SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said Monday afternoon about the reports that he is losing his team.
Q: Deion Sanders last night on NFL Network, owned by the league, said your players don’t want to play for you anymore. Do you have a reaction to that?
HARBAUGH: Personally, I think that’s a bunch of crap.
Q: Does it bother you to hear it?
HARBAUGH: People say what they say.
Q: There have been other reports, mostly from the NFL Network, that you have lost the locker room. Do you think there is someone in the organization who is saying things to them?
HARBAUGH: Whatever you’re talking about, unnamed sources, if somebody’s got a good story to tell they want to put their name to it. If you had a good story to tell you would put your name to it. If I had a good story to tell I would want to put my name to it. So I don’t put a lot of credibility into the unnamed source.
Q: After the first game of the season you talked about your open door policy. In the three weeks since then have you had any players come in and voice disapproval with the way things are going?
HARBAUGH: Nothing specifically, no. There are conversations and we never really talk about those. Like I said, players have good ideas. Coaches have good ideas. Equipment managers have good ideas. Trainers have good ideas. Strength coaches. Welcome that. If we’re not doing something right or there is a better way to do it, let’s get it out in the open. Let’s talk about it. We’re willing to do anything to fix something or make it better. That’s the kind of relationship that we have. And I include all of those – coaches and staff and players in that. There are conversations like that, yeah. Weekly.
Q: Have there been conversations about growing discontent in the locker room?
Q: Trent Dilfer this morning was saying that the atmosphere is almost toxic here.
HARBAUGH: Really. I haven’t seen Trent or Deion around much.
Q: You get no sense from your locker room that there are problems inside there?
HARBAUGH: I talk about this because I was really pleased with this and it’s a joy to coach. Take the ballgame that we had yesterday. We got some things that went against us. A lot of things in the first quarter were going against us and more things in the second quarter. What I love about our ball club is there’s no finger pointing. There is total belief in each other – offense lifting up defense, defense lifting up the offense. Both doing that with the special teams. That’s a joy to be around. That’s a joy to coach. Now, they’re playing for each other and that’s what they should be doing. I’m not taking any credit for that. I’m just expressing, that’s a joy to be around these fighters, these men.
Q: Do you have veterans that you go and check with to see how things are going with the players?
HARBAUGH: Yes. I’m not going to give this any more credibility than we already have. This is way too much along those lines.
Q: You said this is a bunch of crap. Usually you don’t say things that strongly. Does this tick you off?
HARBAUGH: No. You asked me the question and I answered it.
ME: Is it important for players to like a coach?
HARBAUGH: Again, this has gone on way too far in my opinion. We’re talking about unnamed sources.
Q: How is your relationship with Jed York and Trent Baalke at this moment?
HARBAUGH: Very good. Everybody on the same page. Everybody focused on this season, making it the best that it can possibly be. Working well together.
Q: Have they raised any questions about what the locker room mood is to you?
Q: Do you notice a difference in the locker room from this year to previous years?
HARBAUGH: I think I’ve answered the question really thoroughly. To give the unnamed sources 10 follow up, 12 follow up questions…I think I’ve answered it thoroughly. To the best of my ability.