Harbaugh: Paranoia is good

October 10, 2012, 9:45 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Things don't seem as if they can get much better for the 49ers these days.

The 49ers are coming off back-to-back games in which they beat the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills by a combined 79-3. And therein lies the problem, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday.

"Nothing's wrong, except nothing's wrong," Harbaugh said.

The 49ers (4-1) are playing good football, but there is a lot of time remaining in the season. The 49ers face last season's Super Bowl champion, New York Giants, on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

The Giants defeated the 49ers in the NFC championship game in January. In order for the 49ers to take the next step, they realize their best games must be played when it matters most -- in January and, possibly, February.

"It's scary good -- scary good," Harbaugh said. "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. 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."

As a head coach, Harbaugh certainly exhibits traits of paranoia. And that's clearly by design. Harbaugh referenced the book, "Only the Paranoid Survive," written by Andy Grove. Under Grove's leadership, Intel became the world's largest chip maker and adapted to the ever-changing market.

When asked if paranoia is good, Harbaugh said, "The Intel folks wrote that book. I thought that was real insightful. That was a team that was on top of 40 years of winning 40 straight Super Bowls. That's what they had to say about it. There's something that can be learned there."