Get to know Jim Harbaugh, via Sean Payton

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Get to know Jim Harbaugh, via Sean Payton

A great deal of time and energy has been spent trying to figure out Jim Harbaugh, and why he does what he does, and says what he says, and is what he is. Its supposed to be some fascinating study in human behavior, impenetrable to all but the keenest observers.Well, it isnt, and much as I know youd like me to explain it to you, there is actually everything you need to know about Harbaugh in a video running about the Internet of Sean Payton talking to the University of North Texas football team nine days before its opening game against LSU.
It is pure football. It is salesmanship. It is mind control. It is youre special and the outside world is filled only with enemies. It is everything Harbaugh is professionally, and it takes less than 20 minutes to get it all.Payton, as you know, was the worlds greatest football coach a couple of years ago. He revivified the New Orleans Saints. He won a Super Bowl he wasnt supposed to win. He created one of the greatest offenses in NFL history. He overcame Hurricane Katrina and saved New Orleans from everything but the actual job of rebuilding the city.He even survived a Vicodin theft scandal and is now sitting out a years suspension for the Saints bounty scheme. He is what you call monomaniacal, a football first and only guy, which is considered good in this profession.Are there other parts to Harbaugh? Away from the field, perhaps. He doesnt share much, nor does he have to. He benefits from the caricature, he believes in it, and he is providing that and only that. Hes not reaching to you unless he actually needs something you have. Typically, it means you buying tickets, making noise when youre supposed to, and providing unconditional love for his team and players. The rest of the time, hed rather be left alone.And thats fine. Its the educated choice he made, and hell live with whatever benefits or consequences ensue.And yes, when Payton is talking about giving 60 plays to his sons sixth grade football team, that is Harbaugh. And yes, when Paytons son says there are too many words in the plays and Payton dismisses it by saying he cant understand his sons school work, that is Harbaugh. And when he talks about salesmanship and hating the sight of outsiders on the field before a game, that is indeed Harbaugh.Indeed, this is the primer on Harbaugh, and most football coaches with a resume worth caring about. There are worse ones, and there may be a few better ones, but this is the profession theyve chosen, and this is the code by which they live.So as you watch the video, just slap Harbaughs head on Paytons body, and dub in Harbaughs voice over Paytons. This is Jim Harbaugh. And if you hear someone complain that Harbaugh isnt this or that, keep this speech in mind. This is Harbaugh, and you make of it what you wish, take it or leave it.Of course, if North Texas gets routed by LSU, which is a 43-point favorite, it wont mean the speech was bad. It only meant that it didnt help its audience defy the laws of physics.Oh, and dont get all bent out of shape about the 49ers after three exhibition games either. That has nothing to do with Harbaugh, but its just stupid, and people will think youre monomaniacal and not in a good way.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Vance McDonald is reportedly on the trade block.

The 49ers tight end is available, according to The Ringer's Michael Lombardi.

In December, McDonald inked a five-year extension, with the final two years being club options at base salaries of $5.5 million annually.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported:

"McDonald receives a $7 million signing bonus, according to the figures obtained Tuesday by CSNBayArea.com. His base salary of $2.1 million for 2017 is fully guaranteed for skill and cap.

McDonald is scheduled to earn $3.7 million in base salary in 2018 and $4.2 million in 2019. In addition, McDonald has 46-man roster bonuses of $46,875 per game, which total $750,000 annually if he suits up for all 16 games. McDonald also has a scheduled $150,000              in annual workout bonuses for participating in 90 percent or more of the team’s offseason program.

The deal would make McDonald the 16th highest-paid tight end in the NFL if he collects all of his per-game roster bonuses.

If McDonald remains on the 49ers’ 90-man roster on April 1, 2018, all $3.7 million of his 2018 salary becomes fully guaranteed. If he’s on the roster on April 1, 2019, $3.2 million of his $4.2 base salary is fully guaranteed.

There are also incentives in the deal for receptions and receiving yards that begin with 55 receptions ($75,000) and 700 yards ($75,000)."

The 49ers took McDonald in the second round (55th overall) of the 2013 draft.

In 11 games last year, he caught 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

After making two selections in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the 49ers enter Day 2 of the draft with two third-round picks -- No. 66 and No. 67 overall.

The 49ers also currently have two picks in the fourth round, two picks in the fifth round, two picks in the 6th round and one seventh round pick.