"A player can give him some ins and outs through his career, and it's not just football," Harbaugh said. "It's probably how to approach becoming a pro and all that. It's really important. It's also important to have a great O-line coach. Andy Moeller does a great job. All those young offensive linemen are benefiting from the veterans, and the veterans are benefiting from the young offensive linemen pushing them. We have a good situation there."
Birk said he has already noticed Gradkowski making strides in his grasp of the blocking schemes and formations and developing a foundation upon which to build. That should come in handy for Gradkowski, but the 23-year-old younger brother of Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski isn't buying into the hype that he is Birk's heir apparent.