In past years, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has kept his team in Youngstown when the work week is sandwiched between a pair of games far from home.
For this week, following the win over the Packers, Harbaugh thought about doing it again. And then he decided not to do it.
So why did he decide not to do it?
“Well, the question was asked, ‘Have you thought about staying out after the Green Bay game?’” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday. “Did I think about it? Yes, I thought about it. Not very long, and felt like the better thing to do for us was to come back here. So, I think when you asked me, ‘Did I think about it?’ I said, ‘Yes, I’ve thought about it.’ Maybe you thought that I thought about it a lot more than I did. There was a possibility. It was a very quick thought and made the decision it was better to come back here.”
Has anyone every said so little in so many words?
While the players and coaches and other traveling staff members surely preferred being home for a few days, the Niners now have to pack it all up again and travel to Carolina.
If the Niners win, they won’t have to travel very far the following weekend. Either they’ll go to Seattle for a rubber match with the Seahawks. Or they’ll screws the seat back in at Candlestick Park for a game against the sixth-seeded Saints.