Jim Harbaugh enjoyed some successful times as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers - taking them to the brink of a Super Bowl title - but it is safe to say his reign in charge ended in acrimonious circumstances.
Harbaugh departed the Cali franchise after a lacklustre 2014 campaign and both sides have called each other out since.
Things stepped up to another, somewhat bizarre, level today though with one of the 49ers roster claiming Harbaugh's motivational tactics bordered on the "clinically insane."
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Alex Boone played under Harbaugh for four seasons at the 49ers and the guard told HBO's 'Real Sports' show that, by the end of that time, some of the roster simply couldn't handle the coach's intense nature.
“He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom,” said Boone. “But after a while, you just want to kick his ass...He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain. Stop. Let go.’ He kind of wore out his welcome.
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The University of Michigan were already aware of what they were buying into when they hired Harbaugh earlier this year off the back of his 44-19-1 record with the 49ers. Stories regarding his odd coaching style - including blood smearing - have done the rounds for years.
Boone though took things a step further than most.
"I think he just pushed guys too far. He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much."
"You know, ‘We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this.’ And you’d be like, ‘This guy might be clinically insane. He’s crazy.’"
Having a former player of yours question your mental stability is far from ideal.
Anyone who has watched from a far though as Harbaugh patrolled the NFL sidelines, slowly losing support from his own franchise as time progressed, will though have wondered if he was going too far with his brazen approach.
Just how much his relationship with his 49ers players - rather than the 8-8 2014 campaign - factored into Harbaugh losing his job is still unknown but clearly things were not right in that environment.
What do you think 49ers fans? Did Jim Harbaugh's approach cost him his job in San Francisco? Have your say in the comments section below...
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