Harbaugh: Dahl's insights confirm what 49ers knew

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Harbaugh: Dahl's insights confirm what 49ers knew
June 13, 2013, 5:30 pm
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In 10 quarters against the Rams last season, the 49ers scored just 37 points in two overtime games. (AP)

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh said former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl merely confirmed what they already knew when he disclosed the Rams had the book on the 49ers' offense last season.

"After the first game we played the Rams, we saw that we were doing that," Harbaugh said Thursday after the team's final practice of the mandatory three-day minicamp.

Dahl revealed on Wednesday that the Rams knew, based on the 49ers' offensive personnel and formations, whether to expect a run or a pass. Dahl started 16 games for the Rams last season before signing with the 49ers this offseason.

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The Rams twice took the 49ers to overtime. The teams tied 24-24 at Candlestick Park on Nov. 11. When the teams met just three weeks later in St. Louis, the Rams pulled out a 16-13 victory in overtime.

When asked if the 49ers telegraphed their plays the second time the teams met, Harbaugh answered, "Not as much."

After Dahl signed with the 49ers, Harbaugh said the coaching staff asked him what the Rams knew about the 49ers' offense. He said Dahl's explanation "confirmed what we knew."

When asked about the 49ers tipping their plays, quarterback Colin Kaepernick said, "We put up quite a few points so I think the coaches were doing all right."


In 10 quarters against the Rams, the 49ers scored just 37 points in two overtime games -- or about 15 points per four quarters of play. In the other 14 regular-season games, the 49ers averaged 25.7 points per game.

Said Kaepernick, "They had a good scheme. There were things in that game, we should've made plays. I should've made different decisions. I'm not going to chalk something up totally to what the defense was doing. I look at ourselves first."