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John Harbaugh: 49ers Program ‘Mirrors’ Ravens

Posted Jul 8, 2014

The Baltimore Ravens head coach explained why he felt comfortable having four training camp practices with his younger brother's San Francisco 49ers team.

Less than 24 hours after the San Francisco 49ers open up 2014 preseason play against the Baltimore Ravens, the teams will have a joint practice at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, Aug. 8.

The free 1 p.m. session will be open to the public, the Ravens announced on Tuesday.

Including the stadium practice, the clubs will have four joint workouts. After the M&T Bank session, the clubs will have three more practices at Baltimore’s training facility.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, the older brother of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, explained that both clubs have a similar identity. That fact made the joint practices an attractive option for the teams in 2014 and perhaps beyond.

“I’m excited about the fact that we’ve never done it before,” John Harbaugh told BaltimoreRavens.com. “We are going against a program that we understand what they’re all about.

“We’re not bringing some program in here that we don’t trust, that doesn’t believe in the things that we believe as far as hard work. It’s going to be a program that mirrors what we’re trying to do as far as working hard. To me, that’s really important and I think we’ll both get better as a result.”

The 49ers have been to the postseason in three consecutive seasons under Jim Harbaugh. Meanwhile, the Ravens have made the postseason in five of John Harbaugh’s six seasons, and also defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

That memory should make for a spirited five-day period in August.

As for San Francisco’s own public practices for this upcoming training camp, Jim Harbaugh said in June that the club was planning to have three open sessions at the team’s new home, Levi’s® Stadium.


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