Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl


Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO -- Players and coaches around the NFL will get together in their respective team rooms Tuesday and Wednesday to fill out Pro Bowl ballots.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh gave those around the NFC something to think about after the 49ers' 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers."A tremendous job by Alex Smith," Harbaugh said. "He was just on the money all night long. Played great. There's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. He's had that kind of season. I think he really put an exclamation point on that tonight."
Smith completed 18 of 31 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the nationally televised game.RELATED: Alex Smith 2011 game logs
Smith ranks ninth among NFC quarterbacks in yards passing, but he's sixth in passer rating. And the 49ers currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with an 11-3 record.Three players are named to the squad. The game takes place a week before the Super Bowl, so the quarterback from the team that advances that far will not play. Here is a list of the top candidates for NFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks. (Record in parentheses is team record, not necessarily the quarterback's record):Aaron Rodgers, Packers (13-1)
322 of 473 (68.1 percent)
4,360 yards
40 TDs
6 Ints
120.1 ratingDrew Brees, Saints (11-3)
417 of 583 (71.5 percent)
4,780 yards
37 TDs
11 Ints
109.1 ratingTony Romo, Cowboys (8-6)
317 of 483 (65.6 percent)
3,895 yards
29 TDs
9 Ints
102.6 ratingMatthew Stafford, Lions (9-5)
356 of 568 (62.7 percent)
4,145 yards
33 TDs
14 Ints
93.8 ratingEli Manning, N.Y. Giants (7-7)
326 of 529 (61.6 percent)
4,362 yards
25 TDs
15 Ints
91.7 ratingALEX SMITH, 49ERS (11-3)
239 of 389 (61.4 percent)
2,752 yards
16 TDs
5 Ints
91.1 ratingMatt Ryan, Falcons (9-5)
307 of 505 (60.8 percent)
3,698 yards
26 TDs
12 Ints
90.5 ratingCam Newton, Panthers (5-9)
283 of 475 (59.6 percent)
3,722 yards
17 TDs
16 Ints
82.3 ratingMichael Vick, Eagles (6-8)
211 of 352 (59.9 percent)
2,675 yards
13 TDs
13 Ints
80.6 rating Harbaugh says he believes Smith should be on the NFC Pro Bowl team. What do you think?

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”