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The root of Harbaugh's paranoia

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08:05 AM ET 01.31 | In 1996, Andy Grove, the former chief executive of Intel, wrote a book called "Only the Paranoid Survive." [The book] introduced buzz phrases like "strategic inflection points" and stressed the value of paranoia. ... [Niners fullback] Bruce Miller said he hears the phrase, "stay paranoid" throughout the practice complex. Offensive lineman Alex Boone said [Jim Harbaugh] has implored him to read the book and team officials say Harbaugh touts it in private chats. When asked about Harbaugh's devotion to "Only the Paranoid," cornerback Perrish Cox starts to laugh. "His whole demeanor is all about that book," he said. Through a team spokesman, Harbaugh declined to discuss Grove's book or its impact on his coaching.

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January 31, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Paranoia?


Must have been those bad college trips.

January 31, 2013  08:10 AM ET

If you prepare for every possibilility, real or imagined, you will be more prepared than your opponent.

January 31, 2013  08:14 AM ET
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If you prepare for every possibilility, real or imagined, you will be more prepared than your opponent.

Maybe? But you can aslo be underpreared at something that counts more than a remote possibility of happening. There's just not enough time to be fully prepared for everything so if you prepare for every poosibility no matter how small the prep for someing more important has to suffer as a result.

January 31, 2013  08:23 AM ET

It's not paranoia if everyone is out to get you. This being the case.

January 31, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Shame SI can't afford to update their picture library. How much can a summer student with a camera phone cost?

January 31, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If you prepare for every possibilility, real or imagined, you will be more prepared than your opponent.

Sounds like a Parcells saying

January 31, 2013  08:50 AM ET

I totally believe it, no wonder he always seems on edge

January 31, 2013  08:53 AM ET

"Damn; those voices in my head again"....Jim Harbaugh

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January 31, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

"Damn; those voices in my head again"....Jim Harbaugh

The man is certified.

January 31, 2013  09:46 AM ET

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." - sign on Albert Einstein's desk.

January 31, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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It's not paranoia if everyone is out to get you. This being the case.

In this case it's his brother. That could really set the clock ticking.

January 31, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Hi my name is Jim and I'm a Parinoid!

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January 31, 2013  10:18 AM ET

I wish SI would lose that photo of him.

January 31, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Could the root cause be that he's just a monumental jerk?

I can't stand Baltimore, but John is so much more likable than Jim.

January 31, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Could the root cause be that he's just a monumental jerk?I can't stand Baltimore, but John is so much more likable than Jim.

+1, I think. I don't know enough about Jim to say he's actually a jerk but he does come across that way. BTW, remember when paranoia was a bad thing.

January 31, 2013  10:41 AM ET

I wonder if there's a chapter on handshakes?

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January 31, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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I wonder if there's a chapter on handshakes?

The Lions Coach didn't read the book and so he wasn't prepared.

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