SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Last year, Jim Harbaugh got to know San Francisco safety Donte Whitner well during a week in Ohio in the middle of the season. And so many others, too.
Perhaps a little bit of bonding time together across the country will be good for Harbaugh's 49ers right now after a mistake-filled 24-13 loss Sunday at Minnesota. It was a rare moment in which the Niners were outplayed on both sides of the ball.
The 49ers (2-1) are practicing this week at Youngstown State to avoid a return trip to the West Coast before facing the New York Jets on Sunday. It's another destination training camp of sorts -- just like last season. It even came at the same time in late September, with the 49ers then atop the NFC West at 2-1.
"We got very close and that's kind of where we got into our groove last season," left tackle Joe Staley said.
The plan seemed to work after that 2011 stay in eastern Ohio: San Francisco rallied from a 20-0 deficit to stun the Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia a week ...