The 2012 S.F. 49ers (as of this moment)

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The 2012 S.F. 49ers (as of this moment)

If the season were to start today (and, yes, we're well aware it does not), this is how the 49ers' starting lineup with look:

OFFENSE
QB -- Colin Kaepernick
(Still waiting for that Alex Smith signing; Scott Tolzien is the only other QB on the roster.)
RB -- Frank Gore
(Kendall Hunter is the change-of-pace back; and the 49ers continue to look for competition for Anthony Dixon.)
FB -- Bruce Miller
WR -- Michael Crabtree
WR -- Randy Moss
Slot -- Kyle Williams
(Team has already brought in Chaz Schilens and Brandon Lloyd for visits, and now they're showing some interest in free agents Laurent Robinson and Mario Manningham, according to Sac Bee and ESPN reports.)
TE -- Vernon Davis
(Delanie Walker remains with a vital role as the No. 2 tight end.)
LT -- Joe Staley
LG -- Mike Iupati
C -- Jonathan Goodwin
RG -- Daniel Kilgore
RT -- Anthony Davis
(Alex Boone is the top backup swing tackle; Adam Snyder is taking a free-agent visit to the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday; Leonard Davis, who could sign Wednesday as a free agent, would enter the mix with Daniel Kilgore at guard; and Mike Person and Chase Beeler fight it out to back up Goodwin.)DEFENSE
LDE -- Ray McDonald
NT -- Isaac Sopoaga
RDE -- Justin Smith
(Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs and Ian Williams are the backups here.)
LOLB -- Ahmad Brooks
ILB -- Patrick Willis
ILB -- NaVorro Bowman
ROLB -- Aldon Smith
(Smith takes over for Parys Haralson as a starter, and the 49ers must determine if they want to bring back Haralson at his 2.75 million salary; Tavares Gooden is the backup on the inside with Larry Grant's future as a restricted fee agent yet to be determined.
LCB -- Carlos Rogers
RCB -- Tarell Brown
Third CB -- Chris Culliver
(Tramaine Brock fights for a backup role, along with long shots Curtis Holcomb and Perrish Cox; the 49ers gave veteran Shawntae Spencer permission to seek a trade, and his status has yet to be resolved.)
FS -- Dashon Goldson
SS -- Donte Whitner
(C.J. Spillman is signed to spearhead special teams while also filling role as a backup)

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.