Jim Harbaugh ‘Sharpened’ By Brother

The 49ers head coach was very gracious after his 16-6 loss to the Ravens.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh opened his postgame press conference talking about his brother.

Following what was surely an emotional 16-6 loss on multiple levels, Harbaugh was very gracious, saying he and his team would learn from just their second defeat of the year.

“First of all, we’re definitely, extremely disappointed,” Jim said to start.

“There’s a saying that says ‘As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.’ And let’s say my brother John is the sharpest iron I’ve ever encountered.”

Jim gave much credit to the Ravens.

He said the long trip from the West Coast didn’t make a difference in the game. He said running back Frank Gore’s chop block that nullified a 75-yard touchdown was “a good call.”

He gave no excuses after his team saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end.

“There was a lot at stake for a lot of people,” Jim said. “All the players on our team – it was a big game – they played their hearts out and competed. We didn’t win. But like I said, we’ll learn from it and use this game to make us stronger.”

Jim was particularly impressed with the Ravens’ defensive pressure, which tied a franchise record with nine sacks. He said Baltimore got them on one new stunt rush.

“They played a darn good game,” he said. “They’re a good football team. … There was a lot of pressure. That’s obvious. They have a relentless pass rush.”

The 49ers had a chance to clinch in Baltimore, had they won and the Seattle Seahawks loss. Now they leave with some lessons to learn thanks to the Ravens.

“We didn’t make enough plays to win the game, and we’ll learn from it,” Jim said. “Same thing as far as coaching this team. We’ll have to put them in a better position next time and learn from this game.”

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