Redskins: 49ers 'are beatable'

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Redskins: 49ers 'are beatable'

LANDOVER, Md. -- There was a lot of trash talk that began before the game when the Redskins were upset when some 49ers ran through their drills on the way to the locker room before the game.But it was all in the name of good competition, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said.
"It was normal," Davis said of the amount of interaction among the players on both teams. "They wanted to win the game. They competed. I can't downplay that. They had a lot of physical guys on their side. I think they played a helluva game, as far as stopping the ball and their DBs did a good job -- DeAngelo Hall and (LaRon) Landry."Here is what some members of the Redskins had to say following the 49ers' 19-11 victory on Sunday:"I thought the defense did some really good things, played well enough to win. I thought the intensity was there and I thought our players played extremely hard. But when you make that many mistakes, you have two turnovers (actually, three) on offense and eventually give up pretty good field position against a team that runs the ball extremely well, plays good rush defense, you can't have that many mistakes."
--Redskins coach Mike Shanahan"They are beatable. They came out and played their game the way they. They run the ball effectively, have a strong defense, didn't make too many mistakes of offense. We turned the ball over too much and we allowed them to run the ball. It's frustrating, but at the same time we had a chance. We gave them the (onside) kick. We have to come up with that and give our offense a chance to go out and tie the game."
--Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander"I don't think they (the 49ers) played that great. I don't think they have that dynamic of an offense. If you hold certain teams in the league to 19 points, you feel you did a great job. I don't think that's their type of offense. I think we could've played better. I think we made mistakes. They are a ball controldefensive team. They are the type of team we strive to be, and they have been doing it very well. "
--Defensive lineman Barry Cofield"We came back and looked at the photos that they gave us on the sideline. And there were a few (plays) where I could've waited a second longer and had a shot at something. I'm going off what I saw, and when you look at the pictures, there were a couple there. (Offensive coordinator) Kyle Shanahan and I were standing on the sideline and we said, 'Hey, you know what? Just wait a half-second longer and it'll get into this hole and we can shoot it there.' "
--Quarterback John Beck"I feel like I was getting open. A lot of times John would go through his reads and not come to me. But that's for coach to talk to John about. I just try to get open and make plays when it comes to me."
--Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney"We played hard. We're always going to play hard. Coach Shanahan coaches well, and we're always going to play hard. Playing hard and losing really doesn't do anything for you, so we've got to figure it out."
--Tackle Trent Williams

49ers specialists get drenched in preparations for inclement weather

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49ers specialists get drenched in preparations for inclement weather

CHICAGO – The 49ers trained for the expected low-30s temperature and snow at Soldier Field with a week of workouts in the 80-degree heat of Florida.

However, the team’s specialists got some practice handling wet footballs during the 49ers’ final practice in Orlando, Fla.

Special-teams coordinator Derius Swinton and his assistant, Michael Clay, made a game of it. Long-snapper Kyle Nelson had to execute 10 perfect snaps to holder Bradley Pinion for field goals. Then, Pinion moved back to punt formation, where another 10 in a row were required.

But they had to be perfect while Swinton and Clay squirted water on the ball and at the hands of Nelson and Pinion, who also received a blast of water in his ear hole at one point.

“We always look up to see if there’s a chance of rain or snow, and we go, ‘Wet-ball drill,’ ” Nelson said. “They (Swinton and Clay) get to have fun, squirting water on us and use the water bottles.

“They make it as bad as possible.”

Nelson and Pinion teamed up to execute perfectly on all 20 field goals and punts.

“If I can do this, in a game it’s going to be even easier,” Nelson said. “They make it a lot harder in practice than it is in a game, so when we get to a game, everything is not as fast.”

The weather conditions on Sunday against the Chicago Bears will likely challenge Nelson, Pinion and kicker Phil Dawson as much as anyone. Dawson has been tracking the weather forecasts for more than a week to get mentally prepared for what he might face.

“Soldier Field is notorious for being a tough place to kick because of the wind and the field itself,” Dawson said this week on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “The footing is pretty poor. So when you add snow and moisture to the equation, it’s going to be one of those days.

“You need to have conversations with your coaches and let them know – be honest with them – about the difficulty. But you have to do that without it affecting your confidence to go out and get the job done.”

Said Nelson, “It takes more focus in bad weather. The snaps have to be a little more perfect. Bradley has to focus more on catching the ball, and Phil has to concentrate on the approach and be more cautious.”

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich had a strong indication he would be fired as Oregon’s head coach. And he said he told Chip Kelly recently he would have no hard feelings if Kelly left the 49ers to return to coach the Ducks.

Kelly this week said he is not interested in abandoning his job with the 49ers to coach in the college ranks. Helfrich suggested during a radio interview on Friday that Kelly told him the same thing privately.

When it was suggested that Kelly hated to recruit, Helfrich did not disagree.

"That's a fact," Helfrich said in an interview on ESPN Radio's Russillo and Kanell. "I don't know hated recruiting. . . a dislike. A strong dislike. But I think Chip has that challenge in his mind right now to make it right in the NFL.

"I had some of those conversations with him a couple weeks ago when it looked like this was going south. That was a very awkward converation, but (I) just wanted to let him know that to take our personal relationship out of it in every way, shape or form if he wanted to consider this.

"But, me, reading between the lines, I think he wants to make it right in the NFL. I think he wants to win at that level. He's had a rough go of it this year, but he'll get it right."

Kelly compiled a 46-7 record in four seasons in Eugene, Ore. He left after the 2012 season to accept the head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was fired late last season and took the 49ers job two weeks later.

In Kelly’s first season with the 49ers, the club is 1-10. The 49ers are on a franchise-long 10-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Helfrich was 37-16 in his four seasons at Oregon after his promotion from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kelly said he spoke with Helfrich the morning after he was fired.

“I just felt bad for Mark. I love him like a brother,” Kelly said. “He’s a tremendous person. He’s a hell of a football coach, but he’s an even better person. Just felt for him and the rest of the guys on that staff. It’s an unfortunate thing that goes on in this profession. We all know about it when we sign up, but when it happens you’re still taken aback by it.”

Kelly said he hoped his denial of any interest in the Oregon job would end all speculation about his future. When asked if intends to remain with the 49ers, Kelly said on Wednesday, “Yep. So we're all done with that, I hope."