49ers get high marks in victory over Seahawks


49ers get high marks in victory over Seahawks

It's been a busy couple days in the household, so there hasn't been much time to pick through Thursday's game.Thankfully, the good folks at Pro Football Focus do a thorough job of breaking down every player from every game with a one-of-a-kind grading system.Here are some of PFF's items that stand out from the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night:--The 49ers' offensive line was outstanding. All five starting linemen graded out very well, according to the PFF, which takes into account pass-blocking, screen blocking, run-blocking and penalties.Each of the 49ers' five offensive linemen had strong games. Center Jonathan Goodwin graded out the best of the bunch, followed closely by a tie between guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone. Left tackle Joe Staley was a shade behind, with Anthony Davis still maintaining a positive grade."A lot of times you talk about teams that can run well between the tackles," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "I've never seen a team run better between the guards than our team showed in the running game. And that was to great credit to Jonathan Goodwin and the two guards. Mike Iupati and Alex Boone had great games."The offensive line was not responsible for any sacks or quarterback hits. Staley gave up two hurries, and Davis surrendered one.--It was the best game of the season for running back Frank Gore, who gained 131 yards on 16 carries and also caught a team-high five passes for 51 yards.To prove the point that Harbaugh made in the previous item, Gore had six runs between the guards that gained 95 yards (15.8 average).--Third cornerback Chris Culliver, coming off a rough game against the New York Giants, picked up where he left off through five games. He was in coverage for 21 plays and his receiver was targeted six times. Culliver surrendered only two catches for 13 yards with two passes broken up. Golden Tate and Evan Moore had dropped passes with Culliver in coverage.--With Mario Manningham out with a shoulder injury (he said he'll be ready for the Monday, Oct. 29, game at Arizona), the 49ers ran sets with three wide receivers only 13.3 percent of the time. As a result, the 49ers kept the Seahawks' nickel defense off the field. Rookie pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin was on the field for only 12 snaps.--Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane entered the game as the second-highest rated player at his position in the league. And he graded out as the best defensive tackle in the NFL against the run.But against the 49ers, Mebane had an awful -5.7 grade, and credited with only one tackle and no stops. He had made stops on 12.9 of run plays prior to Thursday night. It was is first negative-grade game of the season and it was a big one. Oh, yeah, his defensive mates weren't much more successful against the 49ers.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.