Harbaugh's been through it before

Harbaugh's been through it before
January 29, 2013, 11:15 am
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John Harbaugh spoke to the media when the Ravens arrived in New Orleans on Monday to prepare for Super Bowl XLVII with the 49ers and touched on a number of topics. One thing that came up was the fact that he'd been through this all once before.

Harbaugh was an assistant coach on Andy Reid's staff when Philadelphia played New England in Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles fell, 24-21, in that game eight years ago, but Harbaugh said there's things he learned from that experience which help him with this one.

When asked at the New Orleans press conference about what Reid, a coach known for being a big planner, left him from that week, Harbaugh smiled. 

"He left me a book for Super Bowl planning. That’s Andy. That’s meticiulous," Harbaugh said. "It’s a positive for a coach. It’s a positive for a player."

Since the Super Bowl is a different experience, knowing how to deal with it and what comes with the week is something that's helpful. It's something coaches and players always talk about. 

"You [see] how the week goes," he said. "You understand the timeline for the game. That’s a plus."

Harbaugh also said at the press conference, as he's said before since the win over New England in the AFC title game last weekend, that the Ravens are trying to make this as normal a week a possible. They've got routines and are trying to stay in them so that not too much changes. 

After all, it's still just a football game.