Sunday, July 29, 2012
The common thread through Harbaugh's ire
By Mike Sando
The way San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh projects himself doesn't matter much while his winning percentage stands at .813.
It'll be interesting to see how some of his quirkier comments play if the 49ers ever do struggle on his watch.
That was my initial reaction upon reading Harbaugh's latest unsolicited attempt to shape and counter opinions he feels are misguided.
This time, Harbaugh took aim at unnamed "scribes, pundits and so-called experts" responsible for suggesting rookie first-round draft choice A.J. Jenkins had been a disappointment and could become a bust.
First off, Harbaugh is 100 percent correct in saying it's ridiculous to draw any long-term conclusions about Jenkins based on potentially misguided first impressions from June minicamps. He's right to defend Jenkins.
I do wonder, however, if Harbaugh's obvious need to forcefully counter public perception suggests he's more sensitive and temperamental than the face of an NFL team ideally would be. The common thread through Harbaugh's various missives this offseason -- defending players from criticism -- suggests there's a clear method to his apparent madness. And that's a good thing for the 49ers.
To review, Harbaugh has pumped up Alex Smith (the smartest quarterback he's ever seen), rejected and parsed characterizations of the 49ers' interest in Peyton Manning and suggested receiver Michael Crabtree has the greatest hands he's ever seen. His comments about Manning and Jenkins were unsolicited.
Which other 49ers players need defending?