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."

Source: 49ers make offer to free-agent cornerback Williams

Source: 49ers make offer to free-agent cornerback Williams

The 49ers are one of four teams to make a contract offer to free-agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

Williams, 25, had an effective first two seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back under position coach Jeff Hafley, who was one of two assistant coaches to be retained on Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Detroit, the New York Jets and Miami have also made contract offers, according to the source. Williams is scheduled to visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.

Williams entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh. Williams (5 foot 9, 183 pounds) played in 26 games in his first two seasons with 10 starts.

He reportedly fell out of favor with the new coaching staff due to a dispute about an ankle injury and a dispute over his availability to practice. Williams was suspended for two weeks during training camp.

The Browns waived Williams on Aug. 29. The Chicago Bears claimed Williams off waivers but he failed a physical. Williams did not see action last season due to bone spurs in his ankle.

Lynch consults with Millen about where things went wrong in Detroit

Lynch consults with Millen about where things went wrong in Detroit

The critics of the 49ers’ decision to hire John Lynch as general manager point to one failed instance of a player-turned-broadcaster becoming the top personnel executive.

The Detroit Lions compiled a 31-81 record in Matt Millen’s seven seasons as general manager until he was fired after the 2007 season. The following season with a roster that was left in disarray from Millen’s time with the organization, the Lions went 0-16.

Appearing Tuesday morning on 95.7 The Game, Lynch said he recently spoke to Millen about his experience.

“Matt Millen and I had a great conversation the other day,” Lynch said. “I found it was very interesting to talk to him. He shared with me some of the things that he would’ve done differently. I think you can learn a little bit from everything and everyone, but ultimately you go to put your head down and go to work.

“We’ve put together a really, really quality team that I’m excited about. We’re in full stride and working every day to knock down things on our list. It’s a big list, and we’re ambitious on how aggressive we want to attack that. But it’s going very well.”

Lynch hired Martin Mayhew as a senior personnel executive to serve as one of his top lieutenants. Mayhew became Lions general manager after Millen was fired. In Mayhew’s eight seasons, Detroit posted a 47-81 record.

The 49ers were also able to hire Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to take on the role as vice president of player personnel. Broncos general manager John Elway, another of Lynch’s invaluable resources, allowed Peters to get out of his contract to take on a larger role with the 49ers.

“John Elway was a guy I bounced things off,” Lynch said. “He’s been there. He’s a good friend. I watched him kind of go through this in his own way. He is someone I’ve consulted with. You learn at a certain point that stops, because all of a sudden we’re competing with each other.”

Lynch also mentioned Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy as a person with whom he has spoken during his transition from the broadcast booth, where he spent the previous eight years, to an NFL executive role.