John Harbaugh: Jim's relationship with media 'fun to watch'

John Harbaugh: Jim's relationship with media 'fun to watch'
August 14, 2014, 10:00 am
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I love watching it because I usually read it, I usually don't see him say it, but I usually read it, and I'll either go, 'Yeah OK, or I'll just kinda laugh.'
John Harbaugh

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The 49ers played the Ravens last Thursday night, and the two teams held joint practices on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area anchor/reporter Dave Feldman traveled to Baltimore and sat down for an exclusive interview with Jim and John Harbaugh.

They touched on multiple topics, one being their relationships with the media: 

Feldman: "Jim, is there anything you hear in the media, that you hear them say about John, and you go 'Man, they got that wrong ... they don't know my brother?'"

Jim Harbaugh: "Yeah, of course there is. I don't want to diminish your business (everybody laughs) ... You know, nothing but positives. He's a great football coach and I've always said this -- the best in the business in my opinion at all phases of the game when it comes to offense, defense, special teams.

"He's the kind of head coach who could go coordinate an offense, he could definitely coordinate a defense, he could cooordinate the special teams.

"I don't know of any other head coach in the league that is that well-versed in the entire game ... Very proud of him. So if anybody says anything different, I take exception with it. But he's man enough, he doesn't need my help."

John Harbaugh: "Appreciate it though," as he pats Jim on the back and everybody laughs.

Feldman: "Well John, you hear things. They talk about Jim, too..."

John Harbaugh: "Yeah, it's the same thing, you know. Sure. Sometimes it kind of makes you mad, and like you said, not to diminish the profession at all, but the propensity to twist a truth or statement to fit someone's perception is incredible. It's fun watching...

"The other thing that's funny with me is his relationship with the media. I mean, I love watching it because I usually read it, I usually don't see him say it, but I usually read it, and I'll either go, 'Yeah OK, or I'll just kinda laugh.'

"And then I'll read the comments that say, 'Well this is what he meant.' It's like, you couldn't be further from the truth. It's usually funny, what he says, to me because I understand, you know, kinda the punchline behind what he's saying.

"And I also see the point he's making. And the point he's making is about his team. The point is always about what's best for our football team. He's protecting his players, he's protecting his coaches, he's protecting his unit. They are a family and they go into battle, so to speak, together. And that's what's always at the forefront of his mind, and I can see that."