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Harbaugh wants Phil Dawson back with 49ers next year


San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t taking the consistency of kicker Phil Dawson for granted.

After suffering the struggles of David Akers a season ago, Harbaugh is thrilled with the job Dawson has done for the team this season.

However, Dawson was only signed to a one-year deal this season. It led Harbaugh to make a public plea for Dawson to stick with the team beyond this season.

“Phil, stay beyond this season, please,” he said Monday, via Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ve been remiss asking him to do that. Let me officially ask him to stay beyond this season.”

While the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl last season, the kicking situation was a problem that could have kept them from winning the NFC. Akers made just 29 of his 42 field goals for the 49ers in the regular season last year and the team brought in Bily Cundiff to compete for the job.

Akers did convert all three attempts in the Super Bowl and was 4 for 5 in the playoffs, but the 49ers signed Dawson this season with the hope it would fix the issues of a season ago.

Dawson has been a model of consistency for San Francisco this year. He’s converted 27 of 30 field goals on the year and is a perfect 38 for 38 on point after attempts.

“Twenty-four straight field goals — he has been a top-notch guy on the team from the day he got here, a real football player in every sense of the word. That doesn’t always get affixed to kickers and punters, but Phil is that kind of teammate. . . . A-plus-plus. Very happy with Phil,” Harbaugh said.

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7 Responses to “Harbaugh wants Phil Dawson back with 49ers next year”
  1. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Dec 18, 2013 2:47 AM

    We miss him in Cleveland!!! As soon as he made the Pro Bowl we released him… and we lost last week by missing a fg at the end that he would have made.

    Good Luck Phil!

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 18, 2013 3:01 AM

    I’m a 9er diehard but wow is this some pathetic begging. C’mon Jim he’s a good K but are you really gonna give him huge leverage and overpay for him when we have real football players like Iupati and Crabtree and Kaep, etc to extend??

  3. smartanis says: Dec 18, 2013 3:38 AM

    Apparently Harbaugh has adapted the “eBay feedback” system of grading his players.

  4. garyzx7r says: Dec 18, 2013 8:25 AM

    Miss him in Cleveland!

  5. dkdawg says: Dec 18, 2013 8:31 AM

    Dawson is very much missed in Cleveland

  6. beastmode5150 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    Heard harbaugh also call kap “A++” so you can’t really take that as a compliment Phil.

  7. sweded775 says: Dec 18, 2013 12:06 PM

    @meatcarroll And thats why you are not the coach for a professional team or an assistant in college for that matter haha….. but HEY! We can take all that passion and donate money to the billboard fund!!!! OOOh and anything that goes over 7 Grand can go to literacy programs that teach kids how to count to 5 …! Goodtimes.
    back to work……………

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