The fact that John and Jim Harbaugh each have their teams in the conference championship for a second straight season is not a coincidence. The Harbaugh brothers are tremendous NFL coaches and masters of motivation, which is why we would never question any of Jim Harbaugh’s motivational tactics — no matter how strange they may seem.
According to the LA Times, Harbaugh had someone hang photos of each San Francisco 49ers player from their high school days above their locker at Candlestick park last weekend. As you know, the Niners went on to defeat the Green Bay Packers. We’ll never know if the photos of their teenage selves motivated the team, but it certainly created a buzz before the big game.
Harbaugh declined to elaborate on the unusual ritual, but safety Donte Whitner tried to shed some light on it.
“Coach really wants us to tap into what we wanted to be at that time,” Whitner explained. “When you look at this picture, it’s like, ‘At this moment, what did I want to be?’ We all l...