49ers O-line meeting room upgrades

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49ers O-line meeting room upgrades

NOTE: It was originally reported that quarterback Alex Smith bought "plush leather chairs" for the offensive line. However, the "Alex" was actually backup tackle Alex Boone, not Smith.

UPDATE: Boone purchases furniture upgrades for O-line meeting room
SANTA CLARA -- They might be the most important group of individuals in the building.Just ask Alex Smith. The 49ers quarterback opened his wallet to accessorize the 49ers offensive line meeting room with plush leather chairs for each of the individuals assigned to protect him.After all, big guys with big responsibilities need big, cozy chairs from which to conduct their preparations.And Smith's gift to his linemen isn't the only thing different in that room. The 49ers have two offensive line coaches with identical titles.Mike Solari, 56, one of just three position-coach holdovers from Mike Singletary's staff, has been joined by Tim Drevno, 42, who worked under Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and Stanford.So how are their responsibilities divided?"They work in tandem," Harbaugh said. "Not going to get into the percentages. We feel like it's just better to be working in a group and have two guys coaching the offensive line, to be able to see everything."Probably the greater share is Mike Solari, but both Tim Drevno and Mike Solari do a great job working together and coaching up our offensive line."Solari is in his 23rd season as an assistant coach in the NFL. He spent five seasons with the 49ers from 1992 to '96 as tight ends and assistant offensive line coach, working closely with legendary Bobb McKittrick.Drevno is in his first NFL season after spending 21 seasons in the college ranks, including the past seven on Harbaugh's staffs. Drevno and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman also spent two years together at Stanford."We've got to work together to solve problems and find solutions, and that's what they do," Roman said. "They work well together. Everybody checks their ego at the door and we find what works best. I've worked with Tim before. We worked together at Stanford. So there was familiarity there, and that helps bridge the gap of system changes."The 49ers offensive line has made tremendous strides from early in the season after the lockout eliminated the entire offseason program.In the first three games, the 49ers averaged 2.46 yards rushing per attempt and Smith was sacked 11 times. In the next six games, the 49ers averaged 5.35 yards, and Smith was sacked 10 times."They're pretty similar, the way they coach," 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. "They're very detailed, very high-energy kind of guys. There's no stone left unturned. We go through every situation. Every single look, we go over in practice."They prepare us for the games. So if we have to make an adjustment on the sideline, it's something we've already covered and we can make that adjustment. That's why we've been able to have success."We basically have two O-line coaches. Solari is the head guy. But Drevno has been a head line coach with Harbaugh at Stanford, and he understands the offense. They are two guys who work very well together." Coming up: Solari and Drevno sit down for a Q&A session.

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers already have three safeties selected within the top two rounds of the draft.

But as the organization has considered its options with the No. 2 overall pick, LSU safety Jamal Adams had been in the discussion. Adams recently visited the 49ers, where he and Eric Reid had a chance to catch up with each other.

Reid’s final season at LSU was 2013. The 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 18 overall pick. The 49ers drafted Jimmie Ward at the end of the first round in 2014, and Jaquiski Tartt was a second-round pick in 2015.

In the past 25 years, only two safeties -- Eric Berry (2010) and Sean Taylor (2004) – have been selected in the top five. Both were chosen with the No. 5 overall selection. Adams has a chance to go as early as No. 2 overall.

“I’m excited to see where he ends up. He could end up here. You know what I’m saying?” Reid said on Wednesday at the 49ers’ voluntary minicamp.

“He’s the best one in the draft. Someone will be very happy to have him, I’m sure.”

Adams (5 foot 11 ¾, 214 pounds) is considered more of a box safety. He recorded five interceptions in his 36-game college career, but Reid said he believes Adams can also play free safety.

“No doubt,” Reid said. “The kid can do it all. That’s why they got him projected to go where he is. I believe he could.”

In the 49ers’ new defense, which is based on Seattle’s scheme, Ward is getting a long look at free safety in the team’s minicamp. Ward started at cornerback last season.

After recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid has one interception over the past two seasons. He played 10 games last season before sustaining a season-ending with a torn biceps.

Reid said he is learning a new position but he believes playing closer to the line of scrimmage suits him. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as he plays this year with a salary of $5.676 million on the fifth-year option.

“I’m used to being on the back end,” Reid said. “I’m used to dealing with a lot more space. So, really, it’s the run game. And the run fits, knowing the gap schemes, the run (stunts) and knowing where the D-linemen are going to fit and filling the holes. That’s been the biggest difference for me.

“I like it. I’m a bigger safety in this league, so I think it’ll work for me.”

And what if the 49ers select Adams on Thursday evening?

”That’ll be interesting,” Reid said. “We’d have to battle it out. We’ll see how it goes.”

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”