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Parents say John, Jim got passion from mother Jackie

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUOTES FROM JACK AND JACKIE HARBAUGH PRESS CONFERENCE

 

Opening statement:

Jack: “Before we open up for questions, I’d like to tell a quick story. Back in 1957, Jackie and I were freshmen at Bowling Green State University. One of the great college coaches, his name was Doyt Perry. He’s a Hall of Famer, he was our college coach there. Our second year there, he held a class. It was Football 101. There were 35 guys in the class, all purporting to be coaches. That’s what they wanted to do, high school coaches and possibly college coaches. On the first day of the class, Doyt stood up and he said ‘How many of you here want to be coaches?’ and of course 35 hands went up. And he said ‘To start the class, I’m going to tell you the three things that are going to be necessary for you to be a coach. Number three, you have to have a love and passion for the game of football. Number two, you needed to outwork the people that you were coaching against.’ He said, ‘The reason I say that, I’ve been around you for about a year and there’s not many of you here that are going to outsmart anybody so you had better be prepared to outwork them.’ And he said ‘Number one on the list, if you want to be a coach someday, marry wisely.’ I guarantee the only advice that I know I listened and followed from the great coach Doyt Perry was the marry wisely part. Jackie Harbaugh is the foundation of this Harbaugh family. She is the rock of our family. She’s the one that moved us 17 times in a 43 year coaching career. She sold houses at every stop and she bought houses at every stop. She took them in to school and out of school. She went to school when things didn’t go well. This is my hero right here, Jackie Harbaugh. You’re going to ask us how we feel on this historic day? Jackie, who has it better than us? Nobody!”

 

(on when the last time they watched a Super Bowl together was)

Jack: “I would say every sporting event, every big sporting event was a big occasion at our house. I can remember back when we were watching the Boston Bruins play in a hockey game way back where Bobby Orr had that great shot where he flew across the net and knocked it in. John, to this day, still holds us responsible because he was on a refreshment run. He was about halfway up the steps when Orr knocked that puck into the goal and he has never forgiven us for not seeing that. They had no replays in those days, so I don’t know if he ever did see the shot.”

Jackie: “No, not really because I don’t think back in the 70s, it wasn’t as big of as an event as it is today. We kind of took every day as it came. So, no Super Bowl parties.”

 

(on where Jim and John got their colorful animated demeanors from)

Jack: “I think anyone that knows the family and knows Jackie and myself, and I think John and Jim would be the first to describe the emotion, passion and love comes from Jackie.”

Jackie: “I think we both feel strongly about certain things in life. We’re so excited for John and Jim to be in this situation but we’re also really excited for the players and their families. This is a huge event for them and I just am thrilled that some of them, this is their first time in this situation, so I can imagine how all those mothers and fathers feel about their sons being in this situation.

 

(on if there was ever a time where they talked to their sons about toning it down)

Jackie: “No.”

Jack: “The one thing that we watch and take great pride in is that both of them are themselves. We were around Bo Schembechler for a long time and there were a lot of coaches that tried to emulate him. The first time you weren’t yourself, you were exposed and somewhat of a fraud. So, always be who you are and not follow anyone else.”

 

(on whether all of the ‘J’ names are on purpose)

Jackie: “No, we aren’t very creative. John for Jack, because his given name is John. So John is after Jack. Jim is actually after my doctor. Dr. Frasier in Perrysburg, Ohio. They came in and said ‘What are you going to name this baby?’ and I said that I liked the name Jim. Joanie Marie is after my mother’s middle name and Jack’s mother’s first name.”

 

 

 

 

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(on when Jim and John understood that Jack was a football coach)

Jack: “Again, I have to point to Jackie. In coaching, a lot of times I left before the sun came up and came home after the sun went down. Jackie has a great philosophy and that is that she wanted her children to know what their father did. She wanted them to understand who he was and what he did. I can remember when they could just barely walk, John and Jim, that she’d bring them out to the practice field. We’d be practicing and they’d be around jumping on the dummies and then they learned they could throw the ball around. Then they learned they could get into the locker room and meet the players and those kinds of things. We would invite our players at Iowa and Michigan when they were growing up to come to the house on Thursday. That was the day we had off. Jackie would cook a great meal for them and then pretty soon they were wrestling on the floor. Jackie always involved our children in the job that we were involved with.”

 

(on whether Jack sees his own coaching style in his sons)

Jack: “I really believe they’re both who they are. I don’t think you have to watch very long or be a psychologist just to watch and see who they are. The beauty of it, they allow themselves to be who they are. I think Jackie and I are most proud of that.”

 

(on whether John picked on Jim)

Jackie: “I think that brothers both do this and so do sisters. So everyone out there that has a brother or sister, you all have had your little ins and outs with one another. So that’s not unusual.”

 

(on if either son has called to ask what the other has said about leading up to the Super Bowl)

Jack: “Bo Schembechler had two great sayings. One was, ‘if you’re going to play in the North Atlantic, you have to practice in the North Atlantic.’ The other was ‘loose lips sink ships.’ They both have subscribed to that philosophy, so no one talks to anyone. Jim is very quiet and guarded and John is very quiet and guarded. That’s exactly the way we want it.”

Jackie: “And so are we.”

 

(on how much Jim and John consult with Jack regarding football questions)

Jack: “The story that’s been told is on draft day in 2011 after the first day of drafts was over, Jim called on his way home and he asked what I thought about the draft. We didn’t have much to talk about as it relates to the draft, but he had not expressed to me who they were thinking about drafting at the quarterback position so I said ‘Jim, tomorrow in the second round, surely you’re going to draft a quarterback, but which one is it going to be?’ and it was dead silent. He said ‘are you talking to anybody?’ and I said ‘I swear I’m not talking to anyone.’ He said ‘we’re drafting Colin Kaepernick. Do I not only think that he’s the best quarterback in the draft, I think he’s the best football player in the draft and we’re going with Colin Kaepernick.’ And I thought to myself, ‘wise decision.’”

 

(on where this Super Bowl ranks amongst all Harbaugh moments)

Jackie: “I would honestly have to say that the birth of our own children and then the birth of our grandchildren are the most important to me and this is like frosting on the cake for our whole family, our extended family which includes a lot of relatives. I might take this time, if I may, to thank all those friends and families and all those ex-football players that have called us to congratulate John and Jim. They’re so excited for this because they feel they’re part of this, too. It’s fun hearing from them and sharing this moment with them.”

Jack: “All those millions of people that are parents out there, this is just a fantastic, fantastic experience and really no one has it better than us. But when you’re in the process of going through parenting, the day that they made the junior high school football team, they said we made our high school team. You have that feeling of being thrilled for your children. They go to high school and they make the high school team. Then they are lucky enough to get a college scholarship. Then every one of those stops along the tremendous journey. The thrill that you feel, I know this is on a big stage, but in parenting, those don’t rank any differently.”

 

 

 

 

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(on if they have any apprehension about after the game)

Jack: “For me, I jump in there—the one thing that I do think about is after the game. There is going to be one winner and there is going to be one that is going to be totally disappointed. My thoughts go to that one that will not experience the thrill of victory. That’s where our thoughts will be. We had a little bit of a dry run on this last year with Thanksgiving. We watched the game and I know this has been reported before, but we watched the game in an office in the Ravens stadium. They were so kind to give us that privacy. During the three hours and 15 minutes, this lady was comatose. There was no expression. Her face was totally lifeless. Her eyes were glazed over watching the game. Then the game was over and you just dropped your head and we went down an elevator and opened the door to the Ravens locker room—I mean, the excitement of victory. We’ve all experienced that excitement of victory—guys jumping up and down, the smile on John’s face. They were just ecstatic and that thrill of victory, there is nothing like it. Victory, the thrill of victory. Then you realize that you’re not needed here. They had so much going on for them. You walk across the hall, and you went into the 49ers locker room and you walked and you saw the players walking about. That look in their eyes, that look of not being successful and coming up short. We opened up a couple doors and finally saw Jim all by himself in this room, just a table and a chair. He was still in his coaching outfit. His head down in his hands and you looked into his eyes and you realized that this where you’re needed as a parent. Every single parent can identify with that. That thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. On Sunday night, we’re going to experience both of those great emotions. Our thoughts will be with the one that comes up a little short.”

 

(on if they are worried that their feelings for the son that loses will diminish the thrill for the son that wins)

Jackie: “No, I don’t think so because we will see both of them after the game. We’re going to hug both of them and tell them how proud we are of them and their teams because those teams are going to prepare well for this game. All of the players are going to prepare well. It’s going to be a cleanly played game. It’s going to be a fairly officiated game. That’s, to me, what we’re looking forward to in watching this game.”

Jack: “We’ll have plenty of time after, to tell them how thrilled and excited we are for them.”

 

(on what Jack remembers about giving John his first job as a GA in 1982)

Jack: “It was one of the joys of my life. John lived at home with us. He wasn’t making any money I don’t think. He was getting a scholarship to get his master’s degree, which he did from Western Michigan University. I don’t think he had a car. It was just John and myself. Every morning, we’d wake up and jump in the car and had a half hour drive to work. We had a chance to talk football and talk about strategy and talk about all the things that a father and son would talk about. We worked all day and sometimes things went well; sometimes they didn’t. After work, around 10 o’clock, 10:30 at night, we’d jump in the car and drive home. For like two years! Finally, I think we were able to give him enough money where he got a car of some kind and eventually moved out on us. Those years that we were with John were really a joy for us.”

 

(on what kind of coaching John did for him)

Jack: “Let me tell you a story about how he got into coaching. Political science, a good student, a three-plus plus student. He was right around a 3.5 student at a great academic school. Political science and possibly going into law school and all those different kinds of things. Jackie was so excited about it. She loves political science and loves politics. He came home one day and we’re sitting around the table and we’re having dinner. Jackie says, ‘John, what law school will it be?’ John said, ‘Mom, I think I want to try coaching.’ Which Jackie, I’m embellishing this story a trifle, to which Jackie went facedown into the mashed potatoes. She said, ‘What? Coaching? You’ve got to reconsider this!’ He decided to get into coaching and to come to Western (Kentucky). Our thought was one year he was on the offensive side of the ball. The next year, he was on the defensive side of the ball, so he could experience both sides of the ball. Then he was off to the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked with Mike Godfried at Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant.”

 

(on what Jackie thought about John becoming a coach)

Jackie: “Yes, may I tell the truth? There were no mashed potatoes and that’s what we thought John probably was going to do, but then when he came home and talked about it and I saw that look in his eyes, my feeling was you have to do what you want to do. If you want to try this and see where it takes you, that would be great.”

 

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(on if he thinks John will pull any tricks on Jim)

Jackie: “No.”

Jack: “One more thing about this Thanksgiving game in Baltimore between San Francisco and Baltimore. Looking at that game in retrospect and watching it playback a couple of times, I thought that was one of the finest played football games that I had ever been a part of. I’m not just talking about the way it was played strategy-wise and the intensity of the offense and defense and special teams. I’m talking about the players. The players—that’s what it’s all about. Those guys, on that particular night, they played this game the way it’s supposed to be played: blocking and tackling and running and chasing. A great, great display of football. I believe that’s what we’re going to see on Sunday night.”

 

(on the family vacation at Gettysburg a few years ago and if they talked about the brother vs. brother scenario back then)

Jack: “We did a little bit because we knew the game, the Thanksgiving game was scheduled. We knew that was on the schedule, so we talked about it a little bit, but it was such on plowed ground. We had never experienced it and wouldn’t know how we would feel. I’m sure John and Jim wouldn’t realize how they would feel. So we really didn’t have any kind of a blueprint for what it was going to be like. Now, we’ve seen a little bit and so we have a little bit more of an understanding about how to handle it emotionally.”

 

(on what plans do they have for a potential rematch next year in New York City)

Jackie: “One game at a time.”

Jack: “If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard her say that, I want you to know that I would be rich.”

 

(on the differences in personality between John and Jim)

Jack: “I refuse to go to that ground, to that particular place. I’ve heard John and Jim both explain this and I think it’s a philosophy that we have in our family, anytime you compare, you have a tendency to demean with any kind of question like that. So we try to stay as far away from those kinds of comparison as we can.”

Jackie: “Really, they’re more similar than they are different. The media and people out there, they may have judgments about their personalities because of how the media might focus on them during a game and catch them in a moment of jubilation or sadness. That’s where the outside people get this feeling about the differences in them. They are more similar because they are both very caring individuals. They are both very good fathers. They love their children very much. That really makes us proud, to see them with their own children. They are very caring because they have done a lot of community work in every city that they’ve ever been in. A lot of work that really is unrecognized and that’s the way they want it. For us, that’s what we’re proud of. They are very caring individuals.”

Jack: “Just a quick follow up on that is for the game last week, the Ravens and the Patriots game, the picture on my mind right of that game is pregame, when the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ was being played. John was there and his daughter Alison, she does some work with him on the sideline there. She runs some photographs, I guess to the coaches. Alison was on the field and he had his arm draped around her shoulders and they were cheek-to-cheek. He had his hand over his heart as the national anthem was being played. For me, that’s moment of that game that I’m just going to remember forever. Family and country, how beautiful that message was. For Jim, it was a little bit different. About an hour and a half after the game, Jim calls on the telephone and he’s going, ‘Dad, tell me what’s going on. I’m getting on the airplane. I have no idea what’s happening.’ I said, ‘Well, they just fumbled. The Patriots just fumbled!’ Two plays later, ‘Touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin! We have a two-score game here.’ He says, ‘Dad, do you realize where this thing is headed?’ I said, ‘I think I do.’ He said, ‘Oh, by the way, I wanted to tell you Jack,’ we all know Jack, baby Jack, the four-month old. I think we’ve talked about him over the last couple days, big-headed Jack. He said, ‘Jack, you won’t believe this, but he cut his first tooth on the field in Atlanta.’ He said, ‘We noticed after the game he opened his mouth and there was first tooth.’ Now, can you imagine, not talking about he and John going to the Super Bowl, but talking about Jack cutting his first tooth. Family, family, family.”

 

 

 

 

 

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(on if this is going to be the longest three and a half hours for both of them)

Jackie: “I think that the NFL changed that rule. I think if it ends in a tie, then it will be a tie.”

Jack: “There are no emotions during the game. Last year at Thanksgiving, it was emotionless. There wasn’t any cheering. There wasn’t any emotion. It was just watching the game. Archie Manning, before the game last year at Thanksgiving time on Tuesday, he called and I can’t tell you how thrilled we were to receive the call. He just called out of the clear blue and he said, ‘My wife and I are just sitting here talking and we’re talking about how this going to be for you on Thursday. For us, it’s a little bit different. When Peyton is on offense, we root for the offense. When Eli is on offense, we root for the offense. He said, I can’t imagine how it’s going to be for you and Jackie when the head coaches are in charge of the game on both sides.’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you a piece of advice.’ He said, ‘Listen to me, a piece of advice.’ I’m thinking this is really going to be something profound, right? The advice was this, ‘This will be over on Friday. I promise you it will be over on Friday,’ and sure enough it was great advice and that’s exactly how it happened.”

 

(on if the anticipation of the game to be over is most difficult)

Jack: “I think so. I never really thought about it, but I think so. You wait for the end. You’re waiting for the end.”

Jackie: “Really, I guess, we can’t tell how we’re going to feel because we’re not in that situation yet. It’s like a football game. You really can’t predict who is going to win because in a football game, the situations change and they go back and forth. It’s not perfect. Even the video game of football isn’t perfect.”

Jack: “The one thing that both John and Jim have told us, this is over the past week. We haven’t talked anything about football. We haven’t talked strategy, but both of them have shared this with us. ‘Mom and Dad, please promise us that you will enjoy this. Enjoy this experience. That’s all we’re asking. Please, please enjoy this experience.’ We’re trying. I promise you we’ll try.”

Jackie: “I was going to say, they’re telling their teams the same things. Enjoy this moment. Really, truly enjoy it. They’re going to prepare but they’re going to take it all in, as they should.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(on Jack’s relationship with Muhammad Ali)

Jack: “That’s a fantastic thing. I go back to the ‘70s, and my dad was a big fight fan, and in those days we had a fight on Monday night, we had a fight on Wednesday night, we had a fight on Friday night, the Gillette fights and the Pabst Blue Ribbon fights. (St.) Nicholas Arena, I think it was, in New York and my dad and I would sit at nine o’clock at night and watch fights, so boxing was something that we kind of grew up with. Muhammad Ali was such a hero for me, and a lot of things in the ‘70s I really didn’t understand, and then it kind of all came together. Muhammad Ali used boxing as a platform for love, especially with children, and especially with downtrodden people who were at a little bit of a disadvantage and he became my hero.  It started about 10 to 12 years ago with our teams talking about Muhammad Ali and Ernie Terrell and that fight. I had a chance to express it with John’s team and Jim’s team and Tom Crean’s team, anybody who had a team I was there to talk about Muhammad Ali. This year for the Bengal came, Muhammad Ali is coming to Baltimore. John had put this whole thing together that I would once again tell the Baltimore Ravens this Muhammad Ali story, but they were going to drive Muhammad Ali out (to the team), and as I was telling the story he would be there for the story. And you can just imagine the thrill of being in his presence, and the story of how we grew up with Muhammad Ali in boxing. Then, about two weeks later I go to San Francisco, and practice is over and Jim says, ‘Dad, let’s take a ride. Let’s go home and have some dinner with the family and then I will come back to work and you can stay with the family.’ And I said, ‘OK, great.’ So we are in a truck, we’re driving down, I recognize where we’re going, we’re going every which way, and all at once we make a turn and I say, ‘Jim, where are we going?’ and he says, ‘Well, it’s a little shortcut.’ So we went a little bit and all at once we come up to this house and we pull on into the driveway and he says, ‘There’s somebody here we have to stop and see.’ So we go to the front door, and we knock on the door, and they say come on in. And we walk and we follow into the study, and there sits Willie Mays. Willie Mays – my baseball hero, (and) the greatest baseball player to ever play, in my judgment. We sat there and watched the third game of the Giants and the Reds in the presence of Willie Mays. I’m a great Cleveland Indians fan. 1954 – Number 53, Vic Wertz, (with) Larry Doby on second base, he hits a shot to deep center field in Polo Grounds. Back goes Mays. He catches the ball over his shoulder. He spins around and fires the ball back to the infield, holding Larry Doby to third base. And I said to Willie, ‘Willie, I had that figured out. From the time the ball hit the bat, you knew you were going to catch that ball, and what you were thinking about was how you could get that ball back to the infield so Larry Doby couldn’t score from second.’ I think it was 2-2. And Willie looked at me and said, ‘Exactly. I had it from the time the ball hit the bat.’ I hope I’m not giving any secrets away.”

 

(on their sons following Jack into coaching)

Jack: “I go back to what I mentioned earlier. When they went out for Pop Warner football in the fifth grade, the thrill of a parent, that your youngster chose to play football, they asked to be a part of a football team, brought great, great joy to me as a father. All of those different experiences up to this are just boring. It’s so thrilling to know that your children, John and Jim and Joanie, as a coach’s wife, have chosen to do what you have done for 43 years of your life. This experience is so great, (it’s a) big, big, big stage, but it’s just another fantastic part of this great journey that Jackie and I and our family have been on.”

 

(on if they will see their sons this week and their plans after the game)

Jackie: “Well we are not sure about that, but we have visited with both briefly. That’s as much on John as Jim, as they are busy practicing now, but we have seen Jim’s children here and some of the other families are coming in on Thursday. That’s what we’re looking forward to. After today, we’re going to spend our time with our families who are coming in and all of our grandchildren. There are no dinners set or anything like that. We have no idea what we are doing (after the game). Like in life, when you plan everything out, which I learned after 10 years of marriage, if you try to plan everything out, it does not turn out that way.”

Jack: “One story I want to mention is Jay Harbaugh, how many know who Jay Harbaugh is? Anybody know Jay Harbaugh? Jay Harbaugh is Jim’s oldest son and he’s on the coaching staff for the Ravens. He’s doing the grunt work there (as the) assistant strength coach. It’s kind of an interesting story. He does video and works in the weight room and he just graduated from Oregon State. There, he was a student-coach on their staff at Oregon State with Mike Reilly, and now he’s with John over there. You’ve got father and son competing on Sunday night as well.”

 

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(on what they will wear to the game on Sunday):

Jackie: “Well we are neutral in this situation. And actually, my daughter and a friend of hers helped me. I mostly wear Life Is Good (brand) shirts around and they said, ‘Mom, you can’t wear Life Is Good shirts around there.’”

Jack: “We will not have anything purple or anything red.”

 

(on Bo Schembechler’s influence on these two teams)

Jack: “I’m really glad you asked that question. There was a great article about Woody (Hayes) and Bo that I had a chance to read, and I want you to know it literally brought tears to my eyes having experience the ‘70s. I was there for six of the 10 years of the ’10 Year War’ with Woody and Bo, and the great joy that I get is that John, when he did his first press conference with the Baltimore Ravens, the question was asked, ‘Tell us the first thing you’re going to do as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens.’ He said ‘The number one thing will be the team. The number two thing will be the team. And the number three thing will be the team.’ Then in San Francisco, in their meeting room, you look into that room and you see Joe Montana might have sat right there, Jerry Rice was over here. The great players in this meeting room in their facility, and one the back wall, about three feet high is, ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ And then at Indiana, with the Hoosiers, you go into their practice facility and (you see) ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ Every single time that I see that expression, there is one man that I think about, and that’s Bo Schembechler. Every single day I was at the University of Michigan, his program was about the team. What is best for the team? What is going to help our team? We do it. If it’s not going to help our team, we don’t do it, and it’s not a difficult decision. The Team, The Team, The Team – that all came from Bo and Woody. To answer your question, I see Bo’s fingerprints all over the Raven football team and all over the San Francisco 49er team, and there could not be anyone that you could better emulate.”

Jackie: “I might add to that, it carries over to family, too. Everybody in their family is a part of that family and so I think, unknowingly, we took that philosophy into our family and our daily lives; that we are all a part of one family and we’re doing what’s best to lift everyone up in our family.”

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Kaepernick says Jim Harbaugh vital in preparing him for Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

(on how it will feel to be back out at practice today) “It will be good to get back out there. That’s where we need to be in order to get ready for Sunday.”

 

(on how much head coach Jim Harbaugh has helped him since he is a former quarterback) “He’s been a great coach. He’s done a lot for me – making sure that this team is going, this offense is going, and making sure all of the quarterbacks are ready.”

 

(on what he has done to better himself since getting into the NFL) “I think there is a lot of experience under my belt now. [I’ve had] a lot more time in the offense and on the game field. I think that’s the biggest difference between now and then.”

 

(on the development of WR Michael Crabtree and Kaepernick’s relationship with him) “Crab is a great player. He does a lot of things well and he’s a very physical receiver. He wants to get in the end zone every time he touches the ball. As a quarterback, that’s something you love.”

 

(on whether the coaches and receivers have talked to him about when to throw his ‘fast ball’) “In practice, they do. Come game time though, nobody says anything. Any way that we can get the ball in their hands, they’re going to be happy.”

 

(on distributing his allotment tickets) “I have all of my 15 tickets and I gave them all to my parents to distribute to the rest of the family. That’s not my business.”

 

(on how the 49ers offensive line makes his job easier) “They have been doing a phenomenal job blocking people. In pass protection, I’ve barely been touched. In the run game, they’re opening up huge holes for our running backs. They open up the edges for me when I’ve been running. As an offensive line, they’ve been playing lights out.”

 

(on the transition from not playing to becoming the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl team) “It was tough watching this team do well and not being able to contribute. For me, what kept me going was the fact that I might get an opportunity to get out there. When I did, I need to take advantage of it. I think that is the biggest thing.”

 

(on whether his relationship with QB Alex Smith has gone as well as it could) “I think it has gone about as well as it could. Alex has been phenomenal and he’s done nothing but things to help this team. He’s done nothing but help me. I mean he’s been great through it. To me, I’ve just been keeping my head down and trying to keep working.”

 

(on how crazy the week has been for him) “It’s a little bit weird for me. It’s not necessarily crazy, but it’s something different.”

 

(on his experience being recruited to go to college out of Pittman High School) “My recruitment was very minimal. I had one scholarship offer and that came one week before National Signing Day. To me, it’s something where you just have to hope for an opportunity and do anything you can to get one coach to like you.”

 

(on the challenge of losing WR Mario Manningham and LB Kyle Williams to injury) “It has been tough. I think (RB) Kendall Hunter has been another play that we’ve lost and he was a big contributor to our offense. I think all three of them played major roles and were tough losses. This offense and this team has to adapt to it.”

 

(on what pushed him to pursue a football career over baseball) “I was a better baseball player in high school and a lot more heavily recruited. To me, football is what I love and it’s what I wanted to do.”

 

(on how important it is to have an additional week to get ready for an opponent) “It gives us another week to really scheme up their defense – get extra looks at what they’re doing. We’re really trying to detail them out. Any extra time you can get looking at something, the more comfortable you’re going to be with it, and hopefully, the more prepared you are.”

 

(on working at the Manning Passing Academy and his connection with TE Vernon Davis last week) “I was at the Manning Passing Academy. It was a great experience. I got to meet Peyton and Eli, and get some tips and pointers from them. In terms of Vernon coming alive last week, he’s a matchup nightmare. When he’s against a linebacker or safety, we expect him to win every time. He is really gifted out there.”

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Jim Harbaugh not planning to spend time with John socially before Super Bowl

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(on coming back to win the NFC Championship game after being behind) “The thing we notice the most, not anything that was said or talked about, but just the reaction of the players on the sideline. Nobody flinched, no finger pointing. Just understanding what they needed to do.”

(on whether the 49ers have the advantage in the trenches) “That will be a huge challenge in the pass. Baltimore up front, the offensive line and defensive line are huge. It’s like 320 pounds of gristle across the front. We’re up to the challenge. I feel like our guys are up to the task.”

(on his game plan for Colin Kaepernick) “You’d like for your opponents to think of all the possibilities.”

(on why he decided to start Colin Kaepernick) “The way he played. Colin deserves all the credit for the way he’s produced, the way he’s acquitted himself in these games. Our team has great faith in him. The thing you see in his eyes is the competitive fire, the poise beyond his years.”

(on what the York family means to him) “Tremendously talented, special family. There’s a lot of finger prints on the success of this team. A lot of credit goes to the York family.”

(on his message to the troops overseas who will be watching the Super Bowl) “There’s so many things that we try to be about that you do every day. The biggest thing is that you lay it on the line. We try to emulate that, we try to be about that. It’s not in the same manner that you do, but it’s by your example.”

(on what Super Bowl XLVII means for his family) “I think it means a lot. I know they’re very excited about it.”

(on comparing this week to the week his team spent in Youngstown, Ohio) “There are a few similarities to our experience in Youngstown. The fact that we stayed in a hotel in preparation for a Sunday game. Had meetings there, bussed to another facility. There are some similarities.”

(on whether he is enjoying New Orleans) “Personally, for myself and our coaches, it’s a very normal week. Find ourselves in the film room, dark rooms, watching tape of the Baltimore Ravens. They’re very excited today to get out on the practice field with our team and meet with the players and continue our preparation for the Super Bowl.”

(on where he will be celebrating) “I don’t think that’s something you need to plan. I think that’s something that will be amazing.”

(on getting in the mind of an opposing head coach that he knows so well) “I haven’t considered that. Mainly, we’re just focused on our own preparation. Our expectation is to have a great day today. Great meetings and great workout over at the facility and continue our preparations for the game.”

(on the 49ers biggest challenge) “It’s going to have to be earned. Playing against the Baltimore Ravens, there are two big challenges. Number one is their talent and also their character. They’re a team that plays with a great amount of heart.”

(on Ray Lewis) “Ray Lewis is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. He’s a fine person, he’s a great football player, and a man I truly respect.”

(on whether he will see his brother before the game) “I believe we’re having a press conference together on Friday, so I would see him then.”

(on the press conference that his parents are having) “Yes, my parents are very excited and they’re very proud of their entire family. This is a special week for them.”

(on how he would rate his brother as a coach) “He’s a great coach. He’s very talented. I’ve said it many times, I think I’m half the coach that he is but I’m trying. That might be a little bit generous. I have less than half the experience he has, less than half the playoff appearances, wins, etc. We know the task ahead of us, we know the great challenge ahead of us.”

(on his least favorite thing about John Harbaugh) “I don’t have that on the tip of my tongue.”

(on his dad’s leadership style as a football coach) “This is the way I’d describe my dad: the song “Cats in the Cradle”, my dad was the direct opposite of that song and we both turned out just like our dad. When we were growing up, my dad would play catch with us, he would take us to games and, most of all, he believed in us. We grew up just like him.”

(on whether he has any good luck charms) “In terms of good luck charms, there aren’t any. We’re superstitious about not being superstitious.”

(on if he’s worried that his brother can read his mind) “No. Worried about a lot of things, but I have not noticed that he has any clairvoyant powers.”

(on who Ray Lewis’ first sack came against) “I’ve been informed that that was myself.”

(on whether he will spend time with John socially before the game) “Not that there is planned.”

(on how he feels going to the Super Bowl so early in his career) “We’re super excited about this. We know we have a great task and challenge ahead of us.”

(on how he feels facing his brother in the Super Bowl) “There’s no question that it’s very exciting playing against my brother, John. The thing I also think about is the San Francisco 49ers, our players. They’re my brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother. I feel that about our players, I felt that and still do about our Stanford players and our USD players. This is their time. This game is about them playing with their brothers. I know the Ravens feel the same way and let the best team win. We hope that will be us.”

(on his relationship with Vic Fangio) “I would say this, Vic Fangio, Greg Roman and Brad Seely are the three best coordinators in all of football. Coached together with Greg and Vic at Stanford, and our lives have gone nothing but straight up since those two men joined our program. Had a chance to meet Vic when I would visit the Ravens when Vic was coaching for Baltimore. From the earliest conversations I had with them, I just had the most tremendous amount of respect you could have for a coach and his knowledge. When Vic became available, I’m sure I was the first phone call. I knew about it right away, as soon as it happened, and tried to convince him to come be the defensive coordinator at Stanford and he came. He left an indelible mark on the Stanford football program as he is doing with the San Francisco 49ers.”

(on playing in the Superdome after Katrina) “We’re happy to be here. I think this is one of the most historic places to have a Super Bowl. Great tradition of having Super Bowls and also want to thank the New Orleans Saints. We look forward to using their facility this week. We were in the weight room yesterday. Tremendous facilities and we appreciate their hospitality. A lot of gratitude towards the Saints.”

(on one thing he’s concerned about with his team this week) “We’re concerned, first and foremost, about playing the Baltimore Ravens. Understanding that task and that challenge ahead of us. The Ravens are a very talented team. Also, they have a lot of heart. They have a lot of character on that team by overcoming adversity week after week, playing at the highest level. Understanding that challenge ahead of us is ingrained in our minds. We want to continue to compete like maniacs.”

(on whether he second-guessed himself after naming Colin Kaepernick the starter) “I hesitate to answer those questions about that. All those questions and answers really lead to a lot of self-promotion. The main thing is, the way Colin Kaepernick has played is a credit to Colin Kaepernick and to his teammates. It’s their time. I’d rather answer those questions another time.”

(on whether he and John fought as kids) “I’m sure we did. As to who won and who lost, I can’t remember. I have a hard time remembering what I did last Tuesday.”

(on how he would console his brother if he beat him) “That’s a very interesting thing. Life is full of bitter disappointments. I think we all understand this going into this game. We both want to desperately win and be a part of a championship. The great thrill of winning is there, but we understand the other side of that. We’ll do everything in our power to not let that happen.”

(on where his parents will watch the game) “They’ll be in the stadium.”

(on his team) “Our football team is a focused team. They’re focused on unity they’re focused on winning, more so than any other team I’ve ever been around or observed. I think that bodes very well for us.”

(on what he remembers about the sack he took from Ray Lewis) “I don’t remember anything about that. I could make something up, but I’d be making it up. I don’t remember the play.”

(on being on the opposite sideline as his brother) “I think it will be a great honor. I said earlier, that’s my brother on the other sideline. I love him and care about him very much. He’s a tremendous competitor. It’s a great challenge and task to play his team. Also, my brothers are on my sideline.”

(on working under his dad at Western Kentucky) “It was a tremendous honor and opportunity to coach with my dad. It’s something I’ll remember forever. All those youngsters that played on the Western Kentucky teams, had a chance to get to know them and watch them compete. That was one of the great thrills of my life to watch those men win the championship.”

(on his memories of visiting Tulane for the head coaching position) “I had a wonderful experience interviewing for the Tulane job. I had a great opportunity. It’s a tremendous city and a fine university. I was really happy to have the opportunity to interview for that job.”

(on whether he watched the Super Bowls with his brother growing up) “Yes, we watched all those games. Watched all those Super Bowls, watched all those championship games. Probably like every other kid, we’d go out at halftime and play in the yard and pretend we were the Dallas Cowboys or the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers or the San Francisco 49ers. I remember the fun and the competition.”

(on preparing Colin Kaepernick for the Super Bowl) “Colin deserves all the credit for that. Colin has worked extremely hard. He has studied extremely hard. He’s a wonderfully focused young man and competes like a maniac. He and his teammates have been preparing well for this game and that continues this week because we know the challenge and the task that’s ahead of us.”

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Niners LB Smith not sure if John Harbaugh as intense as Jim

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER ALDON SMITH

(on why being named team MVP means so much to him) “A lot because you have a lot of guys on this team who are all-stars, who have made Pro Bowls consecutively. You have Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, I can go on. I come in my second year and I get the MVP, it means a lot.”

(on how he found out he was named team MVP) “We were all in a meeting together as a team. (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh got up and just went out there and said it.”

(on his relationship with Justin Smith) “Other than our last names being Smith (and) us going to Missouri, from the time I stepped into the NFL, he was the guy who helped me out with everything. I worked out with him during the (2011)-lockout and he helped me a lot just coming in my rookie year. Then on the field, we just work well with each other. We feed off each other. We have a rhythm that we just developed together.”

(on why he has gotten less sacks recently) “A lot more guys coming to block me. I’m getting double-teamed a lot, triple-teamed at times, and then the quarterbacks are getting the ball out fast. Another thing that’s really cool about that is if I’m not making a play, a lot of times I’m getting double-teamed a sack comes from somebody else. I might not get it, but at the end of the day the stats still say it’s a sack.”

(on if he agrees that San Francisco seems to get stronger in the second half) “I do agree with that. We really work hard. We lift a lot. We take good care of ourselves and I think that all just transitions on. We’re not just a team that’s good in the first half; we play four quarters of good football.”

(on if he was surprised he was named team MVP) “Yes, a little bit. Like I said, there are a lot of guys that are good (and) a lot of guys that could have gotten that award. It was an honor.”

(on the quality of linebackers playing in the Super Bowl) “You could say (that) it’s the linebacker bowl, right? There are a lot of guys that can play. You have a lot of guys. You have Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, me, Ray Lewis, (and) Terrell Suggs. There’s going to be a lot of talent out there. That’s where we are.”

(on the demeanor of Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio) “Vic is a calm guy. He’s not one of those coaches that’s yelling at you and doing a lot of vocal. He gets the message across and everybody understands it. We take it and go with it.”

(on if he talked to Michael Strahan while he was chasing his sack record) “No, I actually talked to him before the Atlanta game on the field. We joked around about it. He was kind of giving me a hard time about not getting it. That’s about it.”

(on Head Coach Jim Harbaugh saying every team needs an Aldon Smith on it) “That’s an honor. Coming from Coach Harbaugh, that means a lot. It’s an honor.”

(on President Obama’s comments on the safety of football) “I think the game has been like it always has. It’s a physical game. Everybody plays hard. Guys get hit sometimes and that’s what we all know coming into the game. We all signed up for it. It’s not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis. We came out. We’re playing football.”

(on whether the team has talked about the potential distractions of New Orleans) “Really be responsible. We know what our goal is. Our goal is to come in here and win the game, not just to come down here and be at the Super Bowl. We’re coming down here to win the game. We all have that goal, so everybody is just being responsible and doing the right thing.”

(on losing in the NFC Championship last season) “We were so close last year. We were so close. We all know how we felt and we didn’t want that feeling again this year. I think every time we were all together, whether it was for our workouts, just our meetings or just hanging out, we all knew that if we ever got back to this situation, it was not going to end up like that. We want to be here.”

(on how Justin Smith helps him on the field) “It’s attention. He’s a guy that draws a lot of attention. He’s a great player and a Pro Bowl guy. With that, if they’re doubling him, they might single me up. Regardless, we’re all getting a lot of attention and one of us will be free or singled up and we’ll take advantage of it.”

(on the advantage of the two weeks between the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl) “I think the advantage is that you get your body healthy. You get your legs back. The only disadvantage would maybe be the little bit of momentum that kind of gets lost.”

(on the extra attentions he has gotten from opposing offenses) “I really just go out and play. I don’t try to think too much about what they’re doing. I have to play my game. I have to do what I do well to be successful, so my goal is to just go out there and play.”

(on what Randy Moss said to the team before they left) “Everybody respects Randy Moss. Everybody respects his word and what he’s done on the field. He really just kind of kept it simple. We all know our goal. We all know what we really want, so just make the right decisions and be ready to play on Sunday.”

(on what was being said after falling behind by 17 against Atlanta in the NFC Championship) “Not a lot was being said. More so, we all believed in each other. We all knew what our goal was and we all had that understanding that we wanted to come out of there with a win. I think that’s one of the things that propelled us to the win – nobody panicked, nobody second-guessed each other. We just went out there and put four quarters together.”

(on whether playing at the Superdome earlier this season gives the 49ers an advantage) “We’ve been here before. I don’t think that really matters at all. It’s a game. Every game is different, so we’ll see.”

(on the process of getting a sack) “You beat the guy in front of you. Then you go and make the big play. Everybody cheers and you feel good.”

(on Head Coach Jim Harbaugh) “He’s a unique guy. He still thinks he’s a player. He’s really intense. I don’t know John that much, but I don’t know if he’s as intense as his brother.”

(on Coach Fangio and his dry sense of humor) “Vic is a really cool guy. He’s just cool and he doesn’t say a lot. You’re right on his sense of humor. He makes jokes and they’re not really that funny. He thinks they’re funny, but nobody laughs. He gets his message across.”

(on how Coach Harbaugh acts like a player) “You catch him running across the field, throwing the ball and doing little things like he’s still playing. He’s a big kid out there.”

(on who the team looks up to as leaders) “I think we all lead. I think there are a couple guys that have been playing a long time that you can look up to like Justin (Smith) and  (Patrick) Willis, but there are a lot of guys. Everybody is a leader and that’s what makes us really good.”

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49ers, Ravens have never lost in Super Bowl

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII: BALTIMORE RAVENS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

It all comes down to this.

 

On Sunday, February 3, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in Super Bowl XLVII (6:00 PM ET, CBS) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

 

The game will mark the first time in any of the four major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL) that brothers – Baltimore’s JOHN and San Francisco’s JIM HARBAUGH – will match up against one another as head coaches in a postseason game.

 

“I guess it’s pretty neat,” says John Harbaugh, who has eight postseason wins in his first five seasons, tied with TOM FLORES for the most since the 1970 merger. “It’s pretty cool. But it’s really about the team. It’s about the players. That’s what it’s about. It’s about those guys. The more we focus on those guys, the better it is for everybody.”

 

The 49ers (5-0) and Ravens (1-0) are a combined 6-0 in the Super Bowl. San Francisco won Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX. Baltimore won Super Bowl XXXV. This is the 49ers’ first Super Bowl appearance since the 1994 season. The Ravens’ lone Super Bowl appearance came during the 2000 season.

 

TEAM

SUPER BOWL RECORD

SUPER BOWL WINS
San Francisco 49ers

5-0

XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX
Baltimore Ravens

1-0

XXXV

 

Super Bowl XLVII will be the second Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXX between Dallas and Pittsburgh) in which each team lost its Conference Championship Game the previous year. In 2011, the 49ers lost to the New York Giants in the NFC title game and the Ravens were defeated by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

 

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be in the Super Bowl,” says 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker PATRICK WILLIS, who leads the team with 19 tackles in the postseason. “I’m really grateful for this.”

 

During Championship Game weekend, the Ravens and 49ers became the first set of road teams to win the Conference Championships since 1997 (Denver and Green Bay). In the second halves of their games, the Ravens (21-0) and 49ers (14-0) outscored their opponents 35-0. The AFC (47.7 million viewers) and NFC (42.0 million viewers) Championship Games ranked as TV’s most-watched programs since Super Bowl XLVI.

 

“This is a great moment for our team, for the city of San Francisco and the whole Bay Area,” says 49ers Pro Bowl safety DONTE WHITNER. “Now for the big one in New Orleans. We’re going to be ready.”

 

The Ravens defeated New England 28-13 at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game. It marked the first time that the Patriots lost a home game in which TOM BRADY started and New England led at halftime; the Patriots had been 67-0 (including postseason). In the victory, quarterback JOE FLACCO threw three touchdown passes, including two to wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN.

 

“Joe Flacco has been great at playoff time,” says NFL Network analyst and former quarterback KURT WARNER. “That’s when he plays his best football.”

 

With the Ravens playing in the Super Bowl, this is the seventh time in the past eight seasons in which a team that played in the Wild Card round has advanced to the Super Bowl.

 

The win at New England marked the sixth road playoff victory for Flacco, the most in NFL history. His eight postseason wins are tied with BEN ROETHLISBERGER for the second-most in a quarterback’s first five NFL seasons, trailing only Brady (nine).

 

QUARTERBACK TEAM

FIRST FIVE SEASONS

PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Brady New England

2000-04

9

Joe Flacco Baltimore

2008-12

8*

Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh

2004-08

8

                                                                      *Currently in fifth season

 

“This is just one of those things you dream of when you are a little kid,” says Flacco about advancing to the Super Bowl. “You watch JOE MONTANA and those guys in the Super Bowl. So to be here at this point is pretty special.”

 

Flacco leads the NFL in the playoffs with a 114.7 passer rating, which includes eight touchdowns and no interceptions. In NFL postseason history, the only quarterbacks to finish a postseason with at least nine touchdowns and no interceptions are former 49ers quarterbacks and Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE YOUNG (nine touchdowns; 1994) and Montana (11 touchdowns; 1989).

 

Veteran linebacker RAY LEWIS – who was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV – has led the Baltimore defense. The Ravens joined the 2010 New York Jets as the only teams to defeat both PEYTON MANNING and Tom Brady in the same postseason. Lewis, who will retire after the season, leads the NFL with 44 tackles in the playoffs.

 

“Ray Lewis is a guy who has been here since the beginning of this franchise,” says Baltimore safety BERNARD POLLARD. “He’s a guy who is ‘The Raven.’ We all respect him. When he speaks, everybody stops, everybody hears him. He’s kept the team together. He’s kept this organization together in so many ways. We’re all in this together. We want to go win this thing.”

 

The 49ers erased a 17-0 deficit in the NFC Championship Game to defeat Atlanta 28-24. San Francisco is one of only three teams to win a postseason game on the road after trailing by as many as 17 points.

 

“We fought hard,” says 49ers running back FRANK GORE, who rushed for two touchdowns in the win over Atlanta. “We fought and we deserved it.”

 

San Francisco’s COLIN KAEPERNICK, who took over as the team’s starting quarterback in Week 11, has guided the team to a 7-2 record (.778) in his starts, including a pair of postseason victories. In those nine starts, he has a 101.2 passer rating (13 touchdowns, four interceptions) and has rushed for 440 yards with four TDs.
In the NFC Championship Game, he completed 16 of 21 passes (76.2 percent) for 233 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 127.7 passer rating. His 11.1 yards per pass mark was the highest in 49ers postseason history, besting the previous club record of 10.7 held by Joe Montana.

 

“He’s made great plays for us and stepped up big for us all season,” says 49ers Pro Bowl tackle JOE STALEY about his quarterback. “I’m excited to go into this next game with him.”

 

Kaepernick will be the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start the Super Bowl in the same season as his first career NFL start, joining TOM BRADY, KURT WARNER and VINCE FERRAGAMO.

 

QUARTERBACK TEAM

SEASON

SUPER BOWL RESULT
Vince Ferragamo LA Rams

1979

Lost to Pittsburgh, 31-19
Kurt Warner St. Louis

1999

Defeated Tennessee, 23-16
Tom Brady New England

2001

Defeated St. Louis, 20-17
Colin Kaepernick San Francisco

2012

Faces Baltimore on February 3

 

Kaepernick’s seven career regular-season starts are the third-fewest for a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl, trailing only JEFF HOSTETLER (four) and Ferragamo (five).

 

“If Colin Kaepernick plays well in the Super Bowl, he is going to change the face of the quarterback position,” says NFL Network analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS.

 

In the postseason, Kaepernick has a 105.9 passer rating and has rushed for 202 yards. No player has ever posted a 100+ passer rating and rushed for at least 200 yards in a single postseason.

 

“Winning the George Halas Trophy is a huge accomplishment,” says Jim Harbaugh. “It’s another flag. You want to get as many trophies and flags as you can. We said at the start of this there are three Super Bowls to win. We have won two so far and have one more coming up.”

FINAL 2012 NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference

East Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-New England Patriots

12

4

0

.750

557

331

6-2-0

6-2-0

11-1-0

6-0-0

Won 2

Miami Dolphins

7

9

0

.438

288

317

5-3-0

2-6-0

5-7-0

2-4-0

Lost 1

New York Jets

6

10

0

.375

281

375

3-5-0

3-5-0

4-8-0

2-4-0

Lost 3

Buffalo Bills

6

10

0

.375

344

435

4-4-0

2-6-0

5-7-0

2-4-0

Won 1

 

North Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Baltimore Ravens

10

6

0

.625

398

344

6-2-0

4-4-0

8-4-0

4-2-0

Lost 1

x-Cincinnati Bengals

10

6

0

.625

391

320

4-4-0

6-2-0

7-5-0

3-3-0

Won 3

Pittsburgh Steelers

8

8

0

.500

336

314

5-3-0

3-5-0

5-7-0

3-3-0

Won 1

Cleveland Browns

5

11

0

.313

302

368

4-4-0

1-7-0

5-7-0

2-4-0

Lost 3

 

South Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

y-Houston Texans

12

4

0

.750

416

331

6-2-0

6-2-0

10-2-0

5-1-0

Lost 2

x-Indianapolis Colts

11

5

0

.688

357

387

7-1-0

4-4-0

8-4-0

4-2-0

Won 2

Tennessee Titans

6

10

0

.375

330

471

4-4-0

2-6-0

5-7-0

1-5-0

Won 1

Jacksonville Jaguars

2

14

0

.125

255

444

1-7-0

1-7-0

2-10-0

2-4-0

Lost 5

 

West Division

Team

W

L

T

Pct

PF

PA

Home

Away

Conf

Div

Streak

z-Denver Broncos

13

3

0

.813

481

289

7-1-0

6-2-0

10-2-0

6-0-0

Won 11

San Diego Chargers

7

9

0

.438

350

350

3-5-0

4-4-0

7-5-0

4-2-0

Won 2

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Connections abundant as Ravens, 49ers convene in New Orleans

Posted on 28 January 2013 by Luke Jones

NEW ORLEANS — With the San Francisco 49ers having already arrived in New Orleans Sunday night and the Ravens landing on Monday afternoon, much of the Super Bowl discussion will be dominated by the Harbaugh brother, but the organizations are linked in a number of other ways.

John and Jim Harbaugh are the first pair of brothers to be NFL head coaches, but a number of other coaches, players, and personnel share ties with the opposite side in some shape or form.

Struggling 49ers kicker David Akers never played in Baltimore, but he has played for both Harbaugh brothers as Akers worked with John Harbaugh in Philadelphia from 1999 through 2007 and has played in San Francisco in the last two seasons.

Baltimore’s No. 3 tight end Billy Bajema was selected by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2005 draft and spent four seasons with San Francisco, playing in 61 games. Meanwhile, former Ravens linebacker Tavares Gooden has spent the last two years in San Franciso after spending the first three seasons of his career in Baltimore.

The coaching ranks of each team is strongly connected as well as San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio worked under both Harbaughs. Before joining Jim Harbaugh at Stanford in 2010, Fangio served as special assistant to the head coach and linebackers coach for the Ravens in 2008 and 2009. Current 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman was an assistant offensive line coach for the Ravens in 2006 and 2007.

Meanwhile, Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler was the quarterbacks coach in San Francisco for two years before he was promoted to the 49ers’ offensive coordinator position in 2007. Baltimore’s offensive line coach Andy Moeller was a teammate of Jim Harbaugh at the University of Michigan from 1983 through 1986. Ravens defensive quality control coach Matt Weiss has also worked under both Harbaugh brothers as he was an assistant for Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford for four years before being hired by Baltimore in 2009.

The connections even stretch to the front office as 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble worked as a pro scout for Baltimore during the 1997 season.

Three Maryland natives are currently playing for San Francisco, including linebacker NaVorro Bowman, linebacker Cam Johnson, and tight end — and University of Maryland product — Vernon Davis. Five Ravens players hail from California: linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, and cornerbacks Asa Jackson and Jimmy Smith.

The Baltimore head coach will address the media for the first time in New Orleans Monday at 6:45 p.m. ET and will be followed by media sessions with quarterback Joe Flacco, linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, running back Ray Rice, safety Ed Reed, and center Matt Birk.

 

 

 

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Jim Harbaugh not sure Superdome experience benefits Kaepernick, 49ers

Posted on 27 January 2013 by WNST Staff

HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(on the benefits of having Colin Kaepernick making his first road start in the Superdome) “What are the benefits? He’s played in this stadium, just as all our team has. I don’t know how much of an advantage that is. I can’t really put an advantage quota on it.”

 

(on if he tried to keep the routine normal this week before coming to New Orleans) “Not to go into the plan of what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to accomplish, we got a good idea. It’s what we’ve done and it’s been successful so far. Our team has been really focused on winning, focused on the unity of the team. I think it’s really genuine. I think it’s the best focus on unity and winning that I’ve ever seen or been a part of. This week, we tried to make it like a normal week, being here on Sunday, in the city starting Monday like it’s a week leading up to a Sunday game is our plan.”

 

(on playing for Coach George Seifert and what he learned) “Quite a bit. It was a real pleasure to work with George Seifert, to get a chance to know him. I didn’t get on the field that year. One of the great things was being able to meet Greg Roman, who was an assistant offensive line coach at the time. I was just so impressed with his knowledge of football and the kind of guy he was. We struck up a very good friendship within the first couple weeks I was there. I made friends right off the bat. Later, getting a chance to work with him was a real great thing for us.”

 

(on if he has spoken to any other Super Bowl coaches to get any insight on how to prepare for Super Bowl week and what the special challenges are being a first time Super Bowl coach) “No real in depth types of things. I had a short conversation with Bill Cowher when he was out interviewing some of our players. I was on a radio show the other day and John Madden was on as well—a couple short comments as well. (The challenge is) that you haven’t done it before. Its uncharted waters for a rookie Super Bowl coach, but that’s exciting too. We have a great thrill and great desire to be in uncharted waters. Our coaches and our players have always relished that and strived in that type of environment.”

 

(on coaching a franchise that has never lost a Super Bowl and his plans for working with the team this week) “There is a great 49er history with our team and we’re proud of that. As far as working during the week, meetings, practices and that will be our focus each day. There will be weight lifting involved tomorrow and meetings and practices.”

 

(on Bill Walsh dressing up as a bell man before his first Super Bowl and if he sees any need to add some levity for his players and if they need anything to ease the pressure) “Dashon Goldson had a quote on our quote board about two and a half weeks ago that ‘We get fresher under pressure.’ That bodes well for us.”

 

(on what he recalls about the 49ers and their dominance in the 80s) “What I remember, I played against some of those teams. As you described, dominant. The organization has a tremendous history and we’re very proud of it. This is new business and our team is focused on winning a championship.”

 

(on how much of himself does he see in Colin Kaepernick in terms of his attitude and passion for the game) “I shared this with some of our beat writers a week and a half ago, but it’s true. It’s a true story. When Colin is running and the stride that he has, the gracefulness with his stride, the ground that he covers, how fast and quick he is reminds me of myself. Then I wake up. But when I dream and have visions of how I run personally, it’s the way Colin runs.”

 

(on how important Trent Baalke has been to the makeup of the team) “Very important. A key integral member. It’s a team effort. We’ve always said that. Everyone does a little and it adds up to be a lot. That’s been our approach.”

 

(on if he has been to a Super Bowl before and if so, what was his experience like) “Yes, I have attended Super Bowls in the past. For example, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers two years ago. I was at this Super Bowl in New Orleans when San Francisco played Denver and there might have been one other one along the way. There might have been a couple other ones.”

(on him being a gutsy quarterback when he played in the NFL) “Can you spread the word on that a little? Can you get that out? Try not to keep that to yourself. I appreciate it.”

 

(on whether he ever second-guessed himself after replacing Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick) “Alex had played a lot more than two good games. He had played 26, 28 really good games. I thought it was a unique situation. Viewed it that way when it happened. My experience had always been that when it comes to playing the best quarterback, or playing the quarterback with the hot hand, it was choosing between two guys that were struggling, at least in my own personal experience. That was far from the case that we were looking at at the time. Two quarterbacks that were playing extremely well. Made the decision that we thought was best for our team.”

 

(on whether he will allow Colin Kaepernick to make his own reads or if he will develop specific plays for him and the running game) “First of all, I wouldn’t categorize Colin as a read-option quarterback, for starters. Then, to answer your question, all of those things would be possibilities. We’d love for our opponent to consider them all. Colin is extremely talented at the read-option, he’s extremely talented throwing the football as well. There are a lot of options we could go.”

 

(on whether he considers this week as a distraction to the players) “I think it’s a good thing that we’ve done this, really the last two years. We’ve stayed in a hotel, had our meetings in a hotel and then go to a facility to practice and get ready for the game. Same approach as always, really. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the preparation. I think that’s what our team enjoys the most, the practice, the meetings and especially the competition. Gearing up for the competitive nature of a football game, a championship game. Very excited about it.”

 

(on what led him to decide to stick with most of the players that were there when he was named head coach) “Just watching the tape. One conversation at a time with the players, getting to know them. We realized that we had a lot of character and we had a lot of talent.”

 

(on whether he had talked to his brother about one day meeting in the Super Bowl) “No, not as kids. At Gettysburg, our conversations about facing each other were the November 25th game that we knew was on the schedule, the Thanksgiving game.”

 

(on how much credit he gives Colin Kaepernick for being the difference maker) “It’s been a team effort. Feel like there’s a lot of people that have a lot of fingerprints on this team’s success. Like I said, the team has been focused on the unity of the team and on winning better than any team I’ve ever seen or been around. Really credit that to the men in the locker room. They enjoy each other’s company. They like being around each other and they like competing. They hold themselves to a high standard in terms of that. Colin’s play has been outstanding. He deserves tremendous amount of credit for that. He, like the rest of the guys on the team, are focused on the opportunity to play and win a championship.”

 

(on whether he scheduled all the way up to the Super Bowl when planning in the offseason) “You definitely have a plan. You also have a feel, as well. Really, both of those things were at work.”

 

(on what Patrick Willis has meant to the team) “So much, Patrick Willis means to our team. He’s part of the fabric of the character of the defense and of the team. Very humble person. There are two kinds of people: the people that get the job done, and the people that want to take credit for getting the job done. It’s far less competitive in the second case. Patrick Willis is certainly a get-the-job-done type of guy. That just influences, and the rest of the team feed off of that.”

 

(on why he decided not to play it safe and start Colin Kaepernick) “I described it in my own personality, we did what we thought was best for the team. We did what we thought would give us the best chance to win games. That’s my personality.”

 

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Harbaugh pulls prank on parents during national conference call

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Harbaugh pulls prank on parents during national conference call

Posted on 24 January 2013 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Even as he prepares for the most important football game of his coaching career, Ravens coach John Harbaugh couldn’t resist the urge to play a practical joke on Thursday morning.

His parents Jack and Jackie Harbaugh and sister Joani Crean were in the middle of a national conference call discussing their thoughts and reactions to both John and Jim Harbaugh making it to the Super Bowl when “John from Baltimore” was recognized by the moderator to ask a question. The trio had been answering questions for nearly 20 minutes when the Baltimore coach joined the conversation.

“Yeah, a question from Baltimore. Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?” the faux reporter asked the Harbaugh parents.

Harbaugh mother Jackie was ready to “come right through” the phone in anger before sister Joani figured out it was John on the other end of the phone. Jack then enthusiastically asked, “Is that John Harbaugh?”

The family members shared a few laughs and words as John complimented his parents and sister for how they handled an assortment of questions about the Harbaugh brothers and which team they’d be rooting for.

Jack Harbaugh revealed son John considered a career in politics prior to settling on the idea of coaching upon graduating from Miami University of Ohio in 1984. He joined his father’s Western Michigan staff as an assistant that fall.

The coach of the Ravens was asked during his Thursday press conference whether it was difficult to put his family allegiances aside to square off against his brother’s San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

“I don’t think you ever put your family aside,” said Harbaugh while laughing. “We have a job to do. All of us have a job to do. Jim has a job to do, all of his coaches, all of our coaches, all of our players. Everybody’s going to be focused on doing their job.”

Hear the entire conference call with Jack and Jackie Harbaugh and Joani Crean right HERE.

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Harbaugh offers historical comparison for feud between brother and Lions coach Schwartz

Posted on 12 September 2012 by Luke Jones

One of the featured Week 2 NFL matchups this weekend takes place between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions, which has already sparked much discussion about the heated exchange between head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz that took place in the moments following the 49ers’ win last season.

Both coaches have already dismissed any notion of a lingering grudge, but last year’s incident is sure to be a major point of interest when the teams play on Sunday night.

Hardly an objective third party, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked Tuesday if he thought there would be any more drama between his brother and the Lions head coach. Harbaugh is a well-known history enthusiast, so his reference was far more interesting than what you’d hear from the typical head coach.

“I don’t think there’s been so much attention paid to a handshake since Grant and Lee shook hands at Appomattox,” said Harbaugh during his Tuesday press conference, drawing laughter from everyone in the room. “You like that? It took a little time to think about that today. I thought it was appropriate.”

After the Ravens coach made reference to the conclusion of the Civil War, he then went on to ask reporters if they had any other suggestions of controversial handshakes over the years. One reporter referenced former Jets and Browns coach Eric Mangini’s conflict with Patriots czar Bill Belichick, but the room remained relatively quiet.

As for the example that came to my mind, I couldn’t help but think about the handshake between The Rock and John Cena leading up to WWE’s Wrestlemania XXVIII, but I decided to keep that one to myself.

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The Reality Check Friday Conversation-A Fictional Chat Between Alex Smith & Jim Harbaugh

Posted on 23 March 2012 by Glenn Clark

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