Last year, Jim Harbaugh got to know San Francisco safety Donte Whitner well during a week in Ohio in the middle of the season. And so many others, too.
Perhaps a little bit of bonding time together across the country will be good for Harbaugh's 49ers right now after a mistake-filled 24-13 loss Sunday at Minnesota.
The 49ers (2-1) are practicing this week at Youngstown State to avoid a return trip to the West Coast before facing the New York Jets on Sunday. It's another destination training camp of sorts - just like last season. It even came at the same time in late September, with the 49ers then atop the NFC West at 2-1.
The plan seemed to work: San Francisco rallied to stun the Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia.