SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss isn't the only one making a comeback after spending 2011 out of the NFL. So is Jeff Fisher, who coached Moss during the 2010 Tennessee Titans' 6-10 season.

Fisher returned this season to coach the St. Louis Rams, who bring a three-game losing streak into Sunday's game against Moss and the host 49ers.

"I had great respect for what Randy had accomplished throughout out his career, and I was very impressed with him in the short time there," Fisher recalled Wednesday on a conference call. "He was a tremendous teammate. He had a huge impact on our young receivers, with his work ethic, and how he practiced and how competitive he is."

In Moss' journeyman season of 2010, he bounced from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings to the Titans, where he tallied six catches for 80 yards in four games under Fisher.

Fisher figured correctly that Moss is a positive presence among the 49ers.

"Personally we all have felt an influence from Randy in terms of his practice habits and work ethic," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He's just a good guy to be around in the locker room and practice field."

Aside from his 13 receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns, Moss' willingness to block and share his vast knowledge have been well received. Quarterback Alex Smith called Moss a "great example" and cited Moss' attention to detail and endless curiosity about the 49ers' schemes.


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ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" will include a wide-ranging interview of Moss by hip-hop recording artist Lil Wayne. "It's more of understanding me and how I work," Moss told 49ers.com about the ESPN segment. "It was a blessing for a famous rapper, an icon, to come in and interview me. I'm very humble and very blessed to be able to do that."

Moss was not available for comment Wednesday during the local media's access period in the locker room.

  • Safety Dashon Goldson and linebacker Patrick Willis have come a long way since suiting up on the 49ers' scout team in the 2007 exhibition season. Willis isn't surprised by Goldson's steady rise. "There was no question in my mind he'd be a special player," Willis said. "I remember playing with him on the scout team and how he'd go after the ball and make tackles."

  • Willis wasn't offended that President Barack Obama, on "Monday Night Football," said the Chicago Bears have the league's best defense. "He's our president, so you can't say who he thinks should be No. 1," Willis reasoned.





  • The 49ers are not talking about their current plight as the NFC's would-be No. 3 seed in the playoffs behind the Atlanta Falcons (8-0) and Bears (7-1), according to cornerback Carlos Rogers. "Where we fall in the playoffs is where we fall," Rogers said. "It doesn't matter."

  • Regarding his tight-lipped news conferences on Mondays and Wednesdays, Harbaugh said he's not always at his most confident state. "It's not a great time to be talking as a coach," Harbaugh said. "You're worried, nervous, formulating how we're going to get this done."

  • Harbaugh is encouraged by what he's seen from this year's draft class, none of whom has played a snap other than safety Trenton Robinson in the first three games. "We tell them to work hard, have a good attitude," Harbaugh said. "They'll get their opportunity."

    Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, the 49ers' top picks, haven't cracked the game-day lineup because "we have 53 healthy guys and you can dress 46 on game days," Harbaugh said.