Coughlin: New look for 49ers is familiar to Giants


Coughlin: New look for 49ers is familiar to Giants

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' offense is different than the one the New York Giants faced in the NFC championship game last season.
One key figure of the Giants' passing game a year ago is now with the 49ers. Mario Manningham caught just one pass in the NFC title game for the Giants. It went for 17 yards and a touchdown.Still, his output was far better than what the 49ers received from their wideouts. Michael Crabtree had one reception for 3 yards. Every other 49ers wide receiver was blanked."You see what's occurred out there, for example, by Manningham joining the 49ers," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "Mario is an outstanding receiver. (He's) very fast. Very good along the sideline. So you see what has transpired with his addition."RELATED: Mario Manningham 2012 game logs
The 49ers in the offseason added two members from the New York Giants Super-Bowl-winning offense of a year ago: Manningham and power running back Brandon Jacobs. Manningham is the 49ers' third-leading receiver with 19 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown. Meanwhile, Jacobs has yet to step on the field for a regular-season game.Jacobs practiced all of last week but was not active for the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He sustained a left knee sprain on Aug. 18 that has kept him out of action. It's unknown whether he will suit up Sunday against the Giants."There's a lot to that to prepare for," Coughlin said. "We know full well the tremendous ability and strength of Brandon. You just have to figure out how he's going to fit into the offense."The Giants have also had to figure out how other pieces fit without Manningham and Jacobs.Dominek Hixon has 15 receptions for 236 yards and Ramses Barden has added 12 catches for 198 yards with starter Hakeem Nicks also being limited with injuries. In addition, rookie Rueben Randle had six catches for 82 yards last week against the Cleveland Browns.Victor Cruz had become a greater part of the offense with 37 catches for 428 yards and five touchdowns.
In the run game, Ahmad Bradshaw is the team's main back, averaging 5.1 yards a carry through three games. Third-year running Andrew Brown has taken on a greater role after Jacobs' departure.
"We drafted a running back, David Wilson," Coughlin said. "He's not the physical presence certainly that Brandon was, so that part of our game is not been satisfied. We don't have what we'd call a big back.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.