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.

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

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.