Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/12
The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to play a 3-5 St. Louis Rams team with a battered offensive line and an aging running back, Steven Jackson. Still, to hear 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh tell it, he's not overconfident heading into the Sunday game to Candlestick Park. "They present all kind of problems along the (defensive) front, the linebackers. (They are) very good in the secondary," Harbaugh said of the Rams. "You're worried, you're nervous." While he didn't say it, Harbaugh also might be concerned about circumstances. This is only the second game the 49ers will play in 24 days. Rust could be a factor, as could the looming Monday night game against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 19. The Rams also present legitimate problems. They added speed in their wide receiver corps. Quarterback Sam Bradford is a natural thrower, and the team became tougher with the additions of cornerback Cortland Finnegan and guard Harvey Dahl. Both players are known for rough tactics, and they specialize in getting opposing players out of their game. In fact, the Rams' current state is similar to where the 49ers were a couple of years ago. Bradford's development has been stunted by rotating offensive coordinators, a lack of receiving weapons and a porous offensive line. Now with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the Rams have a familiar offense -- one that is best on shifts and motions and a variety of personnel groups. St. Louis just isn't as advanced as the 49ers because Schottenheimer is in his first year teaching the offense. The Rams also will be playing with an edge and a little desperation. They need a win to stay alive in the NFC West, and they are eager to forget the 45-7 thrashing they received from the New England Patriots in London on Oct. 28 in their most recent game. It's no wonder Harbaugh is nervous.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brewers describe Shohei Ohtani’s fastball as firm but flat

AL Central Notes: Santiago's screwball; Merritt out of options

Virginia stifles Pitt to record-tying worst half

Steve Kerr supports pay for college athletes

Jets not preparing to “wildly overspend” for Kirk Cousins

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Arizona's Sean Miller will not coach Saturday night against Oregon

Trade Deadline Notes: Sharks buying and selling; Interest in McDonagh grows

Oh no, Geno Smith is now a flat Earth truther

Lonzo Ball: Everybody knows college players get paid

Mark Emmert suggests college basketball needs big changes

Report: Bills attempted to trade for Steelers' Martavis Bryant

Mr. T gives pep talk to US curling team ahead of gold-medal match

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cuban forced to face culture of misogyny in Mavs front office

The 'Let’s play QB roulette' quiz

NHL Weekender: Playoff races heat up as trade deadline looms

14 NBA X-factors who will tip the scales in the postseason

MLB breakout candidates for the 2018 season

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

NFL players who could be traded before draft

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cuban forced to face culture of misogyny in Mavs front office

MLB breakout candidates for the 2018 season

The 'Let’s play QB roulette' quiz

NHL Weekender: Playoff races heat up as trade deadline looms

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

The 'Kawhi so serious?' quiz

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

25 best MLB players under 25

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker