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Harbaugh Ignoring the 'Noise'

Posted Sep 24, 2013

The 49ers are plugging away on this week’s game plan for the St. Louis Rams.

The 49ers are plugging away on this week’s game plan for the St. Louis Rams.

Outside commentary on the team’s 1-2 record has not infiltrated the Santa Clara training facility.

“There’s a lot of noise out there,” Jim Harbaugh said on the KNBR Morning Show. “A lot of dirt flying, screaming and yelling, sometimes you have to stand on the battle field and do what your mission is. That’s how we’re attacking the day.”

The 49ers coaching staff has been planning for the Rams ever since Sunday night, following a 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that dropped the 49ers to 1-2 on the season.

“No, it’s not crisis mode,” Harbaugh said.

Just like his coaches, Colin Kaepernick has been all business this week.

“He’s just the way you want him to be,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a great competitor. He’s like us. He’s not hearing the noise and the bullets flying. He’s concentrating on the game plan. He’s preparing for this game and he’s standing strong.

“I know the kind of he winner is.”

Harbaugh pointed out the key to handling the short week of preparation is to treat each day like two days in one.

“It’s good to be out here working and putting together a game plan,” Harbaugh said. “Going right back into game week, it’s what we’re faced with and our guys are attacking it with great team spirit.”

Harbaugh is eager to face a St. Louis team that beat San Francisco at the Edward Jones Dome in overtime.

The 49ers coaches did a quick evaluation of the Colts loss, but haven’t stressed the results with the players. The key for this week is attacking the Rams game plan.

Harbaugh also put the onus on the 49ers coaches to help the players succeed on game day.

“Every guy looks at what you can do that you’re not doing, what you are doing that you shouldn’t be doing, you’re looking for an improvement as a coach,” Harbaugh said. “You’re looking to put players in better position to make plays.”

The 49ers coach wants to maintain a balanced offensive approach against a Rams team with an “outstanding” defensive front and “aggressive” defensive secondary.

Harbaugh said it’s too early to presume that star players Patrick Willis (groin) and Vernon Davis (hamstring) will be out of action on Thursday night.

Willis was scheduled for an MRI this week. Davis continues to be evaluated closely after missing Week 3 action.

As for Willis, Harbaugh didn’t’ rule out the All-Pro linebacker being able to play against the Rams.

“He can, that’s a possibility,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see how he responds to treatment, how he responds to workouts… You’re talking about one of the strongest guys we’ve got.”

Harbaugh feels like the entire team is motivated and hungry to get back on the field.

“Our team will stand strong,” he said. “Today’s a new day…Every week you get that challenge, this will be no different.”