2013 NFL Playoffs: San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh a Master of Motivation

By Ben Grimaldi
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The San Francisco 49ers are in their second consecutive NFC Championship game and head coach Jim Harbaugh is making sure no stone is left unturned. Harbaugh is motivating his team by showing them pictures from their high school days and putting them next to their high school recruiting rankings.

Some of the players on the 49ers were not highly recruited and Harbaugh pointed out just how far those players, and the Niners, have come. After all, it has been a long time since the 49ers have been to where they are now and Harbaugh’s style has to be credited for their success. He walks a fine line with his intensity, all the while managing to keep the players loose with these types of tactics. Don’t be fooled, it’s all done for a reason and it’s working.

The NFL season is a long and tedious one, so having a little fun goes a long way in keeping his players minds clear. It also never hurts to show the team that even the coach can have a little fun. No one knows what the result of his latest tactic will be until late Sunday afternoon so all the second guessing will have to wait. Whatever Harbaugh has been doing has worked so far and it’s hard to criticize anything he’s done.

It’s times like this where it’s important to remember that it’s only a game and and what better way to have fun than to show pictures of what players looked like in high school. Niners wide receiver Randy Moss may have gotten the worst of it when it was discovered his picture was in black and white prompting cornerback Chris Culliver to say, “I don’t think they had color pictures back then.”

It all sounds funny now but the more important question is, will all the laughs be worth it on Sunday? Jim Harbaugh is betting it will be and who are we to disagree?

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