If you’re not wrapped up in this Niners team well then… you’re probably living on the east coast. When is this team going to get a prime time game already? Oh right, Thursday night is the Harbaugh Bowl which is sure to be a good time. Jim Harbaugh has taken basically the same 6-10 49ers of a year ago and have them playing quality team football. They have the opportunity lock up the NFC West before the month of November ends and he’s done all this without any locker room pants droppings at halftime.
This Niners team is a team. It’s a weird sentence but it’s true. They are the opposite of what Philadelphia was at the beginning of the season (sorry Eagles fans). Everything is about the team, then it’s about the team and then it’s about the team. It’s like they are all college friends — that defense is fraternity. And it’s all thanks to the new man in charge. Just look at the team’s rallying cry, it’s an old family saying Harbaugh brought with him to San Francisco. When Jim was a child his father, Jack Harbaugh, would ask the kids “Who’s got it better than us?” They would all answer in unison “Nooo-body!”
San Francisco could be playing to tie Green Bay for the league’s best record by nightfall. I haven’t been much into the Harbaugh Bowl thing, but it’s going to be fun. Saw a snippet of the NFL Network’s feature on the Harbaugh family that will run on the network’s pregame coverage Thursday, and it’s interesting how much of their football-coaching Dad the two boys have taken with them to the NFL.
Jack Harbaugh, schooled under Bo Schembechler, used to say to the boys that the three most important things in football coaching are the team, the team and the team. And so Jim Harbaugh put that on the wall of the team meeting room at the 49ers. And John Harbaugh, when introduced as head coach of the Ravens, repeated his dad’s mantra.
I’ve been so pleased with the performance of this team so far this season. Nothing that hasn’t been said already, but with the combination of a dominant run game, stifling, STIFLING defense (the numbers are insane: see takeaway ratio, rushing yards and touchdowns allowed), and meticulous, mistake-free ball on offense, the Niners are just playing some great old-fashioned football. They’re exciting to watch for the first time in a while. Looking forward to Thursday’s game at B’more.