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October 11, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
SANTA CLARA -- The San Francisco 49ers have outscored their past two opponents, 79-3, and they're coming off a team-record 621 yards of offense against Buffalo. Heading into Sunday's home game against the New York Giants -- a rematch of last season's NFC championship game -- the 49ers might just be the most dangerous, most complete team in football. And that has San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh concerned. "Nothing's wrong, except nothing's wrong," Harbaugh said before practice Wednesday.
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March 4, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Jim Harbaugh is satisfied with the money he makes and sees himself staying as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. That's what he told Sports Illustrated recently, insisting he had no plans to leave before his contract expires after the 2015 season. “Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind,” Harbaugh said. The 49ers and Harbaugh are working on an extension on the five-year deal he signed in 2011, and Harbaugh told SI he isn't angling to become the highest-paid coach in the NFL. “I get paid extremely well,” he said.
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June 14, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was handed a four-game suspension last month for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He was the sixth Seahawks player to test positive since 2011, with only cornerback Richard Sherman having his suspension overturned. San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about that rash of suspensions this week, and didn't miss an opportunity to jab his NFC West rival, beginning another chapter in the barely-civil relationship he has with Seattle Coach Pete Carroll.
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February 21, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - How's this for the wildest story of the young NFL off-season: The Cleveland Browns nearly traded for San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, according to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio. Florio cities multiple league sources and says the Browns were ready to send multiple draft picks to San Francisco in exchange for Harbaugh, who led the 49ers to the NFC championship game in each of the last three seasons, once reaching the Super Bowl. According to the story, Harbaugh ultimately decided not to leave the 49ers, and, of course, the Browns went on to hire Mike Pettine as coach.
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December 19, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Some people may have thought San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh was a total goof for making a quarterback change in the middle of the season. After all, former starter Alex Smith ranked third in the league in passer ratings, had led the 49ers to within a couple plays of the Super Bowl last year and had them headed in a similar direction this season. But now the same people could very well be calling Harbaugh a genius after new starter Colin Kaepernick won NFC offensive player of the week honors for his four-touchdown performance against the New England Patriots on "Sunday Night Football.
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January 22, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Ray Lewis has been playing in the NFL for a long time. How long? The Baltimore Ravens linebacker started playing so long ago that his first career sack was against Jim Harbaugh, who now is head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. And it just so happens that the Ravens and 49ers will be facing off in Super Bowl XLVII, which also happens to be Lewis' last game before retirement. That first sack came during Lewis' rookie year in 1996, when Harbaugh was playing for Indianapolis.
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September 16, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Colin Kaepernick had the first 10 starts of his career last season, and yet he typically plays like an elite, richly experienced quarterback. Sunday night in Seattle, he looked more like a player with about a dozen starts. In the San Francisco 49ers' 29-3 loss to the Seahawks, he completed 13 of 28 passes for 127 yards, with three passes intercepted and no touchdowns. "We're not going to win games if I play like that," Kaepernick told reporters after the game, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
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May 22, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was tapped to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Harbaugh already has ties to IndyCar racing and Indianapolis. He's a co-owner of the Panther Racing team, which has two drivers in the 500: J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell. Driving the Chevrolet Corvette to lead the 33-car field at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is "a tremendous thrill," Harbaugh said in a statement Tuesday night. Harbaugh, 49, got the racing bug attending the Indy 500 as a child.
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March 4, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Jim Harbaugh is satisfied with the money he makes and sees himself staying as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. That's what he told Sports Illustrated recently, insisting he had no plans to leave before his contract expires after the 2015 season. “Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind,” Harbaugh said. The 49ers and Harbaugh are working on an extension on the five-year deal he signed in 2011, and Harbaugh told SI he isn't angling to become the highest-paid coach in the NFL. “I get paid extremely well,” he said.
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February 5, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
John Harbaugh was a bit sheepish about his emotional outbursts at officials in Super Bowl XLVII, but his combustible younger brother said Tuesday he didn't regret his own eruptions of emotions. "We fight to win," San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh said in his season-capping news conference at 49ers headquarters. "And if you're asking does my personal etiquette need to be changed, more catatonic on the sideline? I don't anticipate that happening. " Jim Harbaugh was particularly upset about a pivotal play at the end of the game, when he felt receiver Michael Crabtree was held by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on fourth and goal from the Baltimore five-yard line.
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January 17, 2014 | Sam Farmer
  SEATTLE - Strangers in a strange land, Torrey O'Brien and girlfriend Allie Richard window shopped in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Friday, turning the heads of everyone they passed. "Everyone here is pretty nice," said O'Brien, visiting from Los Angeles. "But we're getting a lot of who-the-heck-are-you looks. It's like we're aliens. " Theirs was a faux pas of fandom. O'Brien had the temerity to wear a San Francisco 49ers sweatshirt. Richard wore a 49ers wool cap. This is unmistakably Seattle Seahawks country, and the 49ers - who play here Sunday in the NFC championship game - are the despised enemy.
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January 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jim Harbaugh has a flattering body. That's what his wife, Sarah, told KMVQ-FM (99.7) in San Francisco earlier this week. We'll just have to take her word for it because all the rest of us see on the sideline every week is the 49ers coach wearing a very unflattering outfit -- a black sweatshirt tucked into pleated khakis. And not just any pleated khakis either. "You have to find them at Wal-Mart," Sarah Harbaugh said. "I threw them out and when he went to the combine, he found a Wal-Mart.
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January 12, 2014 | By Brad Biggs
  CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In his second season as a starter, Colin Kaepernick improved to 3-0 in road playoff games, but it will take a successful journey to the most hostile environment in the NFL for the 49ers to repeat as NFC champions. The 49ers toppled the host Carolina Panthers, 23-10, Sunday, taking over the game on two Kaepernick touchdowns, one a throw and one a run, sandwiched around halftime. San Francisco advanced to the NFC championship game Sunday in Seattle, where the 49ers have been blown out the last two seasons.
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December 26, 2013 | Sam Farmer
They are scorching-hot as NFL coaches. Their chairs, for the moment, are comfortably cool. This season features an unusually high number of coach-of-the-year candidates, making that one of the more competitive races. There's no time to campaign for the honor, of course, with all the focus on a fluid playoff picture that won't be fully decided until Sunday night. But several coaches could make a convincing case that the 2013 award belongs in their office. The field of contenders includes Kansas City's Andy Reid, who rescued the bottom-of-the-barrel Chiefs; Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, whose team has a chance to go from worst to first in its division (something at least one NFL team has done every year for the last decade)
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October 31, 2013 | Wire reports
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list Thursday, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges. Smith had been undergoing rehabilitation at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games. With San Francisco (6-2) on its bye this week, Smith could resume practicing and working out on his own, then formally practice next week ahead of a Nov. 10 home game against the Carolina Panthers.
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October 15, 2013 | By Chris Foster
A tale of two locker rooms. Jim Harbaugh met his Stanford team for the first time in 2007. Bo McNally, a Stanford safety from 2006-09, recalled: "He said, 'Look, we're going to be champions here. If you don't think it's possible, we don't want you here. No hard feelings, but take your scholarship for the rest of the year and figure out what else you want to do.'" Jim Mora faced UCLA players for the first time in 2012. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr said: "His face was stone cold.
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January 18, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Oscars, smoshkers. With his scenery-chewing performance on the sidelines last weekend, Jim Harbaugh has elevated himself to the top of this year's list of the world's greatest dramatic actors. “Maybe he's just being himself?” you say. Well, all the great ones are. I see him more as a sequel to Bobby Knight, a whiny, arrogant and profane antagonist, an unfortunate role model, a troubled and troubling anti-Wooden. The lip-syncing Harbaugh was doing to the refs last Saturday would've made Charlie Sheen blush.
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December 28, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
When Jim Harbaugh was 9, he was a cocky little gym rat hanging around the locker rooms and athletic fields at the University of Michigan, where his father, Jack, was a defensive coach under Bo Schembechler. One day, Bo stepped into his office to find the youngster sitting in his chair, his feet propped up on Bo's desk. Somewhat taken by surprise, Schembechler said: "Well, how are you doing today, Jim?" To which the 9-year-old retorted: "I'm doing fine, Bo. How are you doing?"
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October 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The problems are stacking up for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. He is on indefinite leave of absence from the team while he undergoes treatment for substance abuse, a development that came after his DUI arrest last month. The Santa Clara County district attorney's office said Smith, 24, is expected to surrender on his own this month.
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September 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
For the first time in Coach Jim Harbaugh's three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers have lost consecutive games. The frustration of falling to the Indianapolis Colts showed after Sunday's 27-7 defeat at Candlestick Park, when, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, running back Frank Gore yelled angrily at Harbaugh while they walked off the field. Gore finished with 11 carries for 82 yards, but most of that came in the first half. After halftime, he had three carries for 12 yards.
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