Found October 31, 2012 on 49ersNews:
Guest article by Jerome Manson The younger brother to Baltimore Ravens coach, John Harbaugh, Jim has had no problem making a name for himself in the NFL. After 14 seasons as a starting quarterback, in which her garnered the nickname “Captain Comeback” after leading the Colts on a post season run with late game turnarounds, Jim went on to start his coaching career. After stints of offensive and assistant coaching positions, Jim Harbaugh took the head coaching position at Stanford University. The Comeback Kid to Turn Around Guru Harbaugh quickly made a name for himself and proved to be a very capable head coach. The Cardinals had gone 1-11 in the year previous to Harbaugh taking the position, and with him at the helm they would go on to win the Orange Bowl four years later. More impressively, the Cardinals had a winning record against the USC Trojan powerhouse under Harbaugh, going 2-1 which included one of the “greatest upsets of all time.” This ability to turn a struggling team arou...

Power rankings of the NFC West Have the 49ers on top again

Week eight of the NFL regular season held some valuable lessons to be learned by the teams in the NFC west division. Some earned a great deal of credibility in learning what game time strategy allows them to be successful. Some learned that what counts is how you finish and not how you start, and that falling from the peak of the mountain can be the most painful experience. Some...

Alex Smith had no idea he was close to completion percentage record: ‘We’re not a stats team’

Alex Smith was one passing attempt short of qualifying for the NFL’s single-game completion percentage record by a quarterback, and he said after Monday night’s win that he had no idea about being so close to the mark. “To be honest, I didn’t have any idea,” Smith responded when told about the mark on ESPN’s postgame show. As if that wasn’t enough, he added that he...

Stingy 49ers defense holds four of five opponent without a TD

Scoring touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers is proving to be one of the NFL's toughest tasks this season. The 49ers (6-2) have won four of their past five games, and they haven't allowed a touchdown in any of the victories during that span. "That's really impressive, really hard to do in this league," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Everybody's...

Midpoint NFL Rankings: 49ers digging the top spot

Nearing the midpoint of the 2012 season, the contenders and the pretenders are slowly being revealed. This is the point the Playoff teams start to make their moves to cement themselves in the postseason and the other teams struggle to get a spot or just give up. The list you are about to see was compiled based on offensive and defensive rankings, overall win loss records, points...

San Francisco 49ers: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#7)

Last week: 6 (-1) Record: 6-2 Alex Smith was 18 of 19 on Monday Night against the Cardinals, one completion shy of setting the all-time record for completion percentage in a single game. He did set the single game for most pass attempts with only 1 incompletion and that incompletion was actually a drop. The knock on him, however, is that he settled for mostly short stuff, completing...

The Ravens need to play more consistently on offense if they want to go far this season. Week 9 preview.

The Ravens need to get things together if they want to win their division.  Joe Flacco played well early but he's not been consistent enough for me.  I don't buy him as a Super Bowl QB. Denver at Cincinnati - The Boncos and Peyton Manning have things rolling now on both sides of the ball.  Don't forget that the Broncos played great defense and special teams...

Lombardi's Look Back: Washington State

This piece was originally set to be published Monday afternoon, but seeing Alex Smith's record-breaking accuracy in Jim Harbaugh's and Greg Roman's San Francisco 49ers attack necessitated some added thoughts.

Report: Cardinals Have “Some Interest” In OT Bryant McKinnie

According to Peter King, the Cardinals have “some interest” in free agent OT Bryant McKinnie. This isn’t all that surprising considering how bad Bobbie Massie and D’Anthony Batiste have been this season. The Cardinals unequivocally have the worst tandem in the league. Reports from earlier in the day mentioned that McKinnie is facing a lawsuit for strip club tabs...

Ravens-Browns Preview

The Baltimore Ravens have shown under John Harbaugh they never stay down for very long. They've also shown a knack for beating the Cleveland Browns. Coming off their bye week following the franchise's worst loss in five years, the Ravens try to sweep the season series from their AFC North rival for the fifth straight year Sunday when they visit a Browns team seeking its...

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: Three Bold Predictions

After a much-needed bye week, this next month of games are seriously important for the Baltimore Ravens, especially after the devastating loss to Houston two weeks prior.While still standing at No. 1 in the AFC North, the Ravens must rally in the coming weeks to maintain their hopes at postseason glory.Luckily, none of their next four opponents have winning records, but their performance...

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns: Week 9 NFL Pick

Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-6) Road favorites are 42-15 ATS off a bye. That makes sense. Road favorites tend to be very good teams and very good teams tend to be extra focused with a week off. The Browns kind of got screwed over by the schedulers because they have two straight games at home as dogs against a team coming off a bye. Last week, they hosted the Chargers...
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