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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Sept. 12

Posted by Taylor Price on September 12, 2011 – 3:03 PM

With Ted Ginn Jr.’s 268 return yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday propelling the 49ers to their first win of 2011, it should come as no surprise that the return specialist’s name was a popular topic inside the team’s locker room just one day after his career performance.

“Ted’s a stud,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said in his day after the game press conference. “There’s no doubt that he’s a heck of a football player and a great guy. I think nobody would be disputing that.”

Harbaugh spoke highly not just of Ginn, but of his entire special teams unit, including coordinator and 49ers assistant head coach Brad Seely.

“Phenomenal performance by Teddy and all the members of the special teams that contributed to that, including Brad Seely – tremendous job,” said Harbaugh, who went on to praise coverage players like linebacker Blake Costanzo and tight end Delanie Walker as well as specialists, punter Andy Lee and kicker David Akers.

There’s been a constant focus on special teams throughout his tenure as head coach. Harbaugh said the 49ers don’t rehearse special teams, but actually practice it. “We give it the importance that it deserves,” he said.

Because of the added attention to special teams, Ginn was able to break free for two important game-changing plays. His 102-yard kickoff return and 55-yard punt return all but guarantee the fifth-year wideout will be the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week. But Ginn’s strong day could not have taken place without the support of his teammates.

Take his 102-yard kickoff return for example. Without the edge-setting block by rookie safety Colin Jones, Ginn would not have made it down the Seahawks sideline untouched.

The lightning-fast returner’s presence in the return game was a game-time decision Harbaugh revealed. But ultimately, the 49ers wanted Ginn’s experience in the kick return game and the decision paid off.

Now the 49ers have to decide if Ginn will remain as the team’s sole return specialist which could potentially limit his role on offense.

“After yesterday’s performance you sure hate to take him off the field right now in those roles,” Harbaugh admitted. “He means a lot to us on the offensive side of the ball as well.”

More Monday Notes

Reggie Smith returned to action on Sunday after missing four preseason games due to a knee injury. Smith played primarily on special teams, but also saw time at safety along with Donte Whitner. “A lot of it is mental,” Smith said. “Getting out there and playing yesterday took a lot of doubt that I couldn’t go out there and do something. That was the first time out there really hitting since the injury. It was a confidence boost and I think I’ll be a lot better from here on out.”

Harbaugh took exception to the notion of the 49ers being conservative on third down, especially in the red zone. “That’s attacking in our mind. And there are things that we knew we would going into this game come out of it liking. And some other things going, well we don’t like that so much, and those things we’re going to have to work really hard to improve and the things we’re doing well, definitely, devote as much reps to those as we can and keep doing them.

The 49ers coach enjoyed his first win in the NFL, but said he wanted to see his team’s highlights on TV last night and didn’t see it. The perceived slight didn’t bother Harbaugh, but gave him more motivation for this week’s matchup against the visiting Dallas Cowboys.

“It just kind of documents what you know – what the perception is of our team around the league and around the country,” he said. “Some people can say that’s not fair, it isn’t right, but do something about it. And that’s our mindset. That’s our approach.”


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40 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Sept. 12”

  1. By james gross on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Im realy feeling our new coach so positive …in a situation where people look at the bad our coach looks at it as motivation that how i am so i feel exactly where you coming from coach great job and continue good luck i know it will be a great season lets go niners love all of you for life

  2. By Donna Galindo on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    I get annoyed at the way the sports shows exclude talking about the 49ers too. I think if we can can beat Dallas, they will start talking about us. So come on guys go kick there butts! Please!

  3. By B-Val on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Yup, 49ers always get snubbed on TV

  4. By BD on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t stand Dallas. I can’t think of a team I would rather have start the season ZERO and two. Go Niners!

  5. By seven years in S.F. on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    yeah nothing worse than losing to the romoboys….pick it up and give lackluster Alex the ball take off the training wheels and see what he has left in the tank stop coddling him geeze 7 years now getting real boreing…see what he can do when he falls flat on his face cut him and move on …knowing you gave him a full chance to showcase himself ..of what i know not and he either becomes the next probowler or the next to retire a bust either way get it over and done with so we can move on because you try to kick 4 field goals against cowboys lol they may not be cowboys of old but they know us and we kick more than 2 field goals and they will destroy us. If they do at least let it be because Alex tried his best and fell flat and we can go another direction before the seaon is all to familiar with the staff replacing him anyways and then saying well he is really smart and such….we know how smart he s he took the team for 89 million dollars he has not done a thing in 7 years and gets to reitire either way a rich …..SO all you kids out there do really good at QB in college and then get picked #1 by the niners and you won’t have to do anything and make multiple millions of dollars and retire at an early age. woot …

  6. By gary potter on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    good game not great but good. don’t believe JH showed any of running game. DL was awesome. we can beat dallas if we can put pressure on romo, sure he threw for 340+ yards but that interception was the ballgame threw into double coverage not the mark of top quarterback. AS had good game no turnovers and good protection by OL. hard to believe the improvement the last 2 weeks.
    go niners

  7. By Dugovic on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    49ers friend
    Jim Harbaugh and 49ers,did not knowing very much each another,becase 49ers never seen to play them self..,Jim Harbaugh decision to play safe and with patience was right..But yesterday game 49ers had big break,because 49ers had no offense and very tired defense at the end.Carol had very good game plan,he miss it just by hair. Now 49ers are open book,i am very worry that 49ers will be not got it right next time.,

  8. By medicone on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ware is going to be a beast to contend with next week. Dallas lined him up as a linebacker and moved him everywhere across the line to get matchups they liked. I don’t have the high marks for Alex Smith. He still isn’t getting past his first read, but one game at a time, and hopfully this is confidence building 101.
    I think the defense will continue to shine 1st half against a beat up unmolded Dallas o-line, but they have to get off the field. I also think the signing of a new RB is Harbaugh showing us that Gore is getting older and they are looking to the future…
    Seattle showed how to stop Gore, Hunter, this is going to be a big test for you and Dixon. Good luck guys and great job this week!

  9. By Richard on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    New B’s on the O Line if anyone asks they only got 1 vet on the O Line

  10. By Alessandro on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith should be put to sleep…. btw Chilo Rachal is terrible

  11. By Richard on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Talking about dallas

  12. By pboywill415 on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Give Ginn his money back!

  13. By bobcat2u on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    If we didn’t have defense, we’d have no fense

  14. By serge on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    good game and i’m a die hard 49ers fan but the offense sucked big time if it wasent for the defense and special team we would of came out with a loss out of the game no doubt the offensive cordinator did not impress me at all the play calling was horrible there is no way we can compete against elite teams hope they bring it next time lets go 49ers we have the weapons unnecessary use them.i’m tire of mediocre.

  15. By Young2Rice on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    wow guys, i thought alex looked really good considering our ground game…i hate 3 and outs it really tires the defense and only having 3 OLB’s makes it harder for guys to stay fresh all game long, I know that we played a little more nickel D but you can tell that in the second half when the shehawks started rolling and we had a couple 3 and outs that our D was really stuggling to hang on…Thank God we have Jim Hardballs and his mindset of every aspect of football being important…including Special Teams good job Teddy! Go Niners

  16. By Noteriety on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Holy Poop. We won. Can’t anyone be happy?

  17. By nrek49 on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Richard is correct about Dallas O-line being all Rookies exept 1. Our D-line men are bigger and better experienced than them so hopefully JH and staff can take advantage of this. Also we will see Vernon be more utilized Dallas’s secondarys are too small. SO LETS GO GET THEM COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. By NorthLongBeach49erFanSinceBirth on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    I cant stand fake niner fans get off the page

  19. By SFN9ner on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Looking forward to 49ers game vs Cowboys,Edwards and Davis should come up big against the smaller defenders…hopefully Goodwin has a great game under center because Ratlif is a monster cant wait to see the O and D Line match up against this team…Go N9NERSSSS!!!!!

  20. By Thomas on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    My god… Cowboy Justin Smith is gonna show Dallas who the real sheriff is in town! Hes such a savage and I can put money that were gonna be showing Tony Romo the turf all game long. The Dallas secondary is god awful and you know Harbaugh is gunning for those big targets next week. Lets see Sean Lee try and cover Vernon Davis, lets see Demarcus Ware try and out maul Joe Staley and Mike Iupati, lets see if Anthony Spencers lack of effort even lets him get CLOSE to tackling Frank Gore, and most importantly…. lets see what people think of the NINERS, after we put the freaking smack down on big D. WE’LL SHOW THEM SOME D! GO NINERS!

  21. By alex on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    who cares about ESPN airtime. as long as the 49ers keep winning im happy!!!! go 49ers snitches!!!!!!

  22. By Brian on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    I do believe we will have a winning season…lets go 49ers!!

  23. By Tarcules on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    We sat 2 rows up from endzone close to where Ted Ginn would wait for the kickoff. You can see he meant business before his TD run backs. Ted utillizes his blocks in an amazing way. The Special Team blocking was epic! This NINER Team is SPECIAL, GO NINERS!

  24. By Shayne on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    @ Donna… you are so dang right about all the sports shows not giving the niners any love??? Ginns two returns in a row was amazing and a record on opening day and they lack the mentioning of this feat? ridiculous. instead they show dallas all damn day, after they lose even, or the giants, and Steelers, always fricken get love even when the patriots dont play that day.IF any other team would have had two returns to win the game it would have been the first thing shown!!!

  25. By Brian on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    Well i liked what harbaugh said about no shows giving us attention. “Some people can say that’s not fair, it isn’t right, but do something about it. And that’s our mindset. That’s our approach.” in Harbaugh i trust!

  26. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    THE PAST SEASONS OUR TEAM HAS NOT DONE WELL, BUT THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE THIS SEASON, OUR TEAM IS GOING TO SHINE, AND IT WILL START AFTER WE BLOWOUT DALLAS, SF49ERS ARE GOING TO SHOW THE WORLD WHO IS #1. HARBAUGH IS PUTTING TOGETHER AND AWESOME TEAM, IN TIME WE WILL BE BETTER THEN ANY TEAM THAT 49ERS HAVE EVER HAD. WE HAVE TO STAY POSITIVE AND SUPPORT OUR TEAM 110%.

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  27. By DMT on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    Crabtree is a bust!

  28. By Red&Gold 4 life on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    I was happy with the solid performance we got from our Defense, and thomas is right about Justin Smith. He’s the new sheriff in town and I hope he makes former 49er o-lineman Kyle Kosier look like a fool by knocking him flat on his back and introduce Romo to a new world of pain. Our offense needs to step up their game a little. We need to do a better job letting Gore pound his way to the endzone, and I need to see Alex Smith throw some TDs. I don’t want our team to just beat the Dallas Cowgirls, I want to embaress them. I would love nothing more than to see our defense post up a shutout. Then maybe the sport shows will pay closer attention. GO NINERS!

  29. By mike white on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    Some really good comments on this page. I have watched Alex Smith since his college days and I wonder if he can see the whole field. Alex either cant scan the field or he is unable to to pull the trigger when his receivers are open, sort of like a brain fart. either way somehow someway the QB coach or offensive cord. have to get him to react faster. If Alex is as smart as people say he is then its time to step up and show the world that he can play.

  30. By Fan on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    One the 49ers GPS games is next Sunday against the Cowboys. This will show were the 49ers stand in the first half of the season.

  31. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    there is most definitely a huge difference between a offensive minded coach and a defensive minded one,god its sooo good to have an offensive coach again….thanks for choosing us harbaugh

  32. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    you brought us faithful back together again

  33. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    i wonder if we would have lost, do you think harbaugh would have said ” we gotta go back and watch some film “….LOL

  34. By Michael Mosher on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    i agree the defense played well…. special teams outstanding…..but the offense still needs alot of work……just let Alex throw the D_ _ _ BALL……If he throws an int,then go back to being conservative… but Alex can throw it…boot leg him out and let it fly….being conservative is not gonna get us through the hole season…..go niners”

  35. By Del on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    How many times is it going to take before someone realizes that Frank
    Gore can no longer run up the middle. He goes down as so as he is touched. Couldnt get it in from the 1 yard line.- Why didnt we try something different ????
    What is it that you guys see in Alex Smith that none of us do??? I hope the offense shows up for Dallas -

  36. By gary potter on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    with all the tv coverage of JERRY THE KING JONES before romos fumble and interception and not even a shot of his suite doesn’t that make all niners feel good? i would have loved to see his face . hope we can make him throw up sunday.
    go niners

  37. By PETERD on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    The Cowboys have only two rookies on their O-line according to their depth chart.

  38. By ogre on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    It would appear that coach & his staff have this team pointing in the right direction.
    I don’t know what the coaching circumstances were previously, but Alex now has all of the proper ingredients. With CK and ST as in the wings waiting. Not bad when comparing to last year. The past is past. I’m not telling you anything when I say this team is “talent” laden. Time for the stew to “cook & simmer” awhile. The Defense “crazed BEAST”: I like it. But take a look at 3rd qrt. and beginning of the 4th. Never should have let them come back. Defense needs to
    “go for the jugular”: NO MERCEY! Special teams you are impressive. Not just the
    two TD’s from Master Ginn, but just about every return except for one. Pretty good numbers. Think on this: no turnovers, too many penalties, that was no “twinky” running the ball in for a TD: end of the 2nd qrt. So I think Alex is trying too respond and with coach Hardballs; I think he is going to make it!!!!!!!

    Salty Sage says “WE SHALL SEE?” GO NINERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By smitty on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    lets go niners!!!!!we can beat dallas and tony homo we are beast lets goo!!!!!

  40. By sean on Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    are 49ers will get notice real soon thats all i have to say this sunday lets put the smacka down on cowminours

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