Future joint practices in SF seem likely

Future joint practices in SF seem likely
August 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
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(Mitch Stringer - USA TODAY Sports)

Joint practices seem to be a growing trend in the NFL, and after three days of Ravens-49ers practices this week, both teams agreed that they'd like to do it again in the future.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Saturday that he would like the Ravens to make a visit to San Francisco for joint workouts, but he said that idea will be on the back burner until spring.

On Monday, after the third and final day of the joint workouts between the teams, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said much of the same thing.

After first joking that he'd like to see the Ravens again in February, Jim Harbaugh said of future joint practices:  "We’ll do it next year possibly. But, we play each other next year. ... If not (next year), possibly the year after."

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The workouts included little of the scuffling that often accompanies preseason workouts, and both coaches praised the amount of work they were able to do with three days of practices against a top-notch opponent.

John Harbaugh called the three joint practices -- a first in Ravens history -- "very valuable work." Jim Harbaugh described it as "plus-plus-plus in so many areas for us."

"If you really added up all the positives, there would be a lot more than we could talk about right now,” Jim Harbaugh added.

Both teams now have more pressing needs -- trying to fine-tune their teams and prepare for the regular season. But based on the teams' experience this time around, expect the Ravens to make a return trip to San Francisco.