Harbaugh: Paranoia is good


Harbaugh: Paranoia is good

SANTA CLARA -- Things don't seem as if they can get much better for the 49ers these days.

The 49ers are coming off back-to-back games in which they beat the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills by a combined 79-3. And therein lies the problem, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday.

"Nothing's wrong, except nothing's wrong," Harbaugh said.

The 49ers (4-1) are playing good football, but there is a lot of time remaining in the season. The 49ers face last season's Super Bowl champion, New York Giants, on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

The Giants defeated the 49ers in the NFC championship game in January. In order for the 49ers to take the next step, they realize their best games must be played when it matters most -- in January and, possibly, February.

"It's scary good -- scary good," Harbaugh said. "The law of averages say that you're not going to keep getting the breaks, not going to stay at that spot.

"But if you understand the concept of scary good, then you got a chance. Stay on your toes, keep your guard up, stay paranoid and come out here every day and do what you believe in, which is the preparation."

As a head coach, Harbaugh certainly exhibits traits of paranoia. And that's clearly by design. Harbaugh referenced the book, "Only the Paranoid Survive," written by Andy Grove. Under Grove's leadership, Intel became the world's largest chip maker and adapted to the ever-changing market.

When asked if paranoia is good, Harbaugh said, "The Intel folks wrote that book. I thought that was real insightful. That was a team that was on top of 40 years of winning 40 straight Super Bowls. That's what they had to say about it. There's something that can be learned there."

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

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.”