Ravens coach John Harbaugh is one of the few people with the Baltimore franchise who's been with the Super Bowl before, something that can help him and also the team adjust to the differences that come with the big game.
Harbaugh was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles eight years ago when they won the NFC and went on to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Patriots. Understanding what goes with the territory is something which should help Harbaugh.
"I have a book. I have a book that we had with the order of the schedules and everything," Harbaugh said when speaking with the media on Monday. "I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, though. The experience of having been there and understanding kind of how it works, having been down there, gone through the process, understanding the schedule is different, and that you adjust to it and that it will be a Super Bowl week schedule and that’s OK."
There's a number of small things which are different and can affect a team.
There's two weeks between games, you practice and play in a different place and there's other details which players and coaches need to deal with and can throw off their schedules. And coaches want players and everyone else affiliated with the team to be ready to go throughout game day.
"The length of the game is different – the pregame, halftime and all those things are different than a regular game," Harbaugh said. "Just to try to prepare our guys for that … We’ve had a few guys who have a played in a Super Bowl, so they can share that, as well. We have a few coaches that have won a few Super Bowls along with a couple of players. It’s all good.”