Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Saw this in the local rag this morning (LINK):
Former Davenport Central football star Roger Craig was back in the Quad-Cities recently and noted that all of his old teams seem to be in transition right now. Davenport Central, the University of Nebraska and the San Francisco 49ers all have made recent coaching changes.
Craig was especially disheartened to see Jim Harbaugh leave the 49ers to become the head coach at Michigan. “Harbaugh is the guy that built the culture there …’’ he said. “We weren’t any good for about 10 years before he got there. We were in a dark hole. He took us out of the dark hole and gave us light.
I’m really afraid they’re going to go backward now.’’ Craig said he liked Harbaugh because his players played hard, like they were “starving’’ for victory. “You have to play like you’re starving. Not hungry. Hungry isn’t good enough …’’
Craig said. “When you’re starving, you’ll do whatever is necessary to get your food. You want your players to play like they’re starving.’’
Happy Mother's Day, and Go Blue!
Former 49ers CB defends Jim Harbaugh and blasts Alex Boone. Some other stuff about tonight's Real Sports episode too.
This is transcript of radio host Brian Murphy speaking very candidly with Jed York on the Harbaugh departure, providing a lot of insight to the rift that led us to get our guy. I found this to be a pretty fascinating read, as I sympathize with the 49ers fans.
I thought about an OT tag, but York does mention Michigan, also notably saying Harbaugh chose between Michigan and the 49ers in 2011, which is the most substantial evidence I've heard that he was offered the job back then.
P.S. This is not intended to be grave-stomping.
I've generally viewed Harbaugh as a 'pie-in-the-sky' candidate. Knowing nothing besides what I read, I thought that Jim's competitiveness would keep him in the NFL. But the argument that comes through in the link is:
- JH would be getting crazy money (8 M!). That's more than anyone at any level of football.
- JH hurts when Michigan hurts.
- JH is young enough to return to the NFL after righting the ship.
- JH wants Brady to be treated with dignity. Brady is getting that treatment.
I don't think any of this proves anything. But the smoke is building, and it's thicker than I first believed.
Great article about how Jim Harbaugh deals with press conference interactions. Hint, he only directly answers 38% of questions thrown his way. I think we see this in alot of coaches, especially Hoke, but this is the first time I've seen a statistical break down of a football coach's press conference.
Perhaps if this sort of analysis takes off journalists will use it to craft questions that coaches would be more likely to answer. Maybe mathlete could improve upon this method to help us further decipher "coach speak".