further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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".