NFC West: Jon Baldwin

49ers contract status update

February, 28, 2014
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Free agency starts in 11 days. Along with every other team, the San Francisco 49ers are putting together their final plans. The 49ers are in pretty nice shape. They are poised to be $15-16 million under the salary cap.

The team has gained cap room by reducing deals for backup safety Craig Dahl and backup receiver Jon Baldwin. They want cornerback Carlos Rogers back at a much reduced salary from the $6 million he is due. If he doesn't accept a pay cut, he will likely be cut. General manager Trent Baalke has said he doesn't think the team needs to reduce the salary of running back Frank Gore, who is set to make $6.4 million.

The deadline giving a player the franchise tag is Monday. The 49ers are not expected to use the tag. They have been close to a deal with receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin, 33, is likely looking at a two- or three-year deal. He could be paid up to $17 million if it is a three-year deal. The team's other priority free agents are safety Donte Whitner, kicker Phil Dawson and cornerback Tarell Brown.

The 49ers extended the deal of Daniel Kilgore on Thursday. He was set to be a free agent next year. That means he is in line to start next year and that the 49ers likely won't re-sign Jonathan Goodwin, who started at center the past three years.

The team is not expected to give the restricted free-agent tender to backup defensive lineman DeMarcus Dobbs and cornerback Perrish Cox. That would make them unrestricted free agents.

No surprises on 49ers' inactive list

December, 29, 2013
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There isn’t much intrigue on the San Francisco 49ers’ list of inactives Sunday at Arizona.

And that’s a good thing for the team. This team is very healthy. All six of the team’s inactive players are young, depth players. The 49ers have only 52 players on the roster after putting receiver Mario Manningham on the injured reserve Friday. The 49ers are expected to fill the roster in the next couple of days.

Here are Sunday’s inactive players: tight end Derek Carrier, linebacker Nick Moody, guard Ryan Seymour, defensive tackle Quinton Dial, guard Joe Looney and receiver Jon Baldwin.

Baldwin not much better than Jenkins

November, 14, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Last season, A.J. Jenkins failed to give the San Francisco 49ers' offense a spark. Nine games into this season, the player the 49ers traded Jenkins for isn't doing much better.

Despite getting chances to help at a position that badly needed it, Jon Baldwin has given the 49ers' offense little. With Mario Manningham back on the field and Michael Crabtree on pace to return soon, it doesn't seem like Baldwin's chances will increase.

Baldwin has three catches for 28 yards this season. He was acquired in August for Jenkins, the 49ers’ first-round pick last year. The 49ers were hoping to salvage something with the trade.

Baldwin’s lack of contribution is not a stunner, but he had made at least a modest contribution in Kansas City. The 26th pick of the 2011 draft had a total of 41 catches for 579 yards in two seasons with the Chiefs. Baldwin has ideal size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds), and he showed a penchant for the spectacular catch in college at Pitt. But it hasn’t translated at the NFL level.

Again, Baldwin could still develop, but the 49ers have given him a chance, and he hasn't taken advantage of it. It may come as a consolation to the 49ers that Jenkins has done nothing for the 9-0 Chiefs. He has one catch. He had no catches as a rookie with the 49ers.

49ers second-quarter checkpoint

October, 30, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The second quarter of the San Francisco 49ers' season is complete. Now let’s look at some key developments as the defending NFC champions sit at 6-2:

Story of the quarter: The perfect quarter. The 49ers went 4-0 in the second quarter of the season and have won five straight games. San Francisco has been dominant in all three phases of the game and have scored at least 31 points in each game during the streak. It is the first time they have done that since 1997. It’s been a stunning rebound from a team that started 1-2 with a lot of adversity. Heading into the second half of the season, the 49ers are clearly a team capable of finishing the season with a downtown parade.

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Jan Kruger/The FA via Getty ImagesVernon Davis has scored at least one touchdown in four of San Francisco's past five games.
Offensive MVP of the quarter: Tight end Vernon Davis. Last season, there was talk Davis and quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a lousy chemistry. That changed during the 2012 postseason and the two have continued to build their chemistry this season. After suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2, Davis has been explosive. The highlight came in Week 6 when he had eight catches for 180 yards and two TDs against Arizona. It was tied for the third-highest yardage total by an NFL tight end in the past 20 years. Davis’ presence has helped ease the pain of the injuries the 49ers have at receiver.

Defensive player of the quarter: NaVorro Bowman. This is one of the game’s great underrated players. He is one of the greatest defensive forces in the league. Bowman was my choice as the first-quarter defensive MVP as well. Fellow star linebacker Patrick Willis has been coming back from a groin injury that affected him in both quarters of the season. Bowman has picked up the slack and led the charge of a defense that is playing at a high level.

Rookie of the quarter: Corey Lemonier. The pass-rusher has been playing extensively with star Aldon Smith in alcohol treatment for the past five weeks. Lemonier, a third-round draft pick from Auburn, is getting valuable playing time and he is showing he is worthy of it. He has given the team spark in both pass and run defense. Lemonier is showing he has a bright future.

Disappointment of the quarter: Lack of receiver depth. Kyle Williams and Jon Baldwin are simply not ready to be No. 2 and No. 3 receiving options. Both have started opposite Anquan Boldin during the quarter. Neither made an impact. The 49ers badly miss injured receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. Even rookie Quinton Patton, who has missed the past four games with a broken foot, may become a better option than Williams and Baldwin. It’s amazing the 49ers’ offense has been so productive with the lack of any receiving options behind Boldin and Davis.

Biggest unanswered question of the quarter: The reinforcements. The 49ers have six players who are set to return Players such as Smith, Crabtree, Manningham and cornerback Eric Wright all could make a major impact. It is unusual for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations to be poised to get this type of boost in the second half of the season. The biggest question is exactly when all of these players will be ready to return.

Fearless prediction for the second quarter: Win in New Orleans. One of the biggest NFL games of the third quarter will come in New Orleans in Week 11 when the 49ers visit the Saints. New Orleans is 6-1 and 4-0 at home. This is one of the best home teams in the NFL. Still, the 49ers will not be intimidated. This team has a steely focus and has been through some tough conditions this season. I see a big road upset in a game that will have major NFC playoff implications. A win in New Orleans would serve the 49ers well. All eight of their final games are against NFC opponents (they went 3-1 against the AFC South). Conference games are paramount when it comes to playoff tiebreakers. San Francisco has just three games remaining against teams with winning records. Thus, a win at New Orleans would be enormous.
LONDON -- San Francisco 49ers receiver Jon Baldwin is active and Kyle Williams will be the No. 2 starting receiver Sunday against Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium.

Baldwin has been ill for the past 10 days, but he practiced some on Friday and was listed as questionable.

Both Williams and Baldwin have been mostly ineffective as the No. 2 receiver this season as the 49ers wait for Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham to return from injuries.

There were no other surprises on the inactive list: quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, receiver Quinton Patton, running back LaMichael James, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and guard Joe Looney.
LONDON -- The San Francisco 49ers are healthy going into Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

The four players who did not practice Wednesday -- defensive linemen Justin Smith (shoulder), Ray McDonald (biceps), Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) and receiver Jon Baldwin (illness) -- all worked on a limited basis Thursday. Barring setbacks they should all be ready to play Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Smith may not practice every day for the season of the season. The 34-year-old will likely be rested on Wednesdays, which has been the case for the past several weeks.

“I don’t know that it’ll ever practice full practice when you get a guy that’s 34 years old, although he’s in tremendous shape and not like your normal 34-year-old,” Fangio said of Smith. “You take care of them during the week so they can be at their best on Sunday. So, I don’t think he’ll ever have a full-practice regimen say like Quinton Dial would, or even some of the other guys. And I don’t have much concern there. Justin knows his body better than anybody. And I really don’t concern myself with it too much.”

As far as McDonald goes, Fangio said he thinks McDonald played much better with the bicep injury against Tennessee than he did against Arizona. That was his first game since partially tearing the bicep against Houston.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Earlier Thursday, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said nose tackle Glenn Dorsey would try to practice some. But later in the day, the 49ers indicated that Dorsey had missed his second straight practice day because of a hamstring injury.

Because hamstrings are easily aggravated, the odds are against Dorsey playing at Tennessee on Sunday. Tony Jerod-Eddie will likely start, and the team will likely either add Mike Purcell from the practice squad or activate Quinton Dial from the physically unable to perform list.

The 49ers did get some good injury news Thursday. Guard Alex Boone and defensive linemen Ray McDonald and Justin Smith all practiced on a limited basis after not working out on Wednesday.

Receiver Jon Baldwin didn’t practice Thursday because of an illness. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks did not practice for personal reasons; it is not expected to affect his playing status Sunday.
Vernon DavisEzra Shaw/Getty ImagesVernon Davis caught eight passes for 180 yards and two TDs, but the 49ers need more receiving options.

SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the best games by a tight end in NFL history is proof the San Francisco 49ers may need to go get themselves another receiving option.

Just think how good quarterback Colin Kaepernick could look with a full complement of weapons. Vernon Davis’ 180 receiving yards in San Francisco’s 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday was tied for the third-most yards by a tight end in the NFL in the past 20 years. It was another indication that there is nothing wrong with Kaepernick, who had thrown for fewer than 180 yards in each of the previous four weeks after passing for a career-high 412 yards in Week 1 against Green Bay.

“Vernon, when he plays like this, he doesn’t have to say anything,” Kaepernick said. “Everybody on the team feels it. I know it, the coaches know it, and we’ve got to put the ball in his hands.”

The problem for the 49ers is that Kaepernick has only Davis and receiver Anquan Boldin. That why the team has been linked to receivers such as Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon and Kenny Britt. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham injured, the 49ers don’t have another legitimate, reliable receiving option. While Davis went bonkers, doing 171 yards of his damage in the first half Sunday, Boldin was held in check.

Boldin finished with three catches for 28 yards. Just 72 of Kaepernick's 252 passing yards went to targets other than Davis. While Davis had eight catches, six players combined for Kaepernick’s other eight completions. Davis was the target on just three of Kaepernick’s 14 incomplete passes. Kaepernick, who saw his offense fail to get a first down on its first four drives of the game, didn’t connect with a wide receiver until 1:20 remained in the first half.

While the 49ers and Davis should celebrate this magnificent performance, it is another reminder that this team needs more receiving help. Because if they get that help, the 49ers can win the Super Bowl. It’s that simple.

This offense -- which grinded out 149 yards on the ground and which has scored 101 points during a three-game winning streak -- can be wicked if it is truly multidimensional. If not, all it can do is try to move the ball on the ground and hope either Boldin or Davis goes off.

It has worked so far, but one of these weeks both Davis and Boldin will be taken away. Then what?

Manningham (knee) might come off the physically unable to perform list and be able to start practicing this week. Once he starts practicing, the 49ers will have a three-week window to activate him. Last week, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Crabtree, who suffered a torn Achilles in May, might be ready to play in mid-November. He could come back for the Nov. 17 game at New Orleans that could have huge NFC playoff ramifications.

But there are no guarantees either player will be back anytime soon. There is also no telling how quickly either player would knock off the rust. It’s reasonable to assume the 49ers will be at full strength in December. Crabtree would instantly be a top target and make Boldin more valuable because he would see fewer double-teams. (He said last week this is the most double coverage he’s seen in his career.) Boldin can be a major weapon as a No. 2 receiver. Manningham also would give the 49ers much-needed depth. The team’s current No. 2 and No. 3 receivers, Kyle Williams and Jon Baldwin, each had one catch Sunday. That is not going to cut it.

That brings us to the trade dilemma: Do the 49ers sit and wait for their injured players to come back, or do they get aggressive and make a deal?

You could make an argument for both sides. But seeing Sunday’s display might tempt the 49ers to load up now and worry later about having too much depth or losing a draft pick. If San Francisco adds the right receiver, Kaepernick would have more options in the immediate future, and the team could be nearly unstoppable come playoff time.

CBS Sports reported Sunday that the 49ers are considering trading for Nicks. The Giants are 0-6, and Nicks probably will leave as a free agent. He’d likely be a rental for the 49ers. They have several contracts to address in the near future with free agents. But he could be a special rental.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has reported the 49ers have considered acquiring Gordon from Cleveland, but that likely won’t happen because of the soon-to-return statuses of Manningham and Crabtree. Britt, whom the 49ers will face in Tennessee next week, is also on the block. Gordon and Britt both have had off-field problems, and with the 49ers already dealing with the Aldon Smith situation, they may not want to add another player with issues.

Nicks might make the most sense. There are financial and draft-pick questions to be answered, but there is no question he’d make the 49ers better for the rest of the season and take pressure off of Kaepernick.

Led by Davis Sunday, the 49ers showed they can be dangerous. But Super Bowl winners need to be more than dangerous. They need to be multilayered. That’s why adding offensive weapons has to be tempting for San Francisco.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Tramaine Brock will get another opportunity to show he belongs as the No. 3 cornerback of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Brock excelled last week at St. Louis when he played for an injured Nnamdi Asomugha. He is still coming back from the injury. Because Brock played so well, there is no rush. If Brock continues to play well, I could see a scenario in which he stays the No. 3 cornerback. Younger legs and better tackling would be Brock’s ticket over Asomugha.

San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio spoke highly of Brock on Thursday.

“He did a nice job,” Fangio said of Brock’s work against the Rams. “He probably had the biggest play of the game in breaking up that pass that Donte (Whitner) intercepted in the end zone. That was a third-and-1, deep into the second quarter. They were in field goal range and I think the score was only 7-3 at the time. So, that was a very critical play at that time and he made that. And he made some other good plays.”

In other 49ers’ notes:
  • 49ers’ No. 1 receiver Anquan Boldin turned 33 Thursday. He has 24 catches this season. No receiver older than him has more catches, although San Diego tight end Antonio Gates has 25 catches. He turned 33 in June.
  • Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Jon Baldwin will have a “substantial role” Sunday. Baldwin will likely start. “I think it’s all about opportunity and I think the opportunities that he was given last week, shoot I was very encouraged by it,” Roman said of Baldwin, who had two catches in his 49ers’ debut last week “I love to see guys play physical and make plays when opportunities come their way. I’m sure he’ll be getting plenty of opportunities this week and he’s got to take advantage of them.”
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the most intriguing players currently on the San Francisco 49ers' roster is third-year receiver Jon Baldwin.

It appears Baldwin is getting his chance to play significant minutes and perhaps start. Baldwin made his San Francisco debut in Week 4 at St. Louis, when he had two catches for 19 yards. Baldwin will be at the top of the rotation with rookie Quinton Patton out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot. Patton was the No. 2 receiver before getting hurt at St. Louis.

With Mario Manningham out with an injury for another month or so and Michael Crabtree likely out until December, the 49ers need some help and Baldwin will get a chance. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was complimentary of Baldwin after the Rams’ game.

Baldwin was acquired by the 49ers in August from Kansas City in exchange for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin, the No. 26 overall pick in 2011, had a total of 41 catches for the Chiefs.

ESPN analyst Matt Williamson said he thinks Baldwin could develop in this system if he can improve his consistency. That was his biggest issue in Kansas City. He was terrific in practice, but often disappeared in games. Now that he is getting his chance in San Francisco, Baldwin has to show he came be a factor in the NFL.

“If the light is going to come on for Baldwin, I will say that it is likely under Harbaugh and in this offense,” Williamson said. “I thought Harbaugh wanted a big-time deep threat (he acquired Moss and then Jenkins last year), but he seems to have gotten away from that mold. I do know that he wants physicality at the position, including being an able run blocker. Baldwin could be effective as a big bodied guy that can do something after the catch and block.”

Baldwin’s opportunity is now. We will see if he can capitalize.

49ers' first-quarter checkpoint

September, 30, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The first quarter of the San Francisco 49ers' season is complete. Let’s look at some key developments as the defending NFC champion sits at 2-2:

Story of the quarter: It’s a sad story, while being one of the biggest in the league this season. Superstar pass-rusher Aldon Smith is receiving treatment for alcohol abuse. He entered treatment at an undisclosed facility two days before he turned 24 after being arrested on a charge of drunk driving. It was his second DUI arrest in less than two years. He publicly acknowledged he has a problem and vowed to “fix” it. He is expected to be away from the team for a month. It’s a stunning and rare NFL story.

Offensive MVP of the quarter: Let’s go with running back Frank Gore. He got the team on track Thursday night at St. Louis with 153 rushing yards on 20 carries. It was his highest rushing total in four years. Gore was also good in Week 3 before the 49ers went away from the run. Gore showed he is still the sparkplug to this offense.

Defensive player of the quarter: Smith was great when he played and Patrick Willis was also outstanding before sitting out the St. Louis game with a groin injury. Overall, the 49ers’ defense has been better than statistics show. I’m going to with linebacker NaVorro Bowman. He has been steady. He was spectacular against the Rams in Willis’ absence. I know I am putting a lot of stock in the St. Louis game, but this game might be looked upon as a season-saver. It was vital.

Rookie of the quarter: Safety Eric Reid looks like the goods. The first-round pick has been a big part of the defense since the start of the season. He is smart, instinctive and a ball hawk. He has a bright future.

Disappointment of the quarter: The lack of discipline. San Francisco has 39 penalties. It is ridiculous. Penalties have hurt this team in all four games. The 49ers have to get a handle on on this issue.

Biggest unanswered question of the quarter: Are there enough weapons in the passing game? Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not the problem when this team scored a combined 10 points in losses to Seattle and Indianapolis. His receivers, other than Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis, did not come through. It improved somewhat at St. Louis. Newly acquired Jon Baldwin was active and looked decent. But this is something the 49ers will have to work on until Mario Manningham comes back in a month and star Michael Crabtree tries to return late in the season. As of now, receiver depth is still a huge question.

Fearless prediction for the second quarter: The 49ers will go 3-1 in the next quarter and sit at 5-3 at the bye week. That’s a pretty solid record for a team that was 1-2. The 49ers’ toughest games in the next quarter are at home on a Sunday night against Houston and at Tennessee on Oct. 20. They also play host to Arizona on Oct. 13 and against Jacksonville on Oct. 27 in London. The 49ers are not perfect and they have some issues to work through, but I expect them to straighten out some in the coming weeks with the help of a manageable schedule.

Patton's injury opens door for Baldwin

September, 27, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Quinton Patton’s bad break may be a good one for Jon Baldwin.

It appears Baldwin will get a chance for extra playing time now that Patton has a broken foot. The rookie was hurt in the San Francisco 49ers’ 35-11 win at St. Louis on Thursday, and will miss several weeks. Patton was working as the No. 2 receiver when he was hurt.

Baldwin, Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore will get more work, while Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis will remain the top options. Mario Manningham could come back from an injury in a month. Michael Crabtree could return from a torn Achilles in December.

In the meantime, Baldwin is the most intriguing option the 49ers have. He was acquired in August from Kansas City for former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin was inactive for the first three games before playing solidly at St. Louis.

Baldwin was considered a potential star for the Chiefs, but he never put it together. It sounds as if 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is ready to see if Baldwin is ready to be a contributor.

“He’s got a competitive heart,” Harbaugh said of Baldwin. “I had that feeling about him.”

With Patton down, we’ll see what Baldwin can do.
A review of four hot issues from the San Francisco 49ers' 35-11 road win over the St. Louis Rams:

Digging deep: The 49ers simply had to win this game. They were 1-2 and were outscored by a combined 56-10 the past two weeks. Their offense looked horrible, injuries were piling up, linebacker Aldon Smith left the team to seek alcohol rehab treatment and they were playing on a short week. The odds were stacked against them -- and the 49ers responded. They dominated on both sides of the ball. They are now 2-2 and feeling pretty good about themselves.

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Scott Rovak/USA TODAY SportsFrank Gore gained 153 of the 49ers' 219 rushing yards against the Rams Thursday.
Back to basics: In the first three weeks, the 49ers didn’t run the ball consistently on offense and had trouble, at times, on defense. That’s not the 49ers’ way. They win by dominating on the ground on both sides of the ball. It sets their tone, which is what happened Thursday. Frank Gore ran for 153 yards (his highest total since 2009) on 20 carries. His 34-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-inches late in the second quarter gave the 49ers a 14-3 lead. It also increases their win probability 18.1 percent to 85.3 percent. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Gore had 115 yards between the tackles Thursday. He had a total of 88 yards between the tackles in the first three games. Defensively, the 49ers held the Rams to 18 rushing yards on 19 carries. It was a great bounce-back performance -- especially considering they were missing inside linebacker Patrick Willis -- for a unit that allowed 179 yards on the ground last Sunday against the Colts.

Dodging a bullet: This great win looked like it was going to be ruined very late in the game when standout left tackle Joe Staley was on the turf, yelling in pain. He later said he thought he broke his ankle, but he tweeted that he was fine. Coach Jim Harbaugh said it looked like the team “dodged a bullet.”

Youngsters get involved: The 49ers are one of the league’s youngest teams and they are starting to rely on some less experienced players. Receiver Jon Baldwin played for the first time since being acquired in a deal with Kansas City for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin came up with some big catches. Harbaugh liked what he saw. Running back LaMichael James played for the first time this season. He didn’t do much, but at least he’s in the mix. Rookie Corey Lemonier played a lot in Smith’s absence and looked promising. Michael Wilhoite played solidly in Willis’ absence. Getting these players work should pay off as the season progresses.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Receiver Jon Baldwin and running back LaMichael James are surely not the missing links to the San Francisco 49ers' offensive woes.

But they might get a chance to see if they can make an impact in the offense, which has scored a combined 10 points in the past two games.

The 49ers’ receivers beyond Anquan Boldin have been unable to get open in the two losses. The team missed tight end Vernon Davis, held out of Sunday’s loss due to a hamstring injury. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Baldwin has practiced well recently and there is a chance he could be active for the first time this season Thursday at St. Louis.

Baldwin was acquired from Kansas City in an August trade for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin is athletic and is capable of making big plays. But he failed to make an impact with the Chiefs.

James is getting healthy after suffering a knee injury late in the preseason. There are no guarantees he will be active when healthy, but don't be shocked if he is given a chance to play and provide a spark as a receiving option out of the backfield. ESPN analyst Matt Williamson thinks James could be a Darren Sproles-like player.

Right now, the 49ers’ offense has little explosion -- so any help Baldwin and James could give would be welcome.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jim Harbaugh is going to have to address his quarterback until Colin Kaepernick leads the San Francisco 49ers' offense out of its sudden and perplexing funk.

Here's what the 49ers coach said Monday afternoon when asked about Kaepernick: “I feel very confident in Colin, yes.”

Questions about Kaepernick have surfaced because the 49ers' offense has been terrible, scoring a combined 10 points in back-to-back losses to Seattle and Indianapolis. Receivers haven't been getting open, the offensive line has been manhandled and Kaepernick has been unable to keep defenses honest with his feet.

Harbaugh said it is an overall problem, not one issue, keeping the San Francisco offense down. He repeatedly said the unit has to work on its “precision.”

“I’m not going to put it on one spot,” Harbaugh said. “Precision offensively needs to improve. We’ll all have a hand in working on improving that.”

In other notes from Harbaugh’s presser:

The coach said receiver Jon Baldwin has been working well in practice and could be active for the first time this season Thursday night in St. Louis. Baldwin was acquired in August from Kansas City for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

Harbaugh offered another classic sound bite Monday: "We have the rare opportunity of staring adversity in the face and whipping it.''

Harbaugh offered little information on the injury progress of linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) and tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring). Willis had an MRI scheduled Monday, as did No. 3 cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (leg). Willis, who was hurt in Sunday's third quarter, may have difficulty getting ready to play against the Rams on a short week. The same could be said for Davis, who missed Sunday’s game.

Harbaugh spent Sunday night at the team’s facility after dropping his wife off at home following the loss to the Colts. Such is life for a coach on a short week.