The San Francisco 49ers have been a SuperBowl contender for the past three seasons in the National Football League under the coaching of Jim Harbaugh.
But it seems that not all is as happy as it should be on such a winning side. According to comments from NFL legend Deion Sanders, Niners players no longer want to play for Harbaugh and want him out of the team as soon as possible, so says Sanders man inside the San Francisco locker room.
“They want him out. They’re not on the same page,” Sanders said on Sunday night after a recap of the 49ers’ close 26-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium.
Sanders failed to provide details of the specific issues the 49ers have with Harbaugh, who has led the 49ers to a 38-13-1 regular-season record and three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship game, including one Super Bowl appearance.
“I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach. I got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers?" Sanders said. "Because the way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem.
"They really got some problems that we hear rumblings. We all know people inside locker rooms."
Sanders man on the inside could well be wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Sanders has well known links with the receiver. In 2009, during Crabtree’s contract stalemate, Sanders controversially said two teams were willing to trade for the wideout. Sanders was also the first person to report that Crabtree was set to wrap up those drawn out contract negotiations.
The 49ers players fractious relationship with Harbaugh has been one of the worst kept secrets in pro football. We knew in the off-season there were some problems and it seems that now, with the Michigan job potentially on offer, that the head coach could well be finally on his way out of the Bay Area.