Harbaugh pleased with 49er's offseason work 

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Depending on the subject matter, Jim Harbaugh quite often has either very much or very little to say.
Tuesday proved the former.

His post-practice media roundtable had the potential of running an hour long due to the amount of Harbaugh’s player praise. But the 49ers’ second-year coach simply didn’t have that kind of time.

“We could stand here and talk for a while about that,” Harbaugh said, who acknowledged everyone from 2011 playoff hero Vernon Davis to recent addition Perrish Cox for their neat practice play thus far. “But [we’re] really pleased with the way our guys are working right now.”

And premier tight end Davis, who will enter his seventh season with San Francisco, shares Harbaugh’s sentiments.

“We have a lot of players that are really good. But we must capitalize on what we have,” Davis said. “We can’t take it easy. We can’t be relaxed. Because the moment we do that, that moment we will fail.”

What the 49ers’ offense will have entering their 2012 campaign is a familiar offensive coordinator two years running, a luxury that had been lost on San Francisco seasons prior.

“A lot has been talked about a guy like Alex Smith not having the same coordinator and what’s that going to be like two years in a row,” Harbaugh said. “But that also goes true for Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and many other offensive players.”

While Harbaugh has called Davis’ offseason “outstanding,” he has said the same of the group that makes up his secondary, highlighting cornerbacks Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock and safety’s Donte Whitner and C.J. Spillman.

And in accordance with the defense, Aldon Smith, who set the franchise’s rookie sack record in 2011, has also been noticed.

“That’s somebody else who’s really rising fast,” Harbaugh said. “The same Aldon that we saw last season, and even better.”

But congratulatory banter aside, the 2011 NFL Coach of the Year looks to keep true to his goal of being “better today than we were yesterday, be better tomorrow than we were today.”

It’s a sound objective if the 49ers hope to contend with the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 9 at Lambeau Field. The Packers in some circles are favored to reach the Super Bowl. It’s a claim that some have also placed on San Francisco.

“It’s always good to have swagger, but we can’t get caught up in, ‘Oh, we’re favorites for the Super Bowl,’” Davis said. “Can’t worry about that. Can’t listen to that, because … that will come. We must take it one game at a time, one practice at a time. And just put everything together.”

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