Meeting Jim Harbaugh this summer at training camp, as well as questioning him a couple of times during his weekly meetings with the media, what stands out most about him is his emphasis on team.
The team comes first. In everything. It’s not about stars and stats but about W's, and the fact that he brings practice squad members along for road games indicates that he feels everyone involved in the endeavor deserves credit.
And that right there gives insight into the thinking of a 47-year-old first-year NFL coach.
At 9-1, the 49ers have been the surprise of the 2011 NFL season. The Thanksgiving Day game against the Ravens, coached by brother John, will be historical because it is the first time brothers have been head coaches in the same game.
Here are five comments made to the media, and from that, we learn more about the vision that accounts for the Niners’ success.