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49ers gear up for Harbaugh's 2nd year

  • FILE - This March 28, 2012 file photo shows San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talking to the media during an interview at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Harbaugh won NFL Coach of the Year honors as a rookie coach with no offseason to prepare his team for his thick playbook and unique, rah-rah style. Now, the 49ers' schedule is far more daunting and the pressure is on to repeat as NFC West champions and make another run at a Super Bowl that was right within reach last January. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh won NFL Coach of the Year honors as a rookie coach with no offseason to prepare his team for his thick playbook and unique, rah-rah style.

Now, the San Francisco 49ers' schedule is far more daunting and the pressure is on to repeat as NFC West champions and make another run at a Super Bowl that was right within reach last January.

San Francisco lost 20-17 in overtime of the NFC title game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants, and that defeat still stings for this bunch. Last season's special run came after the Niners ended a franchise-worst stretch of eight years without a playoff berth or winning record — so, the expectations are to keep a good thing going for the long haul.

"You want to be where you left off," tight end Delanie Walker said.

And Harbaugh is expecting another focused, physical training camp as players at several key positions fight to earn spots. All 11 defensive starters return from one of the NFL's top units of 2011, while Frank Gore has a cast of backups hoping to get a share of the carries behind the three-time Pro Bowl running back — Brandon Jacobs, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon.


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