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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Video: Who gets credit for 49ers' reversal

By Mike Sando

You might have noticed that ESPN's Skip Bayless occasionally invites debate by taking hard stands on issues relating to sports.

His position recently: Jim Harbaugh deserves 100 percent of the credit for the San Francisco 49ers' improvement from 6-10 to 14-3.

Harbaugh obviously has played a leading role in the turnaround, but 100 percent? Purely for entertainment, imagine for a moment that a leading academic from a university sports management program were advocating the same position in even tones.

ESPN's Trent Dilfer had this to say during his latest conversation with Scott Van Pelt: "In the NFL, everybody wants to give all the credit to one person, and the Niners' story is so much different. There is so much credit to be spread out."

Dilfer gives Harbaugh significant credit for his approach with Alex Smith -- specifically, for working with Smith from a base of affirmation. That audio is here. Dilfer also credits general manager Trent Baalke, who he promotes as the NFL's clear executive of the year.

The video featuring Bayless is below, featuring an appearance from Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely.