49ers' Smith questions Crabtree's whereabouts

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49ers' Smith questions Crabtree's whereabouts

June 1, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comAlex Smith, the former and future quarterback of the 49ers, is not acting like a player who is unsigned and uncertain of his future.Smith spoke today with several members of the media at the site in the South Bay were a dozen or more 49ers have routinely showed up to work since the owners-imposed lockout. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News provided a complete transcript of the entire interview.Here are some of the highlights:--When asked if he's definitely returning to the 49ers, Smith answered,"I think you've said it. The writing's out there. I'm not going to give a quote, but I think enough's been done."--When asked if a fresh start was an appealing idea, Smith admitted it was in the forefront of his mind when the season ended."The last couple years have been so frustrating because I feel like I'm capable of playing really good football and winning games in this league and that's what I want -- to win games more than anything," Smith said. "In looking at that and trying to weigh all the decisions that were out there so much of it went into play. And then this lockout, what if the lockout goes two weeks? What if it goes into the season? That impacts me. I'm going to have to learn a system. All that kind of stuff played into it."RELATED: NFL CBA Report, updated June 1
--Smith said he has been on the phone with every member of the 49ers' offense to arrange a quasi-minicamp for the entire team. But there will be little offense vs. defense. "I've talked to the defensive guys, Justin (Smith) and Pat (Willis) quite a bit. At this point, we're just going to keep it separate, let them they're on a different plan. They don't have as much of the playbook as we have. So we're really going to take off and get going."--There was a report two weeks ago that receiver Michael Crabtree would be joining the informal workouts. However, Crabtree has not taken part in any of the Smith-arranged throwing and catching sessions. When asked if he's spoken with Crabtree, Smith answered, "I've called Crabtree, yeah." And why isn't he working out with Smith and the others? "Great question. (You're) asking the wrong guy, honestly."--Smith said he wanted to get a good grasp of the playbook before arranging for a large workout involving his 49ers teammates."I've got a playbook," Smith said. "I've had it for a while (since April 29). I've worked extremely hard getting into it, immersing myself into it. And I really think that's, as far as the quarterback, the most important thing. And now I really feel I have a decent grasp of it. Enough to really be helpful to these guys."We're going to get everybody together and I'm really, as much as I've learned about it, going to give it to them."

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as analyst

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as analyst

Chip Kelly is back in college football.

The former Oregon coach, who served as 49ers head coach last season, signed a multiyear deal as an ESPN analyst, the network announced Friday morning. He will work predominantly on pre-games, halftimes and in studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, was fired on the evening of the 49ers’ season finale. The 49ers went 2-14 under Kelly and set the franchise record with 13 consecutive losses. Their only victories came against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelly also auditioned with FOX for the analyst job vacated when John Lynch became 49ers general manager, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Kelly served as Oregon’s head coach from 2009 to ’12. His teams compiled a record of 46-7. Under Kelly, the Ducks advanced to the 2011 national championship game, losing to Auburn 22-19.

Kelly won the AP College Football Coach of the Year. He twice won the Pac-10 coach of the year. He left Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. After his first two NFL teams went 10-6, Kelly was fired in 2015 with one game remaining in the season. The Eagles were 6-9 at the time of Kelly's firing.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.