Harbaugh won't speculate about what's next for him

Ben Margot/AP PhotoJim Harbaugh has lost four straight games for the first time in his four-year stint as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Ben Margot/AP PhotoJim Harbaugh has lost four straight games for the first time in his four-year stint as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh has kept quiet about the speculation surrounding his future for nearly a year.

So he has no plans to participate now as he begins what could be his final week coaching the San Francisco 49ers.

He wouldn't say whether 49ers executives had come to him to let him know if his alma mater, the University of Michigan, reached out about bringing the coach to Ann Arbor.

“What will happen will happen, what won't happen won't happen,” Harbaugh said Monday. “Like the players, like the coaches, we're dedicated to doing our job, finish what you start. That's the mindset.”

Harbaugh, who will turn 51 on Tuesday, has lost four straight games for the first time in his four-year stint. He has one year remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011 to leave Stanford for the 49ers (7-8). San Francisco finishes its disappointing first season at $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium on Sunday hosting Arizona.

“Let's hug our families and go get a win here,” he said. “It's not fun when you lose. That's a heartbreaking thing.”

Harbaugh is doing his best to keep it all in perspective after the Niners reached each of the last three NFC championship games and lost the Super Bowl following the 2012 season.

“I am so proud to report to you that I have the best wife, Sarah Harbaugh, and six wonderful children,” Harbaugh said. “And I'm proud to report that my future will always be bright with the family that I have.”

Fox Sports reported that the 49ers and Harbaugh would cut ties within 24-48 hours after the season ends Sunday.

“Well, as you know, I have not participated in the speculation, the unnamed sources or rumors, or asked you to have Jay Glazer go back and ask his source for more clarification,” Harbaugh said. “I haven't participated and I don't intend to.

“This has been a good 12 months of this kind of thing. No reason to start right now.”

<p>Harbaugh's not the only one who could be in his final week with the franchise. There's running back Frank Gore, perhaps the most notable.

“Again, not to speculate. Definitely, we know this is going to be the last week of the season and I'm going to enjoy it,” Harbaugh said. “I'm going to enjoy all the players, enjoy the coaches, enjoy the staff, enjoy all the people in the building that I really love and enjoy being around: the trainers, front office people, our entire organization, spend some time with the scouts here in town. Just everybody, enjoy it.”

When asked whether he has been tempted to publicly stand up for himself, Harbaugh said:

“It's a very good question. The high road's the only road I know. Let's keep on that way.”

NOTES: Second-year S Eric Reid, who sustained a concussion in Saturday's loss, is scheduled to see the neurologist Tuesday. Reid suffered two concussions during his rookie 2013 season. “Well, we'll leave this in the hands of the doctors. But, concerned, yes,” Harbaugh said. … CB Perrish Cox injured the AC joint in a shoulder after making an interception. Harbaugh said it's “very possible” San Francisco will have to make roster moves to get through the game given at least 10 players are dealing with injuries.

49ersJim HarbaughNFLSan Francisco 49ers

Just Posted

ose Pak and Willie Brown at an event in 2014. 
Rose Pak and Willie Brown at an event in 2014.
Willie and Rose: An alliance for the ages

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski is pictured at bat on July 29 against the Dodgers at Oracle Park; the teams are in the top spots in their league as the season closes. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
With playoff positions on the line, old rivalries get new life

Giants cruised through season, Dodgers not far behind

Golden Gate Park visitors may take a survey about options regarding private car access on John F. Kennedy Drive, which has been the subject of controversy during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Your chance to weigh in: Should JFK remain closed to cars?

Host of mobility improvements for Golden Gate Park proposed

Drivers gathered to urge voters to reject an initiative that would exempt Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies from state labor laws, in San Francisco in October 2020. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
What’s the role of unions in the 21st century?

As membership declines in California, economic inequality increases

Most Read