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."

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.