Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: San Francisco 49ers
By Bill Williamson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Observed in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans:
Read-option returns: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had 68 yards on 11 carries using the read-option offense. It was the most the 49ers used it this season. Kaepernick said it was because the Titans gave the 49ers opportunities to use it.
Praise for Morris: Rookie cornerback Darryl Morris has been one of several young 49ers who have played well. He is making a huge impact on a strong special teams. He caused a fumble that resulted in a Kassim Osgood touchdown in the fourth quarter. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said watching Morris on the play was like watching “an arrow go through snow.” Although Eric Wright is potentially coming off the physically unable to perform list in the next couple of weeks, there is no chance Morris will be cut. It could be another sign veteran Nnamdi Asomugha will be released. He has been a healthy scratch the past two weeks.
Aldon Smith update: Harbaugh gave some incremental news on Smith. Harbaugh said he is hopeful Smith can play this season. He said he is hearing Smith is making progress in treatment. Harbaugh said the plan is for Smith to be back at team facility from alcohol treatment in the next couple of weeks. The 49ers are 4-0 since the star pass-rusher went into treatment 27 days ago.
Homecoming: Several 49ers are from the Tennessee area and many players had a lot of family there. Harbaugh said the mother of rookie receiver Quinton Patton cooked for the team Saturday night. Harbaugh said Smith’s mother was at the game as well.