LONDON (AP) — His players may be more interested in eating and shopping. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wants to draw on the force of history.
His team is in London, where Winston Churchill's commanding oratory once inspired a nation. For Harbaugh, this is hallowed turf. The coach reportedly has a photo of the British wartime leader in his office, with Churchill's books lining the shelves.
"As much as I can soak in about Winston Churchill. He's my favorite figure of all time," Harbaugh said Friday. "I'm hopeful of getting a chance to see his (underground cabinet) war room. That would be one of the real highlights of my life."
But the might and eloquence of Churchill is tempered by a more mundane task — playing the winless Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars are 0-7 and facing a 49ers team that is 5-2.
"I just told the team we're not looking to set any world records," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Friday. "We're asking them to be their personal best, and we feel like if we get everybody to get to be their personal best then we'll see what happens. We have yet to do that this year and we're striving to get there. Not so much perfection but just more excellence."
Bradley is also carrying the weight of personal loss — his father died Sunday.
"I think in my heart my Dad will always live, and I try to please him each and every day and I think that's all we can do," Bradley said. "I am proud of our team and I think I want (to win on Sunday) more for them than anything."
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