Time and time again the San Francisco 49ers have proven to be a united front. Two recent examples shed a bright light on the team-oriented locker room.
According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, teamwork was involved in the recent five-year contract extension for All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Three players, Vernon Davis, Carlos Rogers and Ray McDonald, all restructured their contracts to give the 49ers enough cap flexibility to sign the talented linebacker long-term.
The other example would be the professionalism shown by Alex Smith in the wake of Jim Harbaugh’s decision to start Colin Kaepernick Sunday in St. Louis. In order to understand the potential reasoning for the move, Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports caught up with a cast of Harbaugh’s former teammates to learn more about the 49ers coach’s playing career as it relates to his coaching decisions.
Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk told Silver, “I’m pretty sure about the fact that this is not a game-playing thing for him. It’s for the greater good of the team. There is no personal gain for him. Everything he does is for the greater good of that team, and he’s not going to deviate from that.”
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at the team’s rematch with St. Louis and how the 49ers are not underestimating the Rams the second time around.
Branch also shares Vic Fangio’s comments on his hard-hitting safety tandem.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News examines the latest injury report for the Rams and 49ers and its potential implications for cornerback Carlos Rogers.
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com looks at where the 49ers linebackers rank with the NFL’s best linebacking groups.
Ashley Fox of ESPN.com writes that Harbaugh made a decision on his starting quarterback than any coach would make.
Adam Schein of NFL.com believes Bowman is one of his nine players who can be trusted to perform every Sunday.
Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly looks at the competition for Frank Gore’s backup running back duties.
49ers.com examined Michael Crabtree’s third-down production and relationship with Colin Kaepernick, shared details on Aldon Smith’s NFC Defensive Player of the Month honor and highlighted one of the greatest moments in Candlestick Park’s history.
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