There has been much turmoil with the San Francisco 49ers recently, and their loss to the Raiders on Sunday will only add more fuel to that fire. Among the smoke is that of the uncertain future of Jim Harbaugh as head coach.
The primary team that has come up should the 49ers decide to part ways with Harbaugh is the Raiders. Harbaugh coached the quarterbacks for the Raiders for two seasons from 2002-03 and recently spoke glowingly about his time with Al Davis. He also would like not to have to uproot from the Bay Area where he has spent the past 8 seasons as coach of the 49ers and Stanford University before this.
That is of course if the Raiders even remain in the Bay Area, which is a question all its own.
This created an interesting dynamic as should Harbaugh consider taking over as Raiders head coach next season, he would inherit Derek Carr as his quarterback. And Carr put on a show.
Carr lit up the 49ers, completing 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns. His passer rating was an impressive 140.2. All the while, Harbaugh was stuck with the regressing Colin Kaepernick who went 18 for 33 for 174 yards and 2 interceptions - one to start the game, one to end it.
It is still a bit far fetched that Harbaugh would end up as the coach of the Raiders, although certainly not out the realm of possibility. Unless the 49ers fired him, the Raiders would have to trade to acquire him, which seems highly unlikely to happen.
Just the same, after this game Harbaugh has to be wishing he had a guy with the potential of Carr as opposed to the guy who appears to have reached a low ceiling in Kaepernick... and getting lower by the week.