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Original Ravens coach rooting for 49ers to win Super Bowl XLVII

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Jack Harbaugh isn't the only old coach whose rooting interests for Super Bowl XLVII will be conflicted.

Ted Marchibroda was the Baltimore Ravens' first head coach and worked closely with General Manager Ozzie Newsome.

"You have to give it to Ozzie," said Marchibroda, the former St. Bonaventure quarterback. "That first draft was a great draft in 1996. Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis was probably the best draft since Gayle Sayers and Dick Butkus. Maybe it's even better than those guys."

Marchibroda also is close to San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

While nobody can expect Jack Harbaugh to root for one of his sons to beat the other Sunday night -- John Harbaugh is the Ravens' head coach in case you just crawled out from under a manhole cover to read this blog -- Marchibroda actually has a favorite.

Marchibroda was the Indianapolis Colts' coach until 1995, the season Jim Harbaugh won the Comeback Player of the Year Award, led the NFL in passer rating and took the Colts to the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

"I'm a little closer to Jim than I am to the Ravens," Marchibroda said. "It was an outstanding year Jim had for me in Indianapolis. It was special. You don't have that many in your lifetime.

"I enjoyed my time with the Ravens. It's a tough situation when you're taking a ballclub and moving from city to city. But I'm leaning toward Jim. I spent more time with him."


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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