SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Former San Francisco 49ers safety Michael Lewis says he’s doing everything he can to help his new teammates prepare for Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers say they’re not too concerned.
Lewis, who was granted his release from the 49ers on Oct. 4, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he’s discussed tendencies and looks the Rams can expect to see from the Niners’ defense. Lewis started 50 consecutive games for the team from 2007 until Week 3 this season.
“We’re trying to win the game,” Lewis said. “So whatever we need to do – we need to do to win the game.
“The coaching staff, they've done a great job of doing their homework on the 49ers. And that's pretty much all I'll say.”
Lewis is expected to suit up for the first time since signing with the Rams, but the 49ers say they don’t think he can reveal too much information.
“I don’t think that’s going to be a big deal this week,” said offensive coordinator Mike Johnson. “I think he knows some of the things that we’ve done, but if you look at some of the things that we’re doing now, they’re a little bit different than what he saw when he was here. I don’t think he can tell them enough about our offense to make a difference in what they do or to counter attack us in that way.”
Still, Lewis believes he has a lot to offer his new team.
“Of course, because I was the starting strong safety there,” he said. “I pretty much know the defense.”
Rams running back Steven Jackson said: “Yeah, he's helped me out a little bit. I won't share it with you guys, but he's definitely told me some things that (the 49ers) feel when they get ready to face us — in particular me, myself — how they would like to approach the game plan and things like that. So, it has helped a little bit. And now it's up to me to make sure that I take advantage of the news he's given me.”
Niners linebacker Takeo Spikes shrugged off the suggestion that Lewis could offer much assistance to his team.
“You always worry about something like that,” he said, “but at the end of the day, everybody’s got a tell so everybody’s got a tendency. You’ve still got to stop them. That’s the bottom line. It’ll turn out the way it’s supposed to turn out.”
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