I did not make this headline up
Many on this site have an affinity for the spread. I, myself, love many of the concepts and philosophies that the spread employs. Way back before Harbaugh was hired to lead Michigan, I had talked about my optimal offense being something very similar to what Harbaugh runs in San Francisco. The offense of the 49ers, while in many ways similar, was not the same as the one that Harbaugh utilized at Stanford. While with the Cardinal, Harbaugh began implementing many spread concepts into his heavy formations. For the 49ers, he still utilized a lot of FBs and TEs, but also began spreading the field a bit more and incorporating even more read option concepts.
I expect his offense at Michigan to be a bit of a mix of the two: a bit more spread out and a bit more utilization of the athletes he can pull at Michigan, but closer to the simplified schematic ways of his time at Stanford. Still, Harbaugh has never lost sight of an important concept: utilizing width and space. The spread utilizes width by positioning athletes along the line of scrimmage at the snap. Harbaugh does that too, in some ways. He loves to have wide splits to the field while utilizing multiple TEs on the opposite side. Borges talked about preferring to get to the edge through blocking rather than throwing to the edge, and Harbaugh does a lot of that. But Harbaugh also utilizes a few WR screens to get to the edge.
And at the heart of the pass game is the preferences for gaining width to support the interior run game, and gaining depth to keep the safeties honest. That’s what a West Coast passing attack does. And while Harbaugh is still very much run to set up the pass (rather than the Walsh view of pass to set up the run), he maintains that constraint and element of his attack to keep defenses honest.
So here’s my look at how Harbaugh utilizes space, width, and athletes outside of the Power O and Inside Zone that he’s most famous for.
How can you not love this guy?
Just posted now. Has a bunch of clips from practices along with coaches and John Harbaugh. Almost like an NFL films version.
How special is it that this guy is our coach?
A picture says a thousand words.
Harbaugh speaking with the #6 ranked, B1G Regular Season Champion Women's Gymnastics team the day before they host the B1G Championhips at Crisler Center.
And the hits keep on coming in San Fran...you shouldn't have poked the Har-Bear, Mr. York.
After the firing of head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have undergone a series of dramatic changes, including a slew of free-agent departures and the retirement of linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. Now they can add injury to insult with the news that reserve linebacker Chase Thomas has torn his ACL while working out at Stanford
The San Francisco 49ers are cursed. That's got to be it at this point.
Oh the irony is delicious...and so are your tears Mr. York:
York talks Harbaugh: Link
Poor Damn 'Niners™