Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have agreed to part ways, according to a statement the team posted to its website following Sunday’s win over Arizona.
Harbaugh, who joined the 49ers in 2011, was 43-19-1 in his career there during the regular season. He made three straight NFC Championships and a Super Bowl before finishing 8-8 this season and failing to make the playoffs.
Harbaugh discussed his departure during his post-game press conference, saying he enjoyed his time in San Francisco. “It’s been the time of my life, and there are a lot of great memories, great moments,’’ Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh has been dogged by suggestions of discord within the locker room for more than a year despite his success, and the struggles came to a head during the disappointing 2014 campaign.
Rumors arose this year of Harbaugh’s being traded to another team, but lately speculation has centered on his becoming head coach at the University of Michigan. Harbaugh declined to comment on the rumors in his postgame, saying “there will be announcements made concerning those things.’’
When Harbaugh took the San Francisco job in 2011, he inherited a team that had won just six games the prior season. In a statement, 49ers CEO Jed York praised Harbaugh for restoring a winning tradition.
“We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers,’’ York said in his statement. “He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history.’’