When the 49ers welcome the Steelers this Monday, one of the advantages San Francisco might have is the relationship of Jim and John Harbaugh. The Baltimore Ravens have played the Steelers twice this season, with Baltimore coming out victorious both times.
Naturally that begs the question of whether John will provide Jim with any sorts of advice about the Steelers. Thanks to Evanz for pointing out this story at baltimoreravens.com. It sounds fairly likely that the Coaches Harbaugh will take a little bit of time to discuss the Steelers:
"Is there any NFL regulations on that that you're aware of?" Harbaugh asked Kevin Byrne, Ravens senior vice president of Public and Community Relations.
"I think it's fine for brothers to talk and exchange information," Byrne said.
"I'm sure there will be some of that," Harbaugh said with a grin.
"You know, coaches, really, the truth is, coaches do that around the league based on best interest and things like that. I know for a fact a lot of coaches have spent a lot of time talking about us before they play us, so I'm sure we'll try to help him in some way if we can."
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the brothers talking and seemed to expect them to talk (AUDIO). Whether there is anything of significant value remains to be seen. The 49ers have scouts and film they can watch. I think one benefit is that John could potentially provide quicker information. The 49ers coaching staff will be scouring the film for Steelers weaknesses and John can get them to those quickness a little faster, saving more time for implemenation.
The Ravens have a vested interest in the Steelers losing. Although Baltimore holds the tiebreaker, they remain tied at 10-3 and a single loss drops Baltimore back behind Pittsburgh. I don't know how much of a difference advice would make, but some tidbits here or there would be most welcome. Do you think it makes much of a difference?