Five yards. That’s all that separated the 49ers from winning the sixth Super Bowl in franchise history earlier this year. Coach Jim Harbaugh has had a few weeks to reflect on the tough loss on football’s biggest stage and it appears he’s using the defeat to fuel him for 2013. Ashley Fox of ESPN.com shared comments from Harbaugh on his motivation for the new season going forward.
“Harbaugh is a fiercely competitive man now inspired by defeat, and that will be a problem for the other teams in the NFC West, the rest of the conference and ultimately the entire league,” Fox wrote. “It didn’t seem possible, given the intensity with which he worked his first two seasons as head coach, but Harbaugh is more inspired, more hungry, more dedicated than ever, all because of those 5 short but significant yards.”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate focuses on the team’s evolving special teams unit and more.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com also passed along Harbaugh’s feelings on the Super Bowl and how it’s affected him.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle analyzed the 49ers special teams units.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared his observations from Stanford’s pro day with an emphasis on the school’s talented tight ends.
Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group spoke to Aldon Smith as he visited the local Boys and Girls Club.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com offered an updated look at the free agents in the NFC West.
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