Demarcus Dobbs, The 49ers' Man in Black

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Demarcus Dobbs, The 49ers' Man in Black

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Its easy to understand if Demarcus Dobbs head is spinning this training camp. One minute youre in the offensive meeting room then the next minute youre in the defensive meeting room, Dobbs said. Youre trying to catch up on all the film that you had and youre trying to stay up with all the new assignments that are getting put in as training camp goes on.For Dobbs, those new assignments include learning the 49ers entire offensive and defensive playbooks. With only 47 players suited up on game days, versatility is one way for an undrafted free agent, like the Georgia alum was last season, to earn a roster spot. The 49ers coaches believe Dobbs could add depth at multiple positions.Everybody wants a piece of Dobbs right now, on both sides of the ball and special teams, head coach Jim Harbaugh said. He is a popular guy with our coaching staff. Its something thats being, to the best of our ability, thought out and planned and utilized, that hes not overused, overstrained and we dont get diminishing returns.The second-year player was in on 17 snaps on defense in the 49ers' preseason opener against the Vikings and 16 snaps on offense as a tight end, a position he last played six years ago in high school.Transitioning to tight end is brand new to me. Trying to get in that groove and switching over during practices you have to reset your mind and go for whatever position youre in, Dobbs explained. Its been a lot of work. Coaches have been working with me individually, pulling me aside sometimes during practice just to go through the different techniques. Its totally different being a defensive lineman going to a tight end going from getting off blocks to trying to block people.Dobbs number was switched from 96 to 40 so he wont have to check in as an eligible receiver with the referees when he comes in on offense, proving the exercise is not simply a training camp experiment. He also plays on special teams and now works with all three units during a single practice. To make things a bit easier, just a bit, this week the coaches gave Dobbs a black jersey to wear throughout practice. He no longer has to constantly switch back and forth between the red jersey worn by the offensive players and the white one worn by the defense. Though Dobbs isnt always exactly clear where on the field during practice he and his black jersey need to be. They actually made a schedule out for me and one of our guys goes around and he holds it, Dobbs said. But the coaches do a pretty good job of letting me know.Dobbs is not bragging when he says no one else in the 49ers camp has as much on his plate as he does. He is not complaining either. Dobbs has overcome difficult obstacles in his life to even get to the NFL, and hes not going to let any opportunity to improve his chances at a lengthy career slip by.Anything that I can do when somebody tells me Good job, thats when I enjoy it. Dobbs said. If I make a good block or I have a good catch or people are satisfied and impressed with what I do, that makes me feel good.

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.