Dawson eager to kick at at Candlestick

Dawson eager to kick at at Candlestick
March 19, 2013, 6:15 pm
I'll study the weather forecast, and when it's supposed to be bad days, you can find me down there.
—Phil Dawson on Candlestick Park

Both Phil Dawson and Candlestick Park are on one-year contracts.

And the new 49ers kicker wants to get to know his new home stadium before the final season at Candlestick Park kicks off.

Dawson met Tuesday with 49ers special-teams coordinator Brad Seely, who was his coach for two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Dawson had a question for him: Can he get into Candlestick Park in the offseason and start kicking?

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"He said it was," said Dawson, who plans to move to the Bay Area shortly as soon as he and his wife, Shannon, can get everything with his family squared away.

"That's a huge plus in my mind. So what my plan will be, I'll study the weather forecast, and when it's supposed to be bad days, you can find me down there. I want to get in there and start hitting balls and see what's going on and get a game plan. That's part of my job. I don't necessarily have an opponent across the line of scrimmage that I have to study and be prepared for. But I do need to know the conditions I'm going to have to face."

Dawson has kicked just twice at Candlestick Park in his career. In 2003, he missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide right in the Browns' 13-12 victory. And in 2011, Dawson made a 52-yarder in a 20-10 loss to the 49ers.

There were a lot of factors, Dawson said, that came together for him to decide to leave Cleveland after 14 seasons.

"It's hard to pick just one, and that's why this is such an attractive place," Dawson said. "Obviously, one of the storied organizations in the history of the NFL, and a team that is on verge of winning it all right now with a great great head coach (Jim Harbaugh), a great front office. A special-teams coach I'm familiar with, a great part of the world to live in.

"What is there not to like? When you start mixing that all together, even for an idiot like me, it's a pretty easy decision."