves, for each other," Harbaugh said. "If you haven't had a brother, you probably don't understand the relationship between the GM and the head coach. We're partners on the same team. I have great respect for him. He works extremely hard at it and is very good at it. We are all part of a team. I believe in the structure we have. I don't want to change anything that we do in that regard.”
 
Clearly stated, Harbaugh told Rosenberg that he has no desire to have more power in the organization, with final decisions on personnel continuing to made by the general manager.
 
Harbaugh also refuted reports of a lack of communication with Baalke, saying the two “talk daily, hourly.”
 
After reports that the 49ers and Cleveland Browns discussed a trade for Harbaugh, the 49ers head coach initially responded to the media via text, but elaborated on the situation to SI.com.
 
"There was never any opportunity to leave the San Francisco 49ers," Harbaugh said. "If that existed, it existed in somebody else's mind, not mine. I am too fond of my team, the players, the coaches. I really feel like we have one of the best, if not the best organizations in football."

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