People have been wondering if Harbaugh was the second coming of the Walsh "Genius." His schemes are good - he mixes it up well and takes advantage of mismatches. But the more I watch the team - not so much Harbaugh the person - I am realizing he is a different kind of genius. His genius seems to come from taking that extra step in every aspect of preparation. Here are some examples of small things other teams might not put a lot of stock in, but could pay huge dividends down the line:
49ers Talk 8/14/12
"These are four quarterbacks that will all play a very long time in this league. Knew that it would be very competitive in the offseason and in training camp. It's been of great value, in that we don't take a bad rep in practice because of the quarterback not knowing what to do or not having the ability to make any of the particular throws, et cetera" -- Jim Harbaugh.
THAT IS AWESOME - the price of a Johnson's contract he at a minimum gets 4 weeks of elevated play to improve the WHOLE team - every rep counts. Who else (expect for Baalke apparently - and Jed York bought into it) goes that extra step?
If you want to improve the RB position, don't get 1 - get several good ones to compete.
If you need a WR, don't sign 1, sign 2 and draft one.
When you need CBs in this league, draft a lot of them.
Need a RG, get 3 to compete.
And player development, player development, player development. The depth on this team is amazing because they pay attention to all levels of the depth chart.
Notice how fast they sign people when someone gets injured? They have done the work and are ready to sign a guy signed the next day.
This is really starting to look like his genius is in the details and the preparation - which is great.
(Oh and 1 last thing - even if CK is not back-up ready, it is genius to SAY he is the back-up. That way teams have to prepare for a totally different style QB if Smith goes out of the game. Defenses can't just stay with their gameplan because the next guy up is the same type of QB. Its a little thing, but genius.)
[ Edited by HearstFan on Aug 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM ]