Jim Harbaugh has won the 2011 A.P. Coach of the Year Award. It is well deserved. What Harbaugh did this past season was unprecedented and unfathomable – turning a 6-10 into an NFL powerhouse with no off season, and with Alex Smith as the quarterback.
Before the season, I said Harbaugh would coach the Niners to nine wins, a division title and a loss in the first round of the playoffs. Harbaugh blew those expectations out of the water. He proved he could create plays that catered to Alex Smith’s strengths, and to the strengths of the rest of the team.
Harbaugh most certainly could have coached the Raiders to a division title. I’d bet he could coach almost any team to ten wins next season. He’s the type of coach who can change the culture of a team instantly. He was the perfect coach for the 49ers in 2011, and he’d be the perfect coach for most any team.