'Ruthless' Fangio expected to turn up heat on Seattle


'Ruthless' Fangio expected to turn up heat on Seattle

Sept. 9, 2011


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Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has watched film and spoken this week to people who have first-hand knowledge of 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.One of those players is Seahawks rookie cornerback Richard Sherman, who played under Fangio at Stanford last season. And Sherman's report on Fangio is something that nobody could've known by watching the 49ers during the exhibition season.
"He's ruthless, the way he calls defenses," Sherman said, as reported by The Seattle Times.The 49ers' defense was basic during the exhibition season, as the 49ers did little more than the occasional stunt and most basic blitzes. But this week Fangio streamlined his plan of attack specifically for Sunday's game against Seattle."Obviously when you're playing your first real opponent in a real game, things get tapered down a little bit," Fangio said. "We're into game-planning. We've been practicing a lot of stuff. Players won't be expected to know as much this week as they were last week because we were putting in a lot of stuff and just piling it on them from week to week to week and never setting in."Whereas now when you're in a game week, we'll have a shorter list of what they're expected to learn, and we'll try to zero in on what we want to play against the Seahawks."Especially with an offensive line in flux, the Seahawks figure that Fangio will turn up the pressure on Sunday. The 49ers figure to challenge Jackson, who started just one game the past two seasons as Brett Favre's backup with the Minnesota Vikings.
"You want to treat every game like a blitz drill until they don't blitz, especially from a guy known for blitzing a bringing pressure," Jackson said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "We haven't seen a lot of it in the preseason, but we're pretty sure they'll have a couple wrinkles in there that they have prepared for us and scouted for us."And the first guy Jackson figures to keep an eye on is 49ers' linebacker Patrick Willis, a four-time Pro Bowl player who worked more on his pass-rush technique during camp this summer.
"He's one of the top playmakers in the NFL," Jackson said. "He can run around. There aren't too many things he can't do out there. Any guy on defense who is the kind of player he is you have to keep your eye out for him. Because he's so close to the line of scrimmage, he's one of the guys you want to identify first."

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.