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."

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.