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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Heightened alert about turnovers this week

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nothing can ruin a road game like an offense losing the ball.

The San Francisco 49ers are acutely aware of turnovers this week as they prepare to play at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Titans have a swarming defense. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday the group can cause turnovers in a hurry.

“[They are] probably the best team we’ve seen at stripping, clubbing, punching the ball out, creating turnovers, very physical,” Harbaugh said. “That’s something that’s always a special point of emphasis, always something that is vital, critical to a team’s well-being. But, I really think you have to this week. If it’s 10 out of 10 every week, it’s 11 out of 10 this week. It’s very important.”

Harbaugh feels like the football will be in good hands with lead 49ers’ tailback Frank Gore. He rarely fumbles; although he did get stripped the ball earlier this season. Harbaugh, in his own colorful way, doesn’t think it will happen again.

“Well, don’t see anybody doing it better than Frank Gore. He had the one that got stripped out from a defender coming from a non-aggressive angle and he didn’t see him and he let his guard down. When that happens to Frank, you’re not going to sneak up on Frank again and hit him over the head with a bag of dung a second time. That’s how I feel about Frank.”

So, there’s your lesson for the day -- only allow yourself to be hit over the head with a bag of dung once. And don’t forget it.