49ers defense needs help from NFL draft

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49ers defense needs help from NFL draft

Feb. 26, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comINDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers can be expected to invest draft picks to shore up the league's 24th-ranked pass defense.Matt Bowen of National Football Post told us Friday that he likes LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson as a potential No. 7 overall pick.
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And if the 49ers try to bolster their pass rush early in the draft, Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller would be a logical choice, said NFP's director of college scouting Wes Bunting.Bunting said there is a good chance Miller will be available for the 49ers. But the Arizona Cardinals, picking at No. 6, are also a possible destination for Miller, who recorded 27.5 sacks his final two seasons at A&M.With approximately half of the teams in the NFL now playing 3-4 defenses, a player such as Miller has more widespread appeal."Now guys like Von Miller are in the discussion for the seventh overall pick," Bunting said. "So it forces teams to take these hybrid players a lot higher than they typically would."If the 49ers look to fill a need at outside linebacker after the first round, Bunting identified Dontay Moch (Nevada) and Steven Friday (Virginia Tech) as possible targets.Two defensive linemen who could warrant some consideration at No. 7 overall are Marcell Dareus (Alabama) and Cameron Jordan (Cal). Jordan is considered the better pass rusher of the two. Christian Ballard (Iowa) might be worth the 49ers considering in the second- and third-round range, Bunting said.With veteran Aubrayo Franklin scheduled for free agency, the 49ers have nose tackle on their wish list, too. Bunting said there are no logical options for the 49ers in the first round. But in the next couple rounds, the 49ers could look at Kendrick Ellis (Hampton) and Jerrell Powe (Mississippi).

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.