San Francisco 49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh is in a position that 30 other NFL coaches are extremely enviable of right now because he is preparing for the Super Bowl. His brother John Harbaugh is not as envious because he is preparing the Baltimore Ravens for Super Bowl XLVII as well. On Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers arrived in New Orleans to prep for the week and speak to the media.
Harbaugh stepped up to the podium and was ready for any questions the reporters could fire at him. He spoke a lot about quarterback Colin Kaepernick, bringing the historic 49ers back to the Super Bowl and leading his team into the Superdome. When asked about taking a franchise that has never lost a Super Bowl, Harbaugh was ready for it:
"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."
Kaepernick doesn't even have one full season of playing time under his belt, but has ways of playing the game that makes it hell for opposing defense. My question to Harbaugh spoke on whether he will allow Kaepernick to make his own plays or if the 49ers have a set plan in mind.
"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."
The defense of the 49ers is going to need to step up if they wish to stop the rejuvenated offense of the Ravens. San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis is a huge part of the defense and Harbaugh knows it.
"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."
It is just day one of media week for Super Bowl XLVII, and it is already a busy one. The Baltimore Ravens arrive on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, and they will have their chance to speak on preparation for the game and their opponents. It's going to be a great week so stay tuned here for all your Super Bowl XLVII directly from New Orleans.