By Danny Cox
The San Francisco 49ers arrived in the “Big Easy” on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, and were immediately whisked away to their hotel in downtown New Orleans. As the team prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, they’re going to not only have to practice on the field, but also face reporters and media on camera.
All of that began on Sunday night as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and a number of players met with reporters to begin Super Bowl week. Coach Harbaugh began things off on a light note by simply thanking everyone and stating, “We’re super excited to be here.”
Not sure if he wanted us to pardon the pun, but Harbaugh kept things light during his time behind the mix and in front of the cameras. He also stayed serious in talking about how focused his team is, but when it came time to discuss quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Harbaugh actually said how much he reminded him of himself.
“I shared this with some of our beat writers a week and a half ago, but it’s true. It’s a true story. When Colin is running and the stride that he has, the gracefulness with his stride, the ground that he covers, how fast and quick he is reminds me of myself. Then I wake up. But when I dream and have visions of how I run personally, it’s the way Colin runs.”
From there though, Harbaugh didn’t want to get into too much detail and give anything away, but he was asked how the routine has been for the 49ers as they prepare for the Super Bowl. Getting ready for this game isn’t the same as getting ready for one in weeks three or eight, but he still wants to do what has worked.
“Not to go into the plan of what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to accomplish, we got a good idea. It’s what we’ve done and it’s been successful so far. Our team has been really focused on winning, focused on the unity of the team. I think it’s really genuine. I think it’s the best focus on unity and winning that I’ve ever seen or been a part of. This week, we tried to make it like a normal week, being here on Sunday, in the city starting Monday like it’s a week leading up to a Sunday game is our plan.”
While it is very true that Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the 49ers’ offense will be a focal point this week; the other side of the ball for San Francisco is just as important. Their defense is one of their biggest strengths, and it is a huge reason why they are where they are.
Defensive tackle Justin Smith is one of the biggest cogs in that well-oiled machine of a San Francisco defense, and he knows that it isn’t just about one player or unit. Smith realizes just how talented this 49ers’ team truly is.
“It’s ridiculous. You look around our locker room, and from head to toe, the offensive line, receivers, DBs, defensive line. It’s just the main reason we’re here. The talent level, what the coaches have been able to get out of us, it just all has come together. This roster is loaded.”
He’s right though. Just looking around the media room this evening and seeing the six players that were available for interviews…the talent was insane. Kaepernick, Smith, Jonathan Goodwin, Dashon Goldson, Patrick Willis, and Joe Staley are only six of the 53 49ers that will be on the field against the Ravens, but they are six players that would instantly make any team in the entire NFL better.
The San Francisco 49ers franchise is 5-0 in past Super Bowls, and they have no desire to blemish that record now. If this team plays as well as the talent that they have, then they’ll be looking at a 6-0 record in Super Bowls after next Sunday is said and done.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.