49ers defense not offended by president's Bears talk

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49ers defense not offended by president's Bears talk

SANTA CLARA -- President Barack Obama during halftime of "Monday Night Football" made the claim that the Chicago Bears have the "best defense in the league right now."That statement was met with little opposition in the 49ers' locker room as the club prepares to face the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on Sunday.It's a topic that might be addressed in greater detail next week. After all, the 49ers take on the Bears on Nov. 19, in a Monday night game that could have big NFC playoff ramifications.While the 49ers have every reason to feel good about their defense, two of the 49ers' leaders were respectful of the stance taken by the nation's leader."He's our president, so you can't say who he thinks should be No. 1," All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis said. "It's his hometown team, so he has every right to say that. We'll see when it's all said and done."One area in which Chicago clearly has an advantage through eight games is forcing turnovers. The 2012 Bears are the doing what the 49ers did with great success a year ago.The Bears lead the NFL with a plus-16 turnover margin.RELATED: NFL team leaders -- Defense
Cornerback Charles Tillman forced four fumbles Sunday in a blowout victory over the Tennessee Titans, and linebacker Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown -- the Bears' seventh interception return for a score through eight games."You can't take any credit away from Chicago of whoever guys are talking about," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "There are a lot of good defenses out there. Us, Houston, and look at the stuff Chicago is doing. They're setting history the way they're forcing turnovers and getting the ball out. They're doing a good job for their team of getting the ball back. When they go on defense, it's like another series of offense because they're taking the ball and scoring."A year ago, the 49ers forced 38 takeaways on defense and had a plus-28 turnover margin. The 49ers have forced 12 in eight games with six interception and six fumble recoveries.But the 49ers' defense has been no less successful.The 49ers rank No. 2 overall in defense in yards allowed behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chicago is sixth. The 49ers also rank second in passing yards allowed per game at 184.0 yards, an improvement of 46.9 yards per game over a year.Scoring defense is where the 49ers have been exceptional. The 49ers held the New York Jets, Buffalo, Seattle and Arizona out of the end zone over this current five-game stretch."We haven't had the turnovers we had the previous year," Rogers said, "but we're doing a good job of getting off the field and eliminating yards and big plays and eliminating people getting into the end zone. As long as we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be fine."And the 49ers will have a good opportunity to shut down the Rams on Sunday, too. St. Louis ranks 28th in the league in total offense.

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”