Alex Boone, the San Francisco 49ers’ starting right guard, went after his former, and current University of Michigan, head coach, Jim Harbaugh in a recent interview, calling him “clinically insane”, as per ESPN.
Appearing on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in an episode that aired Tuesday night, Boone had some harsh words for his former coach.
“I think he just pushed guys too far. He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much. You know, ‘We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this. We gotta go out and do this.’ And you’d be like, ‘This guy might be clinically insane. He’s crazy…He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom. But after a while, you just want to kick his ass. … He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain. Stop. Let go.’ He kind of wore out his welcome.”
Regardless of the issue of Harbaugh’s grip on sanity (which at times seems fragile) or him wearing out his welcome, there is a sizeable nugget of truth to Boone’s remarks about him having success then leaving. As a head coach, Harbaugh has only stayed in one place for four years (at the most) while having a .500 record or better every year except his first year at Stanford, as per Wikipedia. Every team he’s led he has transformed into a winner, then left.
It is important to note these comments contradict Boone’s September remarks made on 95.7 The Game when Harbaugh’s job was starting to disintegrate from under him.
“I know for a fact that everybody loves Harbaugh. He’s a great guy. How can you not want to win for a guy that wears cleats during the game? Come on now. Have you not seen that guy’s energy? He’s excited 24-7. You’ve got to love to play for a guy like that. That’s what football is all about.”
Considering the differing quotes, the fact that Boone went Ohio State (fierce rivals of Harbaugh’s alma mater and employer) and the 49ers will probably decline without him, Boone could just be a disgruntled employee dissing a former boss.
Or Harbaugh is genuinely crazy. Either way, I’d rather have a potentially crazy man as head coach than a guy who isn’t qualified for the job.
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