“Patience, perseverance and overall optimism.”
That’s the motto 49ers starting quarterback Shaun Hill has adopted to help him out in tough situations.
“If things aren’t going well, just be patient, they will. Persevere through the tough times and at all times stay optimistic. That’s the way I play. That’s the way I’ve always been,” Hill explained of his mantra.
“That’s my own thing. I’m the new Yogi Berra I guess.”
Hill’s saying has been especially resourceful coming off a heartbreaking 27-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Despite the last-second defeat, Hill and the rest of the 49ers have done their best to put the game behind them.
“The only thing in my notebook right now says, ‘St. Louis,’” Hill said referring to the new center of his attention. “We turned the page on the last game and now we’re looking forward.”
It’s not like this was the first tough loss in the careers of many of the 49ers. From high school to college to previous NFL games, it’s likely that most of the players have been unsuspectingly beaten at the end of a game.
“Unfortunately, we lost a game like that when I was at Virginia Tech playing against Boston College,” second-year wide receiver Josh Morgan said. “We played them during the season and Matt Ryan threw a bomb to the running back that beat us in the last eight seconds of the game.”
But Morgan and the rest of his teammates didn’t dwell on the defeat.
“We saw them again in the ACC championship and beat them convincingly. That’s the main thing we have to do, do what I did at Virginia Tech. Hopefully we’ll see the Vikings later on and we’ll deal with it later on.”
The 49ers might also have to deal without the services of star running back Frank Gore when they host the St. Louis Rams this Sunday at Candlestick Park. Although the results of his MRI on his ankle have yet to be announced, backup Glen Coffee is ready for whatever opportunity presents itself.
“As a professional you always have to be ready when you’re number is called. That’s just the way I look at it,” Coffee said. “I just have to step in for Frank and I can’t let there be any slide in execution or production.”
Coffee should be a competent replacement for Gore. His teammates believe so, mainly because they have been intrigued with him from the day they first met him.
“I was impressed with him the first day we got together at the rookie minicamp,” Hill said of Coffee.
“As many rookies do when they come in, they try to run like they did in college. They try to outrun everyone to the boundary and turn everything into an 80-yard run. Coach [Singletary] got on Glen after that first session and by that second practice he was hitting the seams and punching it up in there to get four or five yards a carry.”
Hill also complimented tight end Vernon Davis for his breakout game against the Vikings.
“Vernon made some great plays for me,” Hill said. “On top of that they were trying to get under his skin and he didn’t let that happen. I was very proud of Vernon and the way he played. He’s really come a long way. He’s a guy who I feel very comfortable with him out there.”
Along with Davis and Coffee, Hill said he’s pleased with the play of the 49ers defense.
“Our defense has played great all season,” Hill said. “They kept us in that game and they did a wonderful job for us. We kept on the field for too long and that goes back to our third-efficiency. We put them in bad situations throughout the whole game just because we couldn’t convert on third downs. They did a good job in keeping us in the ballgame.”
Hill was asked if the Minnesota loss compared to last season’s defeat on Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals, to which he responded:
“Most losses feel about the same to be honest with you. We were able to move past that one and we’ll definitely do the same thing with this one.”
The results of MRI on 49ers RB Frank Gore show a right ankle strain and a right hind foot sprain that will sideline him for approximately three weeks.
The results of MRI on T Joe Staley show a right quad contusion and he is listed as day-to-day.
The results of MRI on S Reggie Smith show a right groin strain and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
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