Jack Harbaugh doesn't want to be in spotlight Thursday night

NFL Network cameras won’t be able to get shots of Jack Harbaugh on Thursday night when his sons do battle in the prime time Thanksgiving Day game.

The father of Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will not attend the game at Candlestick Park. He told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore he wanted the focus to remain on the teams and his sons. Jack Harbaugh and his wife are going to be in the stadium pregame but will find someplace private to enjoy the game.

“What our plan is we’re going to get there and we’d like to get a picture with Jackie and I and John and Jim,” Jack Harbaugh said, according to spotsradiointerviews.com. “Then we want to get somewhere where the two of us can watch the game and get out of the way and allow them to compete, allow these to teams to compete and play.”

Why does Jack Harbaugh want to split?

“I remember a few years ago I watched when the Mannings opened the season one year. I’m sure it was all planned,” he said. “Peyton and Eli opened and I remembered seeing the Mannings up in a press box and it seemed like the camera spent as much time on them as they did the two boys. I perceive the anguish that they felt in watching the ballgame. That’s probably misplaced, but that’s what I saw, and we made up our mind that this day is about the 49ers and about the Ravens.”

Jack Harbaugh sees every game his sons’ teams play. The former coach enjoys breaking down game film and it arrives from each son via FedEx on Tuesday mornings.

“They send them every Tuesday at 10 o’clock,” he said. “A FedEx man, a gentleman by the name of Tim, really looks forward to it. He comes down the street in the truck and jumps out of the truck with some real enthusiasm and runs them up to the door. … When John got the job here in Baltimore, he purchased a setup, a coaching station, which we have set up in our basement.”

That doesn’t mean he’s dishing out advice to his sons on what adjustments to make.

“That’s the interesting part of it is I take the notes and I don’t ever call them,” Jack Harbaugh said. “They’re professionals; they see things. If they would call and ask about something, I’m ready. I’ve got notes; I’ve got opinions. But oftentimes, they don’t call.”

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