It's uncertain whom the 49ers will host in a divisional game Jan. 14. So when Harbaugh was asked how he plans to prepare for the Falcons, Giants and Saints simultaneously, one might expect a safe answer, dripping in coach-speak, describing how all three pose problems and challenges, and on and on.
Harbaugh's a different cat. He just told it like it is.
Asked if that decision was a matter of simply playing the percentages, Harbaugh continued his blunt riff.
"Yeah. Yeah, it is," he said.
Harbaugh doesn't appear to think highly of the Lions' chances against Drew Brees and The Big Easy machine, either. To be fair (and bad blood with the Lions aside), the earliest San Francisco can face Detroit is in the NFC Championship Game.
If he has ruffled feathers, if he's a target from here on out, Harbaugh invites it, be sure of that. This is the war he wanted from the start.