Found September 13, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The 49ers have only played one game and already there's a controversy in the locker room. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman said on "Takeaway Thursdays," where the defense emphasizes interceptions and fumbles, that the defense can create seven or eight in one afternoon. Quarterback Alex Smith, who just beat Steve Young's record with 185 straight completions without an interception, said that might be an exaggeration. Nevertheless, "Takeaway Thursdays" may be part of the reason why the 49ers were so stingy giving up the ball and so profligate in creating turnovers last year. Their plus-28 turnover ratio was tops in the league and ranked tied for second in league history. So far this season, the 49ers are plus-1 in turnover ratio. Bowman's fourth-quarter interception of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the turning point in the 49ers' 30-22 victory last Sunday. Meanwhile, the offense is on a streak of 26 straight quarters without committing a turn...

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