49ers ugly in 34-7 beating from San Diego

342369.jpg

49ers ugly in 34-7 beating from San Diego

Dec. 16, 2010

BOX SCORE 49ERS VIDEONFL PAGE NFL SCOREBOARD

SANDIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers have regained their December swagger,thanks to Vincent Jackson's return and a smash-mouth defense.Jackson caught a career-high threetouchdown passes, Philip Rivers surpassed 4,000 yards passing for thethird straight season and the Chargers beat Alex Smith and the SanFrancisco 49ers 34-7 on Thursday night to stay alive in the AFC Westrace.Jackson reminded the Chargers just what they missed when he sat out 10 games during a nasty contract dispute."Since I've been here, it's like Ihad never left," said Jackson, who had his first three TD grabs of theseason, of 58, 11 and 21 yards."He seems to be in midseason form,"Rivers said. "I feel like he's been here for 15 weeks. That's a creditto the way he practices."The Chargers (8-6) pulled within a half-game of AFC West leader Kansas City (8-5), which lost 31-0 at San Diego on Sunday.San Francisco was probably thetoughest test left for the Chargers, who finish with games atCincinnati (2-11) and Denver (3-10). If San Diego wins out and theChiefs lose once, the Chargers will win their fifth straight divisiontitle.The Chargers came within 4:26 of having consecutive shutouts for the first time in their 51-year history.The 49ers (5-9) could wind up 7-9 and in a three-way tie and still win the NFC West, the NFL's weakest division.
MAIOCCO: Playoff scenarios
Rivers and Jackson came out early in the fourth quarter and the Chargers leading 31-0.Rivers was 19 of 25 for 273 yards,giving him 4,141 for the season. He tied Hall of Famer Dan Fouts' teamrecord set from 1979-81. Jackson had five catches for 112 yards."He and Phil have such a goodrapport," center Nick Hardwick said. "They both know what's going on,and they've studied for hours together. We were expecting him to comein and explode, and that's what he's done. He's a beast. He does thingsother players can't do, and he did it tonight."Unhappy that the Chargers didn'tgive him a long-term deal, Jackson sat out the first seven games. Hethen missed three more games while serving a team-imposed suspension.The move cost him some 3 million in salary.When he returned at Indianapolis on Nov. 28, he pulled a calf muscle two plays in and was done for the night and the next game.On the fourth play from scrimmage,Rivers wound up and threw deep. The 6-foot-5 Jackson slowed down andreached out over 6-foot Nate Clements' head to make the catch at aboutthe 15 before outracing the cornerback into the end zone.Jackson exploited a mismatch against linebacker Takeo Spikes for an easy 11-yard catch just before halftime.Jackson pulled in a 21-yarder earlyin the fourth quarter, getting the ball just past the pylon. The playwas upheld after a review.Mike Tolbert had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and Nate Kaeding kicked field goals of 25 and 39 yards.Smith fell far short of having thehappy homecoming he was hoping for. Coming off a promising returnfollowing a five-game absence, he was 19 of 29 for 165 yards with oneinterception and was sacked six times."We wanted it bad," linebackerBrandon Siler said of the shutout that just eluded the Bolts. "We weresaying on the sideline, 'Don't give up anything cheap.' It hurts alittle bit, but I think we already know we're a good defense. We provedthat."San Francisco's only score came on Brian Westbrook's 3-yard run with 4:26 left.The 49ers watched as both a fieldgoal and a touchdown came off the scoreboard in a span of four playsearly in the second quarter.Jeff Reed kicked a 38-yard fieldgoal but San Diego's Antonio Garay was whistled for unnecessaryroughness for trying to gain leverage, giving the 49ers first-and-goalat the 10. Smith scrambled and dove at the left pylon on third down andit was ruled a touchdown. The Chargers challenged and it was reversed,with Smith ruled down inches from the goal line. On fourth down at the1, Siler threw Anthony Dixon for a 2-yard loss."I just read the play and got inthere," Siler said. "I think it takes the energy and the momentum outof a team when you do something like that."Said Smith: "It continued to getone-dimensional for us. When you play a defense of that caliber,they're the No. 1 defense for a reason. They played well."Smith was playing against his hometown Chargers for the first time in the regular season.Michael Crabtree had just threecatches for 17 yards and Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis didn't have acatch until the waning minutes, finishing with one for 4 yards."This team has highs and lows, butif we are fortunate enough to go to the playoffs, I think we deserve togo," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said.NOTES: The Chargers tied the teamrecord for consecutive shutout quarters at seven. ... 49ers DT JustinSmith was ejected after making contact with umpire Garth DeFelicefollowing a play. The lineman was in an argument with at least oneChargers player when he appeared to shove DeFelice, who was trying tokeep him out of the scuffle.

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman, who was not retained this season on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, will be coming back to the organization in a permanent fashion.

Rathman, 54, who spent a total of 23 seasons as a player and coach, will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, CEO Jed York announced on Tuesday.

“Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way.

"It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct him into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”

Rathman discussed having a role on the 49ers’ coaching staff after the hiring of Shanahan. But Shanahan had already promised the position of running backs coach to Bobby Turner.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman played for the 49ers from 1986 to ’93. He was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. Used mostly as a lead-blocker for Roger Craig, Rathman’s best season came in 1989, when he caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

After his playing career concluded with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994, Rathman entered into a career in coaching. He coached under Steve Mariucci from 1997 to 2002. He returned to coach with the 49ers in 2009, serving on the coaching staffs of head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er," Rathman said in a statement. "I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating back to Joe Perry, it’s an honor to be associated with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark.

"That’s a lot of history right there. To be able to say that you’re in a fraternity with those guys so to speak, the 49ers Hall of Fame fraternity, says volumes. It’s pretty special.”

49ers draft board consists of nearly 200 prospects

49ers draft board consists of nearly 200 prospects

The 49ers new draft grading system is inspired by the New England Patriots, but their draft menu consists of a lot more options.

“We’ve got just under 200 players on our draft board, that we see as draftable players on our board,” 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters Monday at team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in here and it was needed this year because I had a lot of catch-up to do. I can tell you that just (Sunday) night I finally got to the point, I always knew as a player like, ‘OK. I’m ready.’ That moment was (Sunday) for me where I said, ‘OK. I’m ready. I’m ready to go on this thing.’ That’s a good feeling.”

The 49ers have 10 draft picks scheduled for the three-day draft, including the No. 2 overall selection. With 73 players under contract, the 49ers figure to add approximately 17 rookies through the draft and as free agents. The NFL's seven-round draft will result in 253 players being selected.

Lynch was hired out of the FOX broadcast booth a week before the Super Bowl. The following week, Lynch assembled all of the team’s scouts for meetings in Santa Clara.

“When we first brought scouts in right after the Super Bowl we were kind of working off the old grading system,” Lynch said. “But what helped was the grading system that they use in Denver, which kind of derived from one that was developed in New England.”

One of Lynch’s first hires was former Broncos college scouting director Adam Peters as 49ers vice president of player personnel. New coach Kyle Shanahan was also familiar with the system because, like Peters, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff worked in the Patriots’ scouting department.

“In these last three weeks of draft meetings we moved over to that grading scale,” Lynch said.

“I’ve always been someone who thinks you should listen to multiple opinions and we’ve been very collaborative. I believe in strong opinions. Someone once told me, ‘Strong opinions, weakly held.’ So are you open to different thoughts and someone makes you think? But ultimately someone’s got to make decisions.”

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio recently told Boston-area reporters that New England's draft board consists of only 50 to 75 players who fit as draft picks for their team. The Patriots have seven scheduled draft picks but none in the first two rounds.

"I would say it varies year to year, but I would say our draft board is smaller than most," Caserio said. "We are trying to find players that we feel comfortable with on all levels that we would actually draft -- not that are going to get drafted.

"It's players that we would draft, that we would actually feel comfortable with in our program in some capacity."

49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 198 overall (from Baltimore in trade with C Jeremy Zuttah for No. 186)
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)