INDIANAPOLIS - It's safe to say that San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh operates on a different wavelength than other NFL head coaches.
Like others, he can expertly dodge questions and give non-answers. He even gave some newsworthy sound bites at the NFL Combine on Friday, saying it's unlikely Alex Smith gets released.
But it was his answer about trust that turned heads and elicited laughter. The question was a standard one about Manti Te'o and trusting players. Harbaugh's answer was anything but standard.
"(Trust is) big to me. I'm a big fan of the Judge Judy show," Harbaugh said as straight-faced as you'd imagine. "When you lie in Judge Judy's courtroom, it's over. Your credibility is completely lost and you stand no chance of winning that case. I learned that from her. It's very powerful. And true. If somebody lies to you, how can you trust anything they say after that? Ronald Reagan, another person of great wisdom and advice: trust but we will verify."
Leading up to the NFL Draft, Harbaugh will be doing a lot of verifying. The 49ers are scheduled to have 14 picks, a staggering number for a team coming off the Super Bowl.
"Do I see it? Do I envision it? Is it possible? It's certainly possible, and we're here to draft the best football players that we can," Harbaugh said. "We feel good about having that many picks.
"Will it make us more active on draft weekend? You can certainly assume it would. Compared to having seven draft picks last year, you'd be going out on a limb by saying we wouldn't be more active this draft. I think that's true."
Untrue is Harbaugh dwelling on a Super Bowl loss to his brother John and the Baltimore Ravens. He said he reached out to him on the phone after the game, but the Super Bowl is in the past.
"We're forging ahead with a new day," Harbuagh said. "It's a new day today. The paw is in the ground and we're attacking with enthusiasm not known to mankind and see if can't make today better than yesterday."
Here's another quote about what San Francisco can do with 14 draft picks.
"We've got a lot of good players on our team, this is a point of fact. We take all the players on our team, and we'd love to see them develop and be the best player they can be so there's no way 14 rookies can come in and make the roster. Simultaneously, at the same time, we're going to find 14 players to beat out 14 guys currently on our team. It's that iron sharpening iron effect."