SANTA CLARA, Calif. - If you've been following along, the high road is the only road Jim Harbaugh knows.
After nearly a year of outsiders questioning his job status for 2015, the 49ers' embattled head coach has remained mum about his future, providing only Dec. 1's explanation: "I think I have a recessive gene for worrying about my own future."
At what might be his last Monday press conference with the media as San Francisco's coach, Harbaugh was posed with a question that gave him pause. The savvy Harbaugh doesn't get stumped by the media often, nor does he usually credit reporters for asking good questions.
In this case, Harbaugh offered a different kind of refrain. He smiled brightly when asked if it's been difficult this season not to lash out about sources telling reporters he wouldn't be back with the 49ers next season.
"That’s a good question. It’s a very good question," Harbaugh grinned. "The high road’s the only road I know. Let’s keep on that way."
Sunday, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported the organization will be cutting ties no more than 48 hours after the conclusion of the season, making Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals his last with San Francisco.
"I have not participated in the speculation, the unnamed sources or rumors or asked you to have Jay Glazer go back and ask his source for more clarification. I haven't participated and I don't intend to," Harbaugh said. "This has been a good 12 months of this kind of thing. No reason to start right now."
He added: "What will happen will happen, what won't happen won't happen. Like the players, like the coaches, we're dedicated to doing our job, finish what you start. That's the mindset."
A few more interesting quotes from Harbaugh Monday:
On if he's happy right now: "Not, not, not … happy? Football – it’s not fun when you lose. That’s a heartbreaking thing. But then there’s a new week, and a new opportunity and I definitely get happier and happier as that new opportunity approaches. So ‘win the next game,’ that’s our mindset."
But in life, is he happy?: "OK. Well I can answer that. I am so proud to report to you that I have the best wife, Sarah Harbaugh, and six wonderful children. And I’m proud to report that my future will always be bright with the family that I have."