SANTA CLARA -- Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has an intimate knowledge of many of the Baltimore Ravens that he is charged with game planning against for the Super Bowl. Just how much of an advantage that gives the 49ers, Fangio isn't tipping his hand.
"There are a few players that are still there, Rice and Flacco," Fangio said Wednesday. "But they have had a change in coordinators there. A couple of the offensive linemen are still there from when I was there. I don't think it's a big advantage."
Just the same, quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice, and several others, were around Fangio for at least two seasons with the Ravens from 2006-09, when Fangio was the special assistant to the head coach all four years and the linebackers coach, as well, the final season.
There has to be some things that Fangio can pass on to his troops from what he gleaned watching Flacco and Rice in practice and games for so long.
"Probably not as much as you think," Fangio said. "A lot of that's overblown."
Fangio left the Ravens for the defensive coordinator position at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh in 2010.
Harbaugh was hired by the 49ers in 2011, and one of his first moves was bringing along Fangio as his new defensive coordinator here.