NEW ORLEANS – San Francisco 49ers stars revealed Wednesday how coach Jim Harbaugh's tough restrictions on his team's activities has turned New Orleans into "the most boring city in the world" for them.
Every 49ers team member was given a detailed briefing by security experts upon their arrival in Louisiana and orders regarding where they should and should not venture in the city.
Anywhere other than main streets and recognized, well-lit areas are to be avoided, and players are expected not to be out late in the Big Easy's famous French Quarter.
As a result of the restrictions, many players have simply confined themselves to the team hotel, passing their time studying plays and preparing for Sunday's showdown with the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
"I don't even know where Bourbon Street is," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis told Yahoo! Sports. "I have been asleep by 10:30 p.m. every night. I am going to go to sleep because it is going to pay off come gameday."
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The New Orleans scene has been surprisingly docile early in the week, with a vast influx of fans expected to arrive starting on Thursday evening.
"People talk about whether this city or that city is a cool place to have a Super Bowl, but it doesn't make any difference to us," 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. "In all honesty, this might as well be the most boring city in the world to us because we are not going to be out there enjoying it."
Harbaugh spoke this week how his players have been waking early, with group sessions to study game tape and formulate plans starting at 7 a.m.
"I'm just staying in the hotel," 49ers tackle Alex Boone said. "We're here on a business trip. Randy Moss even said it. We're here on business. We're not here to party. We're not here to have fun. We're here to work, and when you're done, you can do whatever you want.
"They spoke to us when we got here and told us where we should be going, to be careful and to understand that there is a lot of attention on us. Of course it is nice to take it all in but really you don't want any distractions."
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San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith, who finished the season with the second-most sacks in the NFL (19 ½), said the collective mentality of the team is that the season can't be considered a success without a Super Bowl ring.
"Our goal is to really be responsible," Smith said.
"We know what our goal is. Our goal is to come in here and win the game, not just to come down here and be at the Super Bowl. We're coming down here to win the game. We all have that goal, so everybody is just being responsible and doing the right thing."
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