49ers, Jim Harbaugh mutually part ways
The San Francisco 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh have officially divorced.
"Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions," 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement. We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best."
Jim Harbaugh issued a statement of his own.
"For the last four seasons I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football," Harbaugh said in the statement. "We accomplished many great things together as a team during this period, which is a tribute to the incredible efforts of some of the most dedicated players and coaches in the NFL. I will miss competing alongside this group of players and coaches, I have the utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and support. It has been my honor to share the sideline with these mighty men. I will always appreciate and remember fondly, the passion and support of our Faithful fans, and want to express my particular thanks to them."
The Niners went 44-19-1 in their four years under Harbaugh, going 8-8 this year. They reached the NFC title game three times and lost Super Bowl XLVII to his brother, Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
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Aaron WIlson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun