NEW ORLEANS — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is reveling in his status as a Super Bowl champion Monday. He's doing so while being sensitive to the hurt felt by his brother Jim, the 49ers head coach.
"The toughest moment of all was walking across the field (after the game)," John Harbaugh said Monday at day-after Super Bowl news conference. "If you can imagine, you feel an incredible amount of elation with an incredible amount of devastation. Those two feelings went hand in hand at that moment, and I'm still feeling it. That's just reality."
John said he hasn't spoken with Jim since they exchanged words after the Ravens 34-31 victory over the 49ers on Sunday.
There will be time for that later, he added. For now, John is focused on celebrating his team's victory and giving his younger brother his space.
Both coaches no doubt will go back and watch the Super Bowl they coached against each other at some point. John said he doesn't envision that taking place in the same room.
"No, I don't think we'll ever watch that game together," John said. "Absolutely not."
John and Jim spoke on the field before the game. John said he and his brother reached the conclusion that the only things worse than coaching against each other, where one was assured to walk off the field disappointed, were if one or both of them didn't make it this far.
Through it all, John said we haven't seen the last of Jim Harbaugh on the big stage.
"Jim is a great competitor," John said. "Jim will do what he's always done; he will come out swinging. He'll go back and go to work on the draft. ... No one will handle this better than Jim Harbaugh. He's the best coach in football and he'll have that team roaring back very soon."