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January 18, 2012
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Football: No-name secondary turns to 49ers gold

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)-The change in the San Francisco 49ers' attitude this season might be most evident when the defensive backs gather in a team meeting room each week to watch the highlight video from the previous game.

Secondary coach Ed Donatell counts and compares the number of "domination hits" in a fierce and friendly competition among players. The challenge is for each to deliver at least one crushing-but legal-blow on an opponent every game.

"We're not really trying to hurt people," safety Donte Whitner said. "But when we play physical, people get hurt."

The hard-hitting, ball-hawking secondary has created …

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