Akers after missed kick: 'I just feel horrible'


Akers after missed kick: 'I just feel horrible'

ST. LOUIS -- Kicker David Akers missed a 51-yard field goal in overtime that would have provided the winning points Sunday for the 49ers.Instead, the St. Louis Rams scored the winning points on rookie Greg Zuerlein's 54-yard kick with :26 remaining in overtime for a 16-13 victory at the Edwards Jones Dome.
On Nov. 11 at Candlestick Park, Akers missed a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and Zuerlein later missed from 58 yards, in a 24-24 tie.MAIOCCO's INSTANT REPLAY: Rams 16, 49ers 13
"It's a game of inches and I probably missed it by 3 or 4 inches to the right," Akers said Sunday. "And I just feel horrible for letting my teammates, organization, fans down."Akers, a 14-year pro who set the NFL record with 44 field goals last season, has fallen on rough times this year. After making 7 of 9 attempts from beyond 50 yards last season, Akers has converted on just 1 of 5 tries from that distance this year.Akers was listed this week on the 49ers' injury report with an unspecified pelvis condition. The 49ers brought in veteran free agents Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff for tryouts. Both kickers have missed important kicks in the playoffs in their careers.MAIOCCO: Miscues lead to overtime loss to Rams
Akers downplayed the injury. He had plenty of distance on his field-goal attempt, and he repeatedly drilled his kickoffs deep into the end zone.
"I don't put anything on injuries," Akers said. "I should've made it."And Akers said he felt as if he would make it."I hit it great. You're going from 51, if it's off a little bit or turns a little bit, it doesn't take much to be off. Got a good shot into it and good power into it . . . just frustrating."Akers has made 21 of 30 field-goal attempts this season. He hit from 33-yard out with 1:34 remaining in regulation to give the 49ers a short-lived 13-10 lead. But Zuerlein made a 53-yarder on the final play of regulation to force overtime.

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

PHOENIX – Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was the first of the 49ers’ 30 pre-draft visits to the team’s Santa Clara facility.

Team general manager John Lynch said the club has already met with Foster, an expected first-round draft pick and the likely top inside linebacker available in the draft.

“We brought in Reuben Foster,” Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He came in, and we had a nice visit with him.”

Foster (6 foot, 229 pounds) was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Foster had a controversial trip to the NFL scouting combine. He was sent home after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”