Aug. 28, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comRookie Phillip Adams, who did good work as a cornerback a week ago, might have wrapped up a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster with an 83-yard punt return in the first half.The 49ers led 17-14 at the end of the first half.Receiver Michael Crabtree was a late scratch from the game for unspecified reasons. Coach Mike Singletary said on Thursday that Crabtree would play approximately one quarter. Crabtree had returned to full practice after missing nearly two weeks with a neck strain.Tight end Vernon Davis (right knee strain) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (hamstring) did not play. Also, left tackle Joe Staley played one quarter before leaving with a right knee sprain. He appeared fine on the sideline, standing and walking without a limp.The game also featured the exhibition season debut of running back Frank Gore. He tore off on a 49-yard run the first time he touched the ball. But that drive eventually stalled when he mishandled a pitch from quarterback Alex Smith.Smith completed 9 of 15 passes for 113 yards and touchdown. He tossed a 16-yarder to Josh Morgan, who had three catches for 31 yards in the first half. Gore had two rushes for 58 yards. Here's what Gore had to say, courtesy of the 49ers' public relations department:On how it felt to get back out there: "It feels great man, especially going through training camp all month and I didn't get to go against another team. I was like a little kid out there. I was happy.On the 49-yard run: "Our O-Line and (fullback) Moran Norris, they did a great job and the receivers did a great job down field, and it was there and I hit it. I was patient, I was patient and I exploded through.On how comfortable he feels on the field: "I feel great, man. Coming off a great camp, you know, I'm happy to be out there. My new O-linemen (left guard Mike) Iupati, (right tackle) Anthony Davis, and you know my old boys, they have all been doing a great job up front too. You know, we just have to keep working and get ready for the first game.On how it felt to run behind Iupati: "It was wide open. He's a big guy, a wide space so they can't see you behind him and I was there, waiting for the hole to open and I just hit it."On what happened when he fumbled: "You know, I saw touchdown. I didn't look the ball all the way in, I was looking up the field because I saw a touchdown and the ball slipped. It's something that won't happen in the regular season."
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.
SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.
Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.
Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.
John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.
“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”
Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.
“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”
Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.
“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.
While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.
“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.
"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”