Harbaugh Q&A: 49ers prepare for Bryant, 'Boys


Harbaugh Q&A: 49ers prepare for Bryant, 'Boys

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SANTA CLARA -- Here's the transcript from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's Friday press briefing (courtesy of the 49ers' public-relations department):Q: Not often do you hear piped-in noise during practice before a home game. What was the thinking behind that?
Harbaugh: "The defensive communication. Times when the opposing offense has the ball, there's crowd noise and the defense has to communicate. Going through those mechanics of the communication without being able to hear each other."Q: Will this game be a better measure of your pass protection, considering you have Dallas' defensive line and what they can bring from the pass rush?
Harbaugh: "Well, it will be a big test for us, no question about it and a great challenge. Very good football team that makes it tough on you to protect the passer, so that area and many others. Definitely will be a big challenge for us and I think our guys are up for it."RELATED: Willis, Ware are on paths to meet at Hall of Fame
Q: What do you think about Vernon Davis as a pass blocker?
Harbaugh: "I think he's exceptional, both as a pass blocker and a run blocker, and (it's) well-documented. You can really see with the eye, what he does in the passing game and the athleticism and the speed. He's well-rounded, much like the tight end from Dallas Jason Witten. They're both elite tight ends in the league because they can do both, they can block and run the assortments of routes."Q: Other than Tony Romo, what other problems does the Cowboys' offense present?
Harbaugh: "They have so many playmakers, Witten, Dez Bryant and their running back (Felix Jones) is outstanding. An assortment of weapons that guys that make plays, wonderful football players. It's great challenges across the board. Just every unit, every one of our units will be challenged."Q: A guy like Bryant, who may or may not play, do you just assume he's going to play and adjust if he doesn't?
Harbaugh: "Yes."Q: Does it change much, really, from what they would do if the key receiver is out?
Harbaugh: "I don't think it would, that would just be a guess. We prepared as though he were going to be in there."RELATED: 'Game-time decisions' for receivers Crabtree, Bryant
Q: In the game Sunday, Adam Snyder saw a little bit of time at right guard, is that for that particular game, was it injury-related or why was he in on occasion?
Harbaugh: "He's in on occasion because we think he's a good football player. Not uncommon to substitute on the offensive line from time-to-time."Q: Can you expand on what Brad Seely (special teams coordinatorassistant head coach) has brought and what kind of traits he's instilled in these guys?
Harbaugh: "A real comprehensive knowledge of the game in a very short period of time, which really illuminates just what a good teacher Brad Seely is. I'm sitting in those meeting everyday and learning a lot of football from coach Seely, and I know our players are as well. It's great that we got results so quickly. He does a phenomenal job and I wish you could sit in on those meetings and listen to him coach. It's like a professor at an institute of higher learning, and I know our players, realize that and soak it in and therefore it is showing up on Sunday. It's outstanding the way he gets his point across and teaches the game. Not just special teams, but broader - tackling, leverage and angles. It's really, really good."Q: Are you inviting us?
Harbaugh: "No, you said you weren't necessarily for us. You're neutral. Those meetings are for guys that are for us, that want to see the 49ers win."Q: You're not going to let that go are you?
Harbaugh: "No, at some point Iu2019m sure I will."Q: Is he as good of a special teams coach as John Harbaugh?
Harbaugh: "No comparisons there. They're both outstanding. They're both very good."Q: As far as the injury report designation, where are WR Michael Crabtree

and S Dashon Goldson stand?
Harbaugh: "Questionable for the game. Game time decisions on both of those men."Q: Do you see some leadership skills in Donte Whitner , can you just talk about your impressions of him since heu2019's been here?
Harbaugh: "Top flight pro in all areas. Really high level performance every time he steps on the field in practice and in games for us. Provides the leadership you're talking about in communication on the field, the way he talks in the back end for us. The same in meetings. Just a high level of performance on both the mental side and the physical side."Q: Does it strike you that he's only 26?
Harbaugh: "Yes, yes he does as a matter of fact. Very mature 26-year-old."
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Q: Your two captains, I don't believe they have the 'C's' on their uniforms. Is there a reason for that?
Harbaugh: "That's hockey. You're thinking of hockey. That's hockey where they put the C on their jersey."Q: So that's a hockey thing?
Harbaugh: "That's a hockey thing. From the inception of the game, that was hockey. That's not football to us. C's on the jerseys, that's hockey. Which I have great respect for, we have great respect for the game of hockey."

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.”