Harbaugh is not a long term NFL coach period. With the need for leadership in the NFL coaching position today he doesn’t hack it. Harbaugh put together an anemic offense in San Francisco orchestrating the development of college/high school/ pop warner style of offense that cannot be sustained long term in the “N.ot F.or L.ong “ league. His selection of Collin Kaepernick over Alex Smith in favor of his remedial offensive style and planning was the first red flag people should have recognized. He had one of the top 3 defenses ever that peeked in 2012 when the media jumped on the Kaepernick band wagon who had it easy with the greatness of Gore and Davis peaking as well. Harbaughs lack of long term vision and poor judgment continued with his participation in the insistence of signing Kaepernick to a large long term contract. Kaepernick is an interim QB, a solid backup, and not a Super Bowl QB. Statistically QB’s like Kaepernick can’t sustain success when they lack top defensive and that’s harder to get than a solid QB. Guys like Kaepernick fall apart in rough times and make mistakes every NFL guru know that.
Another reason Harbaugh would have been a mistake in Oakland is the lack of control influence of his team. Either by the selection process or his real time influence Harbaugh lacks the ability to command off the field professionalism. Never in approximately 40 years of football knowledge have I heard so many bad things happening in the Forty Niner organization. Yes things will happen when you pay young men millions and bombard them with success of being a celebrity and there will always be outlier screw ups. However the summer and season of 2014 was ugly and shameful for those good people who support the Niner organization and resulted in a .500 season with an easy schedule. Oakland has been there and done that and paid and paying the price of deconstruction.
In closing, Harbaugh has the potential to be a great defensive coach in the NFL or a great college coach with his style offense. The bottom line is the last thing Oakland needs is a coach that can’t influence NFL personalities and can’t orchestrate an offense to throw the ball well. Not picking up Harbaugh was a great thing for Oakland and Harbaugh.