Harbaugh Q&A: 49ers prepare for Bryant, 'Boys


Harbaugh Q&A: 49ers prepare for Bryant, 'Boys

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SANTA CLARA -- Here's the transcript from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's Friday press briefing (courtesy of the 49ers' public-relations department):Q: Not often do you hear piped-in noise during practice before a home game. What was the thinking behind that?
Harbaugh: "The defensive communication. Times when the opposing offense has the ball, there's crowd noise and the defense has to communicate. Going through those mechanics of the communication without being able to hear each other."Q: Will this game be a better measure of your pass protection, considering you have Dallas' defensive line and what they can bring from the pass rush?
Harbaugh: "Well, it will be a big test for us, no question about it and a great challenge. Very good football team that makes it tough on you to protect the passer, so that area and many others. Definitely will be a big challenge for us and I think our guys are up for it."RELATED: Willis, Ware are on paths to meet at Hall of Fame
Q: What do you think about Vernon Davis as a pass blocker?
Harbaugh: "I think he's exceptional, both as a pass blocker and a run blocker, and (it's) well-documented. You can really see with the eye, what he does in the passing game and the athleticism and the speed. He's well-rounded, much like the tight end from Dallas Jason Witten. They're both elite tight ends in the league because they can do both, they can block and run the assortments of routes."Q: Other than Tony Romo, what other problems does the Cowboys' offense present?
Harbaugh: "They have so many playmakers, Witten, Dez Bryant and their running back (Felix Jones) is outstanding. An assortment of weapons that guys that make plays, wonderful football players. It's great challenges across the board. Just every unit, every one of our units will be challenged."Q: A guy like Bryant, who may or may not play, do you just assume he's going to play and adjust if he doesn't?
Harbaugh: "Yes."Q: Does it change much, really, from what they would do if the key receiver is out?
Harbaugh: "I don't think it would, that would just be a guess. We prepared as though he were going to be in there."RELATED: 'Game-time decisions' for receivers Crabtree, Bryant
Q: In the game Sunday, Adam Snyder saw a little bit of time at right guard, is that for that particular game, was it injury-related or why was he in on occasion?
Harbaugh: "He's in on occasion because we think he's a good football player. Not uncommon to substitute on the offensive line from time-to-time."Q: Can you expand on what Brad Seely (special teams coordinatorassistant head coach) has brought and what kind of traits he's instilled in these guys?
Harbaugh: "A real comprehensive knowledge of the game in a very short period of time, which really illuminates just what a good teacher Brad Seely is. I'm sitting in those meeting everyday and learning a lot of football from coach Seely, and I know our players are as well. It's great that we got results so quickly. He does a phenomenal job and I wish you could sit in on those meetings and listen to him coach. It's like a professor at an institute of higher learning, and I know our players, realize that and soak it in and therefore it is showing up on Sunday. It's outstanding the way he gets his point across and teaches the game. Not just special teams, but broader - tackling, leverage and angles. It's really, really good."Q: Are you inviting us?
Harbaugh: "No, you said you weren't necessarily for us. You're neutral. Those meetings are for guys that are for us, that want to see the 49ers win."Q: You're not going to let that go are you?
Harbaugh: "No, at some point Iu2019m sure I will."Q: Is he as good of a special teams coach as John Harbaugh?
Harbaugh: "No comparisons there. They're both outstanding. They're both very good."Q: As far as the injury report designation, where are WR Michael Crabtree

and S Dashon Goldson stand?
Harbaugh: "Questionable for the game. Game time decisions on both of those men."Q: Do you see some leadership skills in Donte Whitner , can you just talk about your impressions of him since heu2019's been here?
Harbaugh: "Top flight pro in all areas. Really high level performance every time he steps on the field in practice and in games for us. Provides the leadership you're talking about in communication on the field, the way he talks in the back end for us. The same in meetings. Just a high level of performance on both the mental side and the physical side."Q: Does it strike you that he's only 26?
Harbaugh: "Yes, yes he does as a matter of fact. Very mature 26-year-old."
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Q: Your two captains, I don't believe they have the 'C's' on their uniforms. Is there a reason for that?
Harbaugh: "That's hockey. You're thinking of hockey. That's hockey where they put the C on their jersey."Q: So that's a hockey thing?
Harbaugh: "That's a hockey thing. From the inception of the game, that was hockey. That's not football to us. C's on the jerseys, that's hockey. Which I have great respect for, we have great respect for the game of hockey."

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'


Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”