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September 14, 2012
Security report: No sign of Frederick P. Soft

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Any chance the 49ers go into Sunday's game overconfident? Impossible, right guard Alex Boone said today. If Jim Harbaugh got even a whiff of overconfidence, Boone said, "I think he'd smack you down a little bit."

Boone said that one of the areas in which Harbaugh stands out is that he is an excellent gauge of the vibe in the locker room. "I think it's more of meeting settings," Boone said when asked where Harbaugh will make his attitude adjustments.

"It's more, 'Hey, guys, I don't think we're being as dialed in as we can be. I think we need to concentrate more, I think we need to focus more.' You guys have met Harbaugh. He doesn't have to go any (further). If you continued to goof around ... I don't know what the next thing would be, but I don't want to know."

You'll recall that last year Harbaugh said he was forever on the lookout for Frederick P. Soft, the four-inch fellow who sits on players' shoulder and whispers praise into the collective ears of winning teams.

He said Soft would be dealt with "quickly and decisively"

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Boone said he's gone against his Sunday adversary, Ndamukong Suh, before - at a Nike football camp in Oregon during the lockout. Boone coached the offensive line; Suh handled the defensive line.

What did Boone learn about Suh? "He's big," Boone said. Earlier, Boone also noted that the Lions linemen has plenty of power. He took down Rams running back Steven Jackson, who is one of the bigger tailbacks in the league, with one arm last week.

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It was no surprise that Ted Ginn (ankle) and Brandon Jacobs (knee) are listed as questionable on the injury report. That was their designation last week, too, and it's Harbaugh's way of keeping opponent's guessing.

"Getting close," he said of their availability. "Getting darn close. Might have a shot this week."

(If you believe Harbaugh, you haven't been paying attention).

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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