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Morning Tailgate: Harbaugh's 'European Vacation'

Posted Oct 23, 2013

The 49ers coach's sole focus is on his team's performance this coming Sunday, but there are planned activities for Friday in London.

If you know Jim Harbaugh, you know that he’s had his game face on since the final whistle of Sunday’s win in Tennessee.

The 49ers uber-competitive coach, however, said on Tuesday, that he and his staff and players will enjoy a brief respite from their week of preparation for the next opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Following Friday’s practice in advance of Sunday’s game at Wembley Stadium in London, Harbaugh and his team will move to a hotel closer to England’s central city. On the way, they'll stop to "see the sights."

“Hopefully, 10 Downing Street will be one of them,” Harbaugh said on KNBR radio. “I think you get the picture. We’ll go to Buckingham Palace and mess with the guards a little bit. We’re going to see Big Ben.

“Can you just imagine 70 football players jump out of the bus, snap some photos, back in the bus? Be like one of those 'European Vacation' movies with Chevy Chase. ‘Alright, stand right here, Clark.’ I’m going to be Clark Griswold. That’s what I was picturing, yeah.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quoted Harbaugh on the “mystic” that is Frank Gore.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com noted the approaching trade deadline from a 49ers perspective.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused the team’s aim for normalcy this week in London.

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com went deeper into Colin Kaepernick’s stat-line.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News delved into the numbers to predict Sunday’s outcome.







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