San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has reportedly lost the respect of his own players, with the former Stanford coach working his way through a torrid time in California.
When Jim Harbaugh became the head coach of San Francisco in 2011, the 49ers hadn't made the play-offs for nine years.
In his first three seasons in charge the Niners have made the NFC Championship Game twice, and lost in the Super Bowl in the other year.
Despite this success, Harbaugh doesn't get along with his general manager, with senior 49ers management stating that many coaches could win with the 49ers.
To top all of that, it now seems that the Niners' players are now becoming frustrated with Harbaugh's edge of your seat approach to coaching.
Although it's been reported that a 49ers source has said that 'we seem to thrive on chaos and distraction', it's now understood that the friction has become too much for the organisation to withstand.
Harbaugh was allegedly the subject of a possible trade to Cleveland before the Browns choose Mike Pettine as their new head coach.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "on one hand, nothing tangible has changed. Harbaugh is still the coach. Baalke is still the general manager. The 49ers are still very good.
"But on the other hand, the friction has gotten worse. And given the events of the past week, it's become public. So there's no pretending that everything is fine.
"One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key "face of the 49ers" type players."
All could be held together if the 49ers keep winning, but it would only take a poor start to the 2014 season to show the widening rift it all its true gory glory.