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Morning Tailgate: Willis to Keep 49ers Positive

Posted Nov 18, 2013

San Francisco's emotional leader spoke postgame about righting the team following its second straight defeat.


In the wake of their second straight defeat, Patrick Willis stood tall in the New Orleans Saints’ visiting locker room on Sunday evening.

Willis was there to make a point.

An hour within the 49ers 23-20 loss, San Francisco’s captain linebacker talked about three categories that NFL teams fall into come this point in the season. By Week 12, Willis said, some are starting to “pack it up,” while others are “on the threshold” and a few more simply “don’t know” where they stand.

At 6-4, the 49ers have as many losses as they did in all of 2012. They have also lost back-to-back games twice in 2013 after not losing a second game in a row since Jim Harbaugh and his staff arrived in 2011.

Not ideal circumstances, but Willis said no one would point fingers.

What will he and his teammates do instead?

“Speak positively and continue to work,” Willis said. “We have the team to do that.”

It’s obvious to him then where San Francisco stands – in the hunt.

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

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle outlined the impact of potentially losing Mike Iupati to injury.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News revealed his game grades.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com wrote about San Francisco’s playoff chances.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com consulted the NFL rule book on Ahmad Brooks' play in question.

Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback addressed the league’s protection of quarterbacks.

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

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wondered whether Kaepernick has lost his magic.  

 

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