Aldon Smith denies getting jumped in Missouri


Aldon Smith denies getting jumped in Missouri

San Francisco 49ers' linebacker Aldon Smith appears to have been involved in an incident early Thursday morning outside a Mexican restaurant and bar in Columbia, Missouri.

Details were unclear at first, but Insider Matt Maiocco has confirmed the 49ers have been in contact with Smith, and a team spokesperson said there is "no substance to the rumors" that Smith was jumped.

Smith, who attended the University of Missouri until 2010, backed up his team's statement, denying being jumped in a tweet at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Didn't get jumped_ stop asking Aldon Smith (@aldonsmithJETS) November 1, 2012
The rumors were first substantiated when Smith tweeted Thursday just before 1 p.m.:

Want to clear up rumors of me getting jumped, I'm ok and doing well! Como! I missed you. Go Tigers!! Aldon Smith (@aldonsmithJETS) November 1, 2012
The rumors started when Ashley Zavala, a sports reporter for NBC's local affiliate KOMU-TV tweeted the following Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m.:

Trouble finds Aldon Smith on bye week: the 49ers OLB was jumped last night near El Rancho restaurant in CoMo. I've been told that he's okay. Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 1, 2012
According to the sports editor of the University of Missouri newspaper, local police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer indicated that "officers were dispatched to address of El Rancho at 1:56 a.m. in reference to a 'disturbance,'" and that the disturbance "was between two black males."

The news is concerning considering Smith has been involved in multiple incidents over the past year. He was arrested and charged with a DUI in Miami Beach in late January, and he was suffered multiple stab wounds at a house party he hosted in July. He was also the passenger of a car that swerved off the road to avoid a deer and ended up on its side in September; Smith suffered a laceration above his right eye.

REWIND: Smith arrested for DUI Smith stabbed at house party

Smith, 23, was drafted seventh overall by the 49ers in 2011. After setting a franchise record with 14 sacks his rookie season last year, Smith has 7.5 sacks through the first eight games of his sophomore campaign with San Francisco.

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.