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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Nov. 14

Posted by Taylor Price on November 14, 2011 – 4:27 PM


Much of Monday’s talk inside the locker room at 4949 Centennial Blvd. centered on Justin Smith’s latest hustle play to remember.

Coach Jim Harbaugh spoke glowingly of the well-timed play by one of his team leaders. More on that in a bit.

But before Harbaugh took the podium for his weekly noon press conference, players first discussed the defense’s play as a whole. The 49ers were outgained by the Giants (395 yards to 305 yards) on Sunday, but ultimately, San Francisco held New York to a pair of touchdowns and field goals. That was in addition to the two forced turnovers (interceptions by league leader Carlos Rogers) and Smith’s game-deciding tipped pass which turned the Giants over on downs.

The 49ers, who entered Sunday as the league leaders in points allowed and rushing yards allowed, played their brand of stingy defense throughout the closely contested game.

In the end, the 49ers allowed 20 points and 93 rushing yards. It was enough to win, and that’s all that matters to starting outside linebacker Parys Haralson, who recorded two tackles in a winning effort.

“Our main purpose is not to give up points and give our offense the ball,” Haralson stressed. “That’s what we do.”

In fact, the 49ers defense has been so impenetrable as of late, the unit hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown in 43 consecutive quarters. Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams plunged in for a 1-yard score on Dec. 26 of 2010.

Haralson couldn’t recall the last player to have a rushing score against the defense.

“I don’t care too much about that to be honest,” he said. “We just play football.”

With a simple, selfless approach, the 49ers have excelled in their first year under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Sunday’s win against a potent offensive attack serves as proof of the unit’s strides in just nine games together.

Across the board, Haralson is pleased with the play of his teammates. He knows his defensive backs aren’t getting enough credit for the overall success.

“To me, our secondary is doing a great job,” Haralson added of the unit which leads the league with 66 pass breakups.

As long as the 49ers don’t give up points, they’ll be fine according to Haralson.

“Our biggest thing is not giving up points. I don’t care how long a drive is, they had an eight-minute drive, and we gave up three points.”

New York’s opening drive took 14 plays to get a 23-yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes. Later, Tynes’ other made field goal from 25 yards out, ended a 13-play drive that took 6:20 off the clock to start the second quarter.

Seeing the opponent settle for field goals is welcomed by Haralson and company.

“I don’t need stats to confirm anything,” Haralson said. “We all know how we’re playing. When we put on the film, we know everybody’s playing together as a unit, playing together, playing their responsibilities and its showing.”

Notes and Quotes

On Sunday, Smith tried to play off his game-clinching tipped pass as luck. But Harbaugh revealed the truth to Smith’s heroic play a day later. Not only was it a well-timed play by Smith, but the 49ers two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle had a feeling the ball was going to go through the B-gap. He warned teammate Ray McDonald to play the gap between the guard and tackle just before the two jogged into the defensive huddle. And as it played out, Smith was right in position to get his hand on Eli Manning’s fourth-down throw. “Like a closer in baseball,” Harbaugh said of Smith, “There he was… He was thinking it through. He’s been a great player, a consummate team player, doing a great job.”

Rogers, who is tied for the NFL lead with five interceptions, was happy to get the best of his matchup with emerging Giants wideout Victor Cruz. The second-year player has been a favorite target of Manning, especially on third downs. Rogers gave up a few plays to Cruz, but to his credit, Rogers competed throughout the game to get the best of the matchup. “When my number is called I just want to be there to win most of the battles,” said Rogers, who celebrated his first takeaway with Cruz’s signature salsa touchdown dance. “I know he wasn’t too happy about that. I know he wanted to get in the end zone.”

Harbaugh said injured running back Frank Gore would have his knee checked out. “There’s no expense spared when checking things out with Frank,” he said. Harbaugh did rave about his running back depth. “We feel we have a stable of backs.”

Harbaugh also made waves in applauding the work of his coordinators. He said Brad Seely (special teams), Greg Roman (offense) and Fangio (defense), should be considered as future NFL head coaches.


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43 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Nov. 14”

  1. By dave (va) on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    why do espn always got something negative to say about us… now it ( greenbay will beat us easy) IM SICK OF THEM!!!!!!!!!! go 9ers!!!!!!! GOOD JOB JIM..

  2. By mo on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Good to see 49er’s win again. Super Bowl bound

  3. By HeavyMetal9er on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nobody beats the 9ers easy (if at all). Nobody.

  4. By RAMON B on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    NOW WHO IS GONNA BE 2ND PLACE BRONCOS , ITS BETTER THAT THEY R UNDERESTIMATE MY 49ERS THE MORE THEY DO IT THE MORE WE WIN GO NINERS SUPERBOWL BOUND!!!!!!!!!

  5. By 49er till i die on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    We’re on a role. And I think we can take care of the Packers too. Bring em on…we’ll take em in the playoffs. I see us playing the Packers in Lambo for the NFC championship and we win by 3….You’ll see.

  6. By natbrain on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    dave, the experts are always saying negative stuff because Jim Harbaugh wants it. He said so in his interview, and he wasn’t joking. He wants the team to be vastly underestimated.

  7. By jimbo on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    agreed. the packers D is terrible. if we meet them, we just need to hold them to FG’s, get a few turnovers, and we can outscore them. Defense wins championships, their complete lack of defense will catch up to them…I can’t wait.

  8. By Alan Safholm on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    True dat! But not at Lambo. At the Stick!!! Who’s got it better than us…….
    NOOOOOBody!!!

  9. By Niner Nation since the 80s on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Man who cares what ESPN has to say about us, or anyone else for that matter. We will always be criticized because we haven’t been relevant since 2002, our offense is not flashy, Alex is only a game manager, blah blah blah. All that matters is that we’re 8-1 and we’re rolling. Everyone works together as one and that’s the key. I don’t care how we win, but we do and that’s good enough for me. Somebody tell Alex I’m sorry. I’m finally starting to believe in him now. I got one question though……..Whooooooo’s got it better than us???……..NOOOOOOOOOOBODY! Niners for life baby!

  10. By Nick on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    hey fellow niner fans!!! just wanted to give a shout out and tell everybody that stuck by them that our long wait paid off..Congrats to you all and enjoy this as i do.. I have always been a believer in Alex from day 1, the dude has all kinds of heart just never got to put it to work, we have the keys and we are driving…playoff guaranteed, super bowl bound!!! GO NINERS!!! who has it better than us???? NOBODY!!!! we are niner pride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By DMT on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Frankly, I don’t give a hoot if espn never mentions us. I get all the info that I need from this great website, and the two KNBR stations. I’m pretty sure the local SF TV media do a good job also. To @#$% with the national media!

  12. By captain BamBam on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    we will have another dynasty again..IT HAS BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Frankie on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nice coverage very good artical

  14. By TruNinerFan on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    Who’s has it better than us?!………….NOOOOOOOOOOOBODY!!!!!!!! It’s the return of the goldrush baby!

  15. By NINERFAMILY4LIFE on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    They can doubt us and watch us keep proving them wrong right into the Super Bowl. NINER FAITHFUL! SHOUT IT WITH ME…………”HOW’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?” NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBODY!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL & GOD BLES THE SAN FRANSCICO 49ERS!

  16. By cliq-claq on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    didnt u guys love the game plan ….. everybody thought we were gonna come out running the ball…. did ya’ll see how the giants had the line stacked…. alex was great sunday…. can we see more of Kyle Williams…. GOOOOO 9ERS!!!!!

  17. By JR Baca, New Mexico 49er on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    GREAT GAME TEAM, LETS WIN THE REST, 9 AND 1 NEXT SUNDAY…

    GO SF49ERS>>>>>>>9 and 1 next Sunday>>>>>>> Superbowl Bound>>>>>>>

  18. By NinerNation on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

    I just want a couple people on special teams to be recognized. Andy Lee and David Akers have been playing lights out. Great work Niners!!!

  19. By rjd niner on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    Frank needs to rest ,we got outstanding back ups. let them carry the load .
    not too many rbs go entire season and not get some sort of injury .
    what more important yards ,or the ultimate gaol . THE RING
    AND THAT WOULD BE #6 NINERS

  20. By antwaun mclemore on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    49ers have some loyalist fans on earth i live in st,louis mo. i see more niner gear than rams gear. as for all u haters its time for the big payback. The niner returning back to the top superbowl number six remember when we go we show 5-0 1000pct.

  21. By fogdaddy49 on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    All the talking heads, especially ESPN/FOX don’t want to see the NINERS go deep in the playoffs cause it might be bad for their RATINGS…Whatever, we will prevail…GO NINERS

  22. By grateful49 on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    Excellent game plan, i love all this talk about greenbay, reminds me of all the talk about dallas back in the 80s when we started our 1st dynasty, get ready for the next, GO NINERS!!!!

  23. By Jim Richardson on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    I grew up in Stockton a die hard Niners fan for life. I have spent the last 24 years on the east coast due to my job and the military. I love watching all these NFC east fans squirm when we beat them. ESPN is a joke and controlled by the NFC east and the AFC east. Who cares if Alex smith isn’t one of the elites he is getting the W. I want to see those elite quarterbacks go up against this Niner D and see how they fair. GO NINIERS!!!!!!!

  24. By scoot49er on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously screw espn, they define east coast bias!! but it still doesn’t matter, we as fans have eyes and brain. and we know when our team is good and when our qb is good and when that SB will look good….. “in our trophy cabinet ofcourse”………………maaaaan when espn is covering the game i just turn the volume down and watch. we don’t need espn to enjoy a good niner game. we just need to praise god for having a team like this now under the command of a coach like harbaugh. its workin out good brothers. reaaaaaal goooood!!!!!!!!!!!!! NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. By ERIC on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    well,well,well,,,look at us now…I have been the biggest alex smith supporter since the early days,,my wife thought I was crazy,,,at the start of the off-season when the 49ers hired harbaugh I looked at my wife and said alex gives us the best chance to win,,,more so than any other qb or free agent could,,,well,,,,,good things come to those who wait as opposed to bad things come to those who take,,,alex is smart,football savy and coach harbaugh noticed it right away,,,all this kid needed was someone to believe in him and show him the ropes of nfl quarterbacking,,,WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO SAY NOW DETROIT LIONS COACH SCHWARTZ??REMEMBER WHEN YOU TOLD COACH HARBAUGH HE COULDNT WIN WITHOUT THE OFFSEASON?? HOW DOES THAT BIG POOP SANDWHICH TASTE??,,,8-1 feels great,,so will winning the division,,,but these players want more than that,,,and we as fans who have been going to all these games since 2002 are wanting more as well,,,section9 row3 seat3 since 1997 baby,,,NOW SERVING UP RING NUMBER 6,,,,,GO 49ERS,,COACH WALSH WOULD BE PROUD OF THESE GUYS

  26. By 49er Joe on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    GREAT JOB SUNDAY…GIANTS JUSTIN TUCK TRIED TO BASH ALEX IN THE MEDIA SAYING ” HE CANT WIN THE GAME WITH HIS ARM”…LOL THATS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID..YUP, I CANT WAIT TO SEE THE PACKERS IN THE PLAYOFFS…THE STICK OR LAMBO FIELD..WE’LL GET EM..I BEEN A DIE HARD NINER FAN MY WHOLE LIFE..AND IM LOVING IT, WERE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE THE DYASTY TEAM WE ARE SUPPPOSED TO BE…DEEP UP ALL THE GOOD WORK..GO NINERS..(WHOS GOT IT BETTER THAN US….NOOOBODY!! RED AND GOLD EMPIRE ALL DAY…YEEEEE

  27. By PETERD on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    @scoot49er: we praise god for having a good team? please. praise trent baalke and harbaugh. god has more important things on this earth i think than a football team.

  28. By rookieoftheweek on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    Nice play Justin Smith!! Justin is so consistent week in and week out. i love it, not to metion Alex Smith did great in this game. of course he dosent get the flashy numbers or anything like that but he always finds a way to win games. lets just put it this way alex is Floyd mayweather jr and our opponents are just backyard brawlers trying to look good

  29. By niner4life on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    JR Baca, New Mexico 49er *UCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By Adrian 9er for life on Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    The 49er will be a good team for a long time now.We have a lot of young players.We will meet the packers in the playoffs and beat them.So forget about what espn say we will come out on top of every other nfl team.I thank God that im a 9ers fan from Florida.Who got it better than us noooooooooo body. – Just win baby win.GO 9ERS

  31. By sf49ers4life on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Been a Niner fan since I can remember (early 90’s) and I’m LOVING THIS!!! Steve Young is my all-time favourite football player! Alex Smith is starting to resemble Steve Young! All the way from Canada I say…..WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US???? NOBODYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING ON THE PACKERS!

  32. By rjd niner on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Arizona, fans i bet are thinking we beat the eagles we can beat the niners.
    If so they better rethink it ,niners are not going to take them ligthly,
    NINERS

  33. By ernest (49ers) on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    ok yah this is all i have to say about our team this year. the niners are going to make it all the way i have faith in them and yall should to. ive been a niners fan for so long and yes they had their ups and downs ive been there to see it all and i know yall too. but its time for the niners to bring back that trophy that they longing to bring back for years. green bay yes their going to be a hard team to beat but its our turn to go back on that super bowl field. to retain the super bowl trophy and come back to the bay area with our 6th championship. just have faith in the team. we’re a dominate team this year. and we will win that trophy i know it……

    WHO GO IT BETTER THEN US!!!!!!
    [NOBODY!!!!!!!!]

  34. By Hermie on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    Resemble Steve Young…Come-on-Man!!!

  35. By Az For Life on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    You guys better get ready to get off of your high horses. I can’t wait for you to come to arizona and get sent home as losers. Just wait.

  36. By scoot49er on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    @peterd we should praise god for it all…….for creating trente baalke and coach harbaugh and the players and putting them all together. i’m not trying to dis-credit anybody from the effort he’s done towards this team, baalke, harbaugh, the whole coaching staff and the players have done a tremendous job, so has god, he brought all these fellows together, so don’t dis-credit god.

  37. By dave (va) on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    I AGREE WITH A LOT OF YOUR COMMENTS…WE DON’T NEED ESPN OR NFL NETWORK!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED EACH OTHER… I RUB IT IN EVERYBODY FACE AT WORK ALSO.. THEY CANT SAY ANYTHING EITHER…ON THE EAST-COAST THEY DON’T GIVE US ANY LOVE.. BUT THEY GOT ME HERE TO CHEER US ON…THEY REALLY DON’T SELL ANY 49ER GEAR UNTIL NOW!!!!! GOOD TO SEE US ON TOP!!!!!!!!CAN’T WAIT FOR US TO BEAT THE RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO 9ERS………………………………

  38. By immortal9er on Nov 16, 2011 | Reply

    GREAT JOB DEFENCE>>>>GOOD CALL ON DRAFTING #99 ALDON SMITH, HES GOING TO BE A BEAST

  39. By rjd niner on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    Bill Walsh would not permite any meda or press relase in or out of the
    niners camp , all you would heire was that they won another game.
    Thats hard to do now. As for the up coming schadule i truly belive ,
    they will stay the coures niners

  40. By 4t9erfan on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    the 9ers are doing awesome and i couldnt happier,let people say what they want, as long as we keep adding to the win colume it has no effect. GO NINERS

  41. By Louie on Nov 17, 2011 | Reply

    It’s great to read the feedback, yes the niners are doing great but it’s important this team takes one win at a time.

    Long way still to go in season.

  42. By rjd niner on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    AZ FOR LIFE .
    8-1 NINERS , WHATS THERE REORD ,THATS RIGHT IT 3-6
    GOOD LUCK ON THE REASON OF YOUR SEASON.

  43. By rjd niner on Nov 18, 2011 | Reply

    SORRY, LET ME WRITE THAT AGING
    GOOD LUCK ON THE REST OF YOUR SEASON , AZ 3-6
    NINERS 8-1

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