Carlos Rogers was asked Thursday about the best part of facing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
It was clear that by looking at the 49ers cornerback's face that he was thinking of the worst.
San Francisco's defense is in for a challenge against Brees on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans.
How big of a challenge? Now that's a question Rogers answered more easily.
"Both of the Manning brothers, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers – Drew Brees is among those guys," Rogers said. "With so many weapons that he has around him, and just the talent level that he has, his ability – it's basically playing two head coaches on the field, with him and (coach Sean) Payton. He's understanding of the game, understanding of our defense. There's no doubt about it – he's one of the best."
Hence Rogers preparing for the worst.
If the 49ers defense is looking for something "good" about opposing Brees, consider that the New Orleans signal-caller has thrown seven interceptions in nine games, or one more pick than San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick has thrown.
"When the score is close you take a few more gambles. He's a gambler," inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman said of Brees. "He likes to make plays for his team, and we just have to get them."
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 caught up with Eric Reid's father on the topic of concussions.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News* *wrote about offensive Greg Roman's accepting of blame.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com* *noted the quality of Sunday's opponent.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on practice squad safety Michael Thomas' improvement.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee argued that Colin Kaepernick needs receiver help.
Taylor Price of 49ers.com quoted Marcus Lattimore on his return to practice.
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