San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh held a conference all with the media on Monday. He and the team are currently in Youngstown, Ohio preparing for their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Running back Frank Gore, who injured his ankle against the Bengals, is expected to play on Sunday, according to Harbaugh.
“He wasn’t wearing a boot,” Harbaugh said of his running back’s status. “In my mind, Frank’s good to go. We’ll play him, and scheme, and prepare him for this game.”
Even though Gore is ready to play on Sunday, Harbaugh praised backup rookie running back Kendall Hunter’s performance against the Bengals. Hunter had the go-ahead touchdown to give the 49ers their first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter.
“I think he did very well,” Harbaugh said of Hunter. “He made some very good, tough runs, including the touchdown run. He did some very good things.”
Harbaugh didn’t go into detail about Hunter’s role if Gore is unable to play. But he did say that he believes Hunter will be ready to play if the situation comes up.
One of the struggles the 49ers went through was the offensive line, not opening up holes and giving up five sacks. One player that was asked about was right guard Chilo Rachal. Rachal started the game but was replaced late by Adam Snyder.
Rachal’s status for Sunday’s game as a starter is up in the air. Harbaugh says that all positions are in a battle and Rachal’s starting status is “to be determined”.
As for the rest of the line, Harbaugh didn’t go into detail about the issues that need fixing.
“I don’t feel inclined to have them read about it as well,” he said of letting the public and the opposing team know too much.
- WR Braylon Edwards (knee) and FB Moran Norris (fibula) did not travel with the team. They are currently rehabbing back at team headquarters.
- Not knowing whether Michael Vick, Mike Kafka or Vince Young will start for the Eagles, Harbaugh said he’ll prepare accordingly as he finds out more information.
- Harabugh compared the game against the Bengals to a trip to the dentist. But he said that “a win is good for you”.
- The defense, in Harbaugh’s mind, played extremely well. He praised the secondary and the pass rushers. Harbaugh also gave props to the special teams, including kicker David Akers on making his 300th career field goal.
- FB Bruce Miller played well in Harbaugh’s eyes. But the coach still believes that the rookie still has a lot to learn as he makes his conversion from defensive end to fullback.
- Using NT Isaac Sopoaga as a fullback for short yardage situations was something that the team had been working on during training camp. Harbaugh felt that Sopoaga had the size and physicality to contribute in that way on offense.
- On the touchdown that was taken away from WR Michael Crabtree, Harbaugh said he hasn’t seen a definitive replay that would convince him that the touchdown should have stayed. He said he’ll be in touch with the league about it in his report.