Jim Harbaugh is a worthless coach who has lost control of the 49ers’ locker room, and the veterans can’t stand him and won’t play for him.
That’s what we learned hours before the 49ers murdered the Dallas Cowboys 28-17 on Sunday in that temperature-controlled thing that looks like an airplane hangar.
Forget about starting the season with a dominating win. That doesn’t seem to matter. The 49ers players just won’t play for the coach. A writer named Ian Rapoport made these revelations on NFL.com, the official organ of the league, the official organ of the owners. Rapoport tweeted all kinds of stuff. Look at these two sample tweets:
“49ers sources believe coach Jim Harbaugh is already losing the locker room Veterans wonder: Is he really all in?”
“According to sources I’m speaking with including many in the 49ers locker room Jim Harbaugh may already be losing the players.”
When a team makes the Cowboys look like a Pop Warner team, has the coach – Harbaugh – lost control? I don’t think so. But I do think something is screwy here, screwy on the Niners. I’ll get back to that screwiness in a minute.
First, I want to know this. Did Harbaugh lose the locker room when San Francisco linebacker Dan Skuta forced Dallas running back DeMarco Murray to fumble in the very first minute of the game, and Chris Culliver ran the fumble back 35 yards for a touchdown? Please tell me if that’s when Harbaugh lost his players.
Or did he lose them a few minutes later when Colin Kaepernick almost got sacked, a defender grabbing the back of Kaepernick’s leg, and Kaepernick stumbled and miraculously righted himself and threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis? Please tell me. Was that when Harbaugh lost the locker room? I really want to know.
Or maybe Harbaugh lost the entire team when his safety Eric Reid picked off Tony Romo and ran the ball back 48 yards and, on the very next play, Kaepernick hit Davis for yet another touchdown. And it was still just the first quarter. Please tell me that’s when Harbaugh lost the team because I desperately need to know.
Or did he lose the 49ers players when his defense intercepted Romo three times in the first half and made him look like a scared beginner? We’re talking Tony Romo here. Is that when Harbaugh lost his team? Please tell me.
Or did he lose the 49ers when his team ended the first half leading Dallas 28-3, the game already over, the second half a mere footnote? Is that when Harbaugh lost this season’s Niners? Tell me. Please.
This you should know. I take these unfortunate tweets seriously. I really do. From what I know, Rapoport is a reputable journalist. I doubt he made this stuff up. Somebody told Rapoport something – somebody in the 49ers organization.
I wonder who blabbed. Was it Jed York? Are he and Harbaugh locked in mortal combat over Harbaugh’s contract? I haven’t got the foggiest idea. If York talked to the tweeter, what was his motive?
Was it Trent Baalke? I don’t know. You hear Baalke and Harbaugh don’t get along – they haven’t come to me for counseling and I’m in the dark about their relationship.