Harbaugh had been linked with switch to Cleveland last month.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s ‘act is wearing thin’ in the locker room with some of the players, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Ann Killon.
Despite leading the franchise to three consecutive NFC Championship games, Harbaugh has been linked with a trade deal this off-season involving the Cleveland Browns, which would send multiple draft picks in the opposite direction.
While Cleveland have revealed that talks did talk place, the 49ers front office have been insistent that they were never interested in losing their head coach, and are confident that he is right man for the job moving forward.
However, the latest reports suggest that there is trouble brewing within the Niners locker room, as Killon suggests that there are players on the roster that have grown tired of Harbaugh’s approach.
“One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh’s act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key ‘face of the 49ers’ type players,” Killion writes. “While the team is winning, that’s not a problem. But a few losses could expose a widening rift.”
While a disappointing season would likely see the end of his time in San Francisco, the fact remains that Harbaugh has gone 36-11-1 in his three seasons with the organisation with a .766 winning percentage.
Given the number of players on any given roster, there is always likely to be some issues with certain player regarding the coach, but with a new stadium in Santa Clara ahead along with hosting the Super Bowl in 2015, there is plenty to suggest that the group will pull together and go again in the new campaign.
Their season came to a disappointing end with defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game earlier this year, but the two divisional rivals are likely to lock horns again in the upcoming campaign with Harbaugh still expected to be the man in charge of the 49ers.