Local Columnist Says Jim Harbaugh's Relationship With 49ers Management Is Beyond Saving

When asked by San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami on Monday about his current relationship with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York, head coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn't provide much of an answer.

"Do you really want my answer?" Harbaugh snapped at Kawakami.

"Or are you just asking it for your own pleasure?"

When Kawakami assured Harbaugh that he really wanted to hear his thoughts, Harbaugh changed topics.

"What I want is to attack this week, get it right," Harbaugh said, attempting to steer the conversation away from York.

Following York calling out the team after their 19-3 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving, apologizing for the performance on his Twitter account while saying that the defeat "wasn't acceptable," reported tensions between Harbaugh and the team's front office once again have taken center stage.

To Kawakami, trade rumors surrounding Harbaugh are swirling because York and GM Trent Baalke want them to swirl. Kawakami also adds that the possibility of Harbaugh being axed if the team can't climb their way into the playoffs is lingering because York doesn't want to say otherwise.

York was the man that brought Harbaugh to San Francisco. However, with tension between Harbaugh and Baalke rumored to be at a fever pitch, York appears unwilling to go to bat for his embattled head coach.

"I don't worry about my future -- haven't participated in any of that speculation," Harbaugh said, via Kawakami's article. "I think I have a recessive gene for worrying about my own future."

He then continued to put the focus back on the team's game against the Raiders, saying his staff and his team will "attack this week and we're going to get this right."

Does Harbaugh even want to be back in San Francisco?

"What I want is to attack this week and get it right," Harbaugh said.

That makes another non-answer about a working situation that may be untenable after the 2014 NFL season comes to a close.


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