Crabtree: 'We have our own style'

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Crabtree: 'We have our own style'

SANTA CLARA -- There are no secrets with the Green Bay Packers' offense. Behind league MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are going to throw the ball around.Meanwhile, the 49ers strive for a balanced approach."I feel like we have our own style," 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree said Tuesday. "Those guys (the Packers) are a spread offense. That's all they do is throw the ball. They got some run game, but that's their offense. We're really not like that. It's focusing on being us, and going out there and making plays."When asked to describe the 49ers' offense, Crabtree answered, "I wish I could describe it to you, but that would be hard."What makes it difficult is that even Crabtree probably does not know exactly what the 49ers plan for the regular season.The 49ers have more possibilities in the passing game with the additions of starting wideout Randy Moss and No. 3 receiver Mario Manningham. The 49ers gave very few glimpses in the exhibition season of how they plan to utilize their offensive players."The sky's the limit," Crabtree said. "We got everything we need. It just depends on us going out on Sunday and putting it together, making plays, making things happen. That's when it counts. We're looking good at practice. Been practicing real hard, running real hard. We just need to carry it over to Sunday."Crabtree led the 49ers last season with 72 receptions for 874 yards last season. He played the first three exhibition games of his NFL career this summer before he was one of 15 starters to be held out of the exhibition finale.Crabtree said he is running a lot and is stronger than ever, thanks to an intense weight program designed by 49ers strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama. It will not only help Crabtree as a blocker but also break more tackles, he said.
And he said he has already felt the benefits of being surrounded by one of the all-time great pass-catchers in NFL history."Man, I learn so much from him," Crabtree said of Moss. "That's my dude. (He makes) me feel like I can be myself. Seeing an old guy like that, and he's been himself for so long that you . . . I'm going to be myself and go out and play. You can learn from a guy like that. You don't have to change for nobody. All you have to do is be yourself and go play your game."On the field, it remains to be seen if Moss' presence will draw coverage away from Crabtree.
"I don't really know," Crabtree said. "We haven't played a game, yet, so I'd be crazy to tell you how it's changed. I'm looking forward to going out there."Everything should come into focus soon enough. The 49ers open Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Packers, who finished the regular season with a 15-1 record but lost their playoff opener against the New York Giants."They won the Super Bow two years ago," Crabtree said. "You know they're a winning team. So we'll just try to match that."Crabtree's fifth NFL game was at Lambeau, where he caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. The next season, 2010, he had three receptions for 45 yards at Green Bay."It's legendary. It's a good feel," Crabtree said of Lambeau. "It makes me feel like I'm in high school. It's got that good stadium, the bleachers, no seats. That's the old-fashioned style. You don't see that these days."

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”