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Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kicker

San Francisco 49ers' Akers reacts after a missed field goal during their NFL football game against Arizona Cardinals in San Francisco Reuters

The 49ers sent both their kickers to Candlestick Park Monday, to continue the competition that will determine who kicks against the Packers Saturday.

And while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he had a hunch which way he was leaning, he didn’t divulge which way it was.

“We have a leader in the clubhouse and we’ll see that goes today and tomorrow,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “It’s good competition and we’re working through it.”

Akers’ struggles (29-of-42 on field goals this season) caused them to sign veteran Billy Cundiff, who hasn’t been Mr. Automatic in the playoffs himself.

Harbaugh said his “leader in the clubhouse” was based on two practices last week, and said both will likely remain on the 53-man roster.

“We have some other issues that need to be fixed, too,” Harbaugh said. “We got to shore up our protection. That needs to be better. We’ve had too much penetration. We’ve had extra points tipped. We got split at the wing. There has to be an understanding that that needs to improve as well. We’ve been working on it.”

Either way, the 49ers have to hope it doesn’t come down to a late kick, because it’s hard to have that much trust in either right now.

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13 Responses to “Harbaugh says there’s a “leader in the clubhouse” at kicker”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jan 7, 2013 3:38 PM

    Yea. David Akers leads the league in missed field goals.

    And if GB is going to win Saturday Rodgers needs to to win it, because Mason Crosby can’t be trusted either.

  2. waxthat says: Jan 7, 2013 3:50 PM

    I’m sure the Packers don’t want it to come down to a late kick either

  3. bucrightoff says: Jan 7, 2013 3:53 PM

    I fully expect Mr. Arrogance himself to be the one kicking on Saturday.

  4. himey9er says: Jan 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    Special teams cost us our shot last year. I hope that isn’t the case again this year.

  5. fuglyflorio says: Jan 7, 2013 4:06 PM

    Harbaugh can’t even handle this issue with class. He’s always the sneering schoolyard bully.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 7, 2013 4:08 PM

    Should have signed Nate Kaeding, but Harbaugh didn’t think of it himself so it wasn’t a good idea.

  7. sjs5y7 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:17 PM

    Is it my mistake, or was Billy Cundiff on the Ravens last year and missed his fair share of field goals too?

    More power to a team that can see a kicker as a leader…

  8. vancouvernfl says: Jan 7, 2013 4:19 PM

    Kaeding injured

  9. DubZ480 says: Jan 7, 2013 4:50 PM

    Ask any eagles fan and they will tell you Akers cannot be trusted. He is too hot and cold. Will go down as one of the greats, but when he is cold dude is sub zero.

  10. drstrangehawk says: Jan 7, 2013 5:29 PM

    San Fran and GB can, and should, beat the snot out of each other. Either kicker works for me. Don’t really care one way or the other about the outcome of this game… the Seahawks will take the NFC title and the SB.

  11. walmatt says: Jan 7, 2013 6:59 PM

    How about Ray Wersching

  12. ehsguy72 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:11 PM

    San Fran and GB can, and should, beat the snot out of each other. Either kicker works for me. Don’t really care one way or the other about the outcome of this game… the Seahawks will take the NFC title and the SB.

    How’s your kicker looking lately genius?

  13. discosucs2005 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:11 AM

    Can the Niners and Packers just agree no field goals?

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