“Mr. Soft, as Harbaugh explained more than once during his tenure, is a fictional four-inch character that resides near a players’ ear, tells them how great he is and encourages him to take it easy.
Harbaugh routinely invoked F.P.S. from 2011-14 because his teams went 44-19-1 and often inspired what he deemed motivation-sapping praise and back slaps.
“If people are saying nice things about you,” Harbaugh once said, “kick them in the shins and get back to work.”
This week, two months after the 49ers fell victim to “honey words of praise” being “flowered” upon them — yes, that’s more Harbaugh-speak — they are facing their next showdown with Freddy P. Soft.”
“Just when you turn on the tape, you see guys, if they take a hit (from Greenlaw) early in the game, they’re looking for him and they’re getting down way faster than they normally would,” Bosa said Wednesday in the 49ers’ locker room.
“You see running backs just call it quits early in games, guys that you watch on tape and you’re ready to play because you know they could go and then you don’t feel ’em the rest of the game because of stuff our defense does. And Dre’s a leader in that.”
“Zach Ertz has expressed his desire to join a playoff contender, and it appears that at least one is showing interest—the San Francisco 49ers. Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports that the Niners are among the “most interested” in the three-time Pro Bowl player.”
“The 49ers likely will have their depth tested at defensive tackle, as Javon Kinlaw, Kevin Givens and Kalia Davis could play expanded roles.
Tight end Ross Dwelley and cornerback Darrell Luter are expected to miss Sunday’s game — and could be out of action for multiple games. Dwelley sustained a high-ankle sprain, while Luter is sidelined with a hamstring injury.”
“Samuel becomes only the second 49ers wideout to receive Player of the Week honors three or more times behind Jerry Rice who was given the recognition a whopping 12 times. The South Carolina product now joins fellow alum Sterling Sharpe as a three-time recipient of the honor.”