49ers' get-together will focus on new offense

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49ers' get-together will focus on new offense

June 3, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comTight end Vernon Davis revealed on Twitter on Friday that he plans to attend the 49ers' player-organized "minicamp," which he noted begins on Monday.DAVIS TWEET: "Wake up!!!"
Quarterback Alex Smith said this week that he has personally reached out to every 49ers offensive player to extend invitations to the get-together. A group of approximately 15 players has been meeting regularly in the South Bay since the beginning of the owners-imposed lockout.This is the first time in which all of the 49ers have been encouraged to come to the Bay Area to work on some of the details of the new 49ers playbook.Question: With no coaches allowed, who runs workouts, drills, 7-on-7's, etc in mini-camp, just the players themselves? @yougomango
Answer: This is Alex Smith's baby. (Actually, it's his second baby. His wife gave birth to the couple's first child several weeks ago.)Of course, the NFL is prohibiting coaches from any contact with players. So Smith will take charge with the outline of what he hopes to accomplish.
There is not expected to be any 7-on-7 work, which pits the offense vs. the defense. The offense will be running their plays mostly -- if not, exclusively -- against air. Vic Fangio's defensive playbook is not circulating among the 49ers' players, so there's nothing to gain for the defense to get on the field together.Also, when the offense and defense get together -- even in non-contract work -- the risk of injury increases dramatically. Any injury during a lockout could have potentially disastrous consequences.Smith got his hands on the playbook on April 29 when the lockout briefly was lifted. It took Smith just two years to graduate from Utah with a degree in economics. In a month's time, he has learned the basics of the Jim Harbaugh-Greg Roman authored playbook. The 49ers' new offense is similar to what Smith learned as a rookie under then-coordinator Mike McCarthy.Now, Smith is ready to teach his teammates what he has learned in a class called "West Coast Offense 101."

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.