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October 28, 2009
Green dot goes from Willis to Goldson

Patrick Willis has been relieved of the green dot. Which is to say, safety Dashon Goldson will wear the radio receiver and bark out the defensive calls Sunday against the Colts. Mike Singletary said that Willis already had a lot of pre-snap responsibilities and furthermore, it was difficult for the members of the secondary to get last-minute calls considering that Willis is in front of them and facing the wrong way.

A case in point: Texans tight end Owen Daniels' 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter on Sunday. Goldson said that the defensive coaches knew that that Houston was planning to go deep on that play but the message never reached him or his fellow defensive backs.

"They knew that it was coming - that a shot was coming," Goldson said. "But we didn't get that. I don't know when that (call) came in, whether he (Willis) forgot to tell us or he just didn't get it from the coaches on the sideline or whatever it was. But little things like that with the dot help out."

There's good new and bad news for wide receiver Brandon Jones, who was one of three receivers who were deactivated Sunday in Houston. The good news is that Singletary said he'll be active for the Colts game. The bad news is that he'll be playing behind Michael Crabtree at split end. Crabtree played all but six snaps in his debut against the Texans.

With right tackle Tony Pashos (shoulder) out for the season, Adam Snyder will play right tackle while Chilo Rachal will play right guard. Barry Sims filled in well at right tackle against Houston, but Singletary said Sims would continue to be the primary backup at left tackle.

Jeff Ulbrich said he would not think about retirement until after the season. Ulbrich has been slow to recover from a concussion suffered on Oct. 4, and he said friend and former teammate Derek Smith has been peppering him with recent literature about the cumulative effects of concussions. To get a better understanding of how difficult this has been for Ulbrich, consider this quote: "I love to play the game. I think some guys play it for money or fame. I never would have told Scott (McCloughan) or Terry Donahue or whoever was GM that I would have played for very little, but I would have."

The 49ers confirmed that they have given cornerback Tarell Brown -- the team's No. 4 cornerback this year -- a three-year extension. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal is for three years and $7.125 million contract. The deal includes a $2.5 million signing bonus, and it will pay Brown $800,000 in 2011, $850,000 in 2012, and $925,000 in 2013. That means Brown is signed through 2013. The team's other CBs and their contract statuses (stati?)

Dre Bly - signed through 2009
Nate Clements - signed through 2013
Walt Harris - signed through 2009
Marcus Hudson - signed through 2009
Shawntae Spencer -- signed through 2012

Singletary said a nice thing about Alex Smith today. "The thing that spoke volumes to me," Singletary said, "is that he had a chance to move on, go to another another team and make more money." Instead, Singletary said, Smith chose to stay in San Francisco and "finish what he started." "To me that speaks volumes as to who he is."

-- 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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