Get to know Jim Harbaugh, via Sean Payton

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Get to know Jim Harbaugh, via Sean Payton

A great deal of time and energy has been spent trying to figure out Jim Harbaugh, and why he does what he does, and says what he says, and is what he is. Its supposed to be some fascinating study in human behavior, impenetrable to all but the keenest observers.Well, it isnt, and much as I know youd like me to explain it to you, there is actually everything you need to know about Harbaugh in a video running about the Internet of Sean Payton talking to the University of North Texas football team nine days before its opening game against LSU.
It is pure football. It is salesmanship. It is mind control. It is youre special and the outside world is filled only with enemies. It is everything Harbaugh is professionally, and it takes less than 20 minutes to get it all.Payton, as you know, was the worlds greatest football coach a couple of years ago. He revivified the New Orleans Saints. He won a Super Bowl he wasnt supposed to win. He created one of the greatest offenses in NFL history. He overcame Hurricane Katrina and saved New Orleans from everything but the actual job of rebuilding the city.He even survived a Vicodin theft scandal and is now sitting out a years suspension for the Saints bounty scheme. He is what you call monomaniacal, a football first and only guy, which is considered good in this profession.Are there other parts to Harbaugh? Away from the field, perhaps. He doesnt share much, nor does he have to. He benefits from the caricature, he believes in it, and he is providing that and only that. Hes not reaching to you unless he actually needs something you have. Typically, it means you buying tickets, making noise when youre supposed to, and providing unconditional love for his team and players. The rest of the time, hed rather be left alone.And thats fine. Its the educated choice he made, and hell live with whatever benefits or consequences ensue.And yes, when Payton is talking about giving 60 plays to his sons sixth grade football team, that is Harbaugh. And yes, when Paytons son says there are too many words in the plays and Payton dismisses it by saying he cant understand his sons school work, that is Harbaugh. And when he talks about salesmanship and hating the sight of outsiders on the field before a game, that is indeed Harbaugh.Indeed, this is the primer on Harbaugh, and most football coaches with a resume worth caring about. There are worse ones, and there may be a few better ones, but this is the profession theyve chosen, and this is the code by which they live.So as you watch the video, just slap Harbaughs head on Paytons body, and dub in Harbaughs voice over Paytons. This is Jim Harbaugh. And if you hear someone complain that Harbaugh isnt this or that, keep this speech in mind. This is Harbaugh, and you make of it what you wish, take it or leave it.Of course, if North Texas gets routed by LSU, which is a 43-point favorite, it wont mean the speech was bad. It only meant that it didnt help its audience defy the laws of physics.Oh, and dont get all bent out of shape about the 49ers after three exhibition games either. That has nothing to do with Harbaugh, but its just stupid, and people will think youre monomaniacal and not in a good way.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.
 

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”