49ers get their man -- Harbaugh hired


49ers get their man -- Harbaugh hired

Jan. 7, 2011
Matt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe 49ers got their man.Jim Harbaugh entered the 49ers' headquarters in Santa Clara early Friday afternoon to sign a five-year contract, a source told Comcast SportsNet. The 49ers have scheduled a press conference for 3:30 p.m. Friday in San Francisco to announce Harbaugh as head coach.The 25-million deal, first reported by ESPN and confirmed by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, ends a four-day flurry of interviews and intrigue after Harbaugh guided Stanford to a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl to cap a 12-1 season.
SOUND OFF: "Finally as a season ticket holder, I am really excited about 49ers again" -- viennersHarbaugh, 47, decided to head to the NFL, where he will join 49ers president Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke in hopes of ending the organization's eight-year slide.Ultimately, Harbaugh decided to take the 49ers' five-year contract offer instead of returning to Stanford to make a run at the national championship. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross returned to Florida early Friday morning after failing to convince Harbaugh to be his coach.Harbaugh built the Cardinal into a national power in just four seasons after replacing Walt Harris as coach. Stanford was 1-11 in 2006 -- the season before Harbaugh was hired.RATTO: Orange Bowl wins ushers in new era
Now, Harbaugh will be become the central figure in charge of returning the 49ers to NFL prominence.The 49ers have not made the playoffs since the club won the NFC West in 2002 with a 10-6 record under coach Steve Mariucci, who was fired a couple days after a 31-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the playoffs.Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary had their chances and were fired as head coaches over the past eight seasons. Jim Tomsula served as interim coach in the 49ers' season finale, a 38-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.The 49ers were looking for an offensive coach who can work well with quarterbacks. Under Harbaugh's tutelage, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Luck this week announced he is returning for another season at Stanford, which seemed to increase the chances of Harbaugh remaining, as well.NEWS: Luck returning to Stanford for 2011 season
Harbaugh was 29-21 in four seasons at Stanford.The 49ers targeted Harbaugh as early as the midpoint of the season, according to team and league sources. Baalke had done all the research and background checks on Harbaugh. Baalke met and spent time with Harbaugh while scouting Stanford players in recent years.Harbaugh will compete in the NFC West with former Pac-10 Conference rival Pete Carroll. The Seattle Seahawks signed the former USC coach to a five-year, 33 million deal last year that included full control over the club's football operations.Harbaugh played 14 NFL seasons as quarterback with Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore and San Diego. In his final season, Harbaugh's quarterbacks coach with the Chargers was 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson.He served two seasons on the Raiders' coaching staff. He was an offensive assistant in 2002 and quarterbacks coach in 2003 on Bill Callahan's staff. He was 29-6 in three seasons at NCAA Division I-AA San Diego before getting hired at Stanford.

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.