Harbaugh – who served as quarterbacks coach for Oakland in 2002-03 before becoming head coach at the University of San Diego – was commenting on the 49ers’ playoff hopes when he invoked one of Davis’ famed expressions.
“Where we’re at we’ve got to win football games,” Harbaugh said. “Al Davis said it as well as can ever be said, ‘just win,’ and those are our intentions.”
Harbaugh was on Bill Callahan’s staff in 2002 when the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl – and yes he left out the “baby” as Pratt notes in the report.
Harbaugh spoke highly of Davis following his passing in 2011, via Eric Branch at the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Mr. Davis is a titan and pillar of the game. I had the pleasure and honor to know him and to work for him. And to me, he is the greatest. The autumn wind will always be a Raider.”
Al Davis spent 48 years with the Raiders’ organization and saw the team win three Super Bowls during his tenure as owner. His teams went a combined 409-310-11 during that time.