Banged-up Edwards focuses on playoffs


Banged-up Edwards focuses on playoffs

SANTA CLARA -- First, he had torn knee cartilage in his right knee that knocked him out of four games. And for the past three games, 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards has been bothered by a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.With his regular-season productivity nowhere near expectation due to injuries, Edwards said Monday his focus is to make his major contribution to the 49ers in the playoffs."My plan is more so the playoffs," Edwards said. "We've pretty much wrapped those up with a win this week. I think the big thing for me is to get back healthy. We got five games left and the playoffs. The ideal goal for me would be to get back healthy for the playoffs. That would be key."Edwards said it might be necessary to rest for a regular-season game or two to ensure he's healthy for the playoffs. The 49ers (9-2) can wrap up the NFC West title with a victory Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
"We'll see what the doctors say," Edwards said. "We'll put that plan in the hands of the doctors and trainers and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and see what they think. Maybe that's what needs to happen."Edwards ranks sixth on the 49ers with 14 catches for 172 yards and no touchdowns after signing an incentive-laden one-year contract with the 49ers. His one-year contract has a base salary of 1 million. At the time he signed, it was widely reported to be a 3.5 million deal. But he only gets the full amount if he catches 90 passes and makes the NFC Pro Bowl team.
The incentives were essentially lost when he tore knee cartilage in a Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and missed four games after undergoing surgery. He then sustained a sprained shoulder against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 6. He has suited up for every game since, but he has seen a reduction in play time. On the 49ers' injury report, there has been no mention of his shoulder injury since the time Edwards said the injury occurred.
"It's not about production," Edwards said. "I've been hurt. I had knee surgery and I have a bad shoulder. So it's not about production, it's about being hurt. I haven't ever had a season in which I've been hurt, with the exception of my rookie year."It's all new to me. It's very frustrating. I just ask the team to bear with me. I can't really control being hurt. It's part of the game."Edwards blamed the lack of work he and quarterback Alex Smith have had together on the interception at the end of the first half of the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday."He saw one thing, and I saw another," Edwards said. "That happens from time to time, and it probably stems from us not being out there a lot together with my injury."I saw a defensive back playing inside leverage, so I attacked his inside leverage to give myself more room on the outside as well as the quarterback. Alex saw me going inside, so he assumed I was going to stay inside. So it was an honest mistake on both parts. We just didn't get it done and it led to an interception."

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.