49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Could Have Been Chiefs Coach Jim Harbaugh

Add this to the still growing list of things former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli screwed up.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chiefs called then Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh about their vacant head coaching position back in 2009.

But the Chiefs were too late. 

And then, the day after Harbaugh signed his extension, the Kansas City Chiefs weighed in, seeing whether the Stanford coach would be interested in leaving, sources said. The irony was that Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah, is from Kansas City. Had the Chiefs called 48 hours earlier, before Harbaugh gave his word and signature to Stanford on an extension, he might have been enticed. But the Chiefs were a little late, a delay-of-game penalty that would haunt them. Harbaugh stayed at Stanford, and Kansas City hired Todd Haley.

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Remember how slowly Pioli did everything when he was first hired? He took forever on everything and everyone was talking about how slow and steady won the race and people were calling him “Slow Po?”

The more time that goes by, the more I believe Pioli’s careful consideration of everything was just the guy having absolutely no clue what to do.

Ah, well. At least it looks like we might get Alex Smith. You know, the guy Harbaugh benched so he could put in a QB with no experience to lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

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  • Altarium

    Yikes… you’ve got to wonder what could have been. Oh well though, we have a promising GM and coaching staff, so I’m optimistic!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      What do you call a Chiefs fan without hope?

      A Raiders fan.

      • chiefridgy

        Ain’t it the truth

      • Altarium

        got that right

      • Justin R Groth

        I disagree hopeless kc fan > most optimistic raider fan. No matter how hopless we never play double to Jason on the 13th.

  • Chief Hokie

    Who knows if he would’ve come here, though. We were coming off a 2-14 season and we were in rebuild mode. Our best defensive player was Bernard Pollard (who wasn’t even that great) and he left. We had no QB and we were just a disaster all around, let’s be real. Not exactly an intriguing job to pull you away from coaching a solid Stanford team, including Andrew Luck.

  • john woodley

    No harbaugh but as we may get his castout qb. Please no more hand me down qb’s !

    • Adrian Morales

      I hear you on that

  • Danny W

    Scott Pioli set the Chiefs back a dozen years.