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7 Updates from 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh

Posted Dec 2, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers head coach provided several injury-related notes in his Monday press conference.

Jim Harbaugh provided several key updates in his Monday press conference. The San Francisco 49ers head coach talked injuries, offensive performances and his outlook on Sunday's Bay Area rivalry game against the Oakland Raiders.

1. How will coach Harbaugh look to improve Colin Kaepernick's overall performance?

"We’re going to attack it," the coach said. "We’re going to get it right. There will be improvements that are made, and I have great confidence that we can do that."

Kaepernick has never faced the Raiders in the regular season. He did, however, compete against Oakland in the 2011 preseason as a rookie.

2. Harbaugh wants his team to "attack" this week.

In fact, the 49ers coach used the phrase seven times in his Monday press conference.

Here's an example:

Reporter: Everybody saw what (Kaepernick) did against the Seahawks in the championship game, all the running. He didn’t do any running, really, against them on Thursday. Why the difference in plans of attack against that defense?

“Again, we’re not going to make excuses. There’s nothing we can do about the game. We weren’t happy, none of us. None of us were happy that we lost the game. But we can’t do anything about that. It’s attacking this ball game. That’s what we want. We want to get it right this weekend.”

3. Harbaugh respects Oakland, not just because he started his coaching career there.

The 49ers coach worked for the Raiders first as a coaching assistant from 2002-03. He admired former owner Al Davis. He also admired Davis' "Commitment to Excellence" and "Just Win Baby" mantras.

So with Oakland looking to rebound from a 52-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams, Harbaugh expects to see an inspired effort from the Raiders in Week 14.

"There’s no bad teams in the National Football League," he said. "The NFL has done a great job making each game a test. And they’ve exceeded in expectations in that regard.”

Harbaugh went on to say rookie quarterback Derek Carr is "handling his business," despite having a 1-12 record as a starter. Harbaugh also said that Oakland does a good job of playing physical football up front and rallying to the football as a defense.

For those interested in more background on Harbaugh's time in Oakland, he did a lengthy interview with 49ers beat writer Cam Inman on the subject.

4. Anthony Davis' concussion recovery is an ongoing process.

The starting right tackle has only started in five games this season. Davis suffered a concussion against the New York Giants and has missed San Francisco's last two games. The fifth-year pro never missed a start prior to 2014.

Harbaugh said Davis' concussion symptoms are improving.

5. NaVorro Bowman won't practice this week.

The 49ers have until Dec. 9 to move Bowman to the active roster. The All-Pro linebacker has been rehabbing his surgically-repaired left knee, but he's yet to join practice.

The same rehab process will continue for Bowman this week. Harbaugh also said the team has "no expectation" that Bowman will go on season-ending Injured Reserve as of now.

6. Glenn Dorsey is close to returning to action.

Second-year defensive lineman Quinton Dial has started three straight games as San Francisco's starting nose tackle. Dial will likely make his fourth start on Sunday.

Harbaugh said Glenn Dorsey, who suffered a biceps tear in training camp, could still be "another week" away from being active on gameday.

7. Michael Crabtree is "working through some things."

The 49ers coach usually offers "working through something" as an explanation for a player's injury. But with his sixth-year receiver, Harbaugh said "some things." That's because Crabtree suffered an injury to his abdomen and knee in last week's loss to Seattle.

Crabtree's health will be watched closely when the first injury report of the week starts to circulate on Wednesday.

Speaking of Crabtree, the Texas Tech alum, is giving back to his University with a wide receiver scholarship endowment.