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Harbaugh Confident in 49ers Youth

Posted by Taylor Price on November 30, 2012 – 1:36 PM


San Francisco’s running back reps behind Frank Gore will be a key to Sunday’s game in St. Louis. Whether Brandon Jacobs or LaMichael James becomes the featured No. 2 runner behind Gore remains to be seen.

Jim Harbaugh said the reps against the Rams would be shared “among the other backs.”

With the loss of Kendall Hunter and Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries last week in New Orleans, the 49ers coach will have to find ways of showcasing other players on the roster.

Even so, Harbaugh admitted the injured players will be tough to replace.

“When you lose trusted agents and known friends,” the 49ers coach said, “it creates opportunities for youngsters to step up.”

Harbaugh is eager to see if James or first-round pick A.J. Jenkins can potentially answer the call if needed.

“I’m confident those youngsters will,” Harbaugh went on to say.

Even with heavy rain falling at the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara, Harbaugh made the most of the day by having his team hold its first turf-field practice of the season.

Not many rainy days in the Bay Area during football season, but Harbaugh was pleased to have a chance to practice in it.

“Always like to use those opportunities” he said.

Overall, Harbaugh felt like it was a good week of work even with a quarterback change announced mid-week.

“I thought the focus was good and the practices were good,” he said.

The 49ers coach also spoke highly of newly promoted linebacker Michael Wilhoite, a player who came on to the team’s scouting radar last season. Wilhoite spent time on the practice squad the last two years before being promoted as the team’s No. 53 player on the roster Friday morning.

“He’s a real professional,” Harbaugh said of Wilhoite, who could potentially play on special teams if active on Sunday. “He’s chomping at the bit to get on the field… we’ll see if that happens in the game.”

Injury Update

Harbaugh said David Akers (hip) would be fine for Sunday in St. Louis. Also, safety Darcel McBath (concussion) is questionable to play.

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28 Responses to “Harbaugh Confident in 49ers Youth”

  1. By iswordsman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, Brandon JOKEobs. Dontcha just love paying THAT salary? Whats he got like 6 yards this year?
    Dude needs to step up..

  2. By Ninerman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Not his fault. Has had one carry.

  3. By InternationalScoot on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yea Jacobs only has 1 cary..coach Harbaugh only signed him to use in December and February games. Also in case of injuries but he should start getting more run now that Kendall is out

  4. By Mike on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    By the end of the playoff season we’ll be glad we acquired him. He’s got plenty of yards left in him!!

  5. By BD on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    iswordsman, please keep your dumb comments to a minumum.

  6. By Ghost313 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    i want to see LaMichael James get some touches .. he is a back just like Hunter and would compliment Gore just as hunter did.. He was explosive at Oregan .. just want to see what he can do at the NFL level … Excited 9er fan :)

  7. By Gabriel49 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    With Kyle Williams down this is a good opportunity for the Niners to use Randy Moss more. He has alot to offer this team. Hopefully they will use him more now so they can let him do his thing & help us get to the promise land.

  8. By Gfergs98 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Jacobs should get most of the carries between him and James only because rookies have a tendency to fumble more often. Basically, Jacobs is the more trusted back and he secures the ball, just what the niners are about. I want to see James play, wouldn’t be surprised if he scores. #letsgoniners

  9. By @ temper11 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Jacobs as the back up and james returning punts and kickoffs

  10. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    is dixon still in the mix ….just wondering he showed a lot and then got sidetracked …he used to try and swerve and such and looks as though someone told him…hey dude you are a big back go straight ….well dixon do what you did to get here ….if you swerve than swerve or one cut ..dont matter just go all out and do it dude …….go for it

  11. By iswordsman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Big Deal
    Highly competent and competitive running backs dont spend much time on the bench in this league. If Jacobs was all that, he’d be running his a** off every week to keep some of the miles off Frank’s odometer. Get real dude, something is wrong there and its not funny… so in that sense I guess Jokeobs was a misnomer. As for dumb, you’re writing that book dude

  12. By Gfergs98 on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    To be real, Jacobs hasn’t played because he is not better than Hunter or Gore, but it doesn’t mean he’s not valuable. I mean, we do have the best rushing attack in the league with just hunter and gore. Hunter is gone, but Gore will pick up the slack and Kap will get some good runs. We’re a deep team!

  13. By MANDO on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    we do have jacobs,dixon and james but should also let bruce miller gets some carries also he sure looked when he made that catch last week we need to have him more involved on the offense!! go niners beat the lambs!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By Mike B Camarillo Ca. on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Just like Harbaugh brought on D.Walker on the scense of protected play calling, he will not let any RB fail. You prove you can play and you dont get a chance in the eyes of Harbaugh. I totally stand behind all Harbaugh’s decisions and they had done us fans no wrong! He gets payed to coach, Roman gets payed to make play calls and we pay cable to watch, just root our team on and lets get to the BIG DANCE!! We are deep all across the board, EXCITING TIME TO BE A FAN, ABOUT TIME!!!!!

  15. By mike on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    @wordsman- your name is the misnomer cause you are clearly a chick who doesnt know a thing about football, maybe just stop commenting on this feed…

    so excited to see LMJ and kap run the read option just like they both did to perfection in college. harbaugh is building a deadly offense to pair with the best D in the game!

  16. By ogre on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Well- there’s KARMA for you.

  17. By ogre on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Oh-ah and a blueprint on how to defeat the niners with Kap at qb.

  18. By Hermie on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah…That was really Kaep’s fault!!! Duh!! If you want to blame anyone blame Roman for that lateral call!! And, Akers for missing one that was a gimme last year!

  19. By Ron Carlson on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith would not have lost this game. The 49ers deserve to lose because of the way they have treated him – no respect whatsoever. Now Miami actually has a chance to beat you next week. Sad!

  20. By KDB on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    I love Harbaugh and Alex and I LIKe Kap a lot BUT, let’s break it down. The QB position is all about WINS & LOSSES, PERIOD. Kap is 2-2 the Tie counts as a loss.

    Let’s see what happens at New England because Miami is a gimme game. But I’m like many, in a tight game I’m worried with the kid.

    Alex has proven his mettle and plenty good to win it all. So if Kap does, then we have two but we have one for sure in #11.

    I give it two more games then this will be over one way or another.

    Alex going to the Jets I think or wherever Roman may go. That’s where this thing is really at.

    If Kap stays at QB, we must win the Bowl this yr, period.

  21. By Hermie on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh is in a very sticky situation. He is going to get criticized regardless. Anyone that says Alex would have or would not have won this game is not very football savvy. I have to believe Harbaugh and coaches know what they are doing, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.

    It took a lot of guts on Harbaughs part, now we will see his resolve in going with Kaepernick. It certainly made our season a little more interesting!

  22. By Jamesp on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Regarding the game with the Rams, with two minutes to play and we are on the Rams ten yard line, instead of running the ball to force the Rams to burn their time outs, Harbaugh elects to have Kap throw the ball which stopped the clock following the incompletion. That is a rookie mistake by Harbaugh and frankly I thought he was better then that. That rookie mistake gave the Rams the game.

  23. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    wow ok so a tie is a loss ……ok well you forgot that CK was handed a 14-7 game wich he scored and then set us up for win with a FG wich was missed ..ironicly same thing next rams game wierd actually …but that tie or loss goes to alex dude ……..not CK ……and splitting the reps this week was not a good idea either …….as was with 5 min left and a 1st down the coach elected to set up 3 runs to kick a FG with a kicker who is haveing troubles …….bah no good at least try and win and not lose because of being cautious

  24. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    wow ok so a tie is a loss ……ok well you forgot that CK was handed a 14-7 game wich he scored and then set us up for win with a FG wich was missed ..ironicly same thing next rams game wierd actually …but that tie or loss goes to alex dude ……..not CK ……and splitting the reps this week was not a good idea either …….as was with 5 min left and a 1st down the coach elected to set up 3 runs to kick a FG with a kicker who is haveing troubles …….bah no good at least try and win and not lose because of being cautious and setting us up for the loss…..bah

  25. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    aww this dang site poofs it and then puts it up later …sorry for that guys

  26. By Nicholas P. Gartner on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh is a Great coach. Unfortunatly he has a Bigger EGO than his abilities or experience can handle. I understand, he wants his guys in there to make himself look good, that is understandable. What he needs to understand is that when you have a winner at a position you stay with them until they prove to not be winners anymore, period. His decision to sit Alex Smith was a terrible decision by a second year coach who thought he could do no wrong. If you look back over this season, you will see some questionable play calling and personel decisions. I think he went into this season with the intent of replacing Alex Smith with Kaepernick. When ever Alex got the offense going in their two losses before his benching, Harbaugh would bring on Kaepernick. Everytime, Smith came back in to long yards on third downs. I believe Kaepernick will be a Great Quarterback in the future. I hope they trade Alex Smith to an AFC team so we won’t have to worry about him except in Super Bowls and regular season games. Considering that he got us into the Playoffs in what was really his rookie season, last year, he will be tough to beat from now on. He was not the overall first pick for nothing.

  27. By Hermie on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, I would love to face Alex twice a year…Our defense would Eat him up!!!!

  28. By phatalerror on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why would anyone suggest that Alex “lost” the Rams game before ‘Kaepernick came back’ to tie it? The Rams scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, while Smith was under siege from the very beginning of the game. Smith sustained his concussion during the third drive, which ended in a touchdown strike to Crabtree. Smith doesn’t play linebacker. It wasn’t his job to tackle Steven Jackson. The 49ers defense finally showed up in the second quarter, after Smith was already out of the game.

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