If Jim Harbaugh's act is getting old, it's news to Anquan Boldin.
The veteran receiver signed a two-year extension on Monday with the San Francisco 49ers, a bit of good news that came after talk that Harbaugh was discussed in a trade with the Cleveland Browns and a subsequent report by the San Francisco Chronicle that Harbaugh's "act has worn thin."
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Boldin shot down the report from his perspective on a conference call with the Bay Area media.
“Honestly I just heard about it yesterday," Boldin said, per the San Jose Mercury News. I really don’t watch SportsCenter, I don’t read sports news. At this time of the year, people grab at whatever. Football season is not here so they’ll do whatever they can to write, and a lot of it is farfetched, has nothing to do with football and the team.
“When I heard about [a report of locker-room discord with Harbaugh], I kind of laughed. I don’t think anybody in the locker room has an issue with Coach Harbaugh. The way our locker room is built, if anyone has a concern or wants to voice an opinion, they’re more than welcome to."
Boldin has been around the league long enough (11 years) to have seen this type of thing before. He (and everyone else) knows that this has little to do directly with Harbaugh and his players. It's between the front office and Harbaugh, and the two sides are believed to have butted heads on a number of issues the past few seasons.
With an unresolved contract situation and a headstrong head coach, you can bet where this story was floated from — the 49ers' higher-ups. Boldin appeared to hint at that, without explicitly saying it.
“There [have] been times we’ve voiced our concerns as players, and Coach Harbaugh has taken into consideration how we felt," Boldin said. “I don’t think there’s any rift between players and coaches, particularly coach Harbaugh. He has good rapport with all the guys I know of.
"There’s no gripes in the locker room when it comes to Coach Harbaugh. He wants to win and everybody in the locker room wants to do the same. We’re usually on same page and if not, we have it where we can talk to him and he can talk to us.”
If there is strife involving Harbaugh, it's likely it's not happening as much with his locker room as it is with the people who have the bigger offices.
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