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Transcript: Harbaugh is proud of the 49ers defense, not taking Tampa Bay lightly

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Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday afternoon. Here is a modified transcript of his 18-minute presser:

On the challenge ahead against the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers:

"Every game is a challenge. Every game is a big task. Tampa Bay is playing extremely good football right now. Following out the last month. We're in the process right now and making our bodies feel better as well as coaches that are game planning."

On the 51-yard run by Frank Gore:

"It was one of the biggest holes he had to run through. Everybody got their blocks from [Joe] Staley, [Adam] Snyder, [Jonathan] Goodwin and [Alex] Boone got up on the second level as a shield. Frank Gore did a great job of making [Seahawks safety Earl] Thomas miss in a long run."

On the Candlestick Park Crowd:

"I thought [they were] outstanding. It shows what you can do if you put your mind to something. It was great support and a great atmosphere. I thought the energy was great. Our fans are great because they know football. They know what's at stake and it was great to have their support."

On being able to watch film after a close, but satisfying win:

"These games feel good as we were having a lot of fun out there. It's a grind for our players. You allow yourself after the game, because there's no finer hours than the hours spent after a game where your team came together and won the football game. They accomplished the mission and goal as those are wonderful hours."

On the outlook of the 49ers schedule approach moving forward:

"We want to win the next game and win games in December. Those games count as much as any games do, but we [need] to win. [Former Oakland Raiders owner] Al Davis said it as well as it could never be said in 'just win.' Those are our intentions."

On the Special teams:

"They've been on a roll and are consistently good every week making plays. From the blocked punt that put points on the board and Phil [Dawson] who also put points on the board. I understand he broke a record for the 49ers [on 20 consecutive field goals made]. Congratulations to him for that."

"Three guys stood out besides Phil [Dawson]: Kassim [Osgood] who had two tackles and a blocked punt, Bubba Ventrone who had four tackles and C.J. Spillman. Those guys really shined.

On the illegal batting penalty:

"It's not a loss of down penalty like kicking the ball. It was either we take the penalty and re-punt or take the play."

"It is odd you could benefit from a foul and no one wants that. They need to treat it like the ball was kicked, which would be a loss of downs. It's up to the committee to decide on that.

On Bubba Ventrone:

"He plays fast and he runs fast. He's been doing that extremely well, penetrating on kickoffs."

"He is smart and physical on the punt and is our punt protector. He plays with a lot of energy and effort. He is a shining star in that regard. Blake Costanzo is a great special teams player as he was for us [in 2011]. Those type of players add a lot to your team. We're thrilled to have him. He's been a joy to be around every single day."

On Kassim Osgood:

"He is a wonderful teammate. From bouncing his step he has pzazz and 'umph'."

On Michael Crabtree's impact for the game:

"It was good as he made some phenomenal catches. One was only a four yard gain. He is someone who Colin [Kaepernick] has confidence in. He was motivated for the game."

"There was even a point where he turned around at one point, wondering 'what can I do to get the ball'."

On the defense:

"It's an accomplishment [with how we played]. Seattle has an outstanding offense. They have a scheme and stay true it, executing it very well. There are a lot of ways they move up and score points."

"Our defense played really good team defense. It's an accomplishment to hold them to 17 points. I don't know if there's one guy who gets the game ball. No one played bad and it was a great team effort."

On Marcus Lattimore after seeing him practice for 21 days before going on the injured reserve:

"He grew in confidence from being able to turn his feet over and put his foot in the ground as well as running behind his pads. I thought each week he got better. He'll be excited about having that time [of practicing with the team]. This offseason, he'll get better and stronger and more confident with time. I thought it was very positive [from him]."

On how Michael Crabtree affects the coverage by opposing defenses:

"There are quite a few times Anquan Boldin has been doubled in the game. Michael Crabtree has shown what he can do since coming back. It's another high level guy that can be accounted for."

On wearing cleats:

"First thing that prompted it was the scuffle in Tennessee [against the Titans. [I like that there is] no traction. In the two games against the Saints and Panthers, I didn't wear them. I also wear them because we've won every time I'v worn the cleats. There was a time I was superstitious about not being superstitious, now I'm suddenly superstitious about it."

On former Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame:

"Only a few people understand things like Tony La Russa. He gets it. He's been a great mentor with great advice."

"I heard there was a rumor he might be elected and there's no one more deserving than Tony La Russa. He is in our corner and it feels great to have someone like him to call and get advice from."


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