Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are treating this week in New Orleans the same way they treated their extended stays in Youngstown, Ohio the past two seasons.
The San Francisco 49ers enjoyed their time in the spotlight during Tuesday's media day, with players like Randy Moss giving us some pretty worthy quotes. But in the end, the 49ers carried themselves with a workman-like authority. That's been their intentions all along: treating this game, and this week, like any other.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh had his time to talk as well, and he actually compared the team's time in New Orleans to the team's time spent in Youngstown, Ohio, via Niners Nation.
"There are a few similarities to our experience in Youngstown," Harbaugh said, "The fact that we stayed in a hotel in preparation for a Sunday game. Had meetings there, bussed to another facility. There are some similarities."
Under Harbaugh, the 49ers have made it a point to make one of their extended road trips stop off in Youngstown in between games. They use this time to rest and prepare, and then head off to the next game near the end of the week. They've been very happy with the results thus far.
Youngstown is the childhood home of Jed York, who is the CEO of the 49ers organization, and the son of John and Denise, the team owners.
Harbaugh said that it feels like a "very normal week," for himself and the rest of the coaching staff. He said they remain in dark film rooms, watching tape and organizing practices just like any other game.
It's this attitude that the 49ers think will give them the edge on Sunday. The Ravens are a very emotionally-charged team, while the 49ers are trying to go about their business and get things down when the game actually kicks off. Only time will tell if it's the right method of attack.