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John Harbaugh holds no grudge toward 49ers over brother Jim

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh insists he holds no grudge over the way in which his brother’s tenure with the San Francisco 49ers came to a bitter end.

With the Ravens and 49ers set to meet Sunday, it’s hardly surprising that Harbaugh was asked about his feelings toward the organization that decided to part ways with his brother, current Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh, despite several tremendously productive seasons.

“You really don’t have time for that … too much to worry about, too much to prepare for, too many things that we’re dealing with to even think about that stuff,” Harbaugh said on Wednesday, via ESPN. “That’s really very much irrelevant to what we’re trying to accomplish.”

In fact, Harbaugh accurately pointed out he has enough on his plate simply trying to turn around a team after a 1-4 start.

The brothers of course squared off in Super Bowl XLVII, also known as the “Harbaugh Bowl,” with the elder John coming out on top. The Ravens coach insists he doesn’t really think much of it now, and later provided his perspective of his brother’s time with the 49ers organization.

“I’ve said this before, many times, but Jim loved his time there. He loved the players, loved the fans, loved being a 49er. They had four great years and, you know, everybody moves on to the next thing in life. And I think once you kind of realize all that … that’s how he feels about it. He feels great about it. If he feels great about it, I feel great about it for him. Other than that, I’m not involved in that at all. Never was.”

Harbaugh’s final season with the 49ers was an unmitigated nightmare, featuring endless speculation regarding his future. After he and the organization mutually agreed to part ways, he obviously moved on and picked up the pieces of his coaching career, earning high marks for how quickly he has initiated a turnaround for the once-proud program.

In other words, perhaps it’s time to leave the past in the past. Just as the Harbaugh brothers have done.

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