What is it, exactly, about former Chicago Bears that makes them so desirable as NFL head coaches?â†µâ†µ
Jim Harbaugh is going to leave Stanford University to become the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and they're making a major commitment -- a five year deal worth a reported $25 million.â†µâ†µ
That will make three active head coaches -- the Titans' Jeff Fisher, the Vikings' Leslie Frazier, and Harbaugh -- who were members of the Bears during the Mike Ditka coaching era, as well as the recently-fired-by-the-49ers Mike Singletary. Do these teams think Ditka will wear off on these guys? If so, maybe that's not so great. Ditka did lead the Bears to their only Super Bowl, but only two of these players (Frazier and Singletary) were on that team. Harbaugh was a Bears quarterback for seven seasons, four of them as the primary starter, and led the Bears to one playoff game (a 1991 loss to the Cowboys).â†µâ†µ
Good luck to Harbaugh -- he's going to need it, as Singletary's aggressive coaching style left the franchise in disarray. Maybe he'll remember the scene above -- from 1987, although that wasn't the only time Ditka yelled at him on the sideline -- and coach his team in a different style.