Niners gear up for first GPS game of ’09

The 49ers began their on-field preparations for their first GPS game (*-see below) of the season this morning with a brief walk-through. The main practice begins at 12:50 p.m., as the 49ers get ready to face the Seahawks on Sunday in a battle of NFC West unbeatens.

 

Coach Mike Singletary and some of the players were already available to the media to go over some of the issues . . .

 

–The Seahawks have a receiver they awarded a $15 million signing bonus, and he’s around and making a difference. Singletary said T.J. Houshmandzadeh “adds more to what they already had.”

 

–The Seahawks also managed to sign a player at No. 4 money despite the fact some mock drafts had him going No. 1 overall. LB Aaron Curry has replaced Julian Peterson, who was sent to Detroit, and he’s doing pretty much exactly what Peterson had been doing in previous seasons.

 

–Singletary said he hopes the play of David Baas and Adam Snyder will improve this week now that they’ve had another “week under their belts.” Even with that, veteran Tony Pashos is expected to work into the mix a little more at right tackle, along with Snyder, this week.

 

–It’ll be a cover-by-committee, as the 49ers look to contain second-year tight end John Carlson, who had 95 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the opener against the Rams.

 

–Receiver Brandon Jones, who sustained a broken shoulder blade Aug. 6 during 49ers training camp, will return to practice today. He’ll wear a black jersey, which makes it known that defensive players are not allowed to touch him. Singletary said he’ll know more about the Jones’ availability after practice Thursday.

 

–Singletary said adjustments will be made on offense, but the 49ers will continue to do what they feel gives them the best chance to win. “I really don’t think about teams looking at our film,” he said. “Hopefully, going forward there will be other film to look at, as well.”

 

–Shaun Hill said he never reads much into the game plan. He executes what’s asked of him. “I have to stay patient,” he said.

 

–He remained patient and hit the 50-yard pass last week to Isaac Bruce. Hill admitted that he missed that throw to Bruce a lot more in practice than he connected. But he said the repetition of the route, and knowing Bruce’s body language, was a reason that play was successful against the Cardinals.

 

–Last time the 49ers played the Seahawks, TE Vernon Davis got an unnecessary roughness penalty, and Singletary banished him to locker room. It was safety Brian Russell who provoked Davis into the penalty last year. Russell is no longer on the Seahawks, but he expects to hear a lot of chirping on Sunday. Davis says, “I’m sure they’re going to try to do something to . . . try to get me to go back to the locker room. But it ain’t happening.”

 

–Singletary postgame rant became a national phenomenon, and the motivation for an entire 49ers marketing campaign. “I’m surprised,” Davis said. “I didn’t think it was going to blow up as much as it did.”

 

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*-Global Positioning System. In this context, a GPS game provides an indicator of precisely where the 49ers rank in the NFC West after a Week 1 victory over the Cardinals. OK, and I’ll admit I caved into a public that demanded the GPS designation for the game Sunday against the Seahawks at Candlestick.

 

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