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Although it’s not his preference, Harbaugh will begin planning toward next year much earlier than usual.

“In all honesty, I cannot wait — and I know our coaches feel the same way — to dig into building our systems going forward,” he said. “This is when you build the foundation of your team. The better job that we do right now, scheme-wise and personnel-wise, the better that we’ll do next year. It’s like a sense of urgency right now to get to work.”