Youngstown experiences help Niners prepare for New Orleans


Few will confuse Youngstown with New Orleans.  The 49ers hope their players are among that very small group.

The unlikely connection between the two cities comes from a now-annual decision by coach Jim Harbaugh to take his team to Eastern Ohio for the week between a pair of games played at or near the East Coast.  The fact that the players had to adapt to an unusual atmosphere has, in theory, prepared them to adjust to being in New Orleans for a week.

It’s a good thing,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, via  “We’ve done this really the last two years, stayed in a hotel, had our meetings in a hotel and go to a facility and practice and get ready for a game.”

“We’ll be out here for a week, so we have to approach it that way,” safety Dashon Goldson said. “We’ll get accustomed to a new enviroment and practice in a different facility.  We’ll have to adapt to it.  We’ve been in that situation before.”

Each of the two times the 49ers spent a week a Youngstown, they won the game that ended the visit, blasting the Jets 34-0 in 2012 and pulling off the prior year what appeared at the time to be a major upset of the Eagles, 24-23.

“Once you get done with today tomorrow, the media day stuff, I think it’ll be a regular work week,” defensive end Justin Smith said. “It’s what we’d do normally on the road.  We’ve already done it once with Youngstown.  I don’t think it’ll be that much different.”

They surely hope the outcome for the back end of the week away from home won’t be much different, either.

8 responses to “Youngstown experiences help Niners prepare for New Orleans

  1. Ummmm yeah, right. This is just superstition. May as well be waving a dead chicken over his head.

  2. As a former resident of Y-town, (south side, and I don’t mean Brownlee Woods,) I’d say the two cities have more in common than they’d care to admit. Both cities are in serious need of a rebuild, and both cities were struck by disasters causing half the population to leave and never go back. And Youngstown can get just as hot and humid in the summer time as New Orleans, but the cold Ohio winter kills the bugs every year, so I’d give the edge to Youngstown for livability. Cedars Lounge downtown closed, so I’ll give it to New Orleans for tourism.

  3. @fuglyflorio… (nice name BTW) … Those stayovers in Ohio actually help. History shows that teams traveling west to east tend to play poorly. This, at least partially, negates that. Hopefully it better prepares the team for their stay in New Orleans this week. With both teams arriving early though any jet lag will be negated so it comes down more to who can overcome the distractions of the wild week. I think both teams will come through fine. Both have veterans who’ve been here and can help keep the teams focused and on track.

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