Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jim Harbaugh wants the 49ers to stay paranoid

We got a vintage performance from Tom Coughlin on Wednesday when the coach of the defending Super Bowl champions reached into his well-worn motivational bag of tricks to opine that no one thinks his team can beat the 49ers.

Jim Harbaugh has responded with a good performance of his own. The 49ers coach isn’t too comfortable with everyone saying good things about his team in the wake of two straight thrashings of AFC East foes and referenced Andy Grove’s book Only the Paranoid Survive when discussing the mindset that he wants his team to have when everyone’s blowing smoke up their rear ends.

“Nothing’s wrong, except nothing’s wrong. It’s scary good — scary good. The law of averages say that you’re not going to keep getting the breaks, not going to stay at that spot. But if you understand the concept of scary good, then you got a chance,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of “Stay on your toes, keep your guard up, stay paranoid and come out here every day and do what you believe in, which is the preparation.”

It seems that Harbaugh would like to be able to play the nobody believes in us card that Coughlin played so deftly, but the fact they are favored and at home would make such an attempt even more dubious than Coughlin’s. At least to the outside world. All that matters is how this plays in the locker room and both coaches have shown a pretty good ability to push the right buttons at the right time.

Harbaugh also addressed Coughlin’s claim about everyone picking the 49ers to win the game.

“I think that’s probably an exaggeration,” Harbaugh said, via Tom Rock of Newsday.

Good stuff. Hopefully it only gets better when the two teams hit the field.


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