In typical Harbaugh fashion, the one-percent improvement every day idiom will always hold true.
“As far as our team, a lot of positives – a lot of good things to build on,” Harbaugh said after Thursday’s game. “(We have) things to grow from in a lot of areas and I’m already thinking about them and already getting ready to attack them.”
He focused one particular area of his team that struggled in the first half and, after halftime adjustments, improved enough for Harbaugh to see something positive going into next week.
“The offensive line is a good example, they did a lot of good things, especially after the first half where we got our running game going,” Harbaugh said. “That was good to see. We had some run-through issues in the first part of the game but I thought they asserted themselves on the interior line and started making holes and not getting the run through. The pass protection was very good, so there are positives.”
One area that will continue to be examined under a microscope will be the quarterback position. With graduate senior Jake Rudock having arguably one of the worst games in his career Thursday night, Harbaugh stayed level-headed and propped up his quarterback to the media.
One of the major things he saw from Rudock was him bouncing back to complete a touchdown drive immediately after throwing a pick-six.
“There’s a lot of things to coach from it, but there’s positives there as well,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll say that about Jake, and you bring it up, throwing an interception for a touchdown and coming back and leading a touchdown drive. I thought that was outstanding. He shook that play off and came fighting back – as did all of our team, which you like to see. Now, have we got things to clean up? Yes.”