Elvis Dumervil identifies the key to disrupting Russell Wilson


Elvis Dumervil identifies the key to disrupting Russell Wilson

SANTA CLARA – Elvis Dumervil emphasizes the importance of having a short memory on Sunday when the 49ers face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

It is not necessarily a difficult chore for pass rushers, such as Dumervil, to get close to Wilson. But bringing him down is another thing altogether.

“Effort, man,” Dumervil said when asked about the key to corralling Wilson, who was sacked 41 times last season but escaped from sacks innumerable times.

“Sometimes you might get there and all of a sudden, he’s gone. So you have to be able to pick it up and go on to the next play and make sure you keep coming every day. He’s a competitor. He knows how to win. He’s proven that.”

The Seahawks settled for three field goals in their 17-9 opening-week loss to the Green Bay Packers. While the Seahawks might not have as many offensive weapons as they have featured in the past, they still have Wilson.

Wilson was the Seahawks’ leading rusher with 40 yards on two scrambles. He was under constant pressure from the Green Bay pass rush, which limited his effectiveness. He was sacked three times and completed just 14 of 27 attempts for 158 yards.

“He's one of those guys where you just have to go hard on every snap,” Dumervil said. “We know what he’s capable of doing. He’s a great player. He’s athletic. He can throw the ball anywhere. He’s well-coached. And, watching the film, I really think their line is talented. It’s only a matter of time before they fix it and get it done."

The 49ers’ pass rush was lacking in their opening week loss to the Carolina Panthers. Dumervil, who has recorded 99 career sacks, came the closest to throwing Cam Newton for a loss when he hit his arm as he was throwing in the first half. But he pointed out, "Almost doesn't count."

Said Dumervil, “We all need to get better in every aspect. How can I get back there and affect the quarterback more than I did with Cam Newton in the first game? You always have to look in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do to impact the game.’ ”

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions


Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates


Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”