SANTA, CLARA CALIFORNIA – Yes, Jim Harbaugh wants to coach the San Francisco 49ers for years to come. No, he doesn’t want to discuss a contract extension in a public forum.
Harbaugh twice said he “absolutely” wants to stay put coaching the 49ers for the long haul. The third-year NFL coach signed a $25 million, five-year contract when he left Stanford to take over the 49ers in January 2011.
As far as an extension, 49ers CEO Jed York said on KNBR-680 radio this week that he would like to hammer out a new deal for Harbaugh during the offseason.
“When it comes to talk about contracts, I’ve always felt it’s in nobody’s best interest to publicly discuss things,” Harbaugh said Thursday.
He wouldn’t say whether he looks forward to sitting down with York to discuss the future.
Harbaugh earned NFL Coach of the Year honors in his first season of 2011 while leading the 49ers back to the playoffs following an eight-year stretch without a playoff berth or winning record. Last season, the 49ers returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years. They lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens and his older coaching brother, John.
There has been speculation Texas might pursue Harbaugh to replace Mack Brown.
“In Judge Judy’s court, hearsay is not admissible evidence,” Harbaugh said. “I watch a lot of ‘Judge Judy.’ “
In addition, when asked on Thursday about his relationship with general manager Trent Baalke and any differences in philosophy or thoughts on players, Harbaugh said all was fine between them.
“Good, it’s the 49er way,” Harbaugh said of working together. “It’s the team, the team, the team. Everybody does a little and it adds up to be a lot. Nobody above the team, nobody more important, nobody less important.”
Rodgers still on hold
Green Bay Wisconsin AP
Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn’t mean he is going to play this weekend.
There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers will be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was just another day in the guessing game called “When Will the Franchise Quarterback Return” for the Packers.
Coach Mike McCarthy indicated he would name his starter on Friday.
Rodgers also made several references to his playing status being an “organizational decision.”
“Just a Thursday practice, didn’t take a lot of reps with the teams but felt pretty good out there, was feeling good,” Rodgers said. “It’s obviously a medical decision and an organizational decision at this point.”
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“It’s a medical decision, it’s an organizational decision,” said Rodgers, who is listed as “limited” on the official practice report.
During a brief portion of practice open to media Thursday, Rodgers did a little stretching and looked sharp in position drills. He watched as backup Matt Flynn led the offense during another short practice period.
“Aaron Rodgers practiced well today. Tomorrow is — we have the medical meetings on Wednesday and Friday, so we’ll have a conversation tomorrow,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, today he’s still not medically cleared. Looked very good at practice. I would state him ready to play.”