In his two years as an NFL head coach, Jim Harbaugh has yet to make a mistake. He inherited a 6-10 team from Mike Singletary, and promptly spun that into a 13-3 squad that made it to overtime of the NFC championship game in 2012. Harbaugh has been lauded for the way he treats players, conducts practices, and prepares his team each week. He’s a guru when it comes to play design, as San Francisco’s offense always seems to keep the defense guessing.
So when Harbaugh opted to stay with Colin Kaepernick’s “hot hand” after a Week 11 win over Chicago instead of returning to the incumbent Alex Smith, Niners fans (myself included) should have given him the benefit of the doubt.