Harbaugh: 49ers WR Crabtree 'a good guy'

Harbaugh: 49ers WR Crabtree 'a good guy'

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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."

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.