DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

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DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Haley were not among the six inductees into the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame class.Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf make up the 2012 inductees.The newly-elected class, announced on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Canton, Ohio.

DeBartolo oversaw the 49ers as owner from 1977 until he stepped away in December 1997 when he became a target of gambling fraud charges in Louisiana. This was the first time he had advanced to the stage of "finalist" for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The 49ers had several rough seasons after DeBartolo took over as owner of the 49ers in 1977. He made four coaching changes in his first three seasons.The 49ers were 2-14 in back-to-back seasons in 1978 and '79, the first year Walsh was in charge. DeBartolo stuck with Walsh and saw the team improve to 6-10 in 1980 before bringing home the 49ers' first Super Bowl title in 1981.Under DeBartolo's driven leadership, the 49ers won 10 or more games in each of his final 16 non-strike seasons. The 49ers won 13 NFC West titles and made failed to make the playoffs only twice during that time.The 49ers' final two Super Bowls came with George Seifert as head coach, following Walsh's resignation after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII over the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16, on Montana's last-minute touchdown pass to John Taylor.Haley holds the record with five Super Bowl titles as a player. He was a key member of two 49ers Super Bowl teams at the ends of the 1988 and '89 seasons. After he was traded to the Cowboys, he won three more championships with Dallas.
Haley held the 49ers' rookie sack record of 12 after entering the league as a fourth-round draft pick from James Madison in 1986 until Aldon Smith broke the record with 14 this season.He ranks second in 49ers history with 66.5 sacks in seven seasons. Haley was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time first-team All-Pro.After playing five seasons with the Cowboys and being out of the game for two full regular seasons, Haley returned to the 49ers for the playoffs in 1998. He played all 16 games for the 49ers in 1999 before exiting the NFL.
Doleman, who is one of the six inductees, played for the 49ers from 1996-1998. He racked up 150.5 career sacks in 15 seasons. He recorded 10 or more sacks in a season eight times, including all three years in San Francisco.

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”