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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Oct. 31

Posted by Taylor Price on October 31, 2011 – 2:59 PM


Bruce Miller has been in disguise for most of the 2011 season. It’s just funny how it’s seemingly come into focus on Halloween for that matter.

The two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year has blended nicely into his role with the 49ers, one where he’s asked to play as a fullback who paves the way for elite running back Frank Gore.

Gore, who has rushed for more than 125 yards with a rushing touchdown in his last four games, credited his strong play to his blockers. Miller is among those responsible for Gore surging past Roger Craig into second place on the 49ers all-time rushing list, too.

“Bruce is a very smart kid,” Gore said on Monday. “He’s been coached very well by (running backs) Coach (Tom) Rathman and he’s doing a great job. He’s very athletic. He’s tough.”

Miller, however, doesn’t want the spotlight on him. Instead, he’s complimentary of the 49ers seven-year veteran rusher and his offensive linemen.

“Every week we’re carrying the ball for a lot of yards and it’s pretty impressive on Frank’s part,” Miller shared. “I think the guys up front are doing a great job. I just like being a part of that.”

The No. 211 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft has proved to be a valuable developmental player. When starter Moran Norris suffered a fibula injury that caused him to miss the team’s last five contests, Miller has filled in Norris’ shoes, or shoulder pads for that matter, to create running lanes for Gore.

Such success isn’t clouding Miller’s perspective. The rookie is enjoying the experiences, but more importantly, learning on the job as he goes.

“I’m just having a blast feeling like a part of what we’re doing, especially in the running game,” continued Miller. “They’re very creative with what they’re doing upstairs. They call the plays, but we have to execute them and the guys up front are doing an excellent job and Frank’s doing a great job of hitting the hole.”

Gore tied a career high with 31 carries against the Browns and said rest over the bye week allowed him to feel fresh while carrying the ball so many times.

“I felt better yesterday than the games before the bye,” Gore explained. “The bye week helped me.”

Gore also credited his strong month of October to his offseason conditioning. It was in those workouts that Gore pushed his body to handle the rigors of the NFL schedule.

But Gore’s not concerned about the yards he needs to become the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher.

For him, it’s just a one-week-at-a-time approach.

“We’re thinking about the Washington Redskins, going down there to get this win. I think they’re a good team. We take it one game at a time, one day at a time.”

Trick or Treat

Two players on the 49ers roster said their best Halloween costumes of all-time came in the form of dressing as Power Rangers.

One was the Red Ranger; the other was the White Ranger.

Who could it be?

None other than Miller and fellow rookie cornerback Chris Culliver. And if you think about it long enough, it’s easy to tell who was red and who was white.

“I was the Red Ranger, of course,” Miller, the red-headed fullback said. “I couldn’t go any other way.”

Culliver had different reasoning for his selection.

“I was the white one… he was the coolest.”

And while players won’t be dressing up like they did as youngsters, they can take pride in seeing their children take part in the holiday.

Gore said his son, Frank Jr., would dress as NBA star LeBron James, while linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s son, NaVorro Jr., went to school dressed up as a police officer.

“He went to school, blowing his whistle. I’m guessing he’s just blowing the whistle and flashing his flash light all day.”


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35 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Oct. 31”

  1. By Vortex on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    Jim Harbaugh is the second coming of Bill Walsh! We’ve had our time losing after 20 years of success and with Jim Harbaugh it just feels like the magic that Bill Walsh created all those years ago. We might not have a Joe Montana, but we have a team with potential that our coaching staff has tapped and taken a step above potential. Great players are only good under poor coaching, but good players are great under good coaching!

  2. By Duane on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    I liked Jim Harbaugh as a player, but I like him even more as a coach. He’s doing a great job turning us into winners and contenders again. Oh and good job listening to your gut on Alex Smith. I always knew he’d be alright with the right coach and now he’s got it, there’s no telling how far we can go. Thanks coaching staff and players.

  3. By rookieoftheweek on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    great win last weekend. although browns are kind of a given W agaisnt the 49ers i have to say i didnt like the second half of the game. there were some things that bothered me but overall i would grade the defense A- and the offense a B. nevertheless Jim harbaugh is without a doubt going to be a hall of fame coach and mentioned with other coaches like Walsh, Bellichick, and Lambardi. for the longest time ive been asking for a new coaching staff so they can guide alex in the right direction, having different coordinators every season dosent help anything….. they finally got a legit coach and GM. I love it

  4. By Hermie on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    I haven’t been this excited in about 10yrs for the 9ers and what they can accomplish. Harbaugh really is a good coach with very good, dedicated OC and DC under him. The organization knew what they were doing when they kept Fangio and Tomsula. Alex is doing an adequate job until CK is ready to step in. Not to get ahead of myself, but can’t wait to see how they play against the Giants, Ravens and Steelers. Playoff atmosphere for the first time in a long time.

  5. By coolhand83 on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    this 49er team kinda reminds me of that 2000 ravens team and just like them I think the 49ers are good enough to beat green bay good enough to win it all I would love to see Alex beat Rodgers and GB in the NFC championship and I hope they give Alex a new contract because he’s getting better every week keep this team together!!!!!!

  6. By 49ergiant on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    no game in the NFL is ever a “given” especially with the browns defense ranked 5th. and 6-1 doesn’t exactly mean hall of fame for harbaugh..as much as i would love to c that.lets not get too carried away,still early in the season,and we got Washington comin up. lets go NINERS

  7. By JimK on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    I love Harbaugh! Its not just because we are winning games and FINALLY have a diverse offensive attack. Its the positive team chemistry he is fostering. That is so important to carry a winning team. Its the Niner way, The Bill Walsh way and we can now say its the Jim Harbaugh way.

  8. By FlipG (Yung Thuggz on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    6-1 im loving it..Got some tough games coming up..and i think that Harbaugh is hiding alex smith and a different offense until those games..I think that they have a half of playbook that hasnt been showed for film purposes..Ravens and Steelers will be BIIIGGGGGGG games in seeing where the team is really headed..Im loving the new direction and atmosphere..GAMETIME!!!! THE NINERS ARE BACCCKKKK BIG BABYYYY…BLOOM!!!!

  9. By Ohio513 on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    The team is doing well and I’m especially excited about the o-line stepping up and providing time and creating holes for Gore/Hunter. I think the move of Snyder replacing chico was a signficant part of the O-line success. Harbaugh is providing an attitude and allowing the team to form an identity. Singletary always wanted a physical team; however he never knew how to convey that without shouting and long non-motivating speeches. I tip my hat to Harbaugh, he understands the game on a entirely different level…………GO NINERS

    WHOOOOS GOT IT BETTER THAN US………..NOOOOOOBODY

  10. By tarcule on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Our NINERS MUST stay hungry,…. the teams in contention are San Francisco,Texas,Baltimore,Saints,Pittsburg,Green Bay,New England and Detroit with Jim Harbaugh and Staff the HUNGRY NINER PLAYERS and the NINER NATION (12th player) we will go far but it will take giving all we have.If we clinch early it does NOT mean we made it yet! GO NINERS!!!!

  11. By Estevan G on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    After sooooo Long of being with the bottom feeders, we finally are in a [position that we can be contenders. Kudos to Jed York, for digging deep in those pockets to bring the right people into the organization that will bring the niner nation another championship. Great JoB!!! As for the team and the coaching staff, we are getting better and better everyweek. Things are starting to mess well, we have not won anything yet but I have a great feeling that we will be standing in the end…GO NiNERS,,big shout out to you all in niner nation all the way from Dtown Colorado…Niner4Life!!!

  12. By rjd niner on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    I DO BELIVE WERE NOT SUPPOSE TO BE AT 6 AND 1

  13. By rjd niner on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    IVE WAITED SO LONG FOR THIS , IVE GOT TEARS OF JOY NINERS

  14. By DMT on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys, check out 49ers access for kids, show #4, to see coach wired for the opening game vs Seattle.

  15. By Kendall on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone besides me notice the running game picked up dramatically when Rachal and Norris were not in the line up? I could never stand watching Chilo block because they were look out blocks…he would turn and say look out I missed him again. Norris was constantly getting stuffed in the hole either because he is way too slow or whatever other reason. I haven’t noticed that at all with Snyder and Miller. Keep up the great works men.

  16. By SF49er4Life on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    IT IS SO NICE TO SEE OUR TEAM DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THE NFL. 6and1 WOW, I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT IN A LONG TIME, IT IS A GREAT TIME TO BE A 49ER FAN, WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP THE W’s ROLLING. VERY PROUD OF OUR WHOLE TEAM. LETS KEEP THE TRAIN ROLLING>>>>>>>STRAIGHT TOO THE SUPERBOWL IN 2012!!!!!!!

    GO SF49ERS>>>>>>>

  17. By seven years with Alex on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    well ounce again my comments on Alex are being blocked must be nice to bury your head and hope the goose will not get burned. If the other teams payed any attention at what happens when you stop the running game and put the ball in to Alex Smith’s hands…….and get nothing but the same 3 and outs we are in 4 few rough ones

  18. By seven years with Alex on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    wow really blocking everthing accept for roses and butterflies are we ….fine …gooo team we can win all the superbowls for the next 15 years in a row if they will resign the best QB ever Alex Smith oh yeah he is better than anyother QB in the world he flies on air he can throw the ball 500 yards he has candy on his finger tips …hmm what other smoke can i throw in there oh yeah they should just shut down the league and declare Alex Smith the god of all sports now and in the future and also better than all the other shmoes before him his QB rateing is for the gods how can u not bow at his greatness the whole team should just give him the game ball every day and gauke at his awesomeness infact if u ask any of these posters Alex is better than any one so he should have his own planet and laugh at us and shun us for not being as great as he is …….i would say go niners but they fail in comparison to the all mighty Alex Smith …..Joe Montana who ????? Everyone praise his perfection his vision of all knowing all seeing …wonder …it is Alex who commands you to bow to his awesomeness ……or is it just a few fans who haven’t seen a real QB in so long they would take Jamarcus Russell in a heart beat …….the whole niner team is the greatness of the whole and a damn fine coach who uses what he has even if it has to be Alex Smith ….i hope he is as smart as i believe him to be and gets rid of this QB as soon as it is possible

  19. By NinerFanFromTonga on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. Jim Harbaugh will win us a super-bowl in less that 5 years. He has the QB, the RB, the OL, the Defense, the Special Team, the receivers, the coaching staff and all the right components to win a Super-Bowl. It’s just a matter of when. I believe he’s too intelligent of a coach to get too complacent if the chances are there to win a SB in his first year as HC. I am a sincere believer in good things happening to good people because they are good. From my vantage point, I see a bunch of good people coming together to represent the Niners as a team and as an organization, and they will continue to win. Lets come together as a Niner Nation of good people too. May God bless our team, organization, and us as fans as well.

  20. By darkness1986 on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    yes u know we will run the ball.But can u stop it go 49ers and alex smith 9 touchdowns 2 ints dam we can throw to.We got that d fence tooooooooo.go 49ers

  21. By sfninerfan on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    I am so proud of this team who would’ve thought the niners 6 and 1.I am so excited God Bless the Niner Nation.

  22. By DMT on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    All Niner fans give a shout out, and a prayer to Melissa G. in her healing from breast cancer. See 49ers access show #11

  23. By cliq-claq on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    can i take this time to thank harbaugh for finally opening up the playbook …… i was sooooo tired of 3 runs up the middle then a punt.(jimmy raye)… we’re forcing the defense to cover the whole field….. and is it jus me or is every week we come out and do something new on offense

  24. By Vortex on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    We are bound to have a game that is going to be a shoot out and we are going to need the offense and Alex to outscore someone. The difference with Harbaugh is that I have confidence that he will help Alex get it done even when he becomes erratic under duress.

    We have plenty of room for improvement, but most of that is on offense and we have an offensive minded head coach. That puts us in a good position to get over the hump.

  25. By Jose on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    Hey fellow Niners fans it’s okay to get excited about our team being 6-1 but let’s not talk about Superbowl just yet let’s just take it one game at a time because our first seven games have been against some losing teams and the last nine games will be against some pretty tough teams like the Giants, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, and five games over division rivals Rams, Cardinals, and Seahawks while all three teams have losing record whenever they play each other you can throw out their records because they play each other extremely hard because there in the same division. So please let’s just take it one game at a time go Niners!

  26. By rjd niner on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    Let me clearrify why i said that about the niner not suppose to be 6 n1 .
    NOBODY IN THE MEDIA THOUGHT THE NINERS WERE GOINGTO DO THIS.
    THATS HOW I AM LAUGHING AT THEM BY SAYING THAT.
    HOPFULY EVERYBODY UNDERSTAND. NINERS

  27. By rjd niner on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    SevenYears ,are you employed by the SPORTS NEWS, ESPN, NFL NETWORK.
    SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS .
    FOR THE GAME OF FOOTBALL,

  28. By Louie on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    It’s a great feeling win the niners win and enjoying every single bit of it. The win wasn’t the best but a win is a win, and to be honest watching the game I just knew the niners would get on top in the end, having that faith is also a great feeling knowing the team will win in the end. I think it’s important to take one win at a time and keep that level head, the niners are back though and it’s great to see.

  29. By gary potter on Nov 2, 2011 | Reply

    7yrs. take j marcus you probably would. shows more of your ignorance, you have to be using same juice he did or maybe you have sleep anemia.
    go niners

  30. By bender on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    alex smith is becoming productive to say the least

  31. By bender on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    ???????????

  32. By bender on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    i guess if u tell the truth about alex smith on here your comments wont be posted

  33. By bender on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    screw this bs blog site

  34. By gary potter on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    bender. you are a know nothing fan. if coach JH has faith in AS we true niner fans have faith. join 7yrs niner4 life on cowgirls blog. we don’t need your kind on this one

  35. By rjd niner on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    Alax could have singed with another team ,the man has been through alot .
    what other qb only has 2 int goin into week 8 niners

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