49ers Mailbag: Market will decide Rogers' future


49ers Mailbag: Market will decide Rogers' future

Free agency is scheduled to begin in a week, and we open up the 49ers Mailbag this morning to a few questions asking us to speculate on what might occur.Do you think the 49ers sign Carlos Rogers? And if not, what is the plan at CB? (Joel Ellis)
The 49ers have sole negotiating rights with cornerback Carlos Rogers -- and each of their scheduled free agents -- until March 13 at 1 p.m. (PT).As of this moment, it looks as if Rogers will hit the open market. Then, the market will dictate what happens. Rogers will be 31 when the season begins. And if he can't get the kind of deal he desires from any of the other teams in the NFL, then the 49ers will have a good chance of retaining him.As for the backup plan: The 49ers drafted Chris Culliver in the third round last year. The team believes he will be ready to step in as a starter. Tarell Brown is already pretty solid on the other side.

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So if Rogers does not return, look for the 49ers to sign a veteran cornerback at a bargain rate, perhaps add another draft pick, and have those players compete, along with Tramaine Brock, for their roles.Do you think the 49ers are more likely to target Vincent Jackson or Mike Wallace? Or is another WR more likely? (Patrick Surad)
Both.That's right, both. The 49ers have targeted both Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace at a specific price.RELATED: Maiocco -- A look at NFL free-agent class
The 49ers do not get into bidding wars for players, though. So if one of those players accepts the deal that the 49ers have budgeted, then they'll get it done. If not, the 49ers will move on to the next player at the next price that they've determined fits with what they're trying to build.Not a lot of depth behind Aldon (Smith) and (Ahmad) Brooks if they let (Parys) Haralson go. Will the 49ers address OLB in FA or draft for depth? (Matt Polverari)
The 49ers have to figure out if 2.75 million is too much to commit to Haralson as a backup this season. (After all, general manager Trent Baalke already said that Smith will be an every-down player in 2012.)Regardless, the 49ers can be expected to add to the outside linebacker position in free agency. They'll be looking for some veteran depth. And, depending on how the draft falls, they could look to add a piece in the middle or late rounds, too.The 49ers had only one developmental player at outside linebacker last season. After Brooks signed his contract extension with the 49ers last week, Monte Simmons (Kent State) decided his best chance was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Simmons was an undrafted free agent who spent all of 2011 on the 49ers' practice squad.
Any chance the Niners go after G Carl Nicks or would the price be to high? (Matt Santos)
I believe the price would be too high. The 49ers would likely have to make Nicks their highest-paid offensive player to get it done. The 49ers could add more of a bargain veteran for competition. And they could use another draft pick on an interior lineman. Look for the 49ers to re-sign Adam Snyder and have him compete with Daniel Kilgore, who shows good promise. He spent most of his rookie season inactive on game days.

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.