Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 1/17/12

How good a coach is Jim Harbaugh? My answer is he’s the best coach in the NFL right now. Let’s review what he’s done. In 2006, Stanford’s football team went 1-12 and then Harbaugh was hired in December. In 2007 they immediately improved to 4-8 with a notable win at USC. In 2008 they once again improved to 5-7. In 2009 they jumped all the way to 8-5 barely losing to Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl. And finally in 2010 they went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl convincingly over Virginia Tech. Their only loss of the year was to national championship game entrant Oregon.

Now, in his first year with the 49ers he took a team that went 6-10 last year and led them to a 13-3 record and hosting the NFC championship game. He clearly takes the players he has and makes them better. Considering he’s only 48 he’ll probably be coaching the niners for another 10 years.

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