View from the trenches: how 49ers can beat Saints

SANTA CLARA — To continue its playoff coverage, The Press Democrat sat down with a member of the current 49ers organization to break down the upcoming matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Which member of the organization, you ask? The most observant, the most well-spoken Niner there is.

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It's not a coach, though. Jim Harbaugh and his guys aren't exactly eager to talk strategy and matchups with the media.

No, it's backup defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois — the man with the largest, most interesting perspective on the team.

He's patient and thoughtful like an offensive lineman, and he was eager to answer questions about Saturday's key matchups.

Here's what he said.

And for your enjoyment, keep in mind while you read that Jean Francois sounds like a southern James Earl Jones.

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