Originally posted by OKC49erFan:
Have to step up the physicality.
The Ravens raised the level, we didn't match.
The Seahawks raised the level, we didn't match.
Our team can't keep letting competitive opponents beat them up.
Have to smack them back. If refs are allowing it, rough em up.
But there in lies the difference. Harbaugh believes in the literal interpretation and application of the rules and coaches his guys to play that way, save a handful of rules that everyone breaks regularly anyway. It's why he gets so animated on the sidelines. Im the same way watching the games. I am a very black and white kind of person and Harbaugh is similar in that way. It's either a foul by the letter of the rule or it's not, there is no room for anything else if you are keeping the competition pure. Those rules must be equally applied in all situations, there can be no room for deviance.
Harbaugh is an old school purest. He believes in the pure competition of me vs you within the defined rules and expects them to be applied rigidly. The NFL allows for situations and circumstance to dictate flexibility or lenience. That's why his brother relied on bending the rules to beat him in the SB, because he knew Jim wouldn't. The Niners were superior, are superior, to the last 2 SB teams if the rules are applied rigidly.
[ Edited by WINiner on May 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM ]