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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Nov. 28

Posted by Taylor Price on November 28, 2011 – 3:32 PM

Know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em.

There’s no question by now, Jim Harbaugh keeps his cards close to the vest. But this Sunday, the 49ers coach will look to win out big in the form of clinching San Francisco’s first playoff berth since 2002 by defeating (or tying) the visiting St. Louis Rams. In fact, the 49ers could also clinch with a loss to the Rams, just as long as the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks both lose in Week 13.

Being so close to earning a playoff berth, however, won’t change Harbaugh’s approach.

“We may be ahead in the chip count,” said Harbaugh at his weekly Monday address. “We don’t have a seat at the final table just yet.”

And while Harbaugh may be aware of potential postseason scenarios, others inside the 49ers locker room weren’t as familiar.

“I didn’t even know that,” replied linebacker Parys Haralson when asked about the 49ers needing a win to make the playoffs. “I just see the games and I go out and play.”

Alex Smith, conscious of Sunday’s implications against the Rams, is trying to avoid dwelling on the obvious win to get in scenario.

“It’s crazy,” Smith said. “I guess we all understand it’s there. I think we can still point to the fact that we have too many division games left. But we’ve got the Rams coming to town in a division game with a lot on the line and a potentially a chance to get the division.”

Instead of focusing on the opponent right away, the 49ers quarterback is first intent on building on mistakes from the team’s second defeat of 2011, a 16-6 Thanksgiving night loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

After watching film, Smith was unhappy with the big downfield plays that weren’t made. Smith missed a wide open Delanie Walker on the 49ers’ first play from scrimmage when the tight end ran free on a corner route as Smith threw a check-down to Vernon Davis in the right flat.

“When I turned on the film, there were some opportunities to push the ball down the field,” lamented Smith after failing to take advantage of other one-on-one matchups.

The loss to Baltimore, which snapped an eight-game winning streak, is not forgotten by the 49ers, but is something the team will have to move past quickly. St. Louis has its only two wins in the past five games, including a victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Linebacker Larry Grant is well aware of the talent on the Rams roster. He spent the past three seasons in St. Louis; building strong friendships with guys he’ll call opponents this Sunday.

“It gives me a little motivation to play this week,” Grant said. “The good thing about this locker room is that we don’t take anybody lightly. No matter what game it is. We’ve played hard in every game and it’s shown on the field. We’re going to continue to do that.”

Notes and Quotes

Harbaugh said his team won’t be in “any resting mindset” in the team’s remaining five games. The 49ers coach said the remaining games will be critical for his team.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards shared with reporters that an injured shoulder has hampered him in recent weeks. Both Harbaugh and Edwards admitted that the wideout has been on “pitch count” to limit his playing time. The 49ers have sprinkled in other receivers into the offense in recent weeks, but Edwards said his goal is to be 100-percent for a potential playoff run. “It’s very frustrating. I just ask the team to bear with me,” said Edwards, who has 14 catches for 172 yards on the year. “I can’t really control being hurt; it’s just part of the game.”

Two-time 49ers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Justin Smith said the 49ers defense performed well against the Ravens, allowing 16 points on the night. But ultimately, Smith said, the unit struggled on first and second downs which allowed Baltimore to convert on 7-of-15 third downs. “We could have put ourselves in more manageable third-down situations,” Smith said. “That’s what we have to do moving forward.”

Harbaugh wouldn’t share the return date for rookie fullback Bruce Miller (head), who missed Thursday’s game after starting the previous seven contests. “We’ll see. I can’t give anything definitive yet,” Harbaugh said. The coach didn’t give anything definitive on the status of starting right guard Adam Snyder, who missed time in the Ravens game due to a hamstring injury.

Asked about the progress of rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Harbaugh said he’d be “confident” if his rookie signal caller was pressed into action. Harbaugh also said the second-round pick has taken first-team and scout reps throughout the year at 49ers practices. “He’s progressing… preparing himself to play every week,” Harbaugh said.


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38 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Nov. 28”

  1. By dave cee on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am a 49ers fan from scotland. Been following them since the montana days. Would just like to wish them the best of luck in gettin to the superbowl, C`MON GUYS KEEP IT UP I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT !!!.

  2. By Rick in Round Rock on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    Lets Go Get Em’
    One Play at a time, One Game at a time .
    Alex keep up the good work bud lets get back on that horse.
    Defense lets punch em’ in the mouth and dont let them breath!!!
    Go Niners!!!!!

  3. By Bay 49ner on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    Only good thing to come out of our loss to the Ravens is that now we are under the radar again.

  4. By JR Baca, New Mexico 49er on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    LET’S FORGET ABOUT THE LOSS, STAY FOCUSED ON THE PRIZE AND BLOWOUT THE RAMS THIS SUNDAY SO THAT YOU COULD REST ALEX AND WE CAN WATCH COLIN DO HIS STUFF!

    GO 49ERS 10 AND 2 THIS SUNDAY>>>>>>>

    WHO HAS IT BETTER THEN US? NO BODY!!!!!!!

  5. By jc9erfan on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    I love the poiseand focus shown throughout the year by Alex lets air it out a lil fellas . D dont get cocky still alot to prove GO 9ERS!!!!!!!!! Who’s has it better than us?
    NOBODY!

  6. By jc9erfan on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    just read coach’s notebook and i would like to thank coach harbaugh for acting like a professional when answering stupid questions. and thanks for not telling me your gameplan….i dont care keep it up fellas

  7. By cliq-claq on Nov 28, 2011 | Reply

    just got done watching sportscenter … they’re talkin bout the packer/saints rematch in the playoffs…. maybe they mean the game before the conference championship ….. because we’ll be there with bells on……..WHO HITS HARDER THAN US……..NOOOO BODY!!!!!!

  8. By ninerlife on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Remember our words!! Who’s got it better than us ? Nobody!! Nothing has changed… now lets go do what we do best & win

  9. By bigearl on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    hey listen Braylon I know you can jump, that end zone shot had your numba the shoulder thing I know , but sometimes you just got to suck it up. Our D great job guys for stopping Ray Rice in the Zone… listen nothings a cake walk its still a Combat Zone..GRRRRRR….9ers

  10. By j on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    braylon coulda done better to make a play or at least prevent a defensive play. no excuses. That was lackluster and is not how this team has played all year so get it together braylon ,im just glad this lesson is learned now and not when its critical. anddd further more niners take it one game at a time game being played is most important so dont lie and say ur saving ur best for playoffs u messed up braylon accept it and learn from it then move on. dnt make excuses or beat around the bush

  11. By j on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    no offense bray it wasnt the only mistake of the day but definitely not something to be proud of rest of the team gives it their all so do the same! thats how championship teams are made.

  12. By rjd niner on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    They know that they can not take the Rams lightly ,thats what the saints did .
    Whats status on Tolzion anybody know, I hope Miller is able to go for the Rams game,also Snyder we need him on that line.
    GO NINERS

  13. By jerry lewis on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think all our coaches and especially our QB learned a lot from our loss to the Ravens. The Ravens did us a favor by “swarming” their defensive rush. Better we learn to handle that now than when WE’RE IN the playoffs.

  14. By ninerz 1 on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    having our nose bloodied by the ravens can be accepeted. Having it broken cannot! Let’s learn from our insufficent O line play and pick it up a couple of notches.

  15. By rjd niner on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Iam so glad that we arent going thourgh the mess that the JAGS are in .
    We may be under the radar right now, its not going to last long .we beat the Rams which i truly belive we will . I ll bet that the running back for the
    Rams maybe thinks he can be the first to get a running TD ,if he thinks that
    then he hasnt been watch enough game film
    NO BODY HITS HARDER THEN US

  16. By seven years with Alex on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    superbowl talk come on guys really ……Alex god forbid stays here for another 7 years still wont be in a superbowl unless he is sitting on the bench as a back up …….after 80 million dollars you guys want him resigned for another 7 years really …..i mean you wake up and say yeah Alex is the best …….harbaugh can not make alex throw the ball down field wich is why he will get swarmed again by rams and again by steelers ….oh and chilo rachelle is killin our line …watch and see where the ravens got pressure from and you will see good old chilo there not blocking anyone.

  17. By seven years with Alex on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    oh and no alex has not learned anything wich is why he has had several coordinators so far and can not believe i am saying this when they resign him …oh man that hurts he will have another coordinator the year after. he is mediocre at best ….might as well bring back jeff garcia or jim drunkenmiller you guys have seen so much garbage that mediocre looks good to you…. stop makeing excuses for a sub par QB expect more get more by settleing youi are dooming us for another 7 years of Alex and his heck own show that will turn into a o line sucks chant by the end of the year wich is how the past 7 years have been deemed ..the o line sucks h has no time to throw ….nooooooo….he refuses to throw the ball down field and the defenses know it and are swarming him so he takes the sacks and more sacks and the hurts his shoulder and yet is a great paractice player …too bad games are not played for practice then he might win a superbowl …or rather get to one …being on the field that is

  18. By seven years with Alex on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    now before all the bahsing starts i do not know alex this is not an attack on him as a person this is football and he has dragged us down to his level and now you are accepting his inabilities and if it continues we might lose a real good coach too and i love harbaugh he is tough nosed and is what we need as well as our players right now are poised for greatness and if we have to wait for alex to be even good all our players will have moved on by then and then where will we be …rebuilding with a 12 year QB who has never done anything

  19. By seven years with Alex on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    and chilo is horrible… absolutely see i point out the weak links and basically obvious really the niners are my bay area team the raiders what ever i am a nioner fan for years and will not settle for mediocre any longer ..our ounce proud organization is trying to bounce back and i feel that chilo and Alex are not good enough to bring us to where we would like to be ….that being said cross your fingers that the rams did not watch the ravens game and they dont do the same thing or we will be haveing this same o line bashing again just like every year…. when Alex blows it

  20. By seven years with Alex on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    oh and the steeler game …dont even want to go there

  21. By JR Baca, New Mexico 49er on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    STAY IN YOUR HOLE SEVEN YEARS, YOU ARE NOT A 49ER FAN AND NEVER WILL BE, STAY OUT OF OUR BLOG. THIS BLOG IS FOR THE 49ER FAITHFUL ONLY, NOT FOR TEAM HATERS LIKE YOU. GET A LIFE DUDE. AND I HOPE THEY SIGN ALEX TO A 5 YEAR CONTRACT WHEN THIS SEASON ENDS, MAYBE YOU WILL LEAVE FOR GOOD.

    I HOPE THEY BAN SEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX OUT OF EVERY 49ER BLOG.

    SEVEN YEARS YOU WILL EAT YOUR WORDS THESE NEXT GAMES!

    WE ARE 9 AND 2 AND YOUR STEAL NOT HAPPY.

  22. By Louie on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Seven years – you just could not wait until the niners lost a game so you could bag out Alex Smith, I really don’t think your a niner fan.

    I think it’s better the niners know of this issue now and help Alex with more time needed in the pocket or get some nice quick routes happening.

    Go niners !!!!!

  23. By JR Baca, New Mexico 49er on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    There is a reason for everything and Alex Smith was picked #1 overall for a reason. It’s all coming together. Just you wait and see what Alex and this awesome 49er team are going to do. The end is at the door. SF49ers are going to start showing us their best. They have saved the best for last!

    Go 49ers>>>>>>>Superbowl Bound>>>>>>>

    Blowout on Sunday by the niners 10 and 2 coming>>>>>>>

  24. By Ojay on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Seven years, where have you been all season? JR Baca is right you are not a real 49ers fan you are just a hater and you need to be banned from our blog. Alex and the Niners are fine. We will regroup and take care the Rams on Sunday. Go Niners 10-2

  25. By rjd niner on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    7 YEARS I RECOMEND YOU APPLY FOR THE HEAD COACHING JOB FOR THE
    JAGS YOU WOULD LOVE FLA ,ALL THAT KNOWLEDGE YOU HAVE.
    BE CARFUL YOU DONT GET EXPOSED,DONT LET YOUR QB,S WEAR WRIST BANS, I BET YOU COULD RUN THE DEF AND OF, ALSO SPECIAL TEAMS ON GAMEDAY ,LETS HOPE THE OTHER TEAMS ARENT FLIMING YOUR TEAMS
    GAME DAY PERFORMANCE, THAT WOULD BE TERRIABLE….

  26. By seven years with Alex on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    ok ok fine live with the mediocrity just dont blame the defense or the lines for the way the season ends ….nuff said …..i am a huge niner fan and sure the wins were nice but the weakness is exposed and it should have been delt with allready ….but live by the sword as is said and blame not those who bend to the will of a begger

  27. By Ak49er on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Giving a shout out to Niner Nation from AK. Its cold here but who has it better than us??? NOBODY!!!

  28. By rjd niner on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    EVERY TEAM HAS A WEAKNESS
    GREEN BAY HAS A WEAKNESS RUNNING GAME NOT THAT STRONG.
    TAMP BAY ALMOST BEAT THEM .
    IF WE WERE TO LOSE IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAYOFFS .,
    I WILL NEVER JUMP SHIP , WE ALL SAW THIS TEAM GO 1 -15 I NEVER GAVE UP . NINERS ALLTHE WAY

  29. By tank on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    seven years, ever heard of spell check? hater!

  30. By JR Baca, New Mexico 49er on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    GO 49ERS, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TO THE TEAM HATERS, SEVEN YEARS NEEDS TO GO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>JOIN ANOTHER TEAM. SEVEN YEARS, THE 49ER TEAM AND FAITHFUL FANS DO NOT NEED HATERS LIKE YOU, TAKE A HIKE PAL, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT OUR TEAM. YOU MUST LEAD A REAL BOARING LIFE. STAY IN YOUR HOLE!

  31. By BDub on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t take it NO More! Who is this idiot “Seven Years”. This guy knows nothing about football, obviously. Since when is winning eight games in a row in the NFL considered mediocre. Only one other QB has done it this year and he plays for Green Bay. Can Drew Brees or Tom Brady say that this year. NO! I’ve been a Niners fan for like, FOREVER. Even living in the state of Washington with all of these idiot Seachicken fans around me, I’ve worn my Red and Gold with pride through all of the wins and even through all of the losses. Real fans don’t jump ship at the first or even second sign of trouble. they suck it up and hang on for the ride. Anyone who thought the Niners were just going to go to Baltimore and kick their butts in thier stadium, during a Thanksgiving Day game were crazy. I hoped we would win but never doubted a loss as the ravens have a lot of pride and experience on thier team. there’s no disgrace in losing to Baltimore. Baltimore beat up on Pittsburg twice this year but at least we kept them to 16 points in thier house. Thats something to be proud of, not slamming Alex Smith. Get a life Seven Years. Don’t try to play it off as your tired of seeing mediocre play and your just trying to help the rest of us see the light. I’ve seen Montana play in person at Candlestick back in 1982, so trust me when I say I’ve seen the 49ers when they were at thier best. But you don’t see or read me bashing anyone from the Niners!

  32. By Stewart Brown on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Aslo from Scotland…having followed the Niners since the 80s as well…its good to see them winning again…and think that was a “good” loss against Baltimore…;)….will help the team get stronger…

  33. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    I HAVE BEEN A 49ER FAITHFUL SINCE 1975, I WAS ONLY 19 YEARS OLD AND IT SURE FEEL’S GOOD TO SEE THEM WINNING AGAIN!

    COACH HARBAUGH IS LEAVING THE BEST FOR LAST, THE NFL WORLD WILL BE SHOCKED!

    HE KNOWS WHEN TO HOLD THEM , HE KNOWS WHEN TO FOLD THEM, HE KNOWS WHEN TO WALK AWAY AND HE KNOWS WHEN TO RUN!

    GOOD TIMES ARE AHEAD 49ER FAITHFUL>>>>>>>10 and 2 ON SUNDAY

  34. By Patient49erFan on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Harbaugh is a talented coach. I believe that the Ravens disguised their defensive schemes so well that the Niners were not prepared for the game. Harbaugh has spent hours analyzing every nuance of the Ravens defensive schemes, because if they can do it, someone else can.

    So the next time the Niners offense faces a strong defensive team, the Niners offensive line will be ready. I have extreme confidence that our team finally has a coach and a team that deserves to be in the playoffs!

  35. By matt on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Alex has proven himself by going 9-2 with a very tough schedule and still maintaining a rating well over 90. Thos hating have proven that they are never satisfied. Steve Younng would not be good enough for them because they lost Joe Montana.

  36. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie P Soft needs to stay away from our team, I want to see some smash mouth, hard hitting football by our 49er team this Sunday. Lets clinch early on Sunday and go 10 and 2.

    Lets do to the Rams what we did with Tampa Bay and give Alex and other team members a rest! I would really like to see what the back up QB’s can do!

    BLOW THE RAMS OUT OF SAN FRANCISCO

    go SF49ers>>>>>>>10 and 2 on Sunday>>>>>>>

  37. By rjd niner on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    HEY EVERY BODY I JUST HEARD THAT 7 YEARS IS GOING TO APPLIY TO BE A TACKLING DUMMIE FOR THE EAGLES , THEN HE LL REALLY HAVE SOMTHING TO SAY ABOUT FOOTBALL UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

  38. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    AT THE END OF THE SEASON, SEVEN YEARS IS GOING TO CHANGE HIS BLOG NAME TO 5 MORE YEARS WITH ALEX, LOL

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