49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Fisher


49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Fisher

This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Rams matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (FOX), at the Edward Jones Dome.49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Rams coach Jeff FisherTale of the tape
Kaepernick (7): 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, second season, Nevada
Fisher: 17th NFL season as head coach, first with RamsIn baseball terms, this is the equivalent to the second time through the lineup for a pitcher.It was just three weeks ago that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was pressed into action for his first taste of extended NFL playing time following Alex Smith's concussion.The St. Louis Rams had game film of Kaepernick's brief forays in the 49ers' offense as a change-of-pace quarterback who mostly ran the zone-read plays. But in a game that ended in a 24-24 tie on Nov. 11, Kaepernick took over. And he has not left the field since. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards. He also rushed eight times for 66 yards.After two winning starts against the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh anointed Kaepernick as the team's starting quarterback ahead of Smith.
The Rams had an opportunity to watch that film -- as well as Kaepernick's two other starting assignments -- to prepare for facing him a second time. So Sunday's game could provide Kaepernick with a strong indication of what he can expect for the remainder of the season. The Rams are the first team to face him twice, and the book on Kaepernick is in its early chapters.Fisher is considered one of the best coaches in the business. He spent 16 seasons as head coach of the Tennessee Titans after previously serving five seasons as defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Houston Oilers. Fisher was also 49ers defensive backs coach in 1992 and '93."You got the added dimension of Colin's legs," Fisher said last week on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "That's the biggest concern defensively. A couple weeks ago, he kept that game alive and gave them an opportunity with his legs in the two-minute drill."Greg Roman, the 49ers' offensive coordinator, is in a similar situation. He knows there will be no element of surprise this time with Kaepernick. The Rams will be well-prepared. So does Roman attempt to predict what adjustments the Rams will make when they see Kaepernick again?"Well, you can do that . . . I know that they know, that we know, that they know," Roman said. "It's like being in a room of never-ending mirrors. You've just got to go out and play, come up with a plan. I think it works both ways. They've seen Kap for a game or three quarters of a game. Kap's seen them. So I think it works both ways."

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.