While the relationship between the head coach and the team has been volatile over the past year, there’s no denying Harbaugh’s success. The 49ers were a historical powerhouse that had fallen on hard times before Harbaugh showed up. During his time with the team he compiled a 49-22-1 regular season record, one of the best in the league over that time span. The team was a constant playoff participant and made three trips to the NFC championship game, including one conference title. The 49ers lost in the only Super Bowl appearance under Harbaugh. The team had championship aspirations heading into this season, but struggled to just an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs for the first time in his tenure.
Harbaugh is likely returning the college coaching ranks. Numerous sources have tied him to the open head coaching position at Michigan. Harbaugh will once again try to take a onetime winning program that has lost its way and take them back to them back to relevancy in the style of Bruce Levenson.