49ers key matchup No. 1: Boone vs. Suh


49ers key matchup No. 1: Boone vs. Suh

(This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Lions matchups to watch Sunday, 5:20 p.m. (NBC-TV), at Candlestick Park.49ers RG Alex Boone vs. Lions DT Ndamukong SuhTale of the tape
Boone (75): 6-foot-8, 300 pounds, third season, Ohio State
Suh (90): 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, third season, NebraskaThe 49ers' offensive line took notice a year ago when Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told Bay Area reporters of his intention for the upcoming game.He did not specify Alex Smith, but that's how the 49ers' linemen interpreted Suh's remarks."I don't think any part of my game is intimidation, fear factor," Suh said. "It's more of, you either need to guard me or I'll continue to hit your quarterback. And if you're not going to protect your quarterback from me, then I'm going to continue to hit him."Suh did his talking during the week, but he did not have much to say during the game. He had just two assisted tackles and no quarterback hits. Tight end Delanie Walker delivered big blocks on Suh that helped open the way for Frank Gore to rush for a good chunk of his 141 yards.Suh will be facing Alex Boone, making his second start at right guard. The 49ers moved Boone from his role as the swing tackle last season to take over for Adam Snyder, whom the 49ers had no intention of re-signing as a free agent.Suh opened the season with disruptive showing against the St. Louis Rams. Suh recorded one sack and two other tackles for loss. Since 2010, Suh's 15 sacks rank second among all NFL defensive tackles."He's got initial burst. I noticed he's quick off the ball," Boone said. "He's got a little rage to him. He's an all-around good football player."He's a fierce player. He's always to the whistle -- to the echo of the whistle. That's the kind of guy you want on your team. They're fun to play against, and at the same time it's going to be a challenge."Meanwhile, Boone had a strong day in his regular-season debut in the 49ers' 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers. His pass protection was good, and the 49ers rushed for 186 yards as a team.Boone said he wants to remain lower and play with better leverage. In the run game, he said he must do a better job of keeping his head up to avoid injury."He did some things that were great," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "We were all thrilled to see some instinctive things he did. Played physical, played to his personality, which is aggressive, passionate, old school, nasty. He had a lot of fun out there. Boone loves playing football."It was a good start for Alex and got a big challenge this week with this front four coming in."

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.