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Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Dec. 5

Posted by Taylor Price on December 5, 2011 – 3:49 PM

On one of the most prominent defenses in the National Football League, Tarell Brown quietly goes about his business… and produces.

In his first year as a full-time starter, Brown, a 49ers fifth-round draft pick five years ago, has been solid with 34 tackles and 10 pass breakups.

But on Monday, a day after the 49ers clinched their first NFC West division crown since 2002, Brown didn’t sound satisfied.

Sure, Brown and many of his teammates were pleased about the biggest accomplishment of their careers in San Francisco, but Brown knows it’s just the start.

“We have to keep playing hard, try to keep collecting wins,” said the cornerback who’s made 16 career starts in 67 career games. “At the end of the day, the most important thing is getting better.”

Brown and the 49ers will have another chance to improve this Sunday in a road contest against the Arizona Cardinals, who are now with starting quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was inactive for San Francisco’s 23-7 home win over Arizona in Week 11.

“Kolb is a gunslinger,” Brown said. “He’s been that way since his college days. He does a lot of great things for his team, so I definitely think they’ll try to throw it around a little bit more.”

Arizona is coming off a 19-13 overtime win at home against the Dallas Cowboys, proving how competitive it will be in the final four weeks of the regular season.

Brown wants to continue his strong play down the stretch, starting against the Cardinals. In his estimation, the challenge of facing Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and the return of Kolb will be a great test.

Strong performances in the coming weeks will only help the 49ers in the postseason.

“We have to peak at the right time,” Brown stressed. “There’s a lot of room for improvement. There are plays out there that y’all might not see, but we see that we could’ve made. I think it’s important for us to compete and make plays.”

Some of the plays being made, like the 2.0 sacks from rookie Aldon Smith, have caught the eye of the veterans on the 49ers defense. Brown included.

“To see a young guy go out and play as hard as he’s playing and make the plays that he’s making, it’s special… And his dances were cool, too.”

Notes and Quotes

Patrick Willis was not spotted in the 49ers locker room on Monday, a day after injuring his hamstring against St. Louis. The injury caused him to miss most of the game, but teammate NaVorro Bowman doesn’t expect it to be too serious. In an interview with NFL Network, Bowman said Willis is in high spirits. “He’s confident he can come back soon.”

According to Brown, the 49ers will continue to scoreboard watch NFC contenders for their potential playoff seeding. “I think we still watch, we’re fans of football like y’all,” said the Texas native and former UT standout.

Clinching was important to linebacker Parys Haralson, but more so because he was able to share the experience with his teammates. “You get excited, but more for the real veteran players like Moran (Norris), Justin (Smith), Shawntae (Spencer), Isaac (Sopoaga), the guys who’ve been here longer than me. Guys like Frank (Gore), Andy (Lee), and Brian (Jennings), can’t forget about them. You’re so excited for them, more than yourself.”

Gore had a chance to reflect on his big achievements from Sunday: Winning the West and becoming the 49ers all-time rushing leader. “It’s a blessing to do something like that. Especially with this organization with a lot of great players who have been here. My name being mentioned amongst those guys – it was hard work. I had ups and downs and now it’s just a blessing.”


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22 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk: Dec. 5”

  1. By antwaun mclemore on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    weeeeere back

  2. By John Wayne 49 on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    Stay up PW52! Get healthy and keep it that way!

  3. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 5, 2011 | Reply

    I AM SO PROUD OF OUR TEAM, KEEP IT ROLLING BUT CONTINUE TO BE HUMBLE AND HEALTHY, GOD BLESS OUR 49ER TEAM!

  4. By The Cost on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Great win guys. Keep up the good work and I’ve never seen a Niner defense this good. Don’t get a big head and I hope we do well in the playoffs.

  5. By 49ergear on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    WE ARE BACK,YOU GUYS ROCK!!!LETS GO ALL THE WAY.BETTER WATCH OUT GREENBAY,THE NINERS ARE ROLLING//

  6. By casual e on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    what a year. I say mr pro bowl give him a chance #25

  7. By ninerz 1 on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Great game, let’s keer our focus ahead of us & every little thing is gonna be alright!!!!!!!!

  8. By Cleon 49er from Brooklyn on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    One game at a time!

  9. By Niners#33 on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    The niner dynasty starts again !!! good win fellAS! ME AS A LONG TIME 9ERS FAN IM SO PROUD OF OUR TEAM!! YO BIG PAT TAKE IT EASY AND GET HEALTHY WERE GONNA NEED U 100% IN THE POSTSEASON ! ILL BE SEEING YOU GUYS THIS SUNDAY IN GLENDALE AZ LETS GET READY AND NOT TAKE THE CARDS LIGHTLY LETS GO 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By frisco nation stand up!!! on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    nice work NINERS!!! now we need to win homefield advantage so all our fans can be there!!! FRANK GORE GREAT JOB!! ALEX SMITH GREAT JOB AS WELL I LOVED THOSE 2 DEEP BOMBS TO VERNON AND CRABTREE it was a shame that vernon couldnt hold on to it! regardless i loved the play. CRABTREE IS BECOMING THE WR THAT I KNEW WAS IN HIM. DEFENSE ALWAYS DESERVES CREDIT FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PLAY AND OF COURSE THE O-LINE DID A GOOD JOB AS WELL. LETS OUTPLAY THE CARDINALS NEXT WEEK!!!!!

  11. By seven years with Alex .....what! on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    no reason to rush willis back give him few weeks to make sure that hammy is good to go….. he is a pro he will be ready for playoffs

  12. By rjdniner on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    The Cardinals do not want to be swapt by the niners , and KOLB is back ,
    he better have his running shoes on .
    I cant belive iam going to say this . 7 Years i agree with you about Willis.
    The other comments you have made NO WAY DO I AGREE WITH YOU .

  13. By AzNinerFaithful on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US?????
    NO-OOOOOO BODY-YYYYYYYY !!!!!!

  14. By missouri 9er on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    MONSTER game from the defense to get the shut out. Get well Soon P.W.#52. Congrats to Frank G. And Offense it was great to see you strech the field we are gonna need those plays in the playoffs. PROUD to be a niner fan and now its fun again too!

  15. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    LETS BLOWOUT ARIZONA THIS NEXT GAME 11 AND 2 COMING

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  16. By Louie on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great Game, loved harbaugh speech.

    It’s becoming obvious now that this is an all round team, we have a great future ahead of us.

    The attitude of this team is outstanding, you can see the pride in the players in wearing that Niner jersey.

    This is what it’s all about.

    congrats Frank Gore you are a true leader.

  17. By rjdniner on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    JR BACA. KOLB HAS NOT FACED THIS DEF SINCE HE PLAY WITH
    THE EAGLES / BOY HIS HE IN FOR A SHOCK /

  18. By bookodem on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    I think that Vernon Davis can be one of the greatest Tight End of all times if he can ever learn to catch the ball all the time he always drops the ball when we need him to catch it

  19. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 8, 2011 | Reply

    RJDNINER KOLB IS GOING TO BE ON HIS A#S THROUGHOUT THE GAME, THEY ARE FACING ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE NFL, JH IS SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST, WATCH THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR TEAM THIS GAME AND ON.

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>11 AND 2 THIS WEEKEND, HOPING FOR A BLOWOUT!!!!!!!

  20. By tony hallerman on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    die hard 49ers fan great job guys now lets beat the cards and make the playoffs, watch it green bay should be able to get throuugh them to. bringing in jim harbaugh and staff was a great thing to do.finally have a great coach.

  21. By rjdniner on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    JR BACA . I JUST WANT A WIN. AND NO INJURYS
    GO NINERS

  22. By By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    HAVE FAITH BRO, IT WILL HAPPEN!

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