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October 15, 2012
Hi Ho, Harbaugh. "You've got to dust yourself off and ride," coach says


If you want answers following a 49ers loss, Jim Harbaugh probably isn't the guy to talk to. And that goes double when the 49ers have another game in three days. Harbaugh today was - let's call it succinct -- choosing to talk more about the team's upcoming opponent, the Seahawks, than the one that dismantled the 49ers on Sunday.

In fact, Harbaugh said the 49ers wouldn't even watch the film of the Giants game this week. "We will go over it, more on paper than watching the game. We're going to have to move on, right away, to Seattle."

On Joe Staley's (concussion) availability for Thursday.
JH: "Joe will see the neurologist, and he'll make that determination."

On how Alex Boone's performance at left tackle and Leonard Davis' at right guard:
JH: "Did fine. I don't think any of us feel we had our best day. You certainly wouldn't be very human if you didn't hurt today. But there's no time. You've got to dust yourself off and ride. So that's our frame of mind."

On whether Daniel Kilgore could get reps at guard:
JH: "Well, Daniel gets reps. Both at center and guard. ... I wouldn't make any promise like that or we wouldn't reveal anything like that."

On why Kaepernick gets so many snaps.
JH: "We've just been using Colin as an added weapon. We feel like we're getting plenty of everything from Alex."

On why Frank Gore got so few carries, eight for 36 yards:
JH: "We wish we would have done something better for guys in certain situations. Pretty much every opportunity we had to put points on the board, they didn't end the way we wanted."

On what happened on the two stalled drives to open the game:
JH: "Again, different things on each drive. We had two good drives to start the game, two 12-play drives. And we didn't finish them like we would have wanted to. And just offensively, again, any time we thought we were getting momentum of seizing momentum, we weren't able to keep a hold of it."

On the 49ers pattern of two big wins followed by a "clunker" of a loss:
JH "We lost a ballgame. Like I said, we've just got to pick ourselves up and get right back at it.

On whether he'll talk to David Akers or Brad Seeley about Akers' recent struggles:
JH: "Do I have to sit down with David or talk to Brad and see what's going on? No, I have total confidence in David."

On why there was so much shotgun at the start of the game (18 of the first 21 plays)
JH: "That was part of the plan. That's what we thought would work. Felt like there were some new wrinkles we could apply. ... And it didn't work as well as we would have hoped."

On whether Tarell Brown should have gone for the football on a third-and-six throw that was complete to Victor Cruz:
JH: "Ah, it was a good throw. It was placed good, a good route. And that happened not just that time."

On the team's continued lapses on kick and punt coverage:
JH: "Again, I'm not going to really go through a line-by-line item."

Was this a particularly hard-fought game and will it be hard to recover physically?
JH: "Yes. But that's the time the game is scheduled. That's the time the game has been put down for. So let's get ready for it."

-- 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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