49ers defense not offended by president's Bears talk


49ers defense not offended by president's Bears talk

SANTA CLARA -- President Barack Obama during halftime of "Monday Night Football" made the claim that the Chicago Bears have the "best defense in the league right now."That statement was met with little opposition in the 49ers' locker room as the club prepares to face the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on Sunday.It's a topic that might be addressed in greater detail next week. After all, the 49ers take on the Bears on Nov. 19, in a Monday night game that could have big NFC playoff ramifications.While the 49ers have every reason to feel good about their defense, two of the 49ers' leaders were respectful of the stance taken by the nation's leader."He's our president, so you can't say who he thinks should be No. 1," All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis said. "It's his hometown team, so he has every right to say that. We'll see when it's all said and done."One area in which Chicago clearly has an advantage through eight games is forcing turnovers. The 2012 Bears are the doing what the 49ers did with great success a year ago.The Bears lead the NFL with a plus-16 turnover margin.RELATED: NFL team leaders -- Defense
Cornerback Charles Tillman forced four fumbles Sunday in a blowout victory over the Tennessee Titans, and linebacker Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown -- the Bears' seventh interception return for a score through eight games."You can't take any credit away from Chicago of whoever guys are talking about," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "There are a lot of good defenses out there. Us, Houston, and look at the stuff Chicago is doing. They're setting history the way they're forcing turnovers and getting the ball out. They're doing a good job for their team of getting the ball back. When they go on defense, it's like another series of offense because they're taking the ball and scoring."A year ago, the 49ers forced 38 takeaways on defense and had a plus-28 turnover margin. The 49ers have forced 12 in eight games with six interception and six fumble recoveries.But the 49ers' defense has been no less successful.The 49ers rank No. 2 overall in defense in yards allowed behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chicago is sixth. The 49ers also rank second in passing yards allowed per game at 184.0 yards, an improvement of 46.9 yards per game over a year.Scoring defense is where the 49ers have been exceptional. The 49ers held the New York Jets, Buffalo, Seattle and Arizona out of the end zone over this current five-game stretch."We haven't had the turnovers we had the previous year," Rogers said, "but we're doing a good job of getting off the field and eliminating yards and big plays and eliminating people getting into the end zone. As long as we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be fine."And the 49ers will have a good opportunity to shut down the Rams on Sunday, too. St. Louis ranks 28th in the league in total offense.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”

49ers sign veteran defensive lineman


49ers sign veteran defensive lineman

The 49ers signed veteran defensive tackles Tony McDaniel and Leger Douzable, the team announced.

The 49ers placed defensive lineman Arik Armstead in injured reserve with a broken hand and released veteran tight end Logan Paulsen to make room for McDaniel and Douzable on the 53-man roster.

Armstead, who is scheduled to undergo surgery for a broken hand. Armstead was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and is not expected back for approximately two months.

Paulsen was used primarily as a blocking tight end. He saw action in the 49ers' first six games and did not catch a pass. The 49ers promoted undrafted rookie tight end Cole Hikutini to the active roster on Saturday.

McDaniel, 32, has not appeared in an NFL game this season after starting 10 of the 16 games in which he played last season with the Seattle Seahawks. In his 12-year career, McDaniel has played for Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay and, again, Seattle. He has recorded 11.5 career sacks.

Douzable was among the team's final cuts before the start of the regular season. An eight-year veteran, Douzable has seen action with the Giants, Rams, Jaguars, Jets and Bills.