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September 22, 2008
Best Niner? Harris deserves a vote ...

The guys over at 49ersWebzone have a good thread going, one that asks who the best 49er has been so far. JTO, of course, is winning in a land slide as well he should. But a guy who's been quietly having an excellent - dare I say, Pro Bowl - type year so far is Walt Harris. Sure, Nate Clements got all the publicity today for shutting down Calvin Johnson (And for his proclamation that he is the best cornerback in the league). But Harris did just as good a job on Roy Williams. And, remember, it was Harris' tipped pass that led to Patrick Willis' big play in Seattle. Harris has looked sharp since training camp, and the 49ers must be patting themselves on the back for having him signed through 2009 ...

Another cornerback who looked very good Sunday was Tarell Brown, who was responsible for shadowing prolific Detroit wideout Mike Furrey all day. Brown looked quick and aggressive in substituting for Shawntae Spencer, and it looks as if Brown will have the same role Sunday in New Orleans. My guy Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune says that Marques Colston will not play and that David Patten also is iffy. That means the 49ers will be catching another pass-happy team at just the right time. (It also probably means the 49ers will be in their nickel package throughout the game).

Did you notice the "Welcome to Bill Walsh Field" sign in the south end zone? Yeah, it was easy to miss sandwiched between an ad for www.pge.com and another for KNBR. I think Walsh deserves something a little more august. Perhaps the 49ers will have something special when the new stadium opens.

T-minus 10 minutes until Mike Nolan does his Monday morning presser. For those of you watching, lemme know if you see a change in Nolan's demeanor this season. It seems that he's a more serious, more business-like Nolan this year - even after a big win.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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