Jim Harbaugh’s departure from 49ers wasn’t really mutual

Here it is. In a podcast with the Mercury News, Jim Harbaugh revealed how his departure from the 49ers came to be. If you don’t want to listen to the entire podcast, here is the most notable point courtesy of his transcript.

“I was told I wouldn’t be the coach any more,” Harbaugh said. This came after the team’s Week 15 loss to Seattle. “And then… you can call it ‘mutual,’ I mean, I wasn’t going to put the 49ers in the position to have a coach that they didn’t want any more. But that’s the truth of it. I didn’t leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me.”

Then Harbaugh then talked about why he didn’t leave at that point in the season.

“I wanted to finish what I started–what we started. And I have great fond memories of it. It’s not going to be… I’m never going to take the position to trash something that I was a part of, and the memories that I have, the wins, the championships, the titles… those may be forgotten as time goes on…”

Check out the entire transcript or listen to it. it is worth your time.