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ORLANDO, Fla. -- John Harbaugh admitted the thought briefly crossed his mind.
What would it be like to coach against his brother’s team twice a year as a divisional rival?
The Cleveland Browns contacted the 49ers to gauge the availability of coach Jim Harbaugh shortly after the 49ers’ season came to an end. Nothing became of it. Then, a month later, conflicting reports surfaced on the level of seriousness of those talks.
John Harbaugh said Tuesday he thought about his Baltimore Ravens playing his brother’s team in the AFC North “only briefly” because “I didn’t hear about it until after the fact.”
So what was his initial reaction?
“Well, at first I got kind of ticked off because I was like, ‘He hasn’t told me about this.’ I’m his brother. I’m supposed to know,” John Harbaugh quipped at the NFL owners meetings.
John Harbaugh said he was with his brother at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis at the time of the initial Pro Football Talk report.
“He was kind of incredulous,” John Harbaugh said of Jim’s reaction. “I’m sure there was some conversation. Everybody kind of said there was dialogue. But how serious it was. . . I guess it’s kind of fun to talk about. Hey, we talk about it on our team: You always try to make your team better, so I guess the Browns were trying to make their team better.”