“In St. Louis, the mentality was we always looked up to the 49ers as the staple of the NFC West. They had the target on their back, the 49ers did, and we were out there gunning for it,” said Craig Dahl. After Dahl told reporters today about how the 49ers were tipping what they planned to do on offense, and that’s why the Rams played the 49ers so well last year, Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan said Dahl’s former team would be gunning for him.

The Seahawks are the 49ers’ chief rivals, but that gap closed a little today thanks to comments from Finnegan, who once came in third in a poll of the players that asked them to name the dirtiest player in the NFL. Here are the comments from Dahl that sparked Finnegan’s outrage.

“We had a few tips off of film that we were able to differentiate between run and pass early. So that kind of gave us an added benefit on defense … It was a few different things. Some different personnel and alignment stuff really were the big keys, as far as our giveaways.

“It’s stuff that’s been corrected. It’s just them discussing what kind of things we prepared for when I was in St. Louis last year, as far as scouting and different things we saw game-planning against the 49ers’ offense. Kind of working with the offensive coaches on that aspect, and also kind of giving them tips and tendencies on their offense.

“It’s been addressed and corrected. They knew most of it before I even got here, and it’s re-confirming. It’s just on-going, self-studying and self-scouting stuff. Got that cleared up, too.

“It was something that had been brought forth initially by the (Rams) coaches, but more study as players in game situations proved it to be true.”