Harbaugh embracing extensive media attention this week

January 30, 2013 | WNST Staff

HEAD COACH JOHN HARBAUGH

 (opening statement) “Good to see everybody. We’ve gone through a lot of the media stuff obviously and here we are right back again. We thought we had that behind us but that’s not the case. This is the Super Bowl right? Our guys are excited about that too, but what they’re really excited about is the football. We had a bunch of guys last night studying tape. The guys were really fired up to get to the football part of it this morning. We’ll take a little break for this and then we’ll get back for meetings after lunch and then we’ll head out for practice at Tulane. We had a chance to tour the facility yesterday, and they did a great job over there. So we’re looking forward to that. We’re hoping the rain lets up so it’ll be a nice dry practice, we’ll see how that goes, but our guys are excited for football and they’re prepared to attack this day with an enthusiasm beyond anything that has ever been known to mankind. So we’re topping that, too. We’re ready to go.”

 

(on how they are preparing to play in a dome) “We’ll spend a lot of time on noise and sound and it’s not, we’ve played in Atlanta, we’ve played in some of these places. You’re right, we don’t play in domes very often. We have an indoor practice facility that helps us. We’ve been in there a lot of the last few months so we’re pretty sure we’ll be ok. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a great venue.”

 

(on the number one lesson he has learned from his brother 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh) “I think the lessons just keep coming. Jim is a competitive guy and I guess the number one lesson would be you never take Jim lightly in anything ever. Expect his best at all times because you’re going to get it. He’s going to come to compete. He always has and he always will.”

 

(on what makes the pistol read option so hard to defend) “I think it will have staying power in the league, the pistol read option. The beauty of it is and part of the genius of it is it’s such a simple idea. It goes back to Nevada and Coach Ault out there. You can run your whole offense on it. You aren’t limited to an option type attack out of it. Not just the entire run game but the entire pass game as well. The backs get position to protect. You can run all your drop back stuff, you can run power run game inside and outside, and you can run read option, triple option. So it’s just a very versatile type offense and it forces you to defend a lot of different elements of the offensive attack.”

 

(on why he prefers a 3-4 defensive scheme) “When you watch our defense you’ll see that it is all based on personnel. That’s the main thing the personnel and the guys you have. We try to set all of our schemes up, in all three phases, around the guys that we have to put them in position to do the things that they do best. But there are a lot of elements of the 4-3 in what we do as well. We’ve been in over fronts plenty of times this year. We’ve been in under fronts plenty of times this year. Terrell Suggs is such a hybrid type of player he allows you to do so many different things. He can play like a defensive end and he can play like a drop outside linebacker. Paul Kruger is very versatile too, as is Courtney Upshaw. So those guys give you the ability – I would call us more of a multiple front. We run both odd and even fronts.

 

(on who his role model was growing up) “Absolutely. Our dad. Our dad and our mom. I would say our parents – parents should always be role models. Those are the number one people that influence, and as parents, that’s the most important role that we have. Everything we do our kids are watching and we watched our parents and tried to be like them.”

 

(on whether he ever wanted to be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles) “I was definitely afraid of the media there, so who would want that on you. Those guys are all sitting right over there. No, that was never a thought really. Andy (Reid) was a guy that I’ve admired, and have learned so much from. I just wanted to do the best I possibly could to make sure that we were successful coaches. We had a great staff, Jim Johnson, all the guys that you know that have been through there. It was just a great great experience in Philadelphia and it’s historic what was accomplished there by Coach Reid, his coaches and his players.”

 

 

 

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Super Bowl XLVII – Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM BALTIMORE RAVENS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE HEAD COACH JOHN HARBAUGH

 

(on the matchup between the Ravens receivers and the 49ers defensive backs) “That’s a huge matchup, on the perimeter downfield and on the edges our, playmakers and receivers against their defensive backs. Their two safeties (Dashon) Goldson and (Donte) Whitner are just tremendous tacklers. They also do a great job downfield in the pass game, the number of interceptions, those kind of things. All four safeties in the scheme are four of the premier safeties in football and probably two of the best safeties in the nation in football.”

 

(on TE Vernon Davis’ athletic ability) “You can’t sleep on Vernon Davis. You can’t sleep on any of those guys. I mean, you know people don’t talk much about Randy Moss but he can ‘Randy’ you at any time. What does that mean? It means go up overtop of you downfield and make a play over guys who are sitting in their cover. He’s been doing that his whole career. Vernon Davis is just a spectacular athlete – he’s a good blocker as well – but the crossing routes, the seam routes, the seven routes, all the routes running downfield away from the quarterback. Colin Kaepernick is exceptionally gifted in that area, throwing those routes. Those two guys have the chemistry and they’re capable of making the big play and lighting it up at any time.”

 

(on whether it’s harder to prepare to face his brother because he is so familiar) “It’s probably a little tougher emotionally. It’s a little tougher just from the sense of – I don’t think you think about it when you’re coaching against somebody else. It’s more about the scheme and the strategy. There’s a little bit of a relationship element that’s more strong than maybe coaching against someone else. I’ll have a better answer for you after the game. I’ve never been through this before, this is all new.”

 

(on whether he has thought about holding up the Lombardi trophy) “I have given no thought to that. You don’t earn the right to even think about that until you’ve won the football game and become the one true champion. We’re not the one true champion at this point. We’re going to fight like crazy to earn that award.”

 

(on whether he has spoken to Ray Lewis about the performance enhancing drug reports) “No. The thing about Ray is he is one of the most focused – he’s been through so much. Ray, he’s a singularly focused individual. He understands what’s important and he understands what’s important is our football team heading into Sunday. And he also knows there’s nothing to it. I understand that’s something that he has never ever been involved with. I think it’s kind of too bad that someone was given the opportunity to get some free publicity out there, undeserved and unearned, really for no reason. As a football team, that’s not even a factor for us so we’re moving right through to our challenge which is the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.”

 

(on what Ray Lewis said when asked about the allegations) “He kind of laughed about it and told me there’s nothing to it. He told me the same thing he told you guys. Ray is honest, Ray is straight forward. He’s told us in the past, he’s never taken any of that stuff, ever. I believe Ray. I trust Ray completely. We have a relationship. I know this man, and I know what he’s all about. It’s too bad that this has to be something that gets so much play.”

 

(on balancing family time and football time during Super Bowl week) “We have talked about that. We have the family hotel all set up. Our organization did a great job. New Orleans did a great job. There will be opportunities for our guys in the evenings to do that and then get back here to get their rest and everything. So there’s a balancing act there. Our families are important to us. We always have the kids around the facility as you guys know. The kids are allowed to come to practice, those kind of things. Coaches kids, players kids, it’s all the same to us. So we don’t want to change that, it’s kind of our routine and how we do it.”

 

 

 

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM BALTIMORE RAVENS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE HEAD COACH JOHN HARBAUGH

 

(on his progression to being a player’s coach) “You’ve got to write that article because I don’t know that I would describe it that way at all. I think one of the great benefits of growing up in the house that we did as coaches kids is that we saw dad do it. There are some principles that you grip on, that you can’t learn early on. The number one thing is that you put the players first. If you’re a coach, why are you doing it? You’re doing it for the players. You’re doing it for your students. Just like a teacher, coaches are teachers and we learned that as kids. Our dad had the players over all the time, players’ girlfriends and  wives. Players who had kids, their families were over. That’s just the way it was. We always had that kind of relationship. At the same time, as a coach and in football, you have to have certain standards and certain things that you stand for and you believe in and a certain way that you do things. You hold firmly to those things. That’s the thing that you do as a coach, you try to give everyone love. If you give everyone love, then you’re going to be successful.”

 

(on whether the players are ready to get to the football part of the week) “I think they’re enjoying all of it. I think they’re enjoying the media part as well. They’re doing a great job. We thought our guys were just tremendous yesterday. You got a chance to see who they really are and what they’re all about. The fact that their personalities were able to shine through in a really positive way is really good. It’s really important. It’s positive, it’s good for football, it’s good for the Ravens, good for the NFL, and good for both teams. So that was great. But those guys are football players, we’re football coaches, you guys are football fans, and everybody wants to get to the game. We tell our guys the game isn’t until 6:30 on Sunday. You can’t play the game on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. It won’t be played until Sunday so now it’s about preparation. Let’s make the most of this day and we’re going to do that.”

 

(on the importance of the turnover battle) “The turnover battle is a factor in any football game. It’s huge. More so in the Super Bowl obviously. Both teams have done a good job of that. I think it’s a strength for both teams. It’ll be a big part of the game.”

 

(on running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery) “Wilbert Montgomery is our running backs coach. Wilbert is a star. He’s a star coach, star human being, star father, and star husband. He was a star football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was an All-Pro player, one of the best backs to play the game. At one time, he was the fastest human being in the world, did you know that? He was, a long time ago. He’s a great coach. I think Wilbert is a rising star in the profession. To me, Wilbert could be a head coach in this league just like that and do a great job. Hopefully he’ll get that opportunity.”

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