Today the Ravens set down in New Orleans and they immediately got to work. Here are some things i noticed from their various press conferences.
-Almost no Ravens players had cameras or recorders out as they got off the plane. They seemed to be focused and prepared to win.
John Harbaugh Presser
-Harbs was asked a ton about his family life and the early years of the Harbaugh brothers. He was always complementary to his brother and shared some pretty fun stories about playing sports with Jim when he was growing up. He said Jim was always bigger and faster than everybody else and played with kids older than him all through school, that meant that even though John is a year older than Jim, they played on the same teams.
-He said Andy Reid gave him a book all about notes for the Super Bowl experience, all about how to deal with distractions and the weird timing of things. any resource a coach could have is a benefit, especially when it comes from a head coach who has already done this.
-Harbs talked a lot about Respect, respect for his brother, respect for the 49ers, respect for the game and the fans. The 49ers repeatedly mentioned respect as well. I expect to see little to no trash talk and cockiness from either team because they both seem to be very respectful of each other, likely due to their similarities in play style.
– When asked about Obamas comments he said he didn’t agree with them and referenced back to Jims comments yesterday before speaking to the greatness of the game of football. He said he beleives it is a huge part of the education system in America because the game teaches you who you are as a man.
-Harbs also said that he liked that Super Bowl week is drawn out and different and that he tried to strike a balance between normalcy and allowing his players to realize that this is different. He said the Superbowl prep should be a little different because it reminds you of the place your in.