Jim Harbaugh refutes reports

Updated: March 4, 2014, 11:20 AM ET
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Amid rumors and reports that Jim Harbaugh is unhappy or is at odds with the San Francisco 49ers, the coach says he only wants to do one thing: "Coach the team."

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Harbaugh said he's told owner Jed York, "I don't want any more power. I want to coach the team. And I've never told anybody else otherwise."

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images"I don't want any more power. I want to coach the team," Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said.

"I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football," Harbaugh said. "They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody -- my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money."

In three seasons as coach, Harbaugh has gone 36-11 and led the team to the NFC Championship Game each year and a Super Bowl appearance. Despite that impressive start to his NFL coaching career, there have been several reports this offseason that Harbaugh has rubbed both team brass and his players the wrong way.

At the center of San Francisco's offseason drama has been the perceived rocky relationship between Harbaugh and Niners general manager Trent Baalke.

"We're both demanding and we want to be accountable for ourselves, for each other," Harbaugh told Sports Illustrated of his relationship with Baalke. "If you haven't had a brother, you probably don't understand the relationship between the GM and the head coach. We're partners on the same team. I have great respect for him. He works extremely hard at it and is very good at it. We are all part of a team. I believe in the structure we have. I don't want to change anything that we do in that regard."

And while the Cleveland Browns attempted to trade for him this offseason in a deal that was shot down by the 49ers, Harbaugh says he fully intends to finish out his contract, which runs through the 2015 season.

"Zero opportunity or chance of [leaving] in my mind."

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