The Under Armour Performance Center will be a much busier place during training camp this year. And it will be just as busy at the San Francisco 49ers practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif. next year.
The 49ers will be in Baltimore for four days of joint practice with the Ravens, following their preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 7.
The Ravens plan to return the favor, possibly in 2015.
“We will go back to San Francisco at some point in time, probably next year,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
Harbaugh is looking forward to the scrimmages because he believes the 49ers program is one of the best in the league and will make the Ravens better prepared for the regular season.
“I think it will go well, I think it will be great to have the Niners in here,” Harbaugh said Thursday after the final minicamp practice. “That’s arguably one of the best, one of the top two teams in the National Football League last year. Some people think they’re the best, probably the Niners feel that way.
“I’m excited about the fact that we’ve never done it before. We are going against a program that we understand what they’re all about. So we’re not bringing some program in here that we don’t trust, that doesn’t believe in the things that we believe as far as hard work. It’s going to be a program that mirrors what we’re trying to do as far as working hard. To me, that’s really important and I think we’ll both get better as a result.”
The practice against the 49ers will be a family affair for Harbaugh to have his brother Jim in town for the week. Their father, Jack Harbaugh, also plans to attend practice throughout the week.
“Dad will be breaking up all fights between the head coaches,” John Harbaugh said. “Hopefully the two head coaches won’t get locked in any kind of death grip, and it will OK.
“We want to go against the best. We’ll get out here for our days against those guys and get after it and test ourselves and try to become a better football team.”