A rumor recently surfaced that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh would like to more power to make personnel decisions since he’s butted heads at times with general manager Trent Baalke.
49ers owner Jed York responded on Wednesday.
“Now do we butt heads on players from time to time? Of course,” York said, per the Sacramento Bee. “That’s what GMs and coaches do. But Jim knows that being a coach is a full-time job, and he has a lot of respect for the job that Trent has done. I mean you look at the folks we’ve added through the draft, free agency and trade – we’re in a pretty good spot from a talent standpoint.”
York claims Harbaugh hasn’t asked for more control and won’t get it any way.
“And I’ve always said, you can have control in your contract, but if you can’t sit down and actually talk something through, it really doesn’t matter what your contract says,” he said. “And I think that’s where Jim and Trent are. They sit down and argue things out. And then they figure out, what’s the best thing for the 49ers and let’s move forward. And that’s how I really see this team operating in the future and in perpetuity.”
With two years left on his contract, you have to wonder if Harbaugh will think about leaving San Francisco and signing with an organization that will give him the power he wants.