Harbaugh implements 49ers' newold system


Harbaugh implements 49ers' newold system

Editor's note: This is the final part of a three-part series taking a look at Jim Harbaugh's first month as 49ers' head coach.Matt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comBill Walsh's so-called "West Coast offense" made a brief return to the 49ers in 2005 when coach Mike Nolan hired offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy.But McCarthy was gone after one season, leaving to eventually become a Super Bowl-winning coach of the Green Bay Packers. Now, after a five-year absence, coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing back the offensive system to its NFL birthplace.Walsh endorsed Harbaugh as Stanford coach in 2007, and the men spent time together before Walsh's death later that year. Harbaugh has followed the same career path as Walsh, who left Stanford for the 49ers in 1979.REWIND: 49ers get their man -- Harbaugh hired
Harbaugh was busy hiring coaches and evaluating his 49ers' roster during his first month in office. When things slow down a bit, Harbaugh is eager watch video of Walsh, mostly from the 1980s, installing the offense and holding team meetings.The 49ers recently received a shipment of tapes and DVDs from NFL Films that contains videos of Walsh and some of his offensive coordinators through the years installing the offense. The 49ers' library of videos at the team's offices in Santa Clara had been decimated through the years with numerous coaches "borrowing" the resources and failing to return them.RELATED: 49ers 2011 coaching staff at a glance
But through the years, NFL Films backed up many of the tapes. The 49ers taped all meetings during Walsh's time with the club. The 49ers are currently cataloging the contents of the box, and soon Harbaugh and his staff will have a chance to view the videos."We're all very excited about that," Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet. "(Receivers coach) John Morton, myself, (quarterbacks coach) Geep Chryst, we're all kind of champing at the bit to get our hands on that."Harbaugh spent a lot of time during his first month on the job watching more recent video. He has viewed every snap of the 49ers' 2010 season, familiarizing himself with the talent he inherits from a team that went 6-10 and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive time.NEWS: NFL 2010 season final standings
"It's never really completed," Harbaugh said of the film study. "I watched all the games, broken it up into run game, pass game, offense, defense, special teams. I've looked at a good amount."I think we got talent. We got experienced guys. We got guys who have been there before. It's exciting to work with this group."Harbaugh said he has spoken to the vast majority of the players on the team. One player told CSN he felt Harbaugh was "picking his brain" for what the team was lacking in the locker room from a year ago."I've had 10, 20 minute conversations here and there, and I've gotten to know people," Harbaugh said. "I'm impressed with the guys, the character on the team, the competitiveness, what their vision is for the football team and this year. They're hungry. That comes across in just about everybody I've talked to."RELATED: 49ers roster
Harbaugh was the only college coach pursued for an NFL head-coaching job this offseason in large part because of how he accomplished success at Stanford. While rolling to a 12-1 record, including a victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Stanford was one of the few college programs that ran pro-style offenses and defenses.But don't expect Harbaugh's 49ers to be an exact replica of Harbaugh's Cardinal."There are definitely things that carry over, but I'd say more like the vision we have for this football team: physical, smart, disciplined football team," Harbaugh said. "Those things are always what we're striving for."As it relates to scheme -- offensively, defensively and special teams -- there are core beliefs there and there are schematic things where we put the players in the best positions to be successful that may or may not carry over."Harbaugh will devote most of his time to offense, of course, while defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Brad Seely, and their staffs, will have autonomy over those units."I get involved, but he (Fangio) is the expert," Harbaugh said. "I don't know if anybody would be an effective head coach by being the overriding voice -- and having autonomy -- in every phase of the game."As the Harbaugh begins his second month as head coach, he and his coaches are continuing to implement their offensive and defensive plans. Offensively, that means the coaches are starting at the beginning, devising the mechanics of the huddle. They are creating and naming their different formations and motions while piecing together all aspects of the playbook."This is the nuts and bolts of everything we do schematically," Harbaugh said.Harbaugh has already mapped out the team's offseason schedule, beginning with the workouts scheduled to begin in March, along with minicamps -- both mandatory and voluntary. Of course, all this is contingent on the owners and players' union agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement to ensure a normal offseason."Everything is planned to go as if there will not be any interruption or work stoppage," Harbaugh said. "I think that's the only way to do it. And then we'll just have to adjust if there is one."

Trump to anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field'


Trump to anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field'

On Thursday prior to the 49ers' game against the Rams, Eric Reid continued his protest during the national anthem by taking a knee.

On Friday, President Donald Trump had an idea as to what should happen to players like Reid. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

The statement was welcomed by cheers from the crowd. 

Reid joined Colin Kaepernick in protest last season. Kaepernick isn't on an NFL roster. Reid sat out Thursday's game with an injury. 

Said Reid of his (non) stance earlier in the year:  “When we started last year, if you recall, we said our goal was to raise awareness and shed light on the issues that were happening in our country. I think we accomplished that goal. What I was upset about was the narrative, the false narrative, that were being told about us, people saying that we’re un-American, that we’re against police entirely and the military. That just wasn’t true. At first I thought that was a small sacrifice to pay to get the word out and raise awareness. I settled with thinking raising that awareness was victory.

“Then fast forward to Charlottesville and the country sees what an un- American protest really looks like. That’s when I had my change of heart. Because what Colin, Eli and I did was a peaceful protest fueled by faith in God to help make our country a better place. I feel I needed to regain control of that narrative and not let people say that what we’re doing is un-American, because it’s not. It’s completely American. We’re doing it because we want equality for everybody. We want our country to be a better place. So that’s why I decided to resume the protest.”

To date, at least 14 players have protested during the national anthem -- that number rises to close to 60 if you include the NFL preseason.

Trump added: “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.

“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that [referees]? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”

Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR


Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine will miss an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain sustained in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday the team was awaiting the results of an MRI examination. The 49ers could decide to place Carradine on injured reserve, which would make him eligible to return to action later in the season.

“We’re going to have to get that and really decide whether IR or not,” Shanahan said. “Because any time you have a high ankle sprain it’s going to be a while. We’re not exactly sure how long that’s going to be, but we’ll have to decide that probably Monday.”

The 49ers expect to be without the services of linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid, too.

Also, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle are in the concussion protocol after sustaining head injuries on Thursday.

Although the 49ers’ medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot for his high ankle sprain, Shanahan said he would be shocked if the rookie is able to return to action Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’d be shocked if he came back this week,” Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week to week. I’m not really expecting him this week but You never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but I’m not expecting it right now.”

Reid’s rehab is behind Foster’s, according to Shanahan. Reid sustained a left knee injury Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss multiple games.

Speaking at his day-after-game press conference, Shanahan said he was disappointed that the 49ers’ pass rush did not apply more pressure to Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough,” Shanahan said. “I thought we did a very good job against Seattle and we took a step back on that last night.”

When asked what he saw on the critical late-fourth-quarter play on which rookie receiver Trent Taylor was called for pass interference, Shanahan said, “I saw a very good route.“