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Patrick Willis on Jim Harbaugh: “He is crazy, but he’s a good crazy”

Jim Harbaugh, Patrick Willis

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, watches as linebacker Patrick Willis (52) is helped off the field during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis thinks his coach is nuts, but there’s a method to his madness.

Willis said on ESPN Radio today that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh acts a little crazy around the team, but it’s a craziness rooted in his loyalty to the players -- and that’s something the players love.

“He is crazy, but he’s a good crazy,” Willis said. “He’s the kind of crazy that there is not a player on that team that would not go to war with him. And when I say go to war with him I mean, he’s crazy -- but most people would say, ‘How could somebody be crazy but it’s good?’ He’s crazy in that if he had to lay himself on the line to make sure that you’d live, the guy beside him would keep fighting, he would do that. That’s crazy, but he’s that type of coach for us and he has that with us.”

Harbaugh showed in his first season as an NFL head coach that his methods are just crazy enough to work.