Harbaugh reviews 49ers' loss to Ravens

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Harbaugh reviews 49ers' loss to Ravens

After reviewing the film from the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, coach Jim Harbaugh came to the conclusion that his team just didn't get the breaks."It was a very competitive game," Harbaugh said. "I thought evenly matched. The game turned on every play of the game, but there were also some big plays that swung the game. Never point to one or two or three or six plays but in this game there were a couple big ones.
"In those situations, the luck weren't with us on those. Those were two key plays of the game. There were others. I felt we were playing hard, playing well, and just didn't get points, didn't get the breaks we needed to win that game."Running back Frank Gore was called for a chop block when he executed a cut block on blitzing safety Bernard Pollard. But right guard Chilo Rachal contacted Pollard high as he was going down."Technically, it's probably the correct call," Harbaugh said. "We had finger prints. Literally, that's what Chilo (Rachal) had on the block. He had maybe six finger prints on it."It was a very unlucky set of circumstances for us there."On the Ravens' next possession, cornerback Tarell Brown had an interception nullified because he was called for pass-interference -- a penalty that awarded the Ravens 50 yards."You see the receiver (Torrey Smith) put hand on T-Brown first," Harbaugh said. "And it almost looked like T was going to get it off of him. Right at the point where it looked like we got grabbed, he grabbed and the flag came out. That kind of stuff happens all game. Sometimes it gets called, and sometimes it doesn't. Again, unlucky, unfortunate situation that we got called in that situation."Here are some of the other issues Harbaugh addressed in his conference call Friday afternoon with reporters:--The 49ers allowed nine sacks in the game. Harbaugh said three of the sacks came on plays in which the Ravens had the right blitz on to beat the 49ers' protection. He said three times his linemen got beaten physically, and at least a couple others could've been avoided if Alex Smith had "gotten the ball out quicker."--Right guard Adam Snyder sustained a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the game. When asked if he fears Snyder will be out for a long period of time, Harbaugh said, "I don't know exactly where it stands at this moment. Don't fear it. (Snyder is a) guy that bounces back quick and Chilo is up and ready to go."When asked if Alex Boone has the ability to play guard and compete with Rachal for the job, Harbaugh said, "We believe in Chilo Rachal. So we feel good with him at that position. If it's prolonged with Snyder, then Chilo will step up."--When asked if the 49ers suffered from three fewer days of preparation time, Harbaugh said it was not an excuse but he did see it as a competitive disadvantage."Both teams were under the same set of circumstances there," Harbaugh said. "The fact we were road team and we had to travel cross country, that put us at a competitive disadvantage. That's just the truth. It's not whining. It's not making excuses. It's just the truth."But we knew it and we had to overcome it. And we weren't able to. That, and that was a good football team. It'll make us stronger going forward. I'm not saying it was a short week or we were the team that had to fly cross country on a short week. That could've been the outcome if that were a Sunday game."--Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio stuck primarily with a four-man pass rush against Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who converted each of his six third-down pass attempts in the second half.When asked about the philosophy, Harbaugh said, "I thought we were pretty darn effective on defense. I thought our defense did a heck of a job. Really effective in the red zone again. After the interference penalty, second and a half-a-yard, and we kept them out of the end zone. They were losing yardage and had to kick a field goal. Really, it was only maybe three other drives where the Ravens moved the ball on us. . . . I thought our defense was effective with the scheme we were using."--When asked if this week was difficult week to face his brother, John Harbaugh, coach of the Ravens. "No, it wasn't a difficult week. It was a fast week. It was a game-planning week. It was practice and getting the players ready to play. It was tough on the ballplayers on both sides to get ready for this game. Disappointed we lost. It was an exciting game to be in."Harbaugh said he has no plan to talk to his brother about the game in the coming days.--On the performance of Alex Smith: "The first thing that stands out was how slippery he was in the ballgame. He does a great job of avoiding pressure. He was very strong in the pocket. It's a team effort, we all understand that. You wish you had a little more for him, and we could've held up a little better at times and executed and made the plays that would've led to more first downs and third-down conversions and getting the ball into the end zone."--When asked if there were open receivers, Harbaugh said. "There were times where they were coming open and he'd just gotten flushed. Even the throw to Braylon. It was an eitheror side. He could've gone to Braylon or Ted's side. He looked to Braylon. In hindsight, you know, wish he'd got to the other side and thrown it up to Ted with the way the coverage unfolded. We didn't get that break. We didn't get that right set of circumstances. It didn't fall our way. That's the best I can put it. And there were times when we had pressure when we didn't run the right route. We didn't get all the call in the huddle. The receiver only heard half of the call and didn't run the correct route. There were a lot of little things like that. We'll work to improve on them."--The team has the weekend off, and they'll return to work on Monday.

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

Under the 49ers’ new regime, the club has already invested more in the free-agent market than a year ago under then-general manager Trent Baalke.

Just a reminder: The free-agent signing period does not officially open until March 9.

The 49ers on Friday reached a contract agreement with veteran defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who is penciled into be a starter in the team’s new 4-3 base scheme under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

"As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released Saturday morning. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room and in our community.”

It was the first significant move under Lynch, who also signed a player with NFL experience earlier in the week.

The 49ers also added cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back for two seasons. The Browns released him before the start of last season and he was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Mitchell was available to be signed before the start of the new league year because the Miami Dolphins released him last week in a move to save the team $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell took four free-agent visits and after wrapping up his tour with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, he and the 49ers quickly agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $5.5 million of money in the first year, according to a source.

Last year, Baalke did little to improve the roster for coach Chip Kelly. The 49ers, who finished 5-11 in Jim Tomsula's one season, dropped to 2-14. Just hours after the season concluded, the 49ers announced the firings of Baalke and Kelly.

The only veteran free-agent addition who stepped on the field for the 49ers last season was offensive lineman Zane Beadles. The 49ers signed Beadles in late-March to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus. Beadles had a good season for the 49ers, starting 12 games at left guard, two games at left tackle and the final two games at center.

The 49ers have already shown more willingness to be aggressive under Lynch’s leadership.

Mitchell, 29, is a seven-year veteran who began his NFL career from 2010 to ’13 with the Houston Texans. He was a rookie in Saleh’s final season as assistant linebackers coach in Houston.

Mitchell joins DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial on the 49ers defensive line. The 49ers view Mitchell as a high-energy player who bring good character to the locker room. The signing of Mitchell could be an indication the 49ers are moving on from Glenn Dorsey, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

With 5.5 sacks in seven seasons, the 49ers do not figure to use Mitchell in passing situations. The club must try to bolster its pass rush in free agency or the draft. Last season, Buckner and Ahmad Brooks shared the team-lead with six sacks apiece. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch both led the way with 6.5 sacks.

 

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned

Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers. 

The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles. 

Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.