LONDON – After the 49ers 42-10 victory while visiting England on Sunday evening, safety
He meant it in the best way possible.
"We go over things so many times (that) by the time you get to the football game," Whitner said, "it's embedded in your brain. They made sure we didn't come out sleepwalking.
"It doesn't matter who we're playing, it doesn't matter if it's the last play of the game, it doesn't matter if it's the last play of a practice, (Jim Harbaugh) makes sure that we're on our 'Ps' and 'Qs.' If we're not, he lets us know."
Harbaugh and Co. talked up their opponent, the now 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, throughout its U.K. stay. And while the scoreboard showed a significant disparity between the two teams, they have to feel that an intense week of preparation was well worth the payoff.
“That wasn’t just lip service,” Harbaugh said postgame. “We watched Jacksonville, and it was on the tape… You get the respect off the tape.”
The staff even resorted to trickery and didn’t wait long to employ it on Sunday evening in the U.K. – Sunday morning in San Francisco.
On just the second play of the game, offensive coordinator Greg Roman had fullback
The play is called “Big Sleeper” in the playbook.
“We practiced it a lot,” Harbaugh said. “We called it before, in the Jets game last year and the Jets called a timeout before we had a chance to get the snap off.”
The man split out wide during that attempt in New York on Sept. 30, 2012, Kaepernick, explained the key to his and Miller’s success.
“Don’t drop it,” Kaepernick said of the receiver’s mindset on the play, before explaining the quarterbacks: “Try to give to give him an easy pass he can catch right on his chest and run down the sideline.”
For all of its focus on taking advantage of every waking moment to prepare for its next opponent, the coaching staff is rewarding the team a break. Harbaugh has given Whitner and the rest of his roster the next week off, only scheduling an “opportunity practice” for Tuesday and Wednesday back at the team’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif.
Harbaugh said he expects the players that are still trying to earn playing time – rookie cornerback
“I’m taking it as a bye week,” left tackle
Added inside linebacker
The front office will also use its non-game week – officially Week 9 and the start of the second half of the NFL season – to tinker with the roster. As many as six spots could be created. Wide receivers