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.”
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