September 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh yells towards the field during action against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Lions 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: San Francisco 49ers won't replace Jim Harbaugh with Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden

The San Francisco 49ers are in a bit of an interesting situation with head coach Jim Harbaugh, as all he’s done is win for the team and bring them to title games. But despite his success with the team, there is growing animosity between the Harbaugh and the Niners and it could lead to a nasty divorce.

If such a thing happens, the Niners have a contingency plan in place, but it doesn’t involve replacing the big name Harbaugh with another big name head coach. According to Bill Williamson, the Niners will be replacing Harbaugh from within and won’t chase after a huge name like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher.



 I really doubt it. If the Harbaugh situation blows up after this season, I would think the 49ers would first look at an existing assistant such as offensive coordinator Greg Roman, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio or defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. I wouldn’t think a big-name, out-of-work coach is where the 49ers would first look if somehow Harbaugh is not in the picture.

This is wildly early to be considering Gruden and Cowher in head coaching searches, but the Niners are a very attractive destination. Still, the Harbaugh situation hasn’t completely blowup yet, but if it does the Niners know what they’re going to do.

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  • Brian Gustafson

    Loosing Harbaugh is a question for silly season ‘fans’. The entire coaching staff is focused on

    one thing, winning SB 49 for the team, for the Bay Area and yes, for their own bright futures.

    I’d like to see Tomsula or Fangio get a chance if/when Harbaugh leaves. I just love 9er defense!

    Even when Joe or Steve were doing well, I’d still watch for our defense to win the game for “us”.

  • c d

    These articles are such BS!