Its a perfect competitive opportunity; one of the legendary franchises in all of football.
I can feel the enthusiasm coursing through my veins right now. I accept this competitive challenge willingly.
I knew in my heart and my gut the right decision was with the San Francisco 49ers.
It's the process of building a team, being part of a team and leading a team, and working at it.
[Money] wasn't the factor. I like a buck just like the next guy, but I love coaching and I love winning and I love football. The factor that dictated my being here was that Trent and Jed and the 49er organization wanted me to be here and I wanted to be here as much or more than they wanted me. Here I am.
Losing is not an option
Harbaugh has long admired Walsh and how he made the successful leap from Stanford to the 49ers. Harbaugh knew the man nicknamed "The Genius" for 18 years and once received footwork tips from the coach while playing for the Bears.
While Harbaugh said he had all but made up his mind to accept the 49ers' offer following a meeting of more than six hours that went into Wednesday evening, he took a couple of days to hear out his other suitors and do his "homework" -- and "do some soul searching" as new 49ers general manager Trent Baalke put it.
"I met this man six or seven years ago at a college All-Star game and I fell in love with his energy," Baalke said. "This is the start of a new generation. ... What we have to do is bring back the culture of winning. He's a guy who can lead the 49ers franchise back to where it rightfully belongs."
Harbaugh likely will be grooming a new quarterback in the coming months. Alex Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick out of Utah, becomes a free agent. So, finding a QB is high on the team's to-do list heading into what should be a busy offseason.
"Let me tell you guys out in San Francisco, you got a great one," [brother] John Harbaugh said. "I'm very happy he's not in the AFC. We'll see him once every four years and Super Bowls -- hopefully we could get a couple of those. ... I got a feeling you'll see two pretty similarly built football teams."
So, in other words, he knew all along that he was going to the 49ers, and was just stringing the Dolphins along. I think the Broncos (and others) were smart enough to realize that, but not Cap'n Izzy. Nope, he had the man crush and wanted him. So much so that he didn't bother to consider what would happen if he said no.
And the wanker that is Harbaugh used the Fins to drive up his own value - and prove to himself that he really wanted to stay in the Bay area.
Man this really does keep getting better!
And by the way, when the Fins hired Nick Saban, the 49ers hired a guy I thought was *much* better in Mike Nolan. And where is Nolan these days? Oh yeah, he's still with the Fins. Why not give him a shot?