Harbaugh: “We live for the future.”

SANTA CLARA — Here’s the transcript of Jim Harbaugh’s Monday press conference. Enjoy. Q: What’s W.I.N. stand for? (Sign on the wall.) HARBAUGH: What’s important now. Q: What is important now? HARBAUGH: Today? Reviewing the film, learning from that, players getting treatment, day off for the fellas. And preparing for the Redskins. Q: On running plays, your offensive linemen are often well down the field at the end of the…

October 31, 2011

The NFL honors Frank Gore and Aldon Smith

The NFL announced today that the winner of their FedEx Ground Player of the Week award goes to Frank Gore this week. And voters on NFL.com awarded the Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week honor to Aldon Smith today for the second week in a row. Gore averaged 9.4 yards per carry against the Lions – the highest average of any running back with more than ten carries last Sunday….

October 21, 2011

Trent Dilfer’s #filmstudy of the 49ers

Trent Dilfer just wrote a series of tweets on the 49ers which he tagged #filmstudy. Here’s what he wrote. 1. Alex Smith DEALING in Big Moments whole year, Vertical accuracy has been very good. Passing game making strides” 2. “Iupati 77 is going to be a premier OG for years. Huge, great feet, great length, dominant at point and fantastic puller” 3. “O-line continues to gel and improve in their…

October 18, 2011

Greg Cosell breaks down the matchup with the Lions

Yesterday on the Murph and Mac show, NFL films analyst Greg Cosell broke down the Niners upcoming Sunday matchup with Lions. Here’s the transcript of what he said. Q: That 48-3 win was the Niners’ biggest win since 1987. What stood out to you? COSELL: Believe it or not, I was really impressed with their defense. Of course, I thought the Bucs came and played offense exactly the wrong way,…

October 14, 2011

For the Love of Boobie Dixon

Here’s the transcript of an interaction that took place yesterday in the locker room between Anthony “Boobie” Dixon, Ted Ginn Jr., Kendall Hunter, Gwen Knapp and me. Knapp first approached Dixon to ask him about Frank Gore, and I came in to ask follow-up questions. KNAPP: How do you relate to Frank Gore on the sideline and on the field? DIXON: I’m like his boxing coach on the sideline. KNAPP:…

October 13, 2011

Frank Gore interrupts Vernon Davis

SANTA CLARA — Two Mondays ago, the morning after the big comeback win in Philly, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis walked into the locker room at the same time, roughly 10:30. Vernon Davis was wearing a towel, and Frank Gore was wearing a 49ers sweat suit. Their lockers are on opposite corners of the room. The reporters all walked over to Gore’s locker first to interview the star running back….

October 12, 2011

Frank Gore: “I love Alex.”

SANTA CLARA — Here’s what Frank Gore said at his locker today. Q: We saw so much variety from this offense yesterday. Is this your full capacity or is there more to come? GORE: We’ve still got room to grow. We’ve taken great steps, and as long as we continue to take small steps every Sunday and especially on the practice field we’ll be moving in the right direction. Q:…

October 10, 2011

Week 5 grades: Niners annihilate the Bucs 48-3

Here are my week 5 grades for the 49ers. Quarterbacks: A. Here’s Alex Smith’s stat line: He completed 11 of 19 throws for 170 yards, 3 TDs and QB rating of 127.2. His first TD throw – the long one down the seam to Delanie Walker on the Niners first drive – was perfect. His screen pass to Joshua Morgan in the third quarter was perfect as well. He also…

October 9, 2011

Greg Cosell on the Niners’ comeback: “The player they exploited was Nnamdi Asomugha.”

Here’s what NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell said about the 49ers this morning on the Murph and Mac Show. Q: Did you have any inkling that the 49ers could pull off that comeback? COSELL: The best way to answer that would be I was surprised Alex Smith started the second half. Q: I’d say the same thing, and that’s coming from a fan. COSELL: I’ve got to tell you, I…

October 6, 2011

Gore says his agent felt good about the meeting

SANTA CLARA – Frank Gore spoke at his locker this afternoon about his contract negotiations and he was smiling. He didn’t say anything about signing a contract extension, but he said the meetings went well. About forty-five minutes after he spoke, Pro Player Sports marketing tweeted, “Congrats to Frank Gore on signing his extension with the Niners today.” Rosenhaus’ office had no comment. I will update you with any Gore developments…

August 30, 2011

Patrick Willis on Frank Gore’s contract situation

SANTA CLARA — Drew Rosenhaus is here at 49ers facility. That much we know. He’s here on behalf oh his unhappy client, running back Frank Gore. Gore wants a contract extension, and Rosenhaus wants to get him one now. But it is unclear whether the 49ers really want to give him one. Either way, there are no updates on the contract negotiations at this time. Patrick Willis spoke to Associated…

August 29, 2011

Frank Gore: “I want to be treated right.”

SAN FRANCISCO – Frank Gore spoke at his locker shortly after the game about the upcoming meeting between the 49ers and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The meeting is scheduled for Monday. Here are selected quotes from that interview. Q: Your agent is scheduled to meet with the 49ers on Monday. Is there a goal in your head as far as what you’d like to happen? GORE: I want something to…

August 27, 2011

What Baalke meant about Gore

Trent Baalke spoke about Frank Gore’s potential contract extension this afternoon on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Here’s what he said: “The best thing we can say is we’re doing everything we can to make Frank a 49er for life and whether that gets accomplished in the near future or not remains to be seen. But Frank’s a 49er.  He’s a heck of a football player, he’s a heck of a young…

August 23, 2011

Gore talks, has no comment re: trade demand

SANTA CLARA – Frank Gore sat on a table in the locker room this morning and spoke about the new contract he hasn’t received from the 49ers. When asked if he would demand a trade, Gore said he has no comment for that. Here’s the complete transcript of what he said. Q: Any thoughts on your contract situation? GORE: Right now, me and my agent talked. Things aren’t going right…

August 22, 2011

Trading Frank Gore

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Frank Gore may demand a trade soon. Gore wants DeAngelo Williams money, and the 49ers don’t want to give him anywhere near that. So, let’s suppose Trent Baalke has two options – show Gore the money or trade him. Which should he choose? Frank Gore has been a great 49er, but we’re talking business. Bill Walsh always traded a player a little…

August 21, 2011

Gore hopes for contract extension soon

SANTA CLARA – Frank Gore wants a new contract from the 49ers, and “hopefully it gets done before the season,” Gore said this afternoon. Here’s what else Gore had to say: “I feel like the 22-year-old Frank Gore. I’m ready to take the load, ready to play. I feel like I can score any time I touch the ball. I can block anybody I’ve got to block.” As you may…

August 16, 2011

Halftime Quotes

Here are Frank Gore and Carlos Rogers on the first half of the game, courtesy of the 49ers. RB Frank Gore On how it felt to get back on the field after getting hurt last season: “I felt great. I was happy to be back out there with my teammates. Early on, before the game, I was nervous because I hadn’t played in a while, but it’s football. I told…

August 12, 2011


SANTA CLARA – Today was the lightest practice of training camp, and here’s what I mean by light. Harbaugh ended the practice at 4:55 today, 35 minutes earlier than usual because “the tempo was so good,” as he explained afterwards. At no point did the first-team offense play against the first-team defense in 11-on-11 drills. Alex Smith and the first-unit took a ton of red zone reps against the third-team…

August 10, 2011

How Frank Gore starts practice

SANTA CLARA – Frank Gore begins practice by himself. Some of the other star players, like Vernon Davis and Braylon Edwards, they get one-on-one time with coaches. Not Gore. Everyone leaves him alone, including the other players. What else is there to teach him? He’s a master of his craft, and he picks up schemes quicker than anybody else on the team. The Niners’ attitude is to leave Gore alone…

August 10, 2011

8/6 Practice notes

SANTA CLARA – After warm-ups and drills, the real practice started with a 9-on-9 goal line scrimmage. It was the first team offense against the first team defense, but backup Anthony Dixon lined up at tailback instead of Frank Gore. Alex Smith hiked the ball and handed it off to Dixon, who chose to bounce his run outside to the left. This was a bad move. Patrick Willis caught him…

August 6, 2011