You 12’s continue to impress! The environment you created on Monday night was unreal! The Saints game was a huge step forward for this team, and got us one game closer to our goal of winning the NFC West. Winning our division was something we set out to do at the beginning of the year, and our game against the 49ers presents another opportunity to progress toward that goal. We are continuing to treat each week like championship week. Coach Carroll does an amazing job of creating a competitive environment for us at practice. The way that we prepare in practice is what has us continually improving and playing at a high level.
Russell and the offense have established themselves as an elite group. They have done a great job of finding ways to progress each week. When comparing the Russell from the beginning of the season to now, it is safe to say he has drastically improved as a player and a general of this team. His ability to make protection calls, progress through reads, and anticipate throwing windows is what makes him such an elite player.
In addition to Russell and Marshawn, I couldn’t be more impressed with our receivers. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Golden Tate, and Ricardo Lockett have all stepped-up huge for this team. They have developed their skills and have grown to be one of the best receiving cores in the league. Some of the catches these guys make leave me in awe. It’s guys like this that you’re happy to have on your team, and make you glad you don’t have to line up against them on Sundays!
Defensively, we continue to prepare the way we always have. We’ve been hitting the film room to find ways to improve. We realize the type of talent we’re going against tomorrow. It is our job to focus on ways to shutdown tendencies to disrupt their offensive rhythm, and that is what we intend to do! The 49ers are loaded with talented players in Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick, and Frank Gore that are all capable of big plays. We need to be on point with our communication and make sure we flow to the ball and secure tackles. I am excited to go up against some of these elite receivers. Like I mentioned in my other blogs, matchups like these are the reason I love playing this game!
This Sunday will be a big challenge in a very tough environment. The 49ers are playing at a high-level and are going to be geared up for this game. We are excited to hit the road and head into the great environment that Candlestick creates. I hope you 12’s are ready to bring the noise and get after it!