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What Makes 49ers Jim Harbaugh a Good Coach?

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Players and assistant coaches answered this very question.

NaVorro Bowman: 

“He’s a players’ coach and I always say that because I think he puts us first before he makes any decision. And he cares. You can see him getting that 15-yard penalty, people thought he was just acting out of himself, but he was just trying to stop that game clock. So, all those things we love about him, and I think that’s what makes him a great coach, that he’s all in.

“(We talk) all the time. Yeah, all the time. I think he talks to everyone. And we have our little sessions at the end of practice where guys give their speech or whatever they want to say to guys, and it’s not the captains, it’s not the superstars, it’s everyone on this team. And I think that shows out there on the field that everyone knows and loves one another.”

Greg Roman:

“I just think Jim’s a great football coach. I think to be a great football coach, you have to be yourself first and foremost and I think that’s with Jim. He comes in everyday with great enthusiasm. I think a great concern for his players, their health and welfare on a daily basis and just comes in everyday with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.

“I think he’s demanding of everybody, but not in a way that is hard to be around. Pretty easy person to be around. Kind of person you like to work with because it’s all about winning and that’s all that really matters when you look at it.”

Vic Fangio:

“He’s got good assistant coaches.

"I think the one thing you can say about Jim is that he takes this game and his job very seriously, but he doesn’t take himself seriously. And I think that’s a good compliment.”

Patrick Willis:

“Really, I think his best quality as a head coach is really just understanding us as players. Understanding what we need to help make us a better football team. And since the day he got here he's always been about us. It's about the team, the team, the team. And that's how all our coaches are.

"His approach is no different than if we were playing a regular season game, in the sense that we got to come out and play with everything we got. He expects nothing but our best every time we step on the field, whether it was this game or a regular season game. And at the end of the day we all just want to win.”

Vernon Davis:

"He’s always the same, no matter what. He’s always finding different ways to keep us going, to motivate us and lead us, and he does a tremendous job of that. I applaud him and his efforts because he's definitely a tremendous coach to me and to the rest of my teammates.”

Colin Kaepernick:

“He knows how to motivate people. He knows how to get people to go out and execute for each other every day.”

Anquan Boldin:

“The fact that he played the game... He understands the game.”

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