NaVorro Bowman 'Ready' to Go


Super Bowl XLVII is not on NaVorro Bowman's DVR. He doesn't have it burned to a DVD, nor will he be looking for online versions of the game anytime soon.

The All-Pro linebacker has no plans on reviewing the end of the 2012 season.

"I let it go," San Francisco's leading tackler of the past two seasons said on Tuesday.

The 49ers enter the 2013 season looking to break a 41-year drought of Super Bowl-losing teams winning the big game the following year. It hasn't happened since the 1972 Miami Dolphins were victorious in Super Bowl VII.

Standout players on San Francisco's roster like Bowman understand the challenge of reaching the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons, but it's not stopping them from maximizing their offseason preparations.

"It's a game where you hear you don't get back to a lot of times, but that's our goal," the All-Pro, Pro Bowl inside linebacker explained.

Bowman and the rest of the 49ers locker room keep a focused approach when attending Organized Team Activities. The mindset is aided by a large sign placed outside the locker room three years ago by head coach Jim Harabugh.

"You see the sign every day," Bowman said before paraphrasing the message from the 49ers coach. "You're either getting better or you're getting worse and you never stay the same.

"We want to do the first thing and that's get better."

Bowman continued his ascending play last season, totatling a caeer-high 183 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. He also provided the biggest defensive play of the season by recording a fourth-down pass breakup against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game. Bowman swatted down Matt Ryan's short pass to Roddy White with 1:13 remaining in the game. The key play all but earned the 49ers the franchise's sixth NFC Championship.

Bowman, however, feels like there's still room to grow entering his fourth season with the 49ers. The 6-foot, 242-pound linebacker has recorded 356 tackles in his two years as a full-time starter and was named All-Pro both years.

After signing a five-year extension last November, the star linebacker knows San Francisco will be his home through the 2018 regular season. He's eager to continue his promising career with the 49ers.

"I'm ready to go," Bowman said. "I'm excited."

The 49ers defense understands it'll be a challenging road to repeat as NFC champs and even win the NFC West for a third season in a row.

San Francisco's division continues to improve, but Bowman feels like his defensive coaches have been keeping a close eye on scheming ways to disrupt Arizona, St. Louis and Seattle, plus the other opponents on the 2013 regular season schedule.

"That's how they spend their offseason," Bowman said. "Our coaches do a great job of preparing us."

For now, the focus is to master the 49ers defensive system, plus acclimate new members of the unit like first-round pick Eric Reid.

Bowman has liked what he's seen from the rookie safety in OTA sessions.

"He has the right attitude coming into this," Bowman said of the rookie competing to start at free safety. "That's a good start."

The 49ers will finish OTAs this week and hold a mandatory minicamp next week before breaking for training camp.

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