Goodwin honored as McKittrick Award winner

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Goodwin honored as McKittrick Award winner

Center Jonathan Goodwin, whom the 49ers acquired as a free agent in the offseason, was honored Monday night as winner of the Bobb McKittrick Award.Right guard Adam Snyder congratulated Goodwin on Twitter and included a photo of the menu for the dinner held in his recognition. Goodwin responded, "I feel honored when (I) look at some of the names on that list. Thanks to my OL teammates."
The 49ers have yet to announce any of their team award winners.
The McKittrick Award is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of offensive line coach Bobb McKittrick, who coached 21 seasons with the 49ers. McKittrick, who died in 2000, was the line coach for each of the 49ers' five Super Bowl titles.

Coach Jim Harbaugh last week referred to Goodwin as "a block of granite up there for us." Goodwin spent the past five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, the team the 49ers defeated Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff round."You're happy, you're extremely happy," Goodwin said Monday. "But at the same time, you see some of your best friends' season end. So it's kind of bittersweet."When 49ers center David Baas signed as a free agent with the New York Giants, the 49ers filled the spot by acquiring Goodwin with a three-year, 10.9 million contract.A bronze plaque of McKittrick hangs in the 49ers locker room surrounded by photographs of McKittrick Award winners:1981 Keith Fahnhorst
1983 John Ayers
1984 Randy Cross
1985 Fred Quillan
1987 Bubba Paris
1988 Steve Wallace
1989 Harris Barton
1990 Guy McIntyre
1991 Jesse Sapolu
1992 Guy McIntyre
1993 Harris Barton
1994 Derrick Deese
1995 Kirk Scrafford
1996 Jesse Sapolu
1997 Ray Brown
1998 Chris Dalman
1999 Ray Brown
2000 Jeremy Newberry
2001 Ray Brown
2002 Scott Gragg
2003 Jeremy Newberry
2004 Kyle Kosier
2005 Jeremy Newberry
2006 Eric Heitmann
2007 Eric Heitmann
2008 Eric Heitmann
2009 David Baas
2010 David Baas
2011 Jonathan Goodwin

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.