Got a lot of work done in the red zone. Brandon came out, got some walk-through time in and we’ll see where we are tomorrow as we get our walk-through in San Jose. Alshon got some work, moved around, did work in individual and did some work in practice so we’ll monitor their progress as we work into the game.
We’ll see where we are closer to the game. We’ve got up to 90 minutes before the game to make those decisions and we’re going to use every minute of it to make sure we make the right decision in the best interests of the team and certainly for the player.
He just walked through. At best it was a light jog. A walk-through is a light jog-through.
He warmed up, he did individual, and he took some reps during our team periods.
The roster will be on-going as we move toward game time as we make some of these decisions.
I recall that when he had some opportunities, he made some plays. The last game he made some plays, he showed some speed and did some good things. We’ll see how this thing continues to progress but he’s been with us a long time, he knows the system.
YOU TOLD US ON WEDNESDAY YOU DIDN’T KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE INJURIES TO GARZA AND SLAUSON EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD MRIs TWO DAYS EARLIER. IN FACT, WE STILL HAVEN’T RECEIVED AN OFFICIAL WORD ON THE SEVERITY OF THEIR INJURIES. ARE YOU BEING SECRETIVE FOR A REASON?
You can ask Jim Harbaugh that. Quite frankly, we’re going about our business. We’ve made people aware where our players are. We’re as open as we possibly can be while still doing what we need to do to get ourselves ready to play the game.
He’s an amazing guy. He’s hyper-competitive, was extremely detailed and really worked hard at his job. He was quality control, he was drawing the pictures, the standard was very, very high, he took his job very seriously. He went from there, moved on, started working with the quarterbacks in his second year, started spending time with them. Just a good friend and very good football coach and person.
Just in terms of how he did his job. He was very serious about making sure every picture was perfect, it was always detailed out; if there was a line that wasn’t correctly done, he took it personally that he didn’t do it right. He was a guy who spent time at the office, slept at the office, did whatever he could to help the football team.
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH A GUY DOING A WALKTHROUGH ON FRIDAY, PLAYING SUNDAY?
Well I think, as I said yesterday, everything is a player-by-player decision. The No. 1 thing I want to be sure of is that the player is healthy enough to play the game and can be safe out there and that’s the most important thing is that we work into what’s best for the team.
BUT EVERY PLAYER WANTS TO PLAY, COACH…
I think part of the decision and I always lean back, it’s a collective decision between certainly the trainers, the doctors and how a player feels. And the experience of a player to know whether or not he can get the job done.
SANTONIO IS STILL LEARNING. IS HE PROGRESSING?
Absolutely. He’s worked very hard at it. He’s been very diligent spending time before practice, after practice, in walk-throughs with Mike Groh and Carson in terms of learning what he needs to in his assignments so he’s doing everything he can to get himself ready.
DID JOSH MORGAN SUFFER A SETBACK?
He had a little bit of a setback yesterday. A little bit of tightness in his groin.
CAN EBEN BRITTON PLAY CENTER?
I think he could do that if we needed to do that. Still we’re in position now to make some roster moves to alleviate that problem and we’ll see where that goes as we move forward.
CAN YOU USE ROAD CROWD NOISE IN YOUR FAVOR?I don’t think of it that way. I think that emotions always go into a game, crowd goes into a game, but once the game seems to start, everything kind of settles in and players just play the game and whatever emotion they gain from that positively or negatively is really I think not a factor in terms just the overall playing of the game.
NEED A QUICK START ON THE ROAD?
Fast starts are really important, most importantly is strong finishes. You got to finish everything. You have to finish the quarter, the half, the game. We talk a lot about fast starting, but at the end of the day, you know what’s really important is how the team finishes the game. Because you can get lulled to sleep with a fast start as well.
WHEN WILL YOU MAKE YOUR ROSTER MOVES?
It will be ongoing as we move to the game. The roster is really going to have be fluid as we continue to determine where our players are.
We had very good work all three days. I haven’t looked at today’s game. Yesterday’s tape, we looked hard at it. I thought our guys really did a good job of handling read-zone stuff, fitting up. I’m looking forward to seeing how that progresses on Sunday. I think we all are.
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