Harbaugh: 49ers WR Crabtree 'a good guy'

Harbaugh: 49ers WR Crabtree 'a good guy'

JUNE 15, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh last spoke in front of a microphone, he was in the San Diego Padres' TV broadcast booth, telling veteran broadcaster Dick Enberg that he expects the labor situation to be resolved in early July.

He also praised quarterback Alex Smith's character, concluding "we can win with that."Harbaugh went on with Murph and Mac this morning on KNBR-680. Obviously, Harbaugh has given a lot of interviews since signing with the 49ers, here are some updates and new material he covered Wednesday on "The Morning Show":
On the labor situation
"I don't know anything more than what you read in the paper and what I read in paper. I choose to be optimistic and prepared. . . . You got to be prepared. And that's what we're doing. We've organized, we're prepared for any scenario that might occur. The old adage, you measure twice and cut once. We've measured about 12 times and haven't cut once. So we're looking forward to that."NEWS: NFL headlines
On what's occupying his time at work
"We really organize and trouble-shoot and comb through all our systems and our schemes. That's been done. The playbook is ready to roll, and it has been since before the draft. After draft, it turned to game-planning, organizing training camp. Every minute of training camp has been organized. And, then, looking at our opponents, not only the preseason ones, but Game 1 (Seahawks), Game 2 (Cowboys), Game 3 (Bengals) and Game 4 (Eagles). So we just keep plugging away at that."RELATED: 49ers 2011 schedule breakdown
On contingency plans based on when lockout ends
"What the organization of practices and installations of our offense, defense and special teams would be if we had a full training camp, if we only three weeks of training camp, if we had 10 days before our opener, etc. Those contingencies have been made. We feel like we'll be ready no matter what the scenario is."On the get-together of offensive players last week known as "Camp Alex"
"What a neat thing that is -- where character guys can really get a leg up on some of the competition. And just thinking about it, too, it's kind of a generation of guys playing football now, they've grown up over-supervised, over-officiated and over-scrutinized, and now these guys are organizing practices and throwing sessions like we had to do when we were kids. . . . It's just been interesting for me to watch and read that our guys are getting together. And that could really bode well for us.WATCH: More video from Camp Alex
"Here's the thing, what's going on at San Jose State. I don't know the particulars. And I really don't want to know the particulars. I think it's a phenomenal thing that the players are organizing it. Obviously, you don't get that many guys out there -- if what I read is correct -- by just one guy. That's a lot of guys making plans, changing their schedules and making the effort to be there. I think it's a sign of character guys that winning is important and being prepared is important. I'm hands-off, let them organize it, and what a phenomenal thing for those youngsters to be able to do without the over-supervision and without people telling them what to do. They have to figure it out. And when it comes to winning, that is a key component, thinking your way through success and figuring out how to win."On Alex Smith's play, not his character, being the issue thus far in his career
"When it comes to performing on the field, that will be determined when we get all our players in here and we practice and start playing games. We'll find out who our best players are. Right now, we don't know who our best players are. We'll figure that out when they get in and start practicing. But I think all of our players, from what I watched on tape and the players we drafted, I'm excited to watch them throw the balls out there and compete. We won't play any games. We won't play any politics about who plays and who starts and all of that. It's who's playing better? Or who's practicing better? Those will be the guys out there in the starting 11. So, just to sum it up, we don't know who our best players are, yet, and we'll find out when we throw the balls out there."On receiver Michael Crabtree
"I've been around him a little bit. And Crab to me is a good guy and a good football player. Just some of the things lately kind of goes back to the analogy I gave a little bit ago, when you're kids and working it out and sometimes you get into some tussles and shirts get ripped and noses get bloodied, but that's part of figuring it out. I know he's a good guy. I know the other guys on our team are good guys. That's another interesting part of watching these guys figure it out. I know personally, when it comes to me, getting into quite few scrapes growing up. Most people I know and are friends with had some run-ins at some point in time. And, usually, you're better friends because of it. But, no, he's got the license and the ability. And from my experience begin around him, I think he's a guy who's about us and about the team being successful."

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.