Despite Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers doing their best to stick to the story that their recent split was a mutual decision, the rumors suggest anything but.
From outspoken players, to cryptic comments by the now Michigan head coach there seems to be plenty of ammunition to suggest that it was the 49ers who had grown tired of Harbaugh's unusual methods and style.
And now, several months on from leaving San Francisco, a new report suggests that there was one particular action from Jim Harbaugh, in a team meeting that included owner Jed York, that looks to have been the tipping point.
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Kyle McLorg, a Bay Area reporter who is known as someone to deliver reliable 49ers news, today recounted a story he had been told by a trusted source which suggests Jim Harbaugh's volatile character may have gotten the better of him.
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Difficult to work with?
Emasculating the CEO of the franchise you are employed by in front of a room full of players he oversees is hardly the best way to increase your job security.
With several other accounts detailing Jim Harbaugh's sometimes bizarre, confrontational behavior this story, unfortunately for 49ers fans, won't seem too hard to believe.
Just in the months that have passed since he moved to Michigan we have heard the 51-year-old described as "clinically insane", seen a former college recruit of his describe a blood smearing incident, and seen Harbaugh himself be accused of sour grapes after failing to mention the hire of his replacement, Jim Tomsula, in a list of congratulations.
Road to disaster
Despite his fairly impressive record on the gridiron - Harbaugh led the 49ers to a Super Bowl and ended his tenure with a 44-19-1 record - there had been talk of unrest between the head coach and San Fran hierarchy for a good 12 months before they finally parted ways after the disappointing 2014 campaign.
It now looks like, rather than the eight defeats last season, it may well have been Harbaugh's disrespectful comments towards a key member of the front office that ultimately left his position in jeopardy.
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