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October 24, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson
  (2:02 PM)

Hello from London.

Ryan (Fresno)

Bill, what is the time difference in London from S.F.?

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

Eight hours. It's 7 p.m. However, with the daylight saving time change Saturday night, it goes down to sevne hours. This kickoff here is 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. in S.F.

Bingo_Kingo (Dirt Road, OR)

Which 49er seems the most culture shocked?

Bill Williamson
  (2:03 PM)

Don't know but LaMichael james said he is having a hard time sleeping at night. Naps when he can.

Paul (Bakersfield)

Who gets cut with all the reinforcements coming in? Any traded for picks?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

Good question. This roster is loaded. Some talent is going to be cut.

Ed (Queens Village)

Will there be a lot of 49er fans in London?

Bill Williamson
  (2:06 PM)

The word is yes.

Ramesh (Boston, MA)

Have you tried the Fish & Chips yet?

Bill Williamson
  (2:07 PM)

I've been very lame. It's been all work. Not even an ale.I know. That must change soon.

Kristian (Wall Street, NY)

Assuming the Nienrs win this week and are 6-2 going into their bye, don't you think this is exactly where they would want to beat the beginning of the season? 6-2 and hopefully getting healthy for the second half of the season.

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

For sure. Every team's goal is to go 3-1 every quarter. After starting 1-2, 6-2 at the bye would be tremendous. Easy schedule down the road. Fourth easiest in the NFL.

Nick (Meriden, CT)

When do you see it as probable that the Niner offense will be fully healthy?

Bill Williamson
  (2:11 PM)

Wekk 15 or so.

49ertime (California)

Also are you going to stick around for 2.5 hours when you say you are having a 2.5 hour chat? Or should we expect all future chat duration posts to be meaningless like last week? And just always expect it to go a scant 30 min?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

Yep, a chat is 30 minutes.

Ben (Boston)

Is Frank Gore's injury serious? Is he going to start this week?

Bill Williamson
  (2:12 PM)

Should be a go.

Chris (Rhode Island)

Hey Bill, Ive read somewhere about how excited you are for Tank Carridine to show off his talent. My question is, what is it about Tank or what has he shown you up to this point to earn such a stand on his NFL potential?

Bill Williamson
  (2:13 PM)

Watch his college tape. He can be a star if he stays healthy.

Joe (San Mateo)

Is it true that the Practice Squad routinely travels with the team during the season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

Some teams, yes, some no

Karyn (New Jersey)

What are the chances the 49ers acquire Josh Gordon?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

I'd say 30 percent.Deadline is Tuesday/

Luis Gamez (Porterville,Cali)

Is there a possibility we will see Aldon's return this season?

Bill Williamson
  (2:16 PM)

My opinion: Yes.

Patrick (Washington DC)

You say week 15 before the offense is back and healthy. Does that mean you don't anticipate Crabtree coming back before the Seattle game on Dec. 8th?

Bill Williamson
  (2:17 PM)

That's all a work in progress. But he won't be 100 percent when he returns. He will need some time.

Chris (Fresno)

Do you think that as Vance McDonald improves, the Niners might start playing Vernon more exclusively at WR?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

No. More double tights, I'd think.

Kristian (Wall Street, NY)

Where are the 49ers staying in London?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

ABout 20 miles out at a resort until tomorrow. Move downtown.

Ryan (Portland)

are the Seahawks officially the most hated team in SF now?

Bill Williamson
  (2:19 PM)

Them or the Dodgers.

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

Them or the Dodgers.

Lucas (Sacramento, CA)

Bill, what are the chances of seeing Manningham debut against the Jags. They?re considered a sub-par defense; wouldn't that make it ideal for his comeback?

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

Them or the Dodgers.

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

Them or the Dodgers.

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

I think they will wait until after the bye.

Geoff (Easton, PA)

How bad do you expect this game to be? What kind of score are you looking at for this one.....

Bill Williamson
  (2:20 PM)

34-10.

Nick (RI)

Are there any 49er fans in London? How is the team being received over there?

Bill Williamson
  (2:21 PM)

The British media loves it. The 49ers are being veyr gracious and very appreicative of being here.

Brian (Clovis)

Bill, what kind of impact do you think Eric Wright can have? Do you see somebody like Brock, Brown or Rogers being usurped by him?

Bill Williamson
  (2:22 PM)

He can be good, but the other three are playing really well.

Nick (Meriden, CT)

Who do you see as the biggest challenge in the playoffs if the team makes it in as a division leader? And is it different, due to match-ups, if they make it in as a wild card?

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

Seattle and New Orleans.

D-Dub (NorCal)

Why aren't the other SF receivers catching any balls?

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

They aren't very good?

Kristian (Wall Street, NY)

With so many injuries on the D line, any chance the Niners make a trade for a DT or DE?

Bill Williamson
  (2:24 PM)

Perhaps but those guys are playing through it.

CBrown (tahoe)

Share your excitement about Tank BW, he has talent to burn, but I'm more curious where he is due to see reps. What role does Harbs see him transitioning into? Be great if he turned into the second coming of cowboy, but not everyone can absorb those same responsibilities.

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

I think he can be a serious pass-rush threat. Very skilled.

D-Dub (NorCal)

Would you trade the SF D for the Houston D?

Bill Williamson
  (2:25 PM)

Nah, especialy with Cushing out.

Bingo_Kingo (Dirt Road, OR)

Speculation: 49ers and Seattle both finish 14-2. This would mean they split head to head and lost to the same opponent. Who would be NFCWest Champion and get home field advantage (As both teams would have also beaten New Orleans and SF has head to head vs GB)

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

Long list of tiebreakers/

Ken (SF)

If the Niners beat Seattle and both teams have the same record is tie breaker for the division record within the division? And if that's equal is it common opponents?

Bill Williamson
  (2:27 PM)

Division opponents os higher.

Scott (Rochester, NY)

Will the bye week off be enough of a break to heal all 3 DL starters?

Bill Williamson
  (2:28 PM)

Not heal, but help.

andy (ut)

how would west coast teams deal with playing in London if there were to be a franchise created there? Not like they could always have a bye week following a game...

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

Heck of a point. I can't see it working. It's a long way away.

Geoff (Easton, PA)

What do you expect this week against JAX? Think the team will sleep-walk through this one?

Bill Williamson
  (2:29 PM)

This team seems pretty focused. I'd be surprised if they are flat.

Joe (San Mateo)

Do you think the 49ers will activate anyone from PUP this week or wait until after the BYE

Bill Williamson
  (2:30 PM)

Probably wait on all of those guys.

Kristian (Wall Street, NY)

Do you know if Harbaugh and Alex Smith stay in touch?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

Good question. I'd say not on a regular basis.

Jackson Marsten (Olympic Valley, Ca)

I thought that Lawrence Okoye was cut in the preseason, when did he end up on the IR?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

After he was hurt in the third preseson game agaisnt Minnesota.

AndyLeeMVP (Chicago)

Do you think Quinton Patton will develop into a legitimate number 2 receiver?

Bill Williamson
  (2:31 PM)

Prob not this year, but maybe down road.

Bill Williamson
  (2:32 PM)

Great session. Talk to you enxt week. Enjoy Week 8.