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Miller, Whitner Discuss Texans Matchup

Posted by Taylor Price on August 17, 2012 – 1:14 PM

Oh, what a difference a year can make. Bruce Miller can certainly attest.

The confidence and poise the 49ers fullback exudes these days is all directly related to his time in the team’s offseason program, training camp included.

So while Miller and last year’s rookies feel much better about their knowledge of the playbooks, the fullback even sees this year’s newcomers looking further ahead than last year’s bunch.

“They know where they’re supposed to be, they know what they’re doing,” Miller said.

Those young players will see plenty of time against the Houston Texans this Saturday night. Miller, too, is eager to face a physical defense that plays hard.

It’s just like the one he faces every day in practice.

“You get tired of hitting Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman every day,” Miller added. “I look forward to hitting some different guys.”

On the defensive side of the ball, safety Donte Whitner said veteran players experience nerves in the preseason, too.

“Early on in the preseason when you step on the field you tend to get a little nervous,” Whitner explained. “You have a little more jitters than you would normally have in the regular season. It’s fresh, you’re back out there playing in regular live-game action.”

Nerves aside, Whitner wants to put forth a better performance than what San Francisco displayed against Houston during last preseason.

“They moved the ball on us quite easy,” recalled Whitner of a 30-7 home defeat. “We want to go out there and test ourselves this game.”

Whitner said the defense has been tested often in camp by the steadily improving 49ers offense.

“I know I might be a little biased, but I feel we have as many playmakers as any of the good playmakers in the National Football League,” Whitner said. “I feel across the board we can match up with any of those offenses.”

In Whitner’s mind, all the added playmakers will help the offense improve.

“A lot of those guys can do things at multiple positions, so I believe with execution and with detailed-work, these guys can be a really explosive offense,” Whitner said. “I believe the acquisitions that we’ve made with all these guys who can open it up on the outside, it’s really going to allow our run game to flourish.

“That’s how you play football, you don’t have playmakers on the outside, you load the box and let the quarterback beat you because you can stop the run. If you have playmakers on the outside, the defense can’t do that… Everybody helps everybody out and that’s why I think we can be really good.”

The 49ers will have a chance to demonstrate the strides being made on both sides of the ball when they face the Texans Saturday night.


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4 Responses to “Miller, Whitner Discuss Texans Matchup”

  1. By ace on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    things u cant do well dictate what you can do ? or do they ? shout out to coach harbaugh for doing very creative things with what he has, fake field goal for a touch down to crabtree,omg,great job utilizing what he has to work with last year

  2. By IA49ers on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    We’ve got a lot more talent at wide receiver this year, no doubt. That means our season depends on Alex Smith and how he plays with an opened up playbook. Should Alex have a Pro Bowl type of year, We will be the best team in football. LET’S GO ALEX!!!

  3. By zevo49 on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    SORRY FOR CAPS BUT I HAVE VERY BAD EYES. NINERS OFFENSE LOOKS SO STRONG AS JACOBS LOOKS LIKE A FORCE ON SHORT YARDAGE PLAYS FOR TD’S OR F/D’S. THE NINERS ARE SO BALANCED THAT ONLY THE INJURY BUG CAN KEEP THEM OUT OF AND WINNING THE SUPER BOWL. I REALLY THINK THEY HAVE A SHOT AT RUNNING THE TABLE. I REALLY DO…..CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY FOR REAL, ALSO MY SON AND I HAVE TICKETS TO THE FIRST THURSDAY NITE GAME AT THE STICK AND WE ARE COMING FROM GROTON CT SO WE HAVE A TRIP AHEAD OF US….

  4. By songdog on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    zevo49 WE FORGIVE THE CAPS IN YOUR CASE.. eSPECIALLY IF YOUR COMING ALL THE WAY FROM ct FOR A GAME.

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