Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana did not follow suit when it came to Jerry Rice's guesswork on Jim Harbaugh's employment status with the 49ers.
"Whether Jim moves on for another reason, I don't know. If there is something going on, I would say he wouldn't be back, that would be my guess," Montana prefaced on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday.
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The former 49er great then cut to the chase.
"If there isn't [something going on], I don't see any reason why. He's got a great nucleus there," said Montana. "I'm not sure why you would want to leave a team like that, with as much talent that's on there. I'm sure there are some places he'd like to fill in. But it's hard to leave a team you've coached for so long, you know well, and you've got guys getting into position you'd want them to be."
Montana elaborated on where the talk may be originating.
"Knowing Jim, and knowing how he is, and his personality, it's easy for there to be tension. I can't tell you that the people I've talked to down there, that I know and have played with, who still work down there, are saying that. I haven't heard that yet.
"When you're not winning, people are looking for things to make up...they'll make up more things than you can shake a stick at."
This team has made three consecutive NFC Championship games, including a Super Bowl appearance vs. the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
The 49ers, however, are off to their worst start under Harbaugh, entering Week 10 at 4-4.