49ers D-coordinator doesn’t mind giving up high completion rating — plus notes on NaVorro Bowman, Reuben Foster

49ers Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh wasn’t thrilled that his group allowed the Minnesota Vikings to complete 35 of 47 pass attempts in the third preseason game on Sunday.

But he wasn’t angry about it, either.

“We like our guys to compete a little bit more on some of those comebacks. But the little five-yard throws is not going to kill us,” Saleh said. “That’s the design of the defense.”

He compared the simplicity of his scheme to that of the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars — all of which also run base defenses with little variation.

“It still comes down to running and hitting and playing with great vision and being violent on the football field,” Saleh said.

Bowman’s spot seems safe

There was some speculation that veteran NaVorro Bowman would be cut before the season starts so the 49ers could shed his salary.

It might still happen, because this is the NFL, but if you take Saleh’s words at face value, it seems highly unlikely.

“Every day [Bowman] impresses me,” the D-coordinator said. “The way he works, the way he takes care of his body, the way he operates day-to-day. There’s a reason why he is who he is and the reason why he’s had so much success.”

College rivalries don’t die

Tank Carradine and Reuben Foster have neighboring lockers. Carradine went to Florida State, and Foster is a former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

With their two alma maters scheduled for a big-time college football game this weekend, the two heavy hitters for the 49ers have a wager: Whoever loses has to wear the other team’s gear.

Carradine already had the FSU polo he wanted Foster to wear in his locker.

Foster wasn’t as prepared but promised that Carradine would be wearing an entire Alabama uniform if his team is to win.

Just goes to show that nothing endures in sports quite like allegiances to your university.

Contact Examiner Sports Editor Jacob C. Palmer at jpalmer@sfexaminer.com or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

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