"We're pulling up stakes on Monday and heading down to New Orleans," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We've had a great week. We've been through the whole week in terms of a normal week. We had an excellent practice. Our guys are very sharp, and they're excited.
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"We'll have to get down there and do just as well and do better. We'll have to build on these practices. We'll have to stack good practices to be ready to play a great football team in the San Francisco 49ers, a very well-coached football team, I might add."
Of course, the 49ers are coached by Harbaugh's younger brother, Jim Harbaugh.
The unprecedented matchup between two brothers for the Vince Lombardi Trophy is likely to dominate conversation all week heading into next Sunday's kickoff.
Both the Ravens and 49ers have tried to maintain their focus. This marks the second game between the Harbaugh brothers after John Harbaugh's Ravens defeated the 49ers, 16-6, in a physical Thanksgiving game last season at M&T Bank Stadium.
Although the Super Bowl is accompanied by potential distractions in the French Quarter and the hype of Media Day, Harbaugh emphasized that he'll remind his players that the actual game doesn't change.
"The stage is big, but the field is small," Harbaugh said. "There are going to be these big thick white lines right there. We are going to be in between those white lines. You take that into perspective. We might show them that scene from 'Hoosiers.' Gene Hackman, who I met, tremendous guy. We'll show them that scene, I think."
The recent addition of former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator and offensive line coach Juan Castillo to the coaching staff has provided a new wrinkle to the Ravens' game-plan and scouting reports.
Castillo joined the staff Monday as a consultant and will take on the title of run-game coordinator next season.
Castillo worked previously with Harbaugh in Philadelphia on former coach Andy Reid's staff. After the Eagles fired him earlier this season, Castillo interviewed with the Oakland Raiders and drew interest from the Chicago Bears and several other teams.
Harbaugh said Castillo had job offers from multiple NFL teams for various positions.
"Juan is a tremendous football coach," Harbaugh said. "He had lots of opportunities. He has been coaching in the NFL for a long time, both sides of the ball, obviously with a lot of responsibility. Highly knowledgeable, a great teacher, I had a chance to work with him for 10 years in Philadelphia.
"So, I know this man very well, know his family. He's a very good person. And it's an opportunity for us to improve our football team, the overall talent pool that we have here. We add him into our staff, which already is just a great staff. It makes us better, and that's the whole idea. ... He chose to come here."
As a run-game coordinator, Castillo is expected to provide guidance to running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery and offensive line coach Andy Moeller while working in conjunction with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
"He'll be a lead coach in terms of the run game and organizing the run game for us," Harbaugh said. "Of course, he'll work closely with Jim and all the coaches. Who's in charge of what? Guys work together on a staff. Coach Caldwell has done a great job of making that point time and time again."
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