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Glenn Dorsey emerges as force on 49ers' defensive line

  • In this Nov. 17, 2013, photo, San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (90) sits on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Dorsey has quickly emerged as a stabilizing force on San Francisco's dominant, imposing defensive line. For a sixth-year veteran who arrived uncertain of landing a starting job, Dorsey quietly went about his job until called upon to take a larger role. San Francisco is counting on Dorsey to help put the pressure on again Sunday when the playoff-bound Seahawks come to town. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

He just smiles and acknowledges he doesn't mind the underdog status. Dorsey hardly generates the fanfare of the big playmakers alongside him like Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith or Justin Smith, and that's just fine by him.

"I really do, I prefer it that way," Dorsey said. "We have a lot of players on the front line that play well. We complement each other. You just can't key in and focus on one guy. Everybody across the line plays well."

When Dorsey took over in that 29-3 loss at Seattle on Sept. 15, he had one of four sacks against Russell Wilson, Dorsey's first with the 49ers.

San Francisco is counting on him to put the pressure on again Sunday when the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-1) come to Candlestick Park trying to clinch the NFC West from the two-time reigning division champions. At 8-4, San Francisco is playing for its own playoff positioning.

Often doing his own thing with headphones on as he makes his way around the locker room and team facility, Dorsey enjoys all of the different personalities on this defense.

It didn't take long for him to earn the respect of his new teammates. This marks the 28-year-old Dorsey's first time switching teams after spending his initial five seasons with the Chiefs.

"When he does talk, it's well thought out. It's very insightful," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Kind of deep. But he's a good guy. Around the team, there's no drama. He avoids drama, but he's extremely competitive and strong. Good worker every day in practice. Sometimes you've got to take him out because he wants to keep playing."

Williams went down on a cut block by J.R. Sweezy. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll defended his player and said it's still in the playbook.

"It is a legal play," Carroll said. "There was nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, he got hurt, but there may come a time with all the safety issues that the competition committee frowns upon it."

So, how does Dorsey avoid a similar fate?


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