Widespread speculation has run rampant the past couple of weeks with the departure, non-departure, then subsequent official departure of Texas’ Mack Brown. Included in that speculation, as to who would replace the long-time Longhorns’ coach, has been San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Well, 49ers’ CEO Jed York says contract negotiations have been curbed until the end of the season, but that San Francisco wants Harbaugh for the long-haul, per CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.
“You can’t really ask for a much better job than what he’s done over the last two and a half seasons,” York said Wednesday on KNBR. “Now’s not the right time to get into a deep contract discussion. But he knows we want him here long term, and we’ll sit down at the end of the season, we’ll assess like we always do. And I definitely anticipate Jim being here for a long period of time.”
Through 46 games with San Francisco, Harbaugh has guided the team to a 34-11-1 – three seasons — record and an appearance in last season’s Super Bowl. Most importantly, he has led the team back to prominence in the NFL. He is currently in the midst of a five-year, $25 million contract that the 49ers’ will look to extend at the conclusion of the season.
San Francisco (10-4) can lock up a playoff berth this week with a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, or with an Arizona Cardinals (9-5) loss.