49ers show confidence in Brooks with lucrative deal

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49ers show confidence in Brooks with lucrative deal

There were whispers around the 49ers since the time Ahmad Brooks arrived in 2008 about his inability to learn the defense.Those weren't whispers for Brooks. And he simply did not believe the reasons he heard for why he was not an every-down player."There were a few coaches . . . who told me that personally," Brooks said Tuesday.
Brooks was an every-down player for the 49ers in 2011. And he'll be an every-down player for the foreseeable future after signing a six-year contract extension. The deal will pay Brooks 44.5 million with 17.5 million in guaranteed money, agent Greg Williams told the San Jose Mercury News.NEWS: 49ers sign LB Brooks to six-year extension
"From the time I got in the NFL, I felt like I should've been starting," Brooks said. "And coaches will always give me the excuse, 'Well, he doesn't know the defense.' 'He can't learn the defense.' That's a lie -- that's always been a lie. We practice the same things every day. How can I not remember what I practice every day?"The current 49ers' coaching staff, obviously, had no issues with Brooks' ability to grasp the defense. Brooks excelled in Vic Fangio's scheme with seven sacks while being a key full-time component in the team's success.Brooks signed his contract to remain with the club just three weeks before he would've been eligible to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent."It's great to be here with the organization that gave me a chance to showcase my abilities," Brooks said. "We have a great team, great organization and I'm glad to be a part of it."This is where I feel like I should be. These are the people who gave me a chance to go out and get this contract. Who's to say if I'd gone to free agency I would've gotten more money. Getting as much money as you can sounds good, but what team is going to give you the best opportunity to win? The 49ers are headed in that direction of being the best team."

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.