49ers get extra timeout, Goldson disputes roughness call

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49ers get extra timeout, Goldson disputes roughness call

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Replacement referee Ken Roan admitted to giving the 49ers an extra timeout in the team's 24-13 loss to Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.The confusion arose when 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called timeouts immediately after two late Minnesota run plays. Then, Harbaugh threw the red flag to determine whether his old Stanford running back Toby Gerhart fumbled.
With 3:33 remaining, Harbaugh called a timeout immediately after a Gerhart running play. Then, he challenged whether Gerhart fumbled. Roan ruled that Gerhart did fumble, and linebacker Patrick Willis recorded it. Roan gave the timeout back to the 49ers.
"So he called a timeout immediately after the play was over," Roan told the pool reporter. "Then realizing that, 'Hey this is something that I want to challenge, but I just used my last timeout, can I challenge and get my timeout back? How does that work?'"He asked the guys on the side and they came over and got me. What I told him was, 'Well, you challenged it not knowing what the result of the play was going to be.' So I granted him the challenge and we went and looked at it. That was wrong. I should not have."My interpretation of it was that he could do that based upon the time factors and not knowing it was a challengeable play to begin with when he called timeout."The 49ers should have been out of timeouts, but Harbaugh and the 49ers were allowed to challenge another Gerhart fumble with 2:18 remaining in the game. On that play, Gerhart was ruled to have recovered his own fumble.However, two plays later, Gerhart fumbled again and Carlos Rogers recovered it with 1:46 remaining. The 49ers gave the ball right back when Vikings defensive end Jared Allen sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and caused a fumble that Brian Robison recovered. Minnesota was able to run out the clock.However, One important officiating call went against the 49ers in the third quarter when safety Dashon Goldson was called for unnecessary roughness on an incomplete pass for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph.MAIOCCO: Vikings take it to 49ers in Moss' homecoming
"Oh, man, if I had to make a call, it wouldn't have been a call," Goldson said. "I made a good read. The guy came across the middle. First, it wasn't a helmet-to-helmet shot, for sure. I was trying to get out of the way, and he caught my shoulder. And I just got the best of it."What did the official say?"They called it helmet to helmet," Goldson said.Replays showed Goldson's shoulder striking Rudolph's shoulder. That penalty placed the ball at the 49ers' 14-yard line. Five plays later -- after a defensive holding penalty on Rogers -- the Vikings scored a touchdown on Chris Ponder's 2-yard scoring pass to Rudolph for a 24-13 lead.

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”