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Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 24, 2013 – 7:40 am

49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at NFL Combine

49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at NFL Combine

One of the last images of Jim Harbaugh for NFL fans this past season was his pleading for a late holding call in Super Bowl XLVII.

Harbaugh didn’t get his way, and his 49ers fell to Baltimore, 34-31.

A week after that, the surroundings at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am likely were no balm for the wound inflicted by the loss.

The year-round nature of the NFL offers very little time ever to decompress.  Bill Polian once estimated he only had about five free weekends annually.  The rest were devoted to his job.

The schedule for coaches is about the same.

“(I’ve) got the paw in the ground, scratching, ready to go,” said Harbaugh yesterday at the combine.  The annual event is held in the stadium where his name is splashed on the eastside façade with others in the Colts’ Ring of Honor.

One of the last images of Jim Harbaugh for NFL fans this past season was his pleading for a late holding call in Super Bowl XLVII.

Harbaugh didn’t get his way, and his 49ers fell to Baltimore, 34-31.

A week after that, the surroundings at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am likely were no balm for the wound inflicted by the loss.

The year-round nature of the NFL offers very little time ever to decompress.  Bill Polian once estimated he only had about five free weekends annually.  The rest were devoted to his job.

The schedule for coaches is about the same.

“(I’ve) got the paw in the ground, scratching, ready to go,” said Harbaugh yesterday at the combine.  The annual event is held in the stadium where his name is splashed on the eastside façade with others in the Colts’ Ring of Honor.

A one-man verbal pep rally with Indianapolis from 1994-97, Harbaugh is a touch more measured with a whistle in his mouth but anytime he speaks, it is appointment listening.

Harbaugh was paired against his brother, John, in the Super Bowl and said the two have spoken since the game.

“I’ve talked to him,” said Harbaugh.  “(We) talked a little about the game and some other things.  We have a strong relationship, and it always seems to get stronger.  We’re very close.”

Losing is tough for all players, and Harbaugh’s competitive streak runs deeply.  He said losing to his brother did not make the setback easier and that the two share less information as their careers have progressed.

Harbaugh was a first-round pick from Michigan.  Now, he is here to help re-stock the San Francisco roster if combine hopefuls measure up.

He said he does not possess the keenest ability to sit in a short visit with a player and truly get to know the person.  He says the body of work a prospect leaves behind at his school is a better indicator, along with those who worked around him.

Teams can grill players in the interview process.  The best advice from league players to those hopeful of joining the NFL is to be yourself.

Harbaugh is direct and has no tolerance for someone being a tad less than honest.

“Somebody that’s not truthful, that’s big, to me,” said Harbaugh.  “I’m a big fan of the Judge Judy show and when you lie in Judge Judy’s courtroom, it’s over.  Your credibility is completely lost.  You have no chance of winning that case.  I learned that from her.

“It’s very powerful, and true.  If somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that?  Ronald Reagan, another person of great wisdom and advice (said), ‘Trust, but we will verify.’ ”

Harbaugh’s 49ers will host the Colts in 2013, pitting him against quarterback Andrew Luck.  Harbaugh landed Luck at Stanford and tutored him early in the quarterback’s career.

Harbaugh said he now will have to look at Luck in a bit different way now that they will be on opposing sides of the field for the first time.


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