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08:03 AM ET 11.21 | The 49ers tend to bring out the worst in their opponents, including the Lions earlier this season and, most recently, the Cardinals, whose defensive coordinator derided an effective tight-end shift as "cute." The derision provided trash-talk material for at least one 49er. On a 4th-and-short play Sunday, left tackle Joe Staley said he heard the Cardinals warning each other: "Watch out for those shifts." Staley said he taunted them by cooing sarcastically: "Yea, watch for those cute things." When the teams got into their stance, he said, "I was still going: 'Here comes something cute.' Then we passed for the first down, and I was saying: 'Aw, that's so cute.'"

San Francisco Chronicle

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November 21, 2011  08:07 AM ET

Cute story.

November 21, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Nothing cute about that pic.

November 21, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Horses are cute, too.

November 21, 2011  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Horses are cute, too.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Jim.

November 21, 2011  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,And no one can talk to a horse of courseThat is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Jim.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

November 21, 2011  08:41 AM ET

A cuteness rubs off in the playoffs, so enjoy your time in the sun, Mr Ed!!!

November 21, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Not sure I was comfortable reading this...

November 21, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Staley sounds like a Goof ball.

November 21, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Staley sounds like a Goof ball.

Cardinals DC sounds like a knot head.

November 21, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cardinals DC sounds like a knot head.

Demarco didn't look like himself yesterday. As long as he keeps getting 20+ carries and Felix rides the pine until some 3rd down opportunities, I'm still good with the results.

November 21, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Demarco didn't look like himself yesterday. As long as he keeps getting 20+ carries and Felix rides the pine until some 3rd down opportunities, I'm still good with the results.

Redskins LB's were excellent yesterday. Filled the running lanes all afternoon and kept DeMarco in check.

Murray will remain the starter. I'm not worried about that.

November 21, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Read this twice and I'm asking myself why did I even read it once..SMDH

November 21, 2011  09:41 AM ET

That punch thrown by Dashon Gholson was pointless....all you're doing is potentially breaking your wrist, dummy!

November 21, 2011  09:44 AM ET

Then we passed for the first down, and I was saying: 'Aw, that's so cute.'"

Cute should not be used in a football thread unless it refers to Cheerleaders.

November 21, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Then we passed for the first down...REPLAY!
35 yd completion....REPLAY!

November 21, 2011  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cardinals DC sounds like a knot head.

Sour grapes from the Cardinals? Maybe Arizona is whine country...

November 21, 2011  10:06 AM ET

Can't wait for someone to punch the Niners in the mouth and shut them up...won't have to wait long...it will be this Thursday night in Charm City.

November 21, 2011  10:06 AM ET

Cute. But with a one loss season so far.

Nothing cute about that.

November 21, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Wow. I've lost a lot of respect for both teams if that's the level of their trash talking.

 
November 21, 2011  10:24 AM ET

I'm not sure blocking Haloti Ngata is going to be cute on Thursday

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