Fangio: Aldon Smith must learn position better

Fangio: Aldon Smith must learn position better

Aug. 29, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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SANTA CLARA -- Rookie Aldon Smith has yet to earn a spot in the 49ers' starting lineup as an every-down outside linebacker.And it looks as if he has a lot of work ahead of him to get there."It's a major undertaking he's going through right now, and once he gets comfortable with that, we'll feel more comfortable," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Monday.Smith is a player whose progress may have been stunted because of the NFL lockout. He said he is still trying to get comfortable standing up and adjusting from playing the defensive line at Missouri, where he usually had a hand on the ground at every snap."I'm just trying to get better every week and work on something new every game, everything I practice during the week," Smith said.RELATED: 49ers defense vs. Houston -- player-by-player review
"Every day you're going to have some things that are frustrating. Some days might be good. I take every day and learn from it and get better every day."Currently, Smith is lining up with the second defense at right outside linebacker behind Parys Haralson. Ahmad Brooks is clearly the starter on the left side.Smith just needs to gain more experience and confidence, Fangio said."He has to learn his position better," Fangio said. "That sounds like a simple statement, but it's a tall task for a guy who's coming from college, where he played defensive end and defensive tackle to now being a standup linebacker."RELATED: Current 49ers roster
Smith's strength -- and the reason the 49ers made him the No. 7 overall pick in the draft -- is his ability to rush the passer. But he will also be relied upon to drop into coverage against a tight end from time-to-time.Smith got a taste of that responsibility on Saturday when he was matched in single coverage against Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels. Smith got beaten by several steps, allowing Daniels to catch a 21-yard pass in the second quarter.REWIND: Blog -- 49ers vs. Texans quarter-by-quarter game notes
"It was by design that we knew he might end having to cover the tight end," Fangio said. "We weren't afraid to expose him to that. And that's a learning experience right there on how to do it and how not to do it. What to expect next time he's put in that position."What did he do wrong?"He didn't play with the right leverage and his technique was off a little bit," Fangio said.

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.”