Is Anthony Davis' Retirement And The Mass Exodus Of 49ers Players From The NFL An Indictment Of Jim Harbaugh?
ESPN- "After a few years of thought, I've decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL," Davis said in a release. "This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won't understand my decision, that's ok.
"I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. I'm simply doing what's best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life."
Once is happenstance. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a pattern. Four times is a trend. I know this may sound ridiculous, but is it really? Is Jim Harbaugh's cut throat and demanding style of coaching responsible for four players, three of them still extremely productive, giving up their dream job for the comfort of retirement? Has there even been an offseason where four players from one team retired from the NFL in the heart of their career? Now I know all these players had their various reasons and not a single on of them mentioned their former head coach, but that may have to do with being politically correct more than anything else.
Consider that Jim Harbaugh was basically fired for being exhausting. His schtick wore thin with the front office when the wins were harder to come by. Is it possible that the same effect he had on the franchise mentally could have effected the players physically? Study the words of Anthony Davis. He's not retiring because he doesn't love football anymore. He's retiring because he is spent. His body and mind are both worn down. He doesn't need a life after football he needs a fucking nap. He needs a break. How many players at the top of their game have retired because they were tired? The lunatic that ran himself out of San Francisco could very well be at least semi-culpable for running a good portion of his old roster out of the league. I almost feel like Harbaugh was running a Bear Bryant style training camp. Like you weren't allowed to leave practice without puking on the sidelines. Would you be surprised if you found out Harbaugh was running his players ragged? Think about how crazy a man has to be to push the the biggest, fastest, and strongest athletes on earth to a Mariah Carey style, fatigue driven breakdown. It may not be the main reason why players are leaving San Francisco like there is a Sharknado warning, but you can't convince me it has nothing to do with it. Jim Harbaugh's insanity knows no bounds. He's like the the ex-girlfriend that pointed out the abysmal health rating at your favorite restaurant and ruined it for you forever. This many people that have dedicated their lives to football aren't supposed to voluntarily give up football all at the same time. Something doesn't smell right, and it's not all Harbaugh's breath.