49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Fisher


49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Fisher

This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Rams matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (FOX), at the Edward Jones Dome.49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Rams coach Jeff FisherTale of the tape
Kaepernick (7): 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, second season, Nevada
Fisher: 17th NFL season as head coach, first with RamsIn baseball terms, this is the equivalent to the second time through the lineup for a pitcher.It was just three weeks ago that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was pressed into action for his first taste of extended NFL playing time following Alex Smith's concussion.The St. Louis Rams had game film of Kaepernick's brief forays in the 49ers' offense as a change-of-pace quarterback who mostly ran the zone-read plays. But in a game that ended in a 24-24 tie on Nov. 11, Kaepernick took over. And he has not left the field since. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards. He also rushed eight times for 66 yards.After two winning starts against the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh anointed Kaepernick as the team's starting quarterback ahead of Smith.
The Rams had an opportunity to watch that film -- as well as Kaepernick's two other starting assignments -- to prepare for facing him a second time. So Sunday's game could provide Kaepernick with a strong indication of what he can expect for the remainder of the season. The Rams are the first team to face him twice, and the book on Kaepernick is in its early chapters.Fisher is considered one of the best coaches in the business. He spent 16 seasons as head coach of the Tennessee Titans after previously serving five seasons as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Houston Oilers. Fisher was also 49ers defensive backs coach in 1992 and '93."You got the added dimension of Colin's legs," Fisher said last week on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "That's the biggest concern defensively. A couple weeks ago, he kept that game alive and gave them an opportunity with his legs in the two-minute drill."Greg Roman, the 49ers' offensive coordinator, is in a similar situation. He knows there will be no element of surprise this time with Kaepernick. The Rams will be well-prepared. So does Roman attempt to predict what adjustments the Rams will make when they see Kaepernick again?"Well, you can do that . . . I know that they know, that we know, that they know," Roman said. "It's like being in a room of never-ending mirrors. You've just got to go out and play, come up with a plan. I think it works both ways. They've seen Kap for a game or three quarters of a game. Kap's seen them. So I think it works both ways."

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.