Harbaugh Q&A: 49ers prepare for Bryant, 'Boys


Harbaugh Q&A: 49ers prepare for Bryant, 'Boys

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SANTA CLARA -- Here's the transcript from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's Friday press briefing (courtesy of the 49ers' public-relations department):Q: Not often do you hear piped-in noise during practice before a home game. What was the thinking behind that?
Harbaugh: "The defensive communication. Times when the opposing offense has the ball, there's crowd noise and the defense has to communicate. Going through those mechanics of the communication without being able to hear each other."Q: Will this game be a better measure of your pass protection, considering you have Dallas' defensive line and what they can bring from the pass rush?
Harbaugh: "Well, it will be a big test for us, no question about it and a great challenge. Very good football team that makes it tough on you to protect the passer, so that area and many others. Definitely will be a big challenge for us and I think our guys are up for it."RELATED: Willis, Ware are on paths to meet at Hall of Fame
Q: What do you think about Vernon Davis as a pass blocker?
Harbaugh: "I think he's exceptional, both as a pass blocker and a run blocker, and (it's) well-documented. You can really see with the eye, what he does in the passing game and the athleticism and the speed. He's well-rounded, much like the tight end from Dallas Jason Witten. They're both elite tight ends in the league because they can do both, they can block and run the assortments of routes."Q: Other than Tony Romo, what other problems does the Cowboys' offense present?
Harbaugh: "They have so many playmakers, Witten, Dez Bryant and their running back (Felix Jones) is outstanding. An assortment of weapons that guys that make plays, wonderful football players. It's great challenges across the board. Just every unit, every one of our units will be challenged."Q: A guy like Bryant, who may or may not play, do you just assume he's going to play and adjust if he doesn't?
Harbaugh: "Yes."Q: Does it change much, really, from what they would do if the key receiver is out?
Harbaugh: "I don't think it would, that would just be a guess. We prepared as though he were going to be in there."RELATED: 'Game-time decisions' for receivers Crabtree, Bryant
Q: In the game Sunday, Adam Snyder saw a little bit of time at right guard, is that for that particular game, was it injury-related or why was he in on occasion?
Harbaugh: "He's in on occasion because we think he's a good football player. Not uncommon to substitute on the offensive line from time-to-time."Q: Can you expand on what Brad Seely (special teams coordinatorassistant head coach) has brought and what kind of traits he's instilled in these guys?
Harbaugh: "A real comprehensive knowledge of the game in a very short period of time, which really illuminates just what a good teacher Brad Seely is. I'm sitting in those meeting everyday and learning a lot of football from coach Seely, and I know our players are as well. It's great that we got results so quickly. He does a phenomenal job and I wish you could sit in on those meetings and listen to him coach. It's like a professor at an institute of higher learning, and I know our players, realize that and soak it in and therefore it is showing up on Sunday. It's outstanding the way he gets his point across and teaches the game. Not just special teams, but broader - tackling, leverage and angles. It's really, really good."Q: Are you inviting us?
Harbaugh: "No, you said you weren't necessarily for us. You're neutral. Those meetings are for guys that are for us, that want to see the 49ers win."Q: You're not going to let that go are you?
Harbaugh: "No, at some point Iu2019m sure I will."Q: Is he as good of a special teams coach as John Harbaugh?
Harbaugh: "No comparisons there. They're both outstanding. They're both very good."Q: As far as the injury report designation, where are WR Michael Crabtree

and S Dashon Goldson stand?
Harbaugh: "Questionable for the game. Game time decisions on both of those men."Q: Do you see some leadership skills in Donte Whitner , can you just talk about your impressions of him since heu2019's been here?
Harbaugh: "Top flight pro in all areas. Really high level performance every time he steps on the field in practice and in games for us. Provides the leadership you're talking about in communication on the field, the way he talks in the back end for us. The same in meetings. Just a high level of performance on both the mental side and the physical side."Q: Does it strike you that he's only 26?
Harbaugh: "Yes, yes he does as a matter of fact. Very mature 26-year-old."
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Q: Your two captains, I don't believe they have the 'C's' on their uniforms. Is there a reason for that?
Harbaugh: "That's hockey. You're thinking of hockey. That's hockey where they put the C on their jersey."Q: So that's a hockey thing?
Harbaugh: "That's a hockey thing. From the inception of the game, that was hockey. That's not football to us. C's on the jerseys, that's hockey. Which I have great respect for, we have great respect for the game of hockey."

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

SANTA CLARA -- In the early afternoon Monday after the 49ers’ day-after-game meetings concluded, the players were excused for the next seven days.

Coach Chip Kelly opted to give the 49ers a week break, rather than going through a couple days of practices before providing the players with a mandatory four consecutive days off during the bye week.

The 49ers on Sunday dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there will be no extra practices to attempt to sharpen their performance.

“They’ve been at it since July 31st,” Kelly said. “They haven’t had more than one day off in a row. So I think at this point in time that’s what our whole MO has always been.

“They’ll meet with our strength and conditioning coaches. They have their lifting programs in terms of what they can do and what they have to do. And I think at this point in time we need to heal up. I think it’s a good break for them to do what they need to do and that’s the way I’ve always done it and our teams have been fresh coming out of the bye week.”

While the players will be off for a week, Kelly said the coaching staff will continue to work through Friday in an attempt to identify areas in which they can improve and snap out of their six-game losing streak on Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’ve got a lot of self-scout that we have set aside,” Kelly said. “We’ll be in here all week kind of looking at what we’ve done in the first seven games, what have our opponents done to us in the first seven games relative to what we thought going into the game based on the break downs. Did they change?

“If they were 60-percent pressure going into our game and they were only 30-percent pressure in our game, trying to delve into how people are defending us. How are people attacking us from an offensive standpoint in terms of attacking our defense and what their tendencies were going into the game and then what actually transpired in the game. So we’ve got a lot of film work and a lot of studying to do here during this week.”

Kelly reiterated on Monday that he is not looking at leaving the 49ers after this season. He said he has not heard from any schools with coaching openings or potential openings. Kelly said he has tried to remain focused on his job through the longest losing streak he has ever experienced as a coach.

“No one’s happy, so I don’t know if the word’s anguish, but I mean obviously you try to keep it consistent in terms of your approach to everything that you do,” Kelly said. “I don’t think being consistent and being even-keeled means that it doesn’t bother you or that you’re not frustrated in terms of what’s gone on.”

Kelly said the 49ers have the talent to win games. When asked why the coaches have not been able to extract more victories, Kelly placed the blame for the team’s poor play on himself and his staff.

“That’s on us,” Kelly said. “I agree 100-percent in terms of what you’re saying. But our job is to put our players in position to make plays and we’re not doing a good enough job of that right now.”

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

San Francisco 49ers fans came together last season and raised money to fly an anti-Jed York banner over Levi's Stadium on three separate occasions. With the team 1-6 this year, there is a new push for a banner calling out a different member of the team’s front office. 

[REWIND: Banner flies over Levi’s calling for 49ers, York to mutually part ways]

On Monday a crowdfunding campaign was created with the goal of raising $1,076 by Oct. 28 in order to fly a banner that reads “49ers: Fire Trent Baalke” over Levi's Stadium on Nov. 6 before the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The fundraising goal was fulfilled in 11 hours by 58 people as it reached $1,095. 

The campaign proceeds are promised to Aerial Services of Livermore, which charges $1,024 for two hours of airtime, according to the post, and GoFundMe.com, which takes five percent of all funds raised -- $51.20.

The three banners that flew over Levi’s last season read “Jed York And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways," "Hold Jed Accountable," and "Jed Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"