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13 Things We Learned from Jim Harbaugh on Sunday

Posted Jul 27, 2014

When the San Francisco 49ers head coach speaks, a lot of information can be gleaned. Here's the most pertinent information collected.

When the San Francisco 49ers head coach speaks, a lot of information can be gleaned.

If you don't feel like watching Jim Harbaugh's press conference video, here's the most pertinent information collected:

1. Lattimore is Not Ready

Marcus Lattimore is on the team's Active/Non-Football Injury List. The second-year running back remains sidelined with the knee issue that kept him off the field as a rookie. Harbaugh said Lattimore is not yet 100 percent and that the 49ers are keeping his best interests in mind. Lattimore made strides in the offseason, but he won't be activated just because Kendall Hunter suffered a serious injury.

"I think of my own son," Harbaugh said. "What I would do for my own son in this situation? I would do what’s best for him. The same thing applies to Marcus."

2. Sick Feeling

Harbaugh had his first opportunity to comment on Hunter's devastating injury.

"I’m physically sick for Kendall," the coach said. "He’s such a fine person, a great player, a very good friend… He’ll be back, we know that."

General manager Trent Baalke told reporters on Saturday that Hunter, a pending free agent, could be re-signed to the 49ers following the 2014 campaign.

3. James is "Trusted Agent"

Harbaugh said he was pleased with rookie running back Carlos Hyde. He did, however, stress that LaMichael James has been counted on in the past (2012 regular season and postseason).

"We have complete and total confidence in LaMichael James," Harbaugh said. "I don’t see anything in terms of stepping up or proving anything on his part. We know who he is, a very fine football player."

4. Four NFL Quarterbacks

No disrespect to undrafted rookie passer Kory Faulkner, but Harbaugh said he has four quarterbacks worthy of being on an NFL roster: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson (who Harbaugh referred to as, "Mac.")

"They’re NFL quarterbacks without question," Harbaugh said. "Assets for us to be on our team. The more you have, the better. They’re really playing well. Anyone who watched practice can attest to that."

I watched the practice. By my count the four quarterbacks shined in the team periods of Saturday's practice. Kaepernick was 7-of-9, Gabbert was 8-of-10, Johnson was 4-of-5 and Bethel-Thompson was 8-of-10.

5. Tank Is Starting to Roll

Fans who are anxiously awaiting the on-field debut of Tank Carradine in a 49ers uniform will be happy to know Harbaugh's practice assessment of the team's 2013 second-round pick.

"He’s off to a strong start," the coach said, noting that Carradine was heavy-handed in one-on-one pass-rushing drills. Harbaugh also praised the development of another second-year pro, Quinton Dial.

"I'm very pleased with both those guys," Harbaugh said.

6. Cornerback Tiers

Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver have been lining up with the first-team defense at cornerback and it apepars it'll stay that way throughout camp.

"There’s a different level with those two," Harbaugh said.

Brock's commitment to work has helped him "elevate" his play. Harbaugh said Brock has not missed an offseason practice in three years.

Behind Brock and Culliver, Harbaugh said Chris Cook, Perrish Cox and rookies Dontae Johnson and Kenneth Acker are competing for reserve roles.

7. Right Guard Update

Harbaugh said he hasn't spoken to Alex Boone recently. The coach also praised the efforts of third-year guard Joe Looney.

"He also had some 'wow' moments during the practice," Harbaugh said of Saturday's padded workout.

One of those "wow" plays was on a running call.

"He was on a track," Harbaugh said of Looney. "He was square and he delivered a blow. Good things."

8. Dial at Nose Tackle?

It could happen. Harbaugh said the former fifth-round pick can play both defensive tackle and nose tackle in San Francisco's defense. However, Harbaugh pointed to up-and-coming defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie as a force at nose tackle. Harbaugh also singled out another young defensive lineman, Demarcus Dobbs.

"Tony and Demarcus Dobbs both off to a very strong start yesterday," Harbaugh said. "They keep improving as football players. They arrived last year, there’s no question about it."

9. Harbaugh Likes to Hear Pads

Allow one of these notes to include a solid Harbaugh quote. We've been known to document his lexicon, too.

When asked about his impressions of the team's first padded practice, Harbaugh dropped this gem:

"It’s great to see the fellas with the armor. It’s not just catching your eye, but you hear it, too. The sounds of plastic hitting, colliding. Those are great sights and sounds."

10. Okoye's Progress

A perfect example of a player growing from year one to year two would be former British Olympian, Lawrence Okoye.

Okoye was injured last preseason and didn't play as a rookie, but he has grown with a full offseason under his belt.

"He’s really playing with a lot better pad level," Harbaugh said. "He’s playing lower. The bull-rush is a real strength to him and he’ll learn counters to that. He’s a very strong man with very long arms. He also had another collision with Joe Staley. He gave Joe everything he could handle and Joe stepped up. There’s no question about it. It was good to see."

11. Davis' Return

Starting right tackle Anthony Davis had offseason shoulder surgery, but Harbaugh said the fifth-year lineman's return "should be soon."

12. Good Problem to Have
There's nothing wrong with having so many good wideouts. That's Harbaugh's line of thinking.
"A lot of them are catching my eye," he said. "Very good polished group yesterday."
It's even more pleasing to see Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin have a full camp with Kaepernick.
"That’s good to see as well as seeing the same things with Brandon Lloyd, Stevie Johnson," Harbaugh said. "I feel like all of our receivers are playing at a really high level. it bodes well for us."

13. Stanford LBs

Harbaugh has three former Stanford players with him in camp, two of them happen to be linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas.
"I think Shayne is doing an excellent job," Harbaugh said. "I gotta say the same for Chase Thomas. Both he and Shane from Stanford, really acquitting themselves very well and I’m pleased to see that."


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