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Where will San Francisco’s next head coach come from?

Posted By Jason Rossi On Jan 4 2011 @ 8:10 pm In San Francisco 49ers | 3 Comments

Mike Singletary was fired from his head coaching position after the 49ers lost their week 16 game against division rival St. Louis Rams, eliminating the 49ers from the playoffs.  This firing was not a surprise.

Now the search begins for the new head coach.  The 49ers are also interviewing for a new GM.

There are two names in the running for head coaching job.

Peter King reported that Jim Harbaugh is one of the coaches in the running for the job.  Personally, I don’t like the NCAA head coach moving to the NFL.  The list of NCAA coaches that made the move to the NFL with poor results is extensive. 

However, Jim Harbaugh did play quarterback in the NFL with some success (15 season with career states 58.8% completion percentages, 26,000 yards 129 TD’s plus 2,800 yards rushing with 18 TD’s).  The fact that he played the hardest position in the NFL may cross-over to coaching in the NFL.  He has proved that he can turn around a struggling team with the success he has had at Stanford. 

But there is another name in the mix.

Superbowl winning head coach Brian Billick has been in the discussion, reports Jason La Canfora.  Billick has proved that he can win in the NFL, and he provides the offensive mind that seems to have been missing in the 49ers this season.

There is another variable to the head coaching equation to consider. The lack of a signed CBA for the 2011 season may cause teams to hesitate in signing a coach due to an uncertain season next year. 

All things considered, my vote if for Brian Billick simply because he has been there before and he knows what it takes to win it all.

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