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Morning Tailgate: Miller Channels Inner Harbaugh

Posted Nov 22, 2013

The 49ers fullback quoted his coach's team meeting speech regarding the squad's season.

Look at the 49ers past three seasons, and Bruce Miller comes off as an interesting case study in and of himself. Miller shifted from college defensive end to NFL fullback, learned to block for the franchise’s all-time leading rusher and became a significant part of the team’s passing game.

And he hadn’t really experienced failure.

San Francisco went 24-7-1 during Miller’s first two seasons in the league. This year, he and his teammates have endured two separate two-game losing streaks.

Miller and the 49ers have not lost three straight since Jim Harbaugh took the helm in 2011, and they’re not exactly planning to on “Monday Night Football” in the nation’s capital as part of Week 12 action. Especially not after a 23-20 defeat to the New Orleans Saints in Week 11 that dropped their record to 6-4.

“A penalty here and a catch there and we’re having a different discussion about what a great game we played,” Miller said. “That’s the NFL. There’s a fine line between winning and losing. In the past more so, we have been on the other side of that, the ball bounced our way and we made plays.

“We’re in the running we just have to be opportunistic when they come along.”

Miller, channeling his inner Harbaugh, quoted his coach from a team meeting that took place Wednesday.

“This is a different story, a different season,” he said, “and we’re still writing it.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reported that Alex Boone’s fine has been rescinded.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News offered the good news on Tarell Brown.

Zac Boyer of the Washington Times wrote about Vernon Davis’ D.C. ties.

The Associated Press noted a new IPO tied to Davis’ salary earnings.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee provided an update on Michael Crabtree.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com quoted Harbaugh on the play of Colin Kaepernick.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle checked in with Steve Young on Kaepernick.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on the 49ers offensive struggles.





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