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From about 40 miles away, cornerback Tarell Brown has a difficult time believing coach Jim Harbaugh will not be back with the 49ers next season.
Brown, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the 49ers, signed with the Raiders as a free agent in the offseason. In his three years playing under Harbaugh, the 49ers went to the NFC Championship game three times, including one Super Bowl appearance.
“Having a coach like that with an organization and as much winning that he had, and the ability to come in and change the organization around, I wouldn’t think that they would get rid of a type of guy like that,” Brown said in a conference call this week with reporters who cover the 49ers. “But you never know. This business is up and down, and you wait and see what happens.”
Harbaugh, who is in the fourth season of a five-year, $25 million contract he signed in January 2011, faces uncertainty beyond this season with the 49ers. CEO Jed York and Harbaugh are scheduled to speak about his future shortly after the end of the season.
While there have been reports the 49ers are fractured and there is unrest in the 49ers’ locker room in Santa Clara, Brown said he enjoyed playing for Harbaugh.
“Most definitely,” Brown said. “Great coach. Great competitor. Being around him day-in and day-out, you see why guys like to play for him, why guys try to understand him as far as being a competitor. Us as players you don’t always agree with what the coaches might think or the coaches’ decisions. But at the same time you know he’s trying to put his best foot forward and trying to help the team. He’s always been the type of guy it’s always about the team. It’s not about one player or one coach or one decision or whatever.”