The new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara is under construction, much like the team’s game plan this weekend versus the Arizona Cardinals.
The mediocre-at-best Cardinals may have a 5 – 10 record, but coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick say this is no time to slack off.
“This week we’re trying to get a win, that’s the only thing we’re focused on right now,” Kaepernick told FOX40 on Wednesday.
After getting slapped around in Seattle, the 49ers are warming up for the last game of the regular season against a team looking to play the role of spoiler.
“We know what they’re capable of. Sometimes in a game like this, anything goes and their mindset will be to win the game,” Harbaugh said. The team needs this win to claim the NFC West title.
Nose tackle and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois says he expects the Cardinals to play Houdini to try and stop them, “They give you every challenge in the book that they want, just because they’re not in the playoffs. That’s the biggest thing, you gotta worry about a team that’s got nothing to lose, so they can come out with every trick play.”
With wide receiver Mario Manningham out for the season with a knee injury and tight end Vernon Davis questionable following a concussion against Seattle Sunday, Harbaugh is looking at the team’s youngest players to fill the gaps.
“AJ will step up, we’ll look at a couple of other options at receiver, but that group will have to step up,” Harbaugh said.
Sunday’s game will be the first action rookie, first round, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins will see this season and he’s got a simple plan to start.
“Hopefully I get that first catch this weekend,” Jenkins said.
The star out of Illinois says sitting on the bench has been a new role for him, but he’s learned from it. “I’m willing to learn from like Randy Moss and Crabtree, so I’m not really looking at it like ‘I’m not playing, I’m not good’ – I mean I’m learning from the best in the game, so I’m cool with that,” said Jenkins.
After a demoralizing loss in Seattle, running back Frank Gore sums up the 49ers desire best.
“We upset about last week and we got to win, you know?” Gore told FOX40.