One thing is for certain in the NFL this season; the San Francisco 49ers will not be appearing in a fourth straight NFC Championship game. San Francisco lost for the second week in a row, this week to the reigning, defending Super Bowl champion and division rival Seattle Seahawks. With the loss, the Niners were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. This will mark the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era that the Niners failed to qualify for the playoffs. Speaking of Harbaugh, will he stay or will he go? That’s the million dollar question in the Bay Area.
The University of Michigan fired head coach Brady Hoke a few weeks ago. Harbaugh has been rumoured to return to his alma mater where he once was the school’s quarterback. Harbaugh has said he’s not going to entertain the rumours until after the season is over. Earlier this season it was reported that Harbaugh was losing the locker room, something that if true, is never good for any locker room. How true were the rumors? Only the guys inside that locker room truly know. Will the upper management stick with Harbaugh or will they let him go to explore other options and start over? Time will certainly tell.z
I asked fellow MMOS writer and fan of the 49ers, Mike Patton, his thoughts on the subject at hand and he offered the following…
“I think management should stick with Harbaugh. They have had so much success together and to see it end this way would be pretty sad,” Patton said.
San Francisco was riddled by injuries and suspensions all season long, yet started off promising, especially since the players that were either hurt or suspended were bound to come back in the middle of a playoff run. However, that was not the case and the 49ers now find themselves playing the final two games for their position in the 2015 NFL draft. Patton thinks they should address two positions; a defensive end suited for the 3-4 defense and a speedy wide receiver.
The 49ers definitely did not live up to expectations this season, but that doesn’t take away from what they have accomplished under Harbaugh. Three consecutive conference championship games is no easy feat. The Niners have a lot of questions to address in the coming weeks with the biggest one involving Harbaugh. Will he be back at the helm for the Niners next season or will he try his hand elsewhere? The end or the Jim Harbaugh era could be on the horizon, and if that is the case, San Francisco will have a tough task in replacing him.