San Francisco 49ers players, coaches, and executives initially did their best to downplay the messy breakup between the franchise and now-Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. However, the gloves appear to be coming off just a bit after a few months of reflection.
49ers offensive guard Alex Boone was a guest on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, and he had some majorly interesting things to say about the end of Harbaugh's tenure with the franchise:
[Jim Harbaugh] does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom. 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.
I think [Harbaugh] 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.’ … I think that if you’re stuck in your ways enough, eventually people are just going to say, ‘Listen, we just can’t work with this.’
While Alex Boone reiterated that 49ers players had nothing to do with the franchise's decision to cut ties with Harbaugh, he only reasserted the notion that Harbaugh's hold on the guys in the locker room at the end of 2014 was tenuous at best.
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