49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is pleased with team’s progress
The San Francisco 49ers are on a five-game winning streak and have scored more than 30 points in each of those victories.
The Associated Press and The Washington Post
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Even with a whirlwind stretch of travel finally over, Jim Harbaugh is undecided whether he will allow himself a day off during San Francisco’s bye week.
It all will depend on how prepared the 49ers’ coach feels a few days from now for the Carolina Panthers, who come to town for a Nov. 10 game at Candlestick Park.
The way his team is rolling, who could blame Harbaugh for wanting to keep on working?
After a road game at Tennessee followed by a weeklong stay in London before beating the winless Jaguars on Sunday, Harbaugh is happy to be back on familiar ground.
“One of the other bonuses of a long stay away, you get nine days away, is just how fresh your facility feels when you get back and the practice fields, the food, the comfort of your own bed, your kids,” Harbaugh said as he began his Tuesday news conference. “But, the facility we’ve been in, the meeting rooms, offices that the fellas have been in for the last six to nine months now feel, ‘Wow, it’s great to be back.’ This is new, it’s not stale bread anymore.
“It’s another bonus. So, it gives you life and enthusiasm, which is a good thing.”
The 49ers (6-2) are riding a five-game winning streak — scoring more than 30 points each time — as they welcome what will be a much-needed break for most players this week.
Harbaugh praised offense, defense and special teams.
“A lot of positives,” he said. “Really a dramatic improvement in terms of playing disciplined, sound technique football. So, it’s a great job by the fellas in that regard.”
San Francisco hardly looks like the team that lost back-to-back games in Weeks 2 and 3 to the Seahawks and Indianapolis — outscored 56-10.
Washington owner, Goodell meet
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met with league commissioner Roger Goodell about the team’s name, according to two people familiar with the matter.
According to one person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the team publicly confirmed the meeting nor discussed what happened in it, Snyder reiterated to Goodell he has no plans to change the Redskins’ name.
The meeting was designed, another person familiar with the situation had said Monday, for the league to gather information on the team’s plans for dealing with the issues involved, including assessing and addressing opposition to the name.
NFL officials are scheduled to meet Wednesday in New York with representatives of a Native American group that has called the name offensive and is pushing for it to be changed. That meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation was scheduled for November but was pushed up at the league’s behest.
• St. Louis lost to the Seahawks 14-9 after failing to score on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on the final play of Monday night’s game. Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens was under pressure and his pass to Brian Quick — who was covered by cornerback Brandon Browner — was incomplete.
Clemens said the call gave him “a lot of options” and added, “Loved to have put the ball in a little different spot, but didn’t have a lot of time to assess it because they brought one more than we could block.”
• Hall of Fame receiver Lance Alworth got his Super Bowl ring back — 21 years after it was stolen from a now-defunct San Diego restaurant, where it was part of a display of sports memorabilia.
Authorities discovered the 1972 Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl ring was to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house in Laguna Niguel, Calif., with an opening bid of $44,000.