Jed York cites philosophical differences in Jim Harbaugh divorce

San Francisco 49ers CEO and owner Jed York said that the team split with coach Jim Harbaugh over philosophic differences that couldn't be bridged.

York said he wants a teacher for his next head coach. He also appeared to take shots at Harbaugh by saying he wants the 49ers to win with class.

"Jim and I have had conversations since he's been here, but in the last, probably two or three weeks, we've talked about it, we've talked about different scenarios, different opportunities, and ultimately we just came to the conclusion that it was best for us to go in different directions," York said. "Again, we've had phoilosphical discussions and when we sat down we just couldn't come to a place where we thought moving together was the best for either party. This wasn't us saying, 'Jim, you're fired, you're not here anymore.' This wasn't Jim saying, 'I don't want to be there, I'm leaving.' It was a discussion that took place over a decent amount of time to figure out what's best for everybody involved. It wasn't an easy conclusion for anybody but that's where we ended up."

York declined to say why specifically the two sides split.

"It was the right decision for both parties at the time," York said.

Added general manager Trent Baalke: "There's always philosophical differences. Every organization has them, and for whatever reason, we weren't able to pull this thing together. And now it's time to move on and we're confident in our ability to do that."

The 49ers need to find a new coach.

"We're not in a rebuild," Baalke said. "This is a reload situation."

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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