Agent: Free-agent QB Garrard is in 'listening mode'

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Agent: Free-agent QB Garrard is in 'listening mode'

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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UPDATE (1:18 p.m.): Coach Jim Harbaugh did not close the door on the possibility the 49ers are pursuing free-agent quarterback David Garrard, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars released Tuesday.Are the 49ers interested in Garrard?"I'm not going to comment on that," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "We're interested in one thing, that's what makes our football team better. That's a blanket statement on how we approach any move that can help our football team or better our football team. Is it good for our football team? There's only one priority."
Are the 49ers one of the five teams that called Tuesday to inquire about the services of free-agent quarterback David Garrard?"I've been sworn to secrecy," Garrard's agent, Al Irby, told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday.Irby is spending the day returning phone calls to inform those teams what Garrard is thinking, just one day after the Jacksonville Jaguars surprisingly released their starting quarterback of the past five seasons.
"He's disappointed that the Jaguars released him, particular the way they did it," Irby said. "But there are no hard feelings. It's a business and they can do whatever they want. He's looking forward. Sometimes things like this work out well. Look at (Drew) Brees and Kurt Warner. They switched teams and went on to have great success."RELATED: Jags release Garrard days before season opener
Irby said Garrard received more interest than even he anticipated. Now, Garrard will look for the team that gives him the best chance to get on the field, Irby said."He knows he can lead a team to the playoffs, if that team has the weapons around the quarterback," Irby said.Irby said Garrard will continue to weigh his options and look for the best fit for his services.
"We're in listening mode right," Irby said. "So, come on."
There is no indication the 49ers are one of the interested teams, but it is known that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh thought highly of Garrard leading up to the 2002 draft.While the 49ers were doing their homework on Harbaugh prior to hiring him, the club obtained some of his draft write-ups on the quarterback class of 2002. When Harbaugh was a Raiders assistant, he placed a high grade on Garrard. The Jaguars selected Garrard in the fourth round, which Harbaugh had rated as a steal, a 49ers source told CSNBayArea.com in January.But do the 49ers have a need for Garrard?Alex Smith is the 49ers' starting quarterback. Behind Smith, the 49ers have rookies Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien.The Jaguars on Tuesday declded to keep Luke McCown as their starter with rookie Blaine Gabbert as the backup. Last season, Garrard started 14 games for the Jaguars. He completed 64.5 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His passer rating was 90.8, which was statistically better than his performance in 2009, when he was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team.

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.”