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49ers CEO says Jim Harbaugh hasn’t asked for more power

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the league’s best teams over the last three seasons. There has been tension at times between head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke, but 49ers CEO Jed York says he doesn’t see it.

“Now do we butt heads on players from time to time? Of course,” York said, via The Sacramento Bee. “That’s what GMs and coaches do. But Jim knows that being a coach is a full-time job, and he has a lot of respect for the job that Trent has done. I mean, you look at the folks we’ve added through the draft, free agency and trade — we’re in a pretty good spot from a talent standpoint.”

Some have suggested that a power struggle is at the heart of the tension, that Harbaugh wants more input into the players the 49ers are bringing in.

“And I’ve always said, you can have control in your contract, but if you can’t sit down and actually talk something through, it really doesn’t matter what your contract says,” York said. “And I think that’s where Jim and Trent are. They sit down and argue things out. And then they figure out, what’s the best thing for the 49ers and let’s move forward. And that’s how I really see this team operating in the future and in perpetuity.”

Topics: San Francisco 49ers

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