Harbaugh angers Schwartz with postgame actions


Harbaugh angers Schwartz with postgame actions

DETROIT -- Jim Schwartz was a finalist for the 49ers' head-coaching job in 2005. He thought he would get hired, but the 49ers selected Mike Nolan, instead.Schwartz, an already-fiery coach, saw his Detroit Lions fall from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 25-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who had a notable post-game handshake while at Stanford with then-USC coach Pete Carroll, angered Schwartz with the way he reacted in the seconds after the 49ers clinched the victory.Harbaugh's exuberance showed when he hopped across the field, untucked his black 49ers sweatshirt and engaged in a hard post-game handshakeslap with the losing coach.

After the brief exchange, Schwartz went after Harbaugh as the men were leaving the field. Schwartz said he was shoved and subjected to an obscenity at the middle of the field."(I) went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way," Schwartz said. "(I) didn't expect an obscenity at that point, so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game."A skirmish ensued near the tunnel that leads to the locker rooms for both teams under the stands at Ford Field. Players and coaches were involved in the ruckus, as Schwartz left the field.Said Harbaugh, "I was just revved up and it's totally on me. I shook his hand too hard. I mean, I really went in and it was a strong kind of slap, grab handshake -- kind of the same as I've been doing with (Blake) Costanzo and a few of the other guys. So that's on me -- little too hard of a handshake there."When asked if there was anything said between he and Schwartz, Harbaugh answered, "You know, you get bumped, you get bumped ... felt like a chest bump there."I was not agitated, believe me. Not agitated, very happy. Very happy with the win. It's a great thrill of winning, great feeling of victory. I'm really proud of our team."The 49ers pulled out the victory when 49ers tight end Delanie Walker caught a 6-yard touchdown on a fourth-down pass from quarterback Alex Smith with 1:51 remaining for a 22-19 lead. The 49ers and Lions both are 5-1 on the season."It was an emotional game," Walker said. "When you come into somebody's house when they're 5-0 and you take a win away from them in the last minute of the game, it can get real emotional."Said Schwartz, "It was a big win for them, and they were excited about it, and I think I'll just leave it there."

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.”