11.12: Scot McCloughan on Chronicle Live
Greg Papa talks with 49ers GM Scot McCloughan on Chronicle Live November 12th.
Scott McClure is gonna join us live from a candlestick it very simply Scott -- ask you first about your wide receiver. Isaac Bruce who was at a tender ankle for weeks in many. Aggravated in the game against Tennessee on Sunday and also re aggravated it in practice on a Tuesday. Is Isaac booed Bruce going to be up or down for the game the night against the Bears. Right now is going to be down for us on the you know we're we're with a midpoint in the season with his agent with the fact that he has been nicked a little bit. -- with the call he would definitely have a receiver -- -- with him -- no -- now things we demand that Tennessee's for the long stretch. So Jason Hill obviously we'll take got a more profound role when you're three wide receiver package tonight that Michael Crabtree. And Josh Morgan tell me about the young man's development because a lot of Bay Area fans know him from growing up in the Bay Area go to sacred. Park high school before going at to Washington State he was injured his rookie year to not play a lot just five games event last year caught thirty balls and a couple of touchdowns. Now why was it last -- Scott do you think that he emerged. In his first two touchdown game in the NFL. Well one -- much Jayson that's always been unique is that if from high school to college sure now I -- being in the league when he is not a football field he's made plays Tom a solid too much warm. You know even last week I was surprised at all he's had a really good practices the last couple weeks I was -- really really hard. The -- -- -- about his legacy is speed quickness back he's not thinking about the system you -- -- the system down now in NEC and athleticism he has. -- nearly the last sure we will -- in the second half the season yesterday catches like you mention for two touchdowns. You know any and all specialties made plays on the side he's here and again that's one reason that reason that the position we had a death doesn't look during camp play make plays for us. So Josh Morgan all started -- usually wide receiver and obviously Michael started your reaction when you when you mix. Jason Hill and you're three wide receiver package typically which one goes in the slot those formations. Was -- -- -- -- the with -- good thing about it is what Josh restraint with Michael street there was Jason street they all three condone it now the key thing is we wanna make sure the matchups of the defense and the -- covers are going to be in. Home but again Jason you know I guess that has quickness and so is Michael and strength in the the main thing about the slot receiver he's not make a play after the catch and get all through those guys can do it. Is that Chicago played as much cover two defense is as they have in years -- under coach Lovie Smith. Yes there are the -- McGwire there to cover two. I want to ask you about Michael Crabtree because you and I were you were on the show the very day that he shiny we're all anxious to see how quickly he would pick it up and obviously. And the guy picked it up incredibly. Quick limit right away five catches the first game six the second game three the third game that's amazing for a guy admits as much time. We'll talk about -- -- wide receiver aptitude is a mentality of the game that's pretty impressive to come right in and be able to contribute like. It's very impressively for any rookie does go to training camp but the one thing about it is that still work in progress and he's likable Mel Mel bus on the fill in the came back and impetus but. Do the -- unique about him is he only came in college. As quarterbacks last fastball Poehler made a swisher receiver it was productive right away again. Understands how to play the position you know when the one thing about this this offense and we've made sure once we got him signed -- we want him on the field as soon as possible but he had to earn it. If any did earlier and -- early to got on the field. You know. The thing that's unique about him he doesn't panic you don't you don't see him to produce pressure situation. You know thing ol' boy isn't -- Big Ten yard out fourteen yard out he's the runner right stuff and he's he's been catching a ball in traffic in. You know he's got a long way to go to Q I think he can give but it is a work in progress each week is getting better each week. Seems like his skill set is perfectly suited to attack recovers two defense they could run that eighteen yard outer. They dig Enright did -- beyond that brought the corner of for the -- gets kind of they'd be a play you need to dyed to match up against this defense isn't. No doubt about it again the the big thing in and help this quarterback out help this offense out of these guys is run after catch and wanting to Michael did really really well and called with the forty plus touchdowns is run after catch so. Kenseth slammed break that tackle to safety this -- races. Baghdad get real little update on some of the other people as far as injury goes you're not gonna have Glen Robinson are Glen Coffee I should say tonight so Michael Robinson will be. Your number two back behind Frank Gore is a world where with the added duties of running back we'll Michael Robinson that still returned kickoffs for you tonight. He Mueller return a kick gossip this -- point word Jesus are taken quite a few staffs are running back if frank does good -- duels you'll switch -- but he is our main kick returner. Come in on the one thing about the guy Moran Norris he'll be our third back if we -- to get to that point of them carried the football on new ground franks then helping African American game for us. And Brandon Jones we'll return punts for you as well. If I could ask I have never seen you since you guys released Allen Rossum he's been in the league for long long time at a pretty good kick and punt returner wound up going to Dallas and getting hurt. Why did you guys release Allen Rossum Scott. Still got to a point worded your Billy was a question home deal like you said an excellent football player throughout his career as a punt and kick returner -- -- quality guy called individual -- we need to make our 53 -- -- or 45 -- named as strong as -- could be. There with the idea of him possibly not build a -- hold up throughout the entire game you -- a spot there. You know is -- we got a couple guys are -- are right now we still have upside bombed or not as productive of course is Allen and in his career fourth feel good about and as you're well aware a lot of -- special teams start so strong the blocking on you know -- tonight and a big -- -- special teams mostly comes of the punt returner Brandon Jones. Closer Billy is an issue when he got hurt in Dallas right away -- -- corrected that assessment. Gimme a big picture look at from the GMs office of the football team if you were three and want to start you've lost border role. -- you look at it that the one game where you really got blown up was the Atlantic game. For the other five losses have been by touchdown or less you almost fate indeed he almost made many in many you've played well enough last week to win at times. Where do you think you are you look at it from a global view of your football team where are you guys right now. For a football team that does that -- -- improve week in and week out you know what we've shown we have the talent level we have the coaches to put prison position to win a game now with the -- of finishing game the big thing is in the fourth quarter which is all the gaining -- season. We made big plays in the fourth quarter our offense scored I'll make a touchdown. On the dollar in those first three or four weeks there where we're make him turn overs you know the balls and there -- will make the play on the ball. Com news these last we had last year we have not done that -- that we -- the ball away and I think -- -- -- racial margin margin is huge. They want to start losing that we can we -- stuff to win but I like this team from the standpoint to still fight you know we're we're got eight games left at the season left then number. You know you go watch practice you'd you'd think rescind that you know undefeated record of one or two losses because these guys had the energy in the positive outlook flood of one thing we had to do you have jobs losing skid you have to win a fun way to win a football game don't streak here. You guys are hungry for one tonight I'm not gonna keeping any longer were almost getting close to kick off Scott tell what you don't get ready -- your -- good luck tonight just thanks for your time back chronicle live results. They do much good every night.