Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/16/13
The first reason is head coach Jim Harbaugh.  During his lengthy 14 year playing career, Jim Harbaugh commanded his teams to a combined record of 66-74, reflecting that he wasn’t the greatest of quarterbacks to step foot onto a field.  However, he is 24-8 as a coach, reflecting that he was a great student and learned from some top notch coaches during his playing days.  Prior to coaching in the NFL, he coached at San Diego University, leading the Toreros to a combined 29-6 record over 3 seasons, including 2 Pioneer Football League Championships. He departed for Stanford University in 2006, where he went a combined 29-21, and prior to leaving, recruited current Indianapolis Colts sensation, quarterback Andrew Luck.  This season, Harbaugh sat former first pick overall Alex Smith in favor of another key ingredient to success, Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick.  He also inserted the Pistol offense as his bread and butter, which is the formation that allowed Kaepernick to set historic NCAA rec...
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