As the San Francisco 49ers have watched their season spiral out of control, one player has been remarkably outspoken about the team's struggles: Right Tackle Anthony Davis. Davis criticized offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Twitter over the holiday, and didn't back down when questioned about it Friday. When asked if Jim Harbaugh was coaching his last game for the team on Sunday, Davis was similarly blunt:
“I think everyone knows.”
Harbaugh has been widely linked to the vacant Michigan coaching job over the past few weeks, with sources close to the coach telling us he'll accept the job soon after the 49ers season ends. Like departed Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, Harbaugh was never able to connect with his bosses like he was able to connect with his players, and tensions have been steadily rising for years behind the scenes.
Harbaugh was close with former 49ers president Gideon Yu, and was extremely unhappy when Jed York and Trent Baalke installed York loyalist Paraag Marathe in Yu's place when Yu stepped down in January 2014. Harbaugh reportedly has little time for Marathe, widely seen as York's right-hand man, and that dislike has exacerbated the existing issues between Harbaugh and York.
Harbaugh will end his 49ers tenure with a 44-19 overall record if the team wins their 2014 finale against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. The 49ers reached the NFC Championship game in Harbaugh's first three seasons with the team, making it all the way to the 2012 Super Bowl, but failed to make the 2014 playoffs after a season filled with turmoil on and off the field.
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