Aldon Smith 'growing up' after another incident


Aldon Smith 'growing up' after another incident

SANTA CLARA -- Aldon Smith's name is popping up in non-football related matters almost as often as he's getting to the quarterback, an impressive notion considering Smith leads the 49ers' with 7.5 sacks this year -- good for seventh in the NFL.

Over the 49ers' bye week, though, his name went viral outside of football for the fourth time in the last 11 months.

"Really that whole thing was so absurd," Smith said of the rumors that he was jumped in Columbia, Missouri. "That didn't happen. It's one of those things."

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His coach was dismissive about Smith's latest off-field incident Monday.

"What Aldon said to us was the same as what he said publicly," head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "And you also tend to take a man at his word. So, I don't know that there's anything more to add."

There is one thing to add, because whatever happened to Smith outside the El Rancho in Columbia early last Thursday, it's helping the second-year player realize an important lesson.

"It's the nature of the business," Smith said. "It's the way the world works, media works. I think bad news circulates quicker than good news. That's something I don't have control over."

The 49ers have steadfastly supported their outside linebacker in each of his dust-ups with the lawmedia. And while there have been no subsequent problems from any of his prior incidents, there is no doubt that Smith should avoid adding to his growing file.

"I do have control over my actions and (need to) take care of myself," Smith acknowledged.

With control over his own actions and the knowledge that bad news travels fast, you could say that Smith is growing up.

"Yeah, I hope so," Smith said before a brief laugh. "That type of stuff? I mean yeah. I'm growing. I'm growing up. I'm learning from my actions. I'm maturing."

Smith was arrested and charged with a DUI in Miami Beach in late January. He suffered multiple stab wounds at a house party he hosted in July. And he suffered a laceration above his right eye when he was involved in a car accident in September; he was the passenger in a vehicle that swerved off the road to avoid a deer and ended up on its side.

Off-field incidents aside, Smith can't wait for the second half of the 49ers' season, as he made clear after the team's first post-bye week practice Tuesday.

"You can definitely see the excitement," Smith said. "Everyone's happy to be back."

Everyone, except for maybe St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who will stare down Smith and San Francisco's vaunted defense Sunday.

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.