If Harbaugh is indeed cut loose, his unemployment may be brief. His name has been mentioned in connection with the college job at Michigan, where Brady Hoke is in trouble, and across the Bay in Oakland, where the Raiders will have a vacant head-coaching position. Last week, the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders reported that Harbaugh is on thin ice.
“They want him out,” Deion Sanders said on the NFL Network last week. “They’re not on the same page.”
This is significant because Sanders is close to at least one member of the team, Michael Crabtree.
“I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach,” Sanders said. “I got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers? Because the way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem. They really got some problems that we hear rumblings. We all know people inside locker rooms.”
By early Sunday afternoon, owner Jed York sought to defuse the situation with a tweet: