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Harbaugh’s Monday Conference Call

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 26, 2011 – 5:45 PM

The 49ers woke up in Youngstown, Ohio on Monday following Sunday’s 13-8 win over the Bengals. Coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the Bay Area media via conference call and said his team is busy game planning for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Harbaugh said he had time to watch the film of the team’s win in Cincinnati and was happy with the mental toughness the 49ers showed throughout the contest.

“The ballgame yesterday, it was tough, hard-fought, at times painful,” Harbaugh said. “Kind of like going to the dentist. But, you win, it’s good for you. I’m excited about young ball club and the character that they showed. The patience, both by the players and the coaches, in the football game, and the resolve that was shown. I think it bodes very well for our football team in a character building way.”

One player who emerged in Sunday’s contest was backup running back Kendall Hunter, who scored his first NFL touchdown. Starting tailback Frank Gore tweaked his right ankle in the Bengals game, but Harbaugh said he expects Gore to be in the lineup on Sunday against the Eagles.

“I think Kendall’s a good player,” Harbaugh said. “He’s the backup tailback, and Frank’s status in my mind right now, Frank is good to go. So, we’ll play him. We’ll scheme and prepare for this game, Frank along with the rest of the players on the team.”

As for Philadelphia, Harbaugh said he doesn’t know who to expect under center on Sunday. Starter Michael Vick is questionable with a right hand injury, while Harbaugh said the 49ers are also ready for backups Vince Young and Mike Kafka.

The 49ers will try to build on the momentum they seized at the end of Sunday’s game, when cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Reggie Smith ended Cincinnati’s final two drives with interceptions.

“I think we’ve got confident guys in our secondary,” Harbaugh said. “I didn’t see any signs that our guys were hanging their chins down or anything like that. They’re confident, strong, mighty guys. They stepped up and made big plays and that’s what they’re capable of doing and they have the ability to do that and they got it done. That does show a lot of mental toughness and character.”

Harbaugh also addressed the offensive line, saying Chilo Rachal and Adam Snyder are in a competition for the starting right tackle spot. Rachal has started all three of the 49ers games this season, but was replaced by Snyder in the second half of Sunday’s contest.

When asked who will start against the Eagles, Harbaugh said, “That’s to be determined. There’s a competition there.”

Click here to listen to Coach Harbaugh’s conference call

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44 Responses to “Harbaugh’s Monday Conference Call”

  1. By Mike on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    If you want to start, you have to play like a starter!

  2. By polishkingski on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    as a bills fan i remember harbaugh and kelly hating one another. i think harbaugh is much smarter than kelly and i like to see young blood climbing the coaching ranks. good luck from a bills fan sf. you guys deserve to be part of the new great great teams. good luck.

  3. By Clint on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I hope you guys start playing like college and run up the score! It’s good practice for the long throws, and big plays, don’t let up and try to run out clock! Good teams play like they are always behind! Keep up the hard work and stay conditioned, run baby run! Go niners!

  4. By seven years in S.F. on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    some say chilo is no good …not sure he seems to be liked by coaches but in games he is run over and makes mental mistakes

  5. By seven years in S.F. on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    some say chilo is no good …not sure he seems to be liked by coaches but in games he is run over and makes mental mistakes kinda not sure but snyder will prob win the spot

  6. By Jose on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    The whole offensive line needs to improve it’s ridiculous how many times the team is driving down the field and they get slowed down by dumb penalties for false starts.

  7. By Flip on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    The entire o-line needs to get mean and dominate the line of scrimmage..with frank gore running the ball they can put up big numbers on the ground.LETSSSS GOOO NINERSSS FOR LIFE

  8. By Lawrence17 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Coach you gotta be kidding. If this is all you can say and do go back to Stanford….you gotta be kidding keeping Alex Smith on the team. After 6 years this guy still don’t know where he is. He is such a joke in the NFL that the analysts don’t even talk about him or the Niners. I got a plan for you coach…lose all the rest of the games this season and may be you can get Andrew Luck….you know him right coach. Losing should be easy…that’s what the Niners do best!

  9. By frisco62 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    it looks like the 49ers will have 2 pro bowl players this year, the punter and the kicker.

  10. By goldminerush on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    frisco62 you’re forgetting Patrick Willis

  11. By tom in NJ on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    VD needs more touches! DWalker too! Makes it easier for F G and A Smith You can’t stop Vernon…Nobody has so far! What a beast.. GO NINERS! PLEASE beat the eagles so I don’t have to hear about it all week!

  12. By tom in NJ on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Alex needs to show some emotion on the field! Looks like robot going through the motions! What he needs to do to really grab the team and take the next step! C MON MAN!

  13. By tom in NJ on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Just saw our offense is 31st in the league! Can’t beat a HS team with that! Lets get it together!

  14. By Ben on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I dont know which player sux more rachal or staley, i thought staley was a decent Lt but all I see on game day is his guy constantly coming free and nailing smith, he is way over rated and am just waiting for him to go down so atleast someone else gets a shot, and how about practicing diving on loose balls, for the first 3 games whenever a ball is loose the niners just stand around with their heads up their butts instead of going for it WTF,this team still has a long way to go

  15. By perry on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    great game Defense keep up the good work thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By Medic One on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Vernon Davis is a horrible route runner, that’s why he isn’t getting more touches. Alex Smith can’t get past first read and Frank Gore is a bust this season. Lets give Hunter the reigns. I want to see more screens and quick slants. That’s how you fix a bad offensive line. More out of the shotgun and more boot leg options. That’s how you play to Alex Smith’s strengths.

  17. By NDavis on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    How bout we give Hunter some more touches. That man has got legs and he’s good with runnning around defenders. Phily has the 30th ranked def against the run. Lets see Hunter brake off a couple 50 yd runs.

  18. By Kathie Lou Eldridge on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    com’on o line. Don’t let your quarterback get sacked 5 and six times a game, and give Frankie a chance to run without getting pummeled. Otherwise I see improvement every week. Keep persevering guys. I still love you.

  19. By gary potter on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    ben. you forgot RTdavis he is just as bad as other 2 you mentioned

  20. By jerome on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    O-line needs to improve but i’m patient remember because of the lockout they didn’t that much of condition or training as they usually do, not to mention having a new coaches and offensive scheme. Also I would not advise hoping if one our players get hurt when players are dropping like flies from injuries all around the League.

  21. By NinerFAN on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I am sick and tired of Harbaugh’s conservative play calling already. If the leash was longer the 49ers would be putting more points on the board and their record would be 3-0!

  22. By Randy Kirchhevel on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    i just want to say now that michael vick is hurt the 49ers should jump on this oportunity no excuses what so ever just play good defence and give frank gore, kendall hunter the football

  23. By Frank Errico Jr on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply


    Will the anticipated coin-toss Possession Deferment give opponents an edge?

    Will an opponent spend additional resources to focus on the first possession Vs. the usual condition of possession uncertainty?

    Why not take the ball whenever we can, unforeseen opportunity also happens?

    Why not phase-in higher risk sets that keep opponents off balance?

    I am excited about coach Harbough; I think he is trying to determine a baseline.

  24. By ogre on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply


  25. By Mannco on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Oline needs to get it together, like block better and focus, damn it,false starts [should be fined $1,000] along w/ Dline infractions. Don’t know if Gore has lost a step but Hunter was a good shot in the arm, they should split carries, may preserve Gore longer?? ….Alex had about 4 -” low” throws that went incomplete, he needs to step it up a bit, but o.k., at least he didn’t turn it over. Vernon Davis FINALLY got some touches, which was was badly needed to get the – West coast off. going…..The defense looks good. Need more sacks. Bowman is everywhere hitting people hard….I like our kicker and T. Ginn. I hope Vick isn’t playing Sunday, but he’ll be probable by then…Harbaugh is playing it conservitive because the offense needs more time to learn the new system and gel [I give them til mid-season]. I hope it’s not a lack of talent, he may not trust Alex the way he wants to, but not infer to it in public….yet !! Go niners.

  26. By Hermie on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think the O-line is set yet and there will be some changes, but don’t believe they will start gelling until at least game 10. It takes more time to develop an O-lineman than a QB!! Football 101!!

    By game 10 the line will be set and you might think that is to late…but, as long as we win the division games, we will win the conference and that is the time we will be clicking on all cylinders…offensive line wise (not getting into the Alex issue at this time).

  27. By Hermie on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    You have to look at Frank at more than a runner. His play reflects more of the O-lines subpar play than it reflects on Alex I think Hunter is a keeper, but don’t cut Frank short, he is the Patrick Willis on the offense right now and Vernon will be. I liked what I saw out of Crabtree, he definitely helped move the chains.

  28. By Hermie on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Akers definitely the best pick-up this off season and Lee the perennial pro bowler as he has been the last two years.

    The best front 7 on defense in the NFL right now, with the secondary improving with Goldson and Spencer back. Granted it was against Cinci, but after the first series, they played pretty well.

    Harbaugh’s conservative play calling is in part due to Alex’s abilities.

  29. By seven years in S.F. on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    u guys do know that the other teams send 2-3 blitzers almost every down because they know it Messes Alex up ….he has been playing football for years and in the NFL for 7 years now and cant red a defense or slide protection or even hit a hot route he holds the ball way too long and as some have said here really can not handle it and more than likely will falter more as the year goes on ….hmmmm where have i seen that before oh yeah the last 6 years …..ounce again Harbaugh will realize the mistake in about 2-3 more weeks …i cant believe as a new coach coming into a team that has booted 2 other coaches and staff that had anything to do with Alex …doesnt go over film or said QB and even coaches remarks after games he is doing the same thing as the others this has all happened for years same old story …..the line cant block everyone all the time watchother games …..when it happens they throw screens and do draw plays or hit a hot reciever ……Alex can not do those things well enough so the other teams blast the line with 2-3 blitzers and yeah all the time blitzing they will get in u cnt expect the line to hold every down it is up to the Qb to recognize blitz shift line and get off a hot route ………he can not do that so the line gets the blame which is not cool watch the film and you will see watch other games Alex looks like a mall cop waiting in line for a cinnabun out there …….but we are stuck ounce again and no one in the front office will admit it and change it ..its a joke …and cant believe they expect us to buy tickets to watch Alex Smith suck …rediculous

  30. By ahmed on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Some of these comments are ridiculous… We are 2-1 and should be 3-0. Alex isn’t the long term answer or a great QB but who cares as long as we are winning.

  31. By cbking on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    all i can say is keep it going……..keep on building the offense and everyone stay healthy! we can do this!!! GOO NINERS!!!!!

  32. By Lamar Osborne on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Win Is A Win No Matter How Its Done. I Only Want Lanie And Kyle To Get More Touches. Vernon Doesnt Know How To Finish After A Catch. He’s A Huge Guy Yet Doesnt Know How To Lower His Shoulder. Why? I Don’t Know. Good Hard Victory Coach. Closing Thoughts, How About We Bring BAck Thos 94/95 Unis Back For A While? Atleast 1 Sheesh. GO NINERS GO !!

  33. By CTNinerfan on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I watched halftime of Monday night’s game to see highlights of Niners, but Berman touched every team but the Niners. Same thing happened after week one…I wanted to see the two returns for touchdowns and…nothing. Is there a rift between ESPN and the Niners??? I just don’t get it.

  34. By Rick in Round Rock Tx on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I rather them not talk about us in the news. I always get mad when they talk about other teams except the niners but its better that way. We are keeping it stelth. I see Alex getting better an better. You need to have patience my friend. Calm down you will have a heart attack.
    I love the way the coach is handling the Midia very short and to the point not too much info its part of the game plan!! Good Job coach


  35. By seven years in S.F. on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    wow what when man did i miss something Alex getting better and better wow you would figure after 6 years he would be there allready

  36. By gary potter on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    7yrs. where do you get all this film you keep talking about.?? i watch the same game you do and i don’t see all the mistakes you keep harping about.can’t do 3 step drop etc. with OL that we have any QB have a hell of time getting rid of ball. you think either of the other QB do better job?? neither one is a cam newton yet and wont be this year.

  37. By jrparker on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Our O-line will get better as the season progresses, just as it did last year. We are missing two of our starters from last year. It’s going to take time for their replacements to gel with the other three linemen and they will.

  38. By Louie on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    2-1 it’s a great start. Keep it going niners!!!!

  39. By jrparker on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Based upon a projected 10-6 record, team needs and current ratings of future NFL prospects, I have come up with with the first 3 picks of my mock draft for 2012.

    1 Billy Winn….DE………………Boise State
    2. Ryan Broyles WR…………Oklahoma
    3. Mike Brewster C…………..Ohio State

  40. By rjd niner on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    jr parker maybe Luck might be there but i dought it what about the WR
    JEFFERY form South Carlina a top 10 pick .
    I am a steve spurrier fan. what is your mock draft 1 to 10
    interior line picks .

  41. By rjd niner on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Just maybe Snyder at RT will turn out to be a workable solution
    i think coach H see RACHAL as a bulldozer
    I wonder if the players and coaching staff read these comments

  42. By ogre on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    7 years~ you and alex have been doing the same o-same o for about the same
    amount of time. Alex has at least tried to change his tune! Too true it has taken
    too long, but Alex has improved (as you have not). The truth is that both sides of
    the alex issue are valid. This year is the “electrickoolaidacid test” for Al. I do
    believe that coach Hardballs has more knowledge and a greater grasp of the
    goals necessary to have this team succeed! Very few have shown the patience
    that is required to develope this team and reach its potential. Short preseason-
    new system/new coaching= patience and a winning season? That being said:

  43. By jimboninr on Oct 2, 2011 | Reply

    7yrs… its getting old man!!! Alex is what we have and thats what we support. If you dont want to support the team on the field then go some place else!! A true fan is a fan good or bad.

  44. By tony hallerman on Oct 5, 2011 | Reply

    i hoe the 9ers are for real this season and don’t go into a slump am tired of given a real hard time

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