Found January 21, 2012 on
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Jim Harbaugh may have been a quarterback in college and the NFL, but he hasn’t always viewed the game from a quarterback’s perspective.
As the son of a successful college coach, Harbaugh – like his brother, John, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens – sees the game in its entirety.
And it’s why his San Francisco 49ers, who host the New York Giants Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, are a complete, fundamentally sound football team. The Niners block, tackle, pay attention to the fundamentals, take care of the football and want to establish a physical presence. In his previous stints as a head coach at the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh’s teams were the same way.
Blocking, for instance, is one of Harbaugh’s passions, and this Niners team reflects that. The 49ers run the ball, and know that punching holes in the Giants defense for Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter Sunday is one of the keys to the game.
“I was always coached with an offensive line perspective to everythi...
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