Harbaugh feels even more energized and competitive

The 'new' Jim Harbaugh: 'Mainly wife-driven'

Harbaugh feels even more energized and competitive
March 21, 2013, 5:15 am
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Jim Harbaugh is 24-8 in his first two seasons with the 49ers. (AP)

Coach Jim Harbaugh admits to a few sleepless nights after the 49ers came up 5 yards short of winning Super Bowl XLVII more than six weeks ago.

"(After) the loss at the end, the chin is kind of dragging along the cement for a week or two," Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

"If this. If that. You lay awake at night thinking about it, for at least a week or two. Now, it's changed. I lay awake at night thinking about watching more tape of these guys coming up in the draft. Waking up and seeing our guys coming into the building and getting ready for the new season and already training and fired up about things."

When asked about what kept him awake when contemplating the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl, Harbaugh answered: "The obvious one. You're at the 5. You have 5 more yards to go."

Harbaugh, of course, did not offer any second-guessing or get into specifics about the final three plays, which consisted of three incomplete passes from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree. But the disheartening loss seems to have given him with even more resolve.

In his first two seasons with the 49ers, Harbaugh exuded enthusiasm and competitiveness as the 49ers won 24 regular-season games and two NFC West championships. Now, he said, those qualities are even stronger.

"I feel more enthusiastic about it," he said. "I feel more energized, competitive. I don't know (why). I just do. They were pretty high already. I feel that way even more than when I just started."

Harbaugh was asked if the loss in the Super Bowl has contributed to that feeling.

"Probably, that and other things," he said. "I really like our coaches. I like who I work with every day. I love our organization, general manager (Trent Baalke), our owners. Jeff Ferguson, our trainer, I love to see him every day. I love to see the guys around the building, players, especially, every day.

"My car really turns into work easily. It doesn't fight me when I try to make that turn into the parking lot. It knows how to get there. That's where it wants to be."