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Fisher downplays debriefing of Dahl

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49ers safety Craig Dahl made a bit of a stir on Wednesday, telling the San Fran media that the Rams held their own against the Niners last year in part because the 49ers were tipping plays based on their personnel and formations.

The incident, which is far more embarrassing for the 49ers than the Rams, triggered some strong Twitter comments from St. Louis cornerback Cortland Finnegan.  On Thursday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher downplayed the whole thing.

“You know, I heard a little bit about it,” Fisher said, via quotes distributed by the team.  “First off, any time a player that’s involved in the system changes addresses, there’s always going to be some sort of debriefing.  That always happens, so that’s not unusual.  I heard the guys were kind of joking back and forth, but that’s how they are.”

The back-and-forth refers presumably to the Finnegan tweets.  Again, Fisher saw nothing significant about it.

“I really didn’t pay attention,” Fisher said.  “They have respect for each other because they played well in a very productive defense together.”

Fisher will be paying far more attention to what his players do now that their post-OTA break has begun.  With six weeks before training camp, players left to their own devices can find trouble or harm or both.

“They know that they’ll be tested when they return, so there’s an incentive to stay in shape,” Fisher said.  “They’re going to get their workout package.  They’re going to get the list of reminders.  You know, all those things associated with summer.  It’s the four wheelers and the wave runners, all those things because strange things happen out there and, most of the time, they’re accidental and then to make sure that you’re taking of your body and making good decisions.”

The good decisions include taking a Sharpie pen and writing on their forearms the 800 number to call if there’s any doubt about the player’s ability to drive home from wherever he has been drinking.  We’re not saying Fisher did that; we’re saying the players should do it themselves.

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17 Responses to “Fisher downplays debriefing of Dahl”
  1. gtorlone says: Jun 13, 2013 4:26 PM

    Hypothetically, lets say the 49ers win the Super Bowl this season. At no point thereafter will anyone associated with the organization savior the day they signed Craig Dahl.

  2. beavertonsteve says: Jun 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    Every team grills their free agent signees for intel. Heck, I wouldn’t be surpised if Fisher didn’t ask Takeo Spikes about his time with SF.

    Finnegan is mad because Dahl made the whole thing public in a way that seemed to make it seem like that was the only reason the Rams played well vs the Niners. If Dahl would have just kept the whole thing behind closed doors nobody would have really cared.

  3. computojon says: Jun 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the 49ers signed Dahl temporarily so that they could get some behind-the-scenes info on the Rams, a team that the Niners couldn’t beat in 10 quarters last year.

    But if you follow the Rams like I do, you already know that Dahl won’t make the 49ers’ 53-man roster under any circumstances.

  4. michaeljacksonisback says: Jun 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    Craig Doll is horrible in coverage.

  5. nineroutsider says: Jun 13, 2013 5:25 PM

    @beavertonsteve – Good point…Dahl had no reason to make it public. It doesn’t help anyone to do so. The 9ers don’t need that extra attention.

    The Rams defense owned the 9ers O last season and it wasn’t just knowing whether it was run or pass. Their players made good plays and the 9ers made a lot of mistakes, including coaching mistakes.

    I expect a different outcome this year, but I respect Fisher a lot. The Rams are capable of playing like they did against the 9ers (the entire NFC West really) all the time; they’re getting better too. This division will be tough as every team will be better than they were last year.

  6. hackphx says: Jun 13, 2013 5:59 PM

    Larry Fisher is a class act. If Finnegan is a serious problem he’ll handle it. My guess this is two teammates talking smack and has been blown out of proportion by the press taking it too literally.

  7. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:00 PM

    I respect Fisher as a coach but for those Titans fans out there……8-8 is his M.O. He always fields a competitive and focused team but they never seem to get over that hump. In a way he’s a lot like Marty Schottenheimer.

  8. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:00 PM

    *meant Titans fans will back me on this

  9. schmitty2 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:06 PM

    IMO I don’t think it matters one way or the other. The Ram’s D is tough any way you swing it but it still seems odd that Dahl would make it public

  10. jprcox says: Jun 13, 2013 6:39 PM

    Rams allowed 9 games with 20 pts and over – a few 30+, so how is that you say Rams D is “tough”?

    Hey I think the Rams look great this year, but lets not fool ourselves that the Rams D was considered top-tier. Nor where they “bad”, but just middle of the pack – they were ranked “14th” in the NFL last season.

  11. stlunatik says: Jun 13, 2013 6:51 PM

    Craig Dull is still a bum

  12. hendeeze says: Jun 13, 2013 6:58 PM

    beavertonsteve says:
    Jun 13, 2013 4:51 PM

    Finnegan is mad because Dahl made the whole thing public in a way that seemed to make it seem like that was the only reason the Rams played well vs the Niners.
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    Than maybe Cortland should not have responded the way he did, reaffirming that idea. Because hey if it didn’t help, why would he be so upset by it? Now I see it as, the Rams merely took advantage of parlor tricks, yet still barely eeking out a win and a tie. That’s pretty embarrassing for a team to know what the other is doing thus having an advantage, yet still managed to nearly lose 2x. Embarrassing,

  13. thefox61 says: Jun 13, 2013 7:57 PM

    “The good decisions include taking a Sharpie pen and writing on their forearms the 800 number to call if there’s any doubt about the player’s ability to drive home from wherever he has been drinking.”

    The league should have it tattooed on the back of their hands.

  14. garyhd01 says: Jun 13, 2013 7:59 PM

    the rams were 14th in points allowed and 14th in yards allowed but 1st in sacks and when combined I believe they were 12th overall and considering they played sf and sea twice plus brady Stafford rogers, and Adrian Peterson coming in the top half is a serious plus and they should be better this year and on the field less if the offense can hold and move the ball. as for craig dahl the rams don’t need to worry about him although they should hope he plays against us that would be money for the rams

  15. schmitty2 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:29 PM

    Hey jprcox, yes the Ram’s d is tough. Assuming your a Niner fan do you not recall the games they played each other. And also the rams had 14 more sacks and 3 more ints than the Niners.

  16. iced107 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:16 AM

    sampsonswag01 says:
    Jun 13, 2013 6:00 PM
    I respect Fisher as a coach but for those Titans fans out there……8-8 is his M.O. He always fields a competitive and focused team but they never seem to get over that hump. In a way he’s a lot like Marty Schottenheimer.

    *meant Titans fans will back me on this
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    Well, you’re just gonna have to follow what bud adams says – like it or not. The jerry jones of the AFC south

  17. iced107 says: Jun 14, 2013 12:17 AM

    Than maybe Cortland should not have responded the way he did, reaffirming that idea. Because hey if it didn’t help, why would he be so upset by it? Now I see it as, the Rams merely took advantage of parlor tricks, yet still barely eeking out a win and a tie. That’s pretty embarrassing for a team to know what the other is doing thus having an advantage, yet still managed to nearly lose 2x. Embarrassing,

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    Not nearly as embarrassing as owning up to the fact that the Niners were outplayed in 10 quarters of football…

    But hey, whatever helps you sleep at night.

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