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Joe Montana: 49ers should not have let Jim Harbaugh go


Joe Montana: 49ers should not have let Jim Harbaugh go

Remember when the Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers went to the NFC Championship Game in 2011 and 2013?

Remember when the Harbaugh-led 49ers went to the Super Bowl in 2012?

Remember when the 49ers and Harbaugh "mutually" agreed to part ways?

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"Sometimes, you'll make bad decisions in an organization," Joe Montana told USA Today Sports recently. "And I think letting Jim Harbaugh go was not a good decision on their part at that point in time...

"All of a sudden they were in the Super Bowl and then it just took a dive."

But the 49ers legend and Hall of Fame quarterback is feeling OK but the state of the franchise.

"I think it's heading in the right direction," Montana said. "I like both those guys (John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan). I think they're trying to change the culture that had been kind of destroyed from prior years.

"Won't be done tomorrow."

The 49ers are set to report to training camp on July 27, with the first preseason game -- at the Chiefs -- on Aug. 11.

The Red and Gold open the season on Sept. 10 against the Panthers.

Montana: 49ers needed to clean house after Kap distraction

Montana: 49ers needed to clean house after Kap distraction

Colin Kaepernick is still without an NFL team and San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana isn't convinced he'll sign before the season starts.

"I’m not sure, I think there’s an injury somewhere he probably gets in," Montana told Sporting News. "In most cases, you look at Tim Tebow — a great guy and everybody was talking about him. But what it comes down to is 40 percent completion or even in the low 50s, you can’t win in the league with that. You won’t be in the league very long. It comes down to his play as much as anything."

Kaepernick owns a 69-58 career record as a starter over his six-year NFL career, has completed 59.8 percent of his passes and has thrown 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions.

"Everyone thinks it is the stance he took; one of the things you don’t look for is distractions in the locker room. You can go back to Bill Walsh and as soon as there were guys that weren’t fitting in what he was looking for, it didn’t matter how good you were. You weren’t on the team for very long. You have to have people who want the same thing, fighting for the same thing and willing to put in the time."

In addition to cutting ties with Kaepernick this offseason, the 49ers went through a complete overhaul and enter the 2017 season with new GM John Lynch and new head coach Kyle Shanahan in charge.

“I think changes were necessary there," Montana said. "I think it will take a year or so to get those guys understanding the system, how it works. I think there was a lot of loss for the game over the past few years with all the distractions, with Colin and all those things.

"They needed to clean house (and get) a different atmosphere in that building."

Whatever happens to Kaepernick, the 49ers are hoping their changes result in a change of culture after evening a franchise-worst 2-14 record last season.

Joe Montana highlights group of 18 Hall of Famers returning from Israel

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Joe Montana highlights group of 18 Hall of Famers returning from Israel

Joe Montana was among a group of 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who recently returned from a weeklong trip to Israel.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft led “Touchdown in Israel II” from Jun 13-21. It was the second time in two years Kraft took a group of Hall of Famers to Israel.

The trip included sight-seeing to Israel’s most historic and sacred sites including Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Masada, the Dead Sea, the City of David and the Western Wall, and an afternoon in Bethlehem, according to the Hall of Fame.

“What a great experience,” Montana said. “What a great opportunity to be a part of something that is hopefully growing a game that all of us enjoy and loved all our life, and then to have the opportunity to be in a beautiful place like this.

“All in all, it’s been so much fun getting to know all these guys, but being able to spend a week with them and really getting to understand them and know them better is also one of the big highlights of that trip.”

The Hall of Famers met with fans throughout the tour. On the second night of the trip, multiple youth and high school teams scrimmaged during an event organized by American Football in Israel, a non-profit organization.

Former 49ers coach Mike Singletary and Raiders tight end Dave Casper also took part in the trip, along with Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Cris Carter, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Roger Staubach, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary.