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Joe Montana: 49ers made mistake letting Harbaugh leave

Dec 28, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during warmups before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. The against the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during warmups before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. The against the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick used to be a winning combo.

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Joe Montana won four of the five Super Bowls that belong to the 49ers, so even if he isn't around the team in a day-to-day capacity, he keeps an eye on things.

Montana joined "The Herd" on Thursday and was asked two very important questions about the state of the franchise.

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Did the 49ers make a mistake letting go of Jim Harbaugh?

"I think so. Here's a guy who been very successful for you quickly. He put a good team together. Now he's gone and they're struggling. Players are leaving. Players are leaving? Is that Harbaugh's fault. I don't think so."

What advice do you have for Colin Kaepernick?

"Beg the coaches and the offense to go back to playing the game that he knows. ... Where he's the best is moving when he's outside the pocket. ... As long as he's protecting himself, let him get out of there. In the pocket decisions have it be made quicker, anticipation. ...That's how where he made he living for the longest time."