11.22: 49ers practice -- Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach
Matt and Mindi break down the Turkey Day matchup between the Harbaugh brothers.
Matt mantra many -- of 49ers get ready to travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in the fifth inning -- game is much to talk about. John Harbaugh vs Jim Harbaugh is certainly is going to be about strategies that starts. Right from the opening coin flip. Well there's no strategy for the Harbaugh Brothers because -- they win the coin toss. They're deferring both of these guys have little whatever their team has won the coin -- they wanna be on defense first because I think both the 49ers in the Ravens. They can set the tone defensively we've known that about the Ravens for years I'm pretty much ever since they moved to Cleveland they've been a defensive minded team. In the -- the 49ers. Really. For several years the 49ers but this year the -- defense has taken it to a whole different level -- -- pushing all the right buttons both of these teams want to start the game Monday. That makes sense sense why I mean Ravens defense ranked fourth overall the 49ers seventh with the league's best rushing defense. And as you mentioned the Ravens haven't allowed any points get on opening drive in the 49ers haven't allowed. -- rushing touchdown all season so that'll be the challenge for Ray Rice and company there could be he managed him. Yeah I think the four years defense are so good that it I give their rush defense the edge on anybody. So I think. I think they're gonna wanna stop the run they're gonna wanna take the way you Ray Rice Joseph flock has got a lot of use that they aren't is to get the ball down the field and he has some speed on the outside. So I think that's what they can do is that maybe they can you do a lot of play action and get the forty hours biting on the run because Ray Rice is definitely a priority containing him but then they can try to get over the top. To Lee Evans and Torrey Smith to a -- and Jim calls one of the fastest receivers in the league and he's only a rookie. And speaking of big -- GI thinks dramatically that also gives a 49ers defense another advantage Vick the NGOs with John Harbaugh when he had his first two years as an NFL I coached there and then he left. To join Jim Harbaugh staff at Stanford so the Ravens thirteen he knows very well and even though they have a different offensive coordinator he says. They run the same scheme rather than -- be in differences in the run game I think that not only bode well for the forty that. Yes -- in this whole thing there's you know Jim Harbaugh very good friends with the office coordinator for the Ravens. Cam Cameron also knows the process that it got to do pretty well so there's a lot of if there's a lot of interaction here I mean there's there's probably not a team in the NFL. Well they're certainly not a team in the NFL that Jim Harbaugh knows better than John Harbaugh as Ravens and even when Jim was it you know it. At Stanford he would visit the Ravens so he knows a lot about the Ravens. That he can take in this game Thursday and that's when he released a yeah he's he's not my brother on Thursday he's just another coach -- trying to be. -- mean he switched to the offensive side of the body was going to be interesting don't know of Ray Lewis the linebacker will play. For the Ravens are not that this could really come down between Joseph Flacco and Alex Smith yes Joseph Flacco can throw that deep -- that. He hasn't been as accurate as Smith he completes us -- 56% of his passes -- eight interceptions on the year and as you. Pointed out he yards per Astro aren't as high as you'd expect them. Yet you know I think it's I think your -- I think he comes down to who makes a mistake who. You which defense sees it's always you're an either or thing on defense that's who creates the turnovers on offense it's who avoids the turnovers and Alex Smith has done a very good job and of doing that the 49ers offense as a whole has -- a very good job of avoiding the turnovers while making the turnovers on the other side so. Kind of boring to talk about that. It it very well probably will come down to. Who wins that turnover battle Thursday night Michael Crabtree coming off probably his best game of his career Alex missing -- report him has never been better that starting our -- he'll be going up against the very get DBs. Particularly angry. On the defensive side of the -- -- reads it in intimidator in much the same way as the Desean goals and is trying to become that guy Donte Whitner on the production too hard hitting guys in their secondary the Ravens have a lot of intimidating forces. In their secondary. The 49ers need to get Braylon Edwards healthy. He needs to contribute he needs to. You know he's he's already lost the chance to getting all those incentives he's on a one year deal but. -- -- -- -- Can be very good yet Braylon Edwards is healthy and performing at a high level if Crabtree just keep keeps doing what he's doing. And also Kyle Williams and Kyle Williams is a guy who. Last week got a lot more playing time most snaps he's ever had in his NFL career and he showed that you know what he's a pretty good players so. He's pretty much bumped again off the playing field. So the forty Bears offense the passing game I think you have a lot of room to improve here in the last few weeks of the season. -- see what they do against a very good test by their biggest test. Of the season. Thursday night. In Baltimore great Roman pointed out this week he said actually game plan that they have for the Cardinals did what didn't go -- a plan because the Cardinals are showing things defensively they didn't expect. They made a lot of changes things in practice that week and he said he was very pleased to have team was able to do that but this week -- they have to not only do that. They do have a very short week of preparation and have to travel cross country and I think that can be underestimated. Now and that's amazing what you just referenced I'd never heard of the team who goes -- pretty much does you'll deal let's drop play in the in the scene and here on the sideline. I mean they were running plays that they hadn't even practiced had it wasn't even in their game plan and slow. What that tells me. Is that the 49ers offensive players are understanding it they're grasping the system in on a short week like this I think that's very important it is a short week. 49ers. Had a missed a practice. Tuesday night. They're leaving early Wednesday morning for Baltimore they'll get to Baltimore have another short practice but pretty much all their prep time. This week to play the Ravens is in the classroom it's not on the practice field. Certainly -- -- physically as well okay Matt and I did you -- ready to travel to Baltimore since Thanksgiving dinner -- -- dark meter right mean on the Turkey I loved our. -- too dark Green setting high cranberry size -- pregnant but but I need to tell people yet I'm white meat -- guy because I think it's healthier again but. So that's my that's my advice. Don't think giving it got a healthy Stuckey got doing good point they can't hit. I had dinner in Baltimore happy Thanksgiving seeing yours Matt -- recovered another wrap up after the Ravens 49ers game.