In his first three years with the 49ers, Jim Habaugh led the team to three NFC Championship games and two NFC West titles.
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San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Alex Boone said that former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh pushed players too far and implied that he might even be “clinically insane.”
In an interview with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Boone had some choice words for the former head coach, who mutually parted ways with the 49ers after the 2014 season and accepted the head coaching job with the Michigan Wolverines the week after.
“I think he just pushed guys too far,” Boone said. “He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much. You know, ‘We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this.’ And you’d be like, ‘This guy might be clinically insane. He’s crazy.'”
When asked about Harbaugh’s reported issues working with others, Boone said he agreed with the sentiment.
“It must be true,” Boone said. “Because I’d wear out my welcome. People just don’t want to be around you for a while.”
Harbaugh joined the 49ers in 2011 and immediately made them into one of the top teams in the NFL. The 49ers made the playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed in 2011, their first playoff appearance since 2002. The team lost in the NFC Championship to the New York Giants, but the following season the 49ers went 11-4-1 and beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship to make it to Super Bowl XLVII – but lost to the Baltimore Ravens. In 2013 the 49ers went 12-4 but lost to the No. 1 seeded Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.
Harbaugh’s team struggled in 2014 and after going 8-8 to finish the season, he was dismissed and later accepted the head coaching job with the Michigan Wolverines, his college alma mater. Harbaugh previously worked as head coach of Stanford before being hired by the 49ers.