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9 Takeaways from Jim Harbaugh Press Conference

Posted Sep 15, 2014

Jim Harbaugh shared updates on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and right tackle Anthony Davis in his Monday press conference.

Jim Harbaugh spoke with the Bay Area media on Monday and there was much to be gleaned.

We took notes and organized them for you.

1. Vernon Davis left in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Chicago Bears with a left ankle injury. Harbaugh said the 49ers starting tight end was "getting looked at," during his afternoon press conference. Davis didn't have X-rays after the game, but it is believed that he underwent an MRI scan. Vance McDonald, San Francisco's backup tight end, sustained a right knee injury against the Bears but was able to return to the game in the second half. Third-stringer Derek Carrier led the tight end group with three receptions for 41 yards, including a 20-yard catch for his first NFL reception.

2. San Francisco was penalized 16 times against Chicago. It didn't sit well with Harbaugh. "It’s a big factor and we have to, individually, players and coaches teaching and addressing it and coaching it," the coach said. "We’ll try to be better for it. That’s something we’ll work on."

3. Harbaugh tipped his black fitted 49ers cap to Bears safety Chris Conte for his diving interception of Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter. Harbaugh said he was fine with Kaepernick's decision-making on the play. "Chris Conte made a heck-of-a play," Harbaugh said. "Laid out and made a great catch on the ball. Those things are going to happen."

4. "Killer instinct" is not an issue with the 49ers, according to Harbaugh. The 49ers coach said the team's aggressiveness on offense remained the same in the second half. "It’s a bad feeling to lose a game, no matter how you lose it, what circumstances there were," Harbaugh said. "Being ahead in the game and not finishing the game with a win leads to very bad feeling after the game and today, etcetera. The foot on the accelerator analogy, I’m not sure exactly what you’re saying there. Yeah, we would have liked to score more points." Harbaugh went on to say it's easy to second-guess plays the following day knowing that they didn't work.

5. Harbaugh wants his team to have a boxer's mentality heading into a Week 3 road matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. "We have to come back to work today and the guys are," the coach said. "They’re working out. Coaches are working, studying. That’s part of the game. I’ll make a boxing analogy. You’ve got to get off the canvas. We’re in the business of winning your next game and doing everything possible that you can to make sure that doesn’t happen again. That’s the mindset."

6. Jonathan Martin did some good things and some bad things, per Harbaugh. The former second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins made his second start at right tackle for injured starter Anthony Davis. Harbaugh said the team is hopeful Davis will return to practice after sitting out the first two weeks with a hamstring injury.

7. It appears as though Stevie Johnson made a big leap to claim the team's third receiver spot. Brandon Lloyd was inactive. So was Quinton Patton. Johnson caught not only two passes for 26 yards, but Harbaugh's eye as well. "(Johnson) did some really good things and made some big plays again and as well some things that we can improve on," the coach said. "But, pleased with the way Stevie’s coming along."

8. The crowd noise at Levi's® Stadium was good "at times," per Harbaugh. It, like the team's performance, "could be improved."

9. Harbaugh spoke highly of his next opponent. The Cardinals are atop the NFC West with two impressive victories to start the year. "We’re going to have to be at our absolute best in all phases," Harbaugh said. "That’s my impression. They’re a very good football team and we know that. Played them twice last year and they’re off to a heck-of-a-good start this year."


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