He literally went to three straight NFC Title games with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick as his QBs. The first one he lost in OT, the second one he won, and the third one he lost in the end zone on the final play. The Super Bowl he also lost on the final play. In other words, this guy was a tough freakin out and his teams played until the bitter end at the highest levels.
Moreover, he won at SD State, he won at Stanford, he might not have done everything people envisioned at Michigan but he still took a team to the playoffs and won a Big Ten Title.
This guy is about as no brain a hire as you can have. A young and progressive GM with an experienced HC who is a winner can only make the turnaround a question of when and not if.
Please Joe Schoen, make the call!