49ers QB Smith says he's likely to return

49ers QB Smith says he's likely to return

May 17, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMindi BachCSNBayArea.comQuarterback Alex Smith indicated Tuesday afternoon that he will likely return to play for the 49ers in 2011.Smith made his first public comments of the offseason after a workout with 49ers teammates. A relaxed Smith asked that he not be quoted directly, but was willing to speak informally about his future with the team.When the season concluded, there seemed little chance that Smith would want to return to the 49ers. But a lot has changed in Smith's world.
When he met with new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in January, the two men hit it off immediately, Smith said. He said he liked the idea of playing for an offensive-minded head coach who played quarterback in the NFL. Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary, 49ers head coaches since 2005, both came from defensive backgrounds.
Smith's professional options have been limited because of the NFL lockout, which has prevented the former No. 1 overall pick from testing the free-agent market.
Smith indicated a personal consideration is a factor in his reluctance to move from the Bay Area. Smith's wife, Elizabeth, gave birth Wednesday to the couple's first child, a boy.Smith last met with Harbaugh on April 29 when the NFL lockout was briefly lifted. During their face-to-face meeting, it became apparent Smith's union with the 49ers would likely continue for at least another season.Harbaugh indicated as much when he gave Smith a copy of the 49ers' new playbook, which features the West Coast terminology."I feel he's coming back to the team," Harbaugh said on April 30.On Tuesday, Smith said the playbook's terminology is most similar to his first NFL offense, which then-offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy installed in 2005. McCarthy was the first of six offensive coordinators Smith had in as many seasons with the 49ers.From what he has seen in the playbook, 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan said he "loves" the new offense. He said he believes it fits Smith's strengths. Morgan has worked regularly with Smith since the lockout."He looks like he did at Utah" Morgan said.CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco contributed to this report.

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”