SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers CEO Jed York met Monday morning amid various reports over the past several weeks that have addressed the uncertain nature of Harbaugh’s employment beyond this season.
And while Harbaugh has received public support from many of his players, York is the only person whose thoughts on the subject really matter.
“We had a real good talk," Harbaugh said, one day after the 49ers’ 22-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. "Moving forward, moving on to the Rams, and continue everybody in the organization is doing their job.
“Everybody is working hard at the craft of helping us be the best we can possibly be as a football team. And that’s all you can ask of anybody. They’re doing their best. Nobody appreciates that like I do. And that’s what Jed appreciates. We work at the pleasure of the York family and San Francisco 49ers organization. That’s our job. Do the best we possibly can. I see everybody doing that.”
York on Monday acknowledged during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” that Harbaugh has a difficult personality and “sometimes rubs people the wrong way.”
When asked if that is something of which he is aware, Harbaugh answered, “No, not so much.”
Harbaugh said he appreciates the support he received from his players, but he asked the media to not put his players in that position, either.
“Please don’t ask them,” he said. “It’s not their job to protect the head coach. That’s not their job to defend the head coach. Their job is to do their jobs and play football and have each other’s backs. That’s what I’ve seen from them. Love each other, that’s their job, as well.”