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Morning Tailgate: 'We're the 49ers'

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Approaching cut-day Saturday, Jim Harbaugh has been fired up by the effort of players competing for roster spots, namely his outside linebackers group.

These words can easily be taken out of context. Because they belong to Jim Harbaugh, they very well could be.

“We’re the San Francisco 49ers,” Harbaugh said after his team’s 41-6 beating of the host San Diego Chargers, “we can do whatever we want.”

The coach was responding to this question: Can the 49ers carry five outside linebackers on their initial 53-man roster?

That would be three backups to starters Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith come cut-day Saturday.

“It may happen,” Harbaugh, somewhat giddy, said. “After tonight, the way Cam Johnson played. Can you? Heck yeah, you can (keep five).”

For his part, Johnson enjoyed a whale of a game, recording two sacks and scoring a touchdown on his own blocked punt.


With rookie Corey Lemonier (two sacks this preseason) and fifth-year pro but first-time 49ers ‘backer Dan Skuta (three) also in the mix, including all five players might seem unavoidable.

Harbaugh noted that if one of the linebackers -- or one bubble player at any position for that matter – doesn’t begin the regular season with the team, he very easily could begin it with another team. San Francisco has enjoyed the kind of depth where NFL-caliber players won’t get lockers.

“You have one employee: yourself. And no one owes you a career, but you got some say in that,” Harbaugh said of his philosophy. "And I saw some guys stating their case, making an argument, stating their position. That fires me up.”


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

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle argued that Johnson moved himself off the bubble.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted in his instant replay that wideout Lavelle Hawkins remained on the bubble.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported on quarterback Seneca Wallace’s no-show in San Diego.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News recapped Colin Kaepernick’s zero-interception, zero-sack preseason.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com revisited three things from Thursday night’s game.

Twitter blogged about the 49ers recent social media takeover.

49ers.com covered wide receiver Quinton Patton’s second touchdown in as many games.








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