Harbaugh: “Crab is back.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke to reporters in the defensive meeting room Monday afternoon. Here’s what he said about Frank Gore’s 51-yard run against the Seahawks, and what Harbaugh said about Michael Crabtree.

Q: What did you see when you looked at the film of Gore’s long run at the end of the game?

HARBAUGH: It was one of the biggest holes we had on the day to run through. Everybody got their blocks – Staley, Snyder, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone got up on the second level and was able to shield and get Frank up on the safety, and Frank did a great job of making him miss. It ended up in a long run.

Q:  Michael Crabtree’s stats didn’t jump out, what you would call low-hanging fruit. But what kind of impact did he have on this game?

HARBAUGH: Good. He made one phenomenal catch. It was only a four-yard gain, but he’s someone that Colin has confidence in and the team has confidence in. He was really motivated for this game. It’s like he’s back. Not this game but the game before, I turned around at one point and he had turned around and said, “What do I got to do get the ball?!” And then it was like, “Alright, Crab is back.”

Q: Boldin had 7 yards Week 2 in Seattle, and 93 yards yesterday against them. Is that attributable to having Crabtree on the field at the same time?

HARBAUGH: That’s a valid point. There have been times throughout the year when Anquan’s gotten doubled and Vernon’s gotten doubled on the same play. When Michael is out there with everything he’s shown he can do since coming back, he’s another high-level guy that has to be accounted for.

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  1. I feel like the Niners got very lucky to win the game with so many 3rd and longs. Exactly how many did they have? Anyone know? Seemed like a Dozen.

    1. That’s what happens when you play one of the best and most talented defenses in the NFL. Did you see what they did to the Saints last week?

      1. Yes, but Seattle didn’t play in nearly as many 3rd and longs. Niners are poor at converting 3rd and anything, let alone 3rd and 9.

      2. Seattle was 5-12 on 3rd downs and the Niners were 5-13 on 3rd downs. They put up 264 yards to our 318 yards. They ran 50 plays on offense to our 64. If you ask me, we had the better defense and the stats show it. Biggest stat to me: They rushed for 86 yards to our 163. That’s a clear win in the trenches for the Niners.

      3. Mike thanks for stating the numbers. We truly should have won this game by at least two tds if ck did not throw the int and the PI was called on crabtree. I take this win and hope for 3 more. Go Niners

  2. I watched it closely yesterday and Sherman played only LCB. Whether it was boldin manningham or crab. He didn’t shadow any wr.

    1. That’s the Seattle scheme. They line up in their traditional spots and believe they can all beat you straight up. Sherman is always the LCB, but he did bump into the slot a few times and cover Vernon Davis.

      1. I know that. But earlier on the week people tried to argue that Sherman would shadow boldin and I said it wouldn’t happen because Sherman is strictly a LCB

  3. Is it true that big-mouth Sherman said after the game that they “expected to blow us out”, and that we won because of some referee calls?

    1. Yup he said that and a few other things. The one that caught my attention was someone asked him about Bolden talking after his catches. Sherman said Bolden had to talk because he catches so few passes that he has to celebrate when he finally gets one.

      If these teams meet in the playoffs, I expect Bolden to be a heat seeking missile looking to launch Mr Sherman.

    1. Good work, Jack.

      What’s your feeling about Kaepernick completing 51 percent of his passes? You wrote earlier in the week that completing 62 percent like Alex Smith was important, and I agreed.

      1. Thanks Grant. Kaepernick finished up 15-26 on his aimed passes which is 58%, and there was at lease one drop (PFF gives only Crabtree a drop, but I would add in both of the throws to Manningham as well).

        He was money in the first half on first down, especially in the first half, going 6-10 for 87 yards and a 2 yard scramble. In the second half it was tougher sledding, he was 1-4 for 4 yards and 3 scrambles for 18 yards.

        It’s so hard to see what is going on downfield on TV so not sure what was happening in that second half.

        1. Fair enough, although I thought Jeremy Lane broke up those passes for Manningham.

          Kaepernick’s passer rating in the second quarter was 122.5, but in the other three quarters his passer rating was 38.5

          Kaepernick was terrific on his touchdown drive at the end of the first half, but the drive was aided by Byron Mawxwell’s holding penalty on second-and-8, the second play of the drive.

      2. That may be why they didn’t put those as drops. What are your thoughts on Manningham/Patton? The only time they put Manningham in was with 11 personnel.

        1. It seems like Patton should get his shot to be the No.3 WR over Manningham because Manningham doesn’t look good, but I don’t get to see what Patton looks like in practice.

      3. I’d like to see Patton get another shot. Manningham hasn’t played that well since returning, is probably gone at the end of the year, doesn’t provide any ST value, and his opportunities at WR are likely to be limited anyway with Crabtree back.

    1. absolutely the most stupid rule! Lets award a team for committing a penalty!!!! How could a rule like this be allowed to existed by the competition committee?

      1. The ref that’s on KNBR said he called Blandino yesterday and told him about it. Blandino told him that it would be going before the competition committee for REVEIW of the rule. I’m sure it will get changed for next year.

    2. >>Harbaugh agreed that it seems “odd” that a team can reap an immediate advantage by breaking the rules.

      Which, as blogged earlier here, SEA does with their D holding on every play. Give up the completed long pass or maybe 5 yards if the refs deign to call it? Hmmm… no question.

  4. I think it unfair to say that the drive was aided by a holding penalty when it is apparent that Seattle’s strategy Is to hold on virtually every play. How many open receivers would Kapernick have to choose from if they weren’t being held?

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