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Feb 12, 2004
this article is the truth sometimes i actually fear for the opponents receivers and pray they dont go across the middle because i dont want to see someone die.2

Goldson, Whitner making middle of the field a dangerous place for 49ers’ opponents

By Associated Press, Published: November 30

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — There’s a price to pay for those who venture across the middle of the San Francisco 49ers’ defense.

Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner are making sure of that.

The territory patrolled by the hard-hitting safeties has become a danger zone this season for San Francisco opponents, several of whom have had to be helped off the field after getting leveled by one of the two veterans — or both at the same time.

Their impact was felt simultaneously by the New Orleans Saints last week, when one of Goldson’s big hits led to an interception Whitner returned for the touchdown that put the 49ers in control on their way to a 31-21 victory.

That was one of two interceptions returned for touchdowns at New Orleans by the San Francisco defense, which feels it has something to prove this week at St. Louis after one of its worst performances of the season led to a 24-24 overtime tie with the Rams three weeks ago.

Sluggish coming out of their bye week, the 49ers allowed a season-worst 458 yards to a pedestrian St. Louis offense in that game — 114 yards more than San Francisco has allowed in any other game this year.

But the NFL’s second-ranked defense returned to form the next two weeks in bruising victories over Chicago and New Orleans, with Goldson and Whitner delivering several crunching blows among their combined 14 tackles against the Saints.

The latter performance had defensive coordinator Vic Fangio talking this week about how tough it has become for opposing receivers to go across the middle against his aggressive and opportunistic unit.

“If they watch enough film, they’ll see that there are some landmines in there that they might step on,” Fangio said.

Goldson and Whitner have put a collection of ferocious hits on film since they became partners on the back end of San Francisco’s defense last season. But those hits seem to be coming now at an even more frequent pace.

Goldson, coming off his first Pro Bowl season, doesn’t want anybody to feel safe testing the ground that he covers.

“It’s a mindset thing every week coming out there and letting your presence be known and felt every time a guy catches a ball across the middle,” Goldson said Friday. “When you come across the middle against us, it’s not going to be easy. There’s no giveaways around here. When you come back there, it’s definitely a toll you have to pay.”

Goldson’s feisty hits took a toll on the Saints, particularly when he upended receiver Marques Colston on a deep pass over the middle early in the third quarter with the 49ers clinging to a 21-14 lead.

Colston left his feet to grab a throw from Drew Brees, but Goldson hit him low as the ball arrived and flipped Colston in the air. The ball deflected off Colston’s hands and was intercepted by Whitner, who followed a convey of teammates around the left side for a 42-yard touchdown return.

Colston crashed to the Superdome turf head-first and was down on the carpet several minutes before finally being helped off the field. That’s a scenario that has been repeated by San Francisco opponents several times this season, most notably Goldson’s violent collision with Early Doucet that knocked out the Arizona receiver during the 49ers’ Oct. 29 rout of the Cardinals.

The aggressive tone set by San Francisco’s safeties has had a ripple effect throughout the secondary and has contributed to the team’s notable improvement defending the pass. The 49ers rank second in the NFL in pass defense after finishing 16th in that category last season.

Goldson said he, Whitner and the 49ers will be bringing more of the same in this week’s rematch with the Rams, who jumped out to a 14-0 lead and finished with 315 yards passing at San Francisco three weeks ago.

“That’s just how we play,” Goldson said. “It’s who we are as football players. It’s something we each have in our game, but we feed off each other, too. It’s that fire we have on our whole defense, that nobody’s waiting around to make plays.”

NOTES: The 49ers promoted LB Michael Wilhoite from the practice squad to the active roster. S Eddie Whitley was re-signed to take Wilhoite’s place on the practice squad. ... K David Akers (pelvis injury) was limited in practice Friday for the third consecutive day, but coach Jim Harbaugh said he expects Akers to play against the Rams. The 49ers brought in veteran kickers Billy Cundiff and Nate Kaeding for tryouts earlier this week. ... Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and former San Francisco players Charles Haley, Roger Craig, Kevin Greene and Larry Allen are among the 27 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. DeBartolo, Haley and Greene were all finalists for the Class of 2012.

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Jan 12, 2006
Love the fact that our team is like a family unit, dont know how many teams there is out there like the Niners, even moss seems to be part of the team
I remember when all the morons questioned the 49ers bringing in moss, they claimed he would be a problem in the locker room. 49ers fans knew though that this team has to many leaders to let anyone get out of line, everyone saw what happened to Braylon Edwards last year after he was acting like a little girl.
Dec 12, 2006
We are 8-3-1 with 4 to play

vs MIA
@ NE
vs AZ

Let me put it like this, I don't wanna fuck up a first round bye over Kaeps growing pains and or Alex comes in cold to a playoff game or AZ then a playoff game, I think harbaugh is failing to understand the hot hand concept completely not to mention the obvious which is that there has been a clear regression in Kaep Attacks play since da Bears game
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Jan 27, 2005
Blast from the past: Harbaugh on 'Saved by the Bell'

Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 12:29pm
Long before Jim Harbaugh was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he was a starting NFL quarterback.

Harbaugh's 14-year career included a four-year stint in Indianapolis that preceded the start of Peyton Manning's tenure with the Colts. While a member of the Colts, Harbaugh apparently did a guest appearance on 'Saved by the Bell' that is on the verge of going viral.

Click below and fast-forward to the 15 minute mark for a look at young Harbaugh putting his acting skills to the test:

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Jan 12, 2006
49ers 2013 picks

1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. Third round: Own pick
4. Third round: From Carolina in trade-back during 2012 draft
5. Third round: Likely compensatory selection
6. Fourth round: Own pick
7. Fifth round: Own pick
8. Fifth round: From Indianapolis in trade-back during 2012 draft
9. Sixth round: Own pick
10. Sixth round: From Miami in trade-back during 2012 draft
11. Seventh round: Own pick
12. Seventh round: From Cincinnati for Taylor Mays
13. Seventh round: Likely compensatory selection
14. Seventh round: Likely compensatory selection
Jan 12, 2006
Yellow fever: Breaking down the NFL's fourth-most penalized team

Mike Iupati: 7
C.J. Spillman: 7
Dashon Goldson: 6
Aldon Smith: 6
Chris Culliver: 5
Ahmad Brooks: 4
Tarell Brown: 4
Colin Kaepernick: 4
Carlos Rogers: 4
Alex Smith: 4
Joe Staley: 4
Unknown: 4
Anthony Davis: 3
Leonard Davis: 3
Anthony Dixon: 3
Demarcus Dobbs: 3
Jonathan Goodwin: 3
Ray McDonald: 3
Delanie Walker: 3
NaVorro Bowman: 2
Frank Gore: 2
Larry Grant: 2
Will Tukuafu: 2
Alex Boone: 1
Tramaine Brock: 1
Brent Celek: 1
Andy Lee: 1
Bruce Miller: 1
Justin Smith: 1
Kyle Williams: 1
Patrick Willis: 1

The penalties above do not add up to 88. Some were declined. Some were offset by a penalty to to the opposition.

- Matt Barrows
These penalties need to be fixed, how many times have they killed a frank gore run, and most of the time the holding wasn't even necessary.