Cornerback Brown listed as questionable


Cornerback Brown listed as questionable

SANTA CLARA -- Starting cornerback Tarell Brown is questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after he "bumped" his knee in practice Friday, according to a team spokesman.The 49ers secondary figures to be challenged at Candlestick Park. Longtime nemesis Larry Fitzgerald ranks sixth in the NFL in receiving yards with 792 yards and five touchdowns on 45 catches.Brown's status for the game will be determined Sunday morning. If he is unable to play, rookie Chris Culliver might get his first NFL start. But Culliver said he expects Brown to be on the field.
"Tarell's a strong person," Culliver said. "I don't think he's going to miss (the game). He's strong and competitive. Whatever his injury is, he's going to work through it."Veteran Shawntae Spencer has years of experience success against Fitzgerald, a former teammate at the University of Pittsburgh. But Spencer has been inactive the past two games as the 49ers' No. 5 cornerback behind starters Brown and Carlos Rogers, as well as Culliver and Tramaine Brock.Regardless of whether Culliver starts or enters in nickel situations, he expects the Cardinals to attack him."It's going to be the same thing every week, week-in and week-out," Culliver said. "I'm a rookie and I'm playing, so I feel like anybody and everybody is going to go after me. Why not? I'm just going to keep rising to the occasion and try to make a play."Running back Frank Gore is healthy and will play Sunday, he said. Gore did not carry the ball in the second half of the 49ers' 27-20 win over the New York Giants on Sunday with a right knee injury.For the Cardinals, John Skelton is expected to start at quarterback for Kevin Kolb, who has missed two games with a toe injury. Outside linebacker Joey Porter and safety Kerry Rhodes have officially been ruled out for the game.49ERS INJURY REPORT
Questionable: CB Tarell Brown (knee), RB Frank Gore (knee), DT Ray McDonald (hamstring)
Probable: LB NaVorro Bowman (neck), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe)CARDINALS INJURY REPORT
Out: OLB Joey Porter (knee), S Kerry Rhodes (foot).
Questionable: CB Michael Adams (hamstring), T Jeremy Bridges (back), TE Todd Heap (hamstring), TE Rob Housler (groin), T Brandon Keith (knee), QB Kevin Kolb (toe), ILB Paris Lenon (groin), FB Anthony Sherman (ankle), RB Beanie Wells (knee).
Probable: LB Stewart Bradley (ribs), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (shoulder).

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.