Harbaugh on Smith & Kaepernick: 'We need them both'
Coach singles out several defensive players, emphasizes the importance of tackling, comments on the long offensive drives, and challenges the so-called 'experts.'
Winning effort. In a in a very very tough environment. And I thought he. That makes him. It's an outstanding place. As did so many guys there -- really. You know it -- -- open and really talk hopefully you know I'm talking about. Ahmad Brooks who. And the play that he made the catch. Start -- and and then finish it with the -- just looked like he exploded off often that. Are the pressure -- and -- the quarterback of New Orleans. In other factors are statistics. Only a handful of times has he been sacked five times in the game. Everybody -- ray Ray McDonald getting pushed us and Smith getting pushed all in. A mind. Again the two inside linebackers. Played extremely well. -- -- to -- if you're good defense. Get -- I inaugurated played a game. Yeah tackle. In this game like the Bears game. There might have been a missed tackle there might have been too. Haven't had it going all the way through it by like in the Bears game -- one missed tackle. Also there -- no missed tackles. That allowed yards after the catch. So every time we had a chance to contact. A receiver after he caught the ball there's no yards after the catch. That's huge especially when you're talking about the guy like Darren Sproles. Having the ball. Not to mention. Colston and the others and Graham. But there was and always picture perfect. Doctor -- gets. It strolls down in the open field. Almost looked like he was gonna feel to screw loose from it but. I thought they found a way to get him on the ground and then he saw all the make that the player in the boundary where flipped over the top of them and there's just stayed with them contorted his body and made a tremendous play. Gholston and Whitner in. Excellent tackling. So really really really pleased. With that. Offensively. But. Those -- things that we can. We can improve and we we took some big yardage -- off that. Off our side of the ledger. With calls that were made. Not just that the penalty yardage remembers the play that resulted from them. But no drive bigger than the one. To get the fuel toward into the game. Nine and a half minutes sixteen or fifteen play drive. You know when when you need it most. Also the big drive coming out in the third quarter. And in a really good drive it to be. To put the first points on the board. It clean drive -- you know make you -- not make him. Penalties are mistakes. There really. Children our parents can do. -- -- Is what is. Certain. Him. Get hurt. And -- you relish your feelings on it. Whether the -- The position that -- and I mean. I understand that part of it I understand the position that that injury and because your past. And the guys of the Hamburg you know you go to college you go to Alex. You know should you be the start and he's got no good answer for you know. He says yes I should be the starter or retirement either want. You know yes I should be the starter then you replica. You know like you just build yourself -- and if you say no and they they -- -- for you shouldn't you know yet though. You know you're you're not you don't think you should start so. In -- of people today. So called subject matter experts that -- talk about. Well. He should be making a fuss about -- Ers stink about it. Should go. Should be accommodate. Says they're completely wrong message to me. For young young athlete that's out there for a high school. Athlete at quarterback. Where their coach is trying to tell them that you know it's about the team it's. It was all working together so. Allen gets me that says. That's. That's how our two guys are about. They're they're they're great team guys are great example guys. And -- -- ball. The other thing I don't relate to is. You know the situation. That during and because both of played extremely well. You know anytime. That -- could go back and in my own personal history. But. You know who's gonna start at quarterback this week. My experience has been. Both guys struggle you know myself and somebody else we're struggling at the time it's like who's who's struggling laps. You know who will start then this week. This is a unique situation. In my own experience to both have played. Extremely well.