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


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.