Fact: 66 percent of the Steelers losses this season have come against a gentleman with the last name Harbaugh. By Tuesday, if a Harbaugh brothers coaching collaboration goes as well as they want it to, that number could be up to 75 percent.
Via Matt Barrows at 49ers Blog:
Both Harbaugh boys could really use a Steelers loss on Monday, and John Harbaugh this week suggested he would give his little brother some tips on how to do that. "I'm sure there will be some of that," a grinning John Harbaugh said courtesy of BaltimoreRavens.com. "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."
You've been warned, Mike Tomlin. Whatever it is that the Ravens did to you to beat you twice this season, you're likely to see from the 49ers as well.
Tomlin may not lose sleep over this. Yes, he's 0-2 against the Ravens this season, but all time, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is just 4-6 against the Steelers. I'm sure he has some insights, but it's not like he's got some magical formula for beating the Steelers. He doesn't have a bottle of glowing green potion that makes Mike Wallace slower or Ben Roethlisberger easier to bring down.
Fortunately for the 49ers, they do get to see the Steelers without James Harrison. Which is good, because that means the Steelers are short a great defender, but it's bad, because it means you're less likely to get a free 15 yards somewhere along the way. It also feels like it's worth pointing out that the Steelers went 4-0 in games Harrison missed earlier this year due to injury.