An addition to training camp this year has been a full scoreboard that can keep track of scoring, not just the time on the game clock and the play clock. Harbaugh and the coaching staff have been awarding points to either the offense or the defense throughout practice.
"The general philosophy is competing," Harbaugh said. "We are keeping score. We are competing in everything we do. And we want to get as good as we can get."
Defensive quality control coach Matt Weiss and football video operations coordinator Drew Wilkins watched the team's practice tape from the past two years and tape of NFL games to develop a scoring system based on NFL averages in certain situations. A successful play typically nets either the offense or the defense a point. But multiple points can be rewarded in high-leverage situations, such as a third-and-10 conversion for the offense.
An added benefit, Harbaugh said, is that "there's less room for arguing at the end because there's a scoreboard now."
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