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Josh Johnson Enjoys Working Environment

Posted by Taylor Price on June 4, 2012 – 9:02 AM

Although he’s entering his fifth season in the National Football League, 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson feels like he’s in college these days.

That’s because the 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal caller has been reunited with his college head coach, Jim Harbaugh.

Working together at 49ers Organized Team Activities, for instance, serves as a reminder of what Johnson experienced as a young passer in Harbaugh’s University of San Diego offense.

Johnson also clearly recalls the tempo and competitive nature of their practices leading USD to win many games.

“It got real intense, we tried to go out and beat (the defense) everyday,” Johnson said. “They tried to come and beat us. Whoever took the advantage that day in practice, we let the other side know about it.

“It created a great environment for our team and it carried over into the games a lot, so we won a lot of games.”

And now that Johnson’s finishing up the third and final week of OTAs this week at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, the same practice principles from those days at San Diego are being continued with the 49ers.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve all been working, trying to get better, trying to help the team win a championship,” said Johnson, the athletic quarterback who has an average of 6.9 yards per rush in his career to go along with 1,042 career passing yards and five touchdown passes,

In addition to appreciating the working relationship with his fellow quarterbacks and position coaches, Johnson’s two-year contract with the 49ers keeps him closer to his family in the East Bay.

“It’s been no distraction,” Johnson said. “I come home every offseason to train, I know what to expect. This is my job, this my priority, this is what I do, so I know what comes first.”

That being said, Johnson made it clear that he’s looking forward to meeting up with his cousin through his mother’s side of the family twice a year.

The cousin is Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

“It’s going to be real cool,” Johnson said. ‘”We don’t really get to play against each other technically, our teams will be, and he knows what it is that week. He’ll be trying to help his team get a win and I’ll be trying to help my team get a win.”

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30 Responses to “Josh Johnson Enjoys Working Environment”

  1. By John C on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Heard that Josh Johnson has the smoothest delivery out of all 4 QBs. Pretty impressive. But knowing football, Harbaugh will stick with Alex Smith unless Smith proves he is not consistent year in and year out.

  2. By jrparker on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    I do not believe we will keep 4 quarterbacks and I hate the thought of losing Tolzien. That guy impressed me with his play. More so then Smith or Kaepernick

  3. By travelbavaria on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Like to see Josh as 2nd stringer.

  4. By time2speakup on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    I was also very impressed with Tolzien in the Charger. I am a total booster of Alex. And will continue. But Scott looked more like an NFL-caliber QB than either CK7 or Alex. And looked it by a very wide margin in my opinion. Very smooth and effective.

  5. By Ryan on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    I believe Tolzien still has another year of practice squad eligibility, so that might be an option. That said, he doesn’t have the physical tools of Kaepernick, Johnson, or even Smith.

  6. By hilldog49 on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    LAME!!!! What year are you living in? Go back and watch “Remember the Titans” and if you don’t cry after Denzel’s speech to the team overlooking the battle of Gettysburg, then you don’t deserve to be a Niners fan or a football fan at all.

  7. By marcos g on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply


  8. By roodles111 on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    maybe coach is getiing the qb up and ready to become franchise qb so he can trade either ck or tolzien for a high draft choice

  9. By roodles111 on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    cause i dont see alex getting traded or josh for that matter with a two year contract im ready for the season i want to see josh or scott play qb for the niners i already seen alex and colin and alex doesnt want to throw the pick so he is not ginving his recievers a chance to make a play

  10. By rjdniner on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Folks take a look at the highlights when Tolzin played at WISCONSON, He beat CK for the Unites arm award so ill take tolzin over Johnson .

  11. By 49ers4life on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Man you are so wrong for that post, this shows how small of a mind you have,

    PLEASE!!!! Sport gods, NEVER let the 49ers have a Negro QB. id hate to trade up teams after 30 years.

  12. By Mana on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe I seen such a weak post on here , racism should be removed so there isn’t an opportunity for the lost souls to speak up to be found

  13. By east coast niner on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    what does it matter if a qb is black, white, yellow, or rainbow. if johnson turns out to b a stud, there wouldnt b any talk about the color of his skin. he worked with coach harbaugh out at san diego state, so the chemistry is there. ya never know what the man is capable of doing until u give him a shot on the field in a niner uniform. ya know, johnson isnt the only black man on the niners squad.if you dont want johnson, then u prob, dont want 90% of the rest of the team. excited for week 1. niner for life

  14. By layzie16 on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    man some of you are either under eight years old…or have the brain span of a an 8 year old…either way no not any of the other QBs on our roster were ready to make that throw that Alex made in Saints, Lions, Seahawks, ect…if you honestly think you know more than Coach please do us all a favor and stop wasting valuable oxygen…Alex will get it done again this year and all you Alex Haters/Wannabe Fans will continue to hope that he doesnt…i only saw Scott Tolzien going in the later portion of PRESEASON games…that means he faced the cuts…nothing on Tolzien i hope he turns out to be a great QB…but some of you are just hating blindly now…thats step 1, finding a QB…we are far beyond that…we are a few snaps away from a Super Bowl contendership birth and some of you want to go back to step 1??!!! now quit manipulating stats to serve your arguements…yeah 1-13 to his WR ( not WRs because only one starting WR that began the season was in there…if im correct the others tried out for the team about a month prior to the start of the playoffs ) but how about to his TE…the Giants/Saints knew all we really had were VD and Crabs and we still had them on the ropes…all i can say is i have hope for you non believers

  15. By ace on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    have a little faith in coach harbough plz ,after what he did with this team last year with no preseason…wow . i believe we will be very competitive at every position this year and a while to come too…..NINERS !!!!

  16. By LIONOFZION! on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply


  17. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    looking at the current contracts it would seem that tolzein is headed for the practice squad roster for yet another year,unless he can somehow force coach harbaugh’s hand and win the #2 qb job,hey right now,coach says ALL jobs are up for grabs but “at this time”,alex is our starter.that says to me if one of the other guys has a strong showing,the #2 spot is up for grabs.we will only keep 3qb’s,we need the roster spots elsewhere.remember,kaepernick was taken without alot of homework being done on him aside from media tape to look at as opposed to coaches film due to the lock-out so his roster spot is by no means guaranteed,if tolzein outplays kap or johnson I think harbaugh would go with the kid as the #2 and that goes for johnson and kap as well. this is going to be the most exciting pre-season in recent memory

  18. By HawiiaNiner on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    You know, the last time we took a quarterback from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to back up our starter, that quarterback took us to 4 NFC Championships and 1 Super Bowl Championship…GO NINERS!!!…whatever you decide to do…P.S. We can’t lose Tolzien…that man the THE TRUTH!!!

  19. By Micah on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well just like every other position on our Niner squad our front office put as much quality compitition on the field this offseason as they could. I mean come on 4 qbs, 5 rbs, this is all for a reason and that is too get the best out of each player. All the starters from last season can not act like they have it in the bag, they will need to show and prove to coach that they deserve that starting position. they will come out each day of practice this offseason and put their entire soul and mind on the field, just leave it all out there boys this is a season of oppurtunity 4 us and even with our tough schedule I think we can go all the way, I have faith and this faith is not without reason. Last year we proved a lot, but we cant act like the work is over. We will see who wins the third team qb spot after the offseason. I feel Tolzien will be let go even though I’m with the rest of you I love the kid and feel he is gonna be a starter some day, but Alex is our starter and Im happy to go to battle with him

  20. By DanTheMan on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    “Watch Tolzien college highlights” Dude watch Johnson’s, Smith’s and Kap’s highlights from college. That is why they are highlights and most guys wouldn’t be in the NFL if they didn’t have them. Lets stop talking about a 3rd string QB like they have potential to be Joe Montana when they haven’t played a full game in the NFL. Alex is our guy. Alex Smith’s game vs the saints in last years playoffs is proof enough…Dude has potential to make plays. Let’s see what he can do with a team that has a year of the Harbaugh offense under their belt.

  21. By Samir on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Josh johnson is a good QB but alex smith will start.

  22. By narrator on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    The best athlete and player for starting QB is Colin Kaepernick. Wonder why they didn’t show how many INT’s Johnson has had in the NFL? I like all 4 of the QB’s and have questions concerning each one of them. It is interesting that with the supposed open competition at QB all we ever hear is about who will win the #2 spot. I guess Smith has #1 all locked up.

  23. By narrator on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    @#1 D-FENSE 2012- How stupid of a comment is that; “The coaches took Kaepernick without doing a lot of homework on him” The coaches also had tons of data on Smith, 6 years of data. Before 2012 Smith had thrown more INT’s than TD’s, yet they made him their game manager. Harbaugh now keeps bringing in these ringer players from SD to boost the competition, the truth is that non of them were even recruited into FBS football. You look at film and read the stats of Kaepernick and he outshines any of the other QB’s on the team. For once I’d like to see a picture of Harbaugh and Kaepernick or even hear something positive or negative come out of the mouth of Harbaugh concerning Kaepernick or Tolzien.

  24. By SFN9NERS on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Smith had his hand in the cookie jar last season and i seen some fire in him against the saints in the playoffs..Im hoping all the off season additions and draft picks really boost him up with talks of eliteness..any quarterback,giving these weapons…the posibilities! Go N9ners!

  25. By Basil on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Negro? where in the hell did you come from? wherever that is please go back!

  26. By Basil on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    yes last year was great, but it was just that, Last Year! The only thing last years record does for us, this season … was to get us on of the toughest, if thee toughest 2012 schedule in the NFL, amen !

  27. By TheRock49 on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    During our frustrated year 2010, when Singletary couldn’t make up his mind wich Smith to go with. There was a quarterback named Troy. He actually could have done some really good things for us while Alex was deciding if he wanted to be a Quarterback that year. To bad the coaches didn’t realize that Troy was at his best on the run and not in the pocket. I am finally glad that Alex decided to be a quarterback last year. By opening day we will have the quarterback that we have been waiting for and his name is………Alex. What I do know is that V.D,Moss,Crab and all the others have much RESPECT for him. So in the end, Who’s got better than we do? NOBODY!!!!!!!!. Peace to all NINERS.

  28. By Spencer on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Johnson has a chance to do something special.

  29. By Clutch on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    If Tolzien and Johnson are that good than Smith or CK will eventually get cut. I don’t see it any other way.

  30. By ben hernandez on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nobody should be allowed to post racist remarks in here,even though I
    would defend your right to say it.I believe in freedom of speech but
    only to a certain extend.

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