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Jim Harbaugh talks job status, 49ers offense, Raiders and more

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with the media on Monday. He was asked primarily about his job status, and what the future holds. However, he also addressed injuries, the ineffective offense, and the Raiders. We have a transcript.

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When we talked to you Thursday night, you hadn't seen 49ers CEO Jed York's tweet, you didn't know, you didn't respond. I'm sure, at some point, you've seen it now, where he said that that performance was not unacceptable and he apologized. What's your reaction to that and have you talked to Jed the last few days about his feelings about that game?

"Nobody that's for us was happy about losing the game, losing a big game. We're still not happy about it. Our job is ... my job, let's talk about my job. My job is to get it right. That's what we're attacking today without excuse. Onward to the Raiders."

Have you talked with Jed? Has he passed along his feelings about what happened?

"To me, that's not significant. What's significant is we move on without excuse and get it right, make it right. That's our jobs."

Are there practical things that you're changing that you can talk about, particularly in your offense? Is offensive coordinator Greg Roman going to remain the play caller?

"Yes. Have unwavering support for all our coaches and our players."

Has management or ownership asked you to do anything with your coaching staff or make any changes?


Do you think your future is in question here beyond this season?

"I don't worry about my future. Haven't participated in any of that speculation. I think I have a recessive gene for worrying about my own future. What I want is - I want to attack this week. I want to get this right."

Do you believe that the conversation, it's constant, obviously, and you've referred to it as not being that logical, but the constant conversation about your future, about where the team's going, what the ownership thinks of you, what the general manager and you, do you think in any way that has caused some of this, has been a distraction, has caused some of the problems that we've seen on the field?

"Again, I'm not going to speculate. It's our job to move on without excuse, without apology and get it right. Make it right. That's our intentions."

Can you confirm which of the two teams you'll be coaching Sunday?

Have you spoken to Jed about your employment status?

"Have I?"

Spoken to Jed about -- ?

"When? In the last --?"


"No, not in the last weekend, no."

You talked about trying to get things right. What are you going over with QB Colin Kaepernick and trying to get him back on track?

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

Everybody saw what he 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."

Colin took a lot on his shoulders. Said he that made some bad throws in that game. When you guys look at that film, were there plays out there to be made that just the execution wasn't there that should've been made?

"Again, not going to make an excuse or apology. It's onward."

How would you characterize your relationship with Jed York right now?

"I wonder. I've gotten three questions from [San Jose Mercury News writer] Mark [Purdy], from [Santa Rosa Press Democrat writer] Grant [Cohn], from you. Do you really want my answer?"


"Or, are you just asking for your own pleasure?"

No. I actually want to hear your answer.

"What I want is to attack this week, get it right."

So, you're not going to comment about your relationship?

"I kind of think some of these questions are for your own pleasure. Something on the ballgame?"

Yes. Is it difficult to prepare a team for an opponent that just loss by a score of 52-0 in terms of getting people ready to be as sharp as possible?

"They're all good teams. There's no bad teams in the National Football League. The NFL has done a great job making each game a test. And they've exceeded in expectations in that regard."

From your time with the Raiders and working under Mr. Davis, what were some of the greatest things you learned or maybe some areas of growth that have prepared you for this?

"In so many areas. Had a profound, positive impact on my life. And it's pretty well documented. I could elaborate more, but we're competing against that team this week and we've got to prepare for that."

But we want you to elaborate more. Any specifics you can share?

"[San Jose Mercury News writer] Cam [Inman] and I talked about this last week. He did an in-depth. We spent some time. Has that come out yet?"

The story will run soon.

Suspend the suspense.

You mentioned your unwavering support for Greg. When you talk about attacking and looking at the offense, do you think structural changes need to be made just in the philosophy in what you do?

"We just have to do better. We have to do a better job, and that's what we understand."

What's T Anthony Davis, his status. Have the symptoms subsided?

"I think better."

Do you have any opinion about Raiders QB Derek Carr? Have you gotten a chance to see him, their rookie quarterback?

"Yes. I think he's a fine player. He's handled his business. He's done a fine job in the role."

Did you work him out a little bit?


LB NaVorro Bowman going to be able to get on the field this week?

"I think we're looking at another week of rehab."

Do you expect him then to go on season-ending IR?

"No. I have no expectation today what's going to happen."

Have there been any setbacks or just continuing to stick with what's been working?

"Continue to do the rehab as I understand it."

What about DL Glenn Dorsey? Where is he going into this week?

"Similar. Could be another week."

Any word on WR Michael Crabtree? How did he come out after being examined?

"He's working through some things. Talked to him this morning. He said it was going well."

A few weeks back when WR Anquan Boldin said the whole ‘one-game season,' how tough is it when you have that approach to then regroup after a loss and get back in that same mindset?

"To win the next game, that's the mindset and I still feel that's the right approach. It is a one-week season, this week."

You're familiar with the atmosphere in Oakland given your experience there. Does that present any special challenges with those fans and that kind of crazy scene?

"Yeah, every week, as I said before, every week is a test, a challenge. We have to prepare for it."

Is this week more, as you said, every week's a one-week season, more sticking with what this offense knows and trying to do it better or maybe looking for new, not re-writing the book, but looking for new ways, new things that you can do for this offense these last four games?

"Well, we're preparing for that now. As I said earlier, I'm not going to explain. We're going to work hard to get it right. Attacking it today and in our preparation all week."

Do you have to go over with your players and let them know what the playoff picture looks like to let them know that there's still a chance here that you guys can get in and even win the division?

"Well, we'll treat it as we said. What we want to do is get it right this week."

WR Stevie Johnson has been one of your most efficient receivers, but he's had so many fewer snaps than Anquan and Michael. Why is that? Because with his opportunities, he seems to have made the most of them.

"Yeah, he's done a fine job. And continue to do a good job getting the ball spread around to our receivers and continue to do better. We didn't have a great performance by any stretch and as we said, we're not happy about that. We're looking to do something about it."

Recently, you said TE Vernon Davis is ready for a breakthrough. What did Thursday's game tell you about him? Was that a regression for him?

"None of us were happy about losing the football game."    

Do you still feel he's ready right there?

"I do. Yeah, I do. I believe he's doing a good job. Think it'll happen."

You guys have had a lot of injuries at tight end throughout the season. Just about every one of your tight ends has been injured at one point. How much does that shape what you're able to do on offense, your game planning, your philosophy on offense, not having your full contingent of tight ends?

"Again, we've had that, but it's not an excuse and it's our job as players, coaches, to get it right."

What do the Raiders do well, how can they be dangerous?

"Do a lot of things well."

Could you name two things specifically that the Raiders do well?

"Yeah, they're a very physical football team up front. They do a great job of running to the football. Two things."

I ask this because I truly want to know the answer. Do you want to be back here next year?

"What I want is to attack this week and get it right."

You expressed your support for the coaches. What are the things they're doing that have been really good this year because your game the other night wasn't so good? 

"Yeah, we could dwell on that and I choose not to. I choose to look forward. What can we do this week to put us in the best position that we can possibly be in to win the football game? That's our job. That's our responsibility to get it right."