Harbaugh turns down heat in 49ers' kitchen

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Harbaugh turns down heat in 49ers' kitchen

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh appeared unusually comfortable this week in his dealings with the media.Harbaugh wanted his 49ers team to be loose this week in preparations to face the New Orleans Saints on Saturday in an NFC divisional-round game. And Harbaugh seemed to set the tone for his team when the cameras were focused on him.
"Coach Harbaugh really preaches, 'Don't overcook it,'" 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree said. "Really, just take it as another game we're playing in. Guys are hyped, though. You can feel the tension. Guys are hyped."Harbaugh said he did not want the 49ers to doing anything different than what propelled them to a 13-3 regular-season record. The 49ers enter the playoffs Saturday against the New Orleans Saints, as the club advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season.
"Go into this thing and trust our own instincts, trust our gut," Harbaugh said on Friday. "Make it about the team. Trust the team. A guy doesn't have to do too much. He's got to do his job and has the ability to trust his team because he's on a good team."Prepare and understand the Saints as well as possible -- focused and loose at the same time."Harbaugh said he was "focused and loose" this week -- though he questions whether that would make any difference to the outcome of Saturday's game.
"It never really matters much how I am. I'm just a coach. I'm just going to be standing over there on the sideline," Harbaugh said. "To me, it's the players. Where are they at in their preparation? In their understanding of this gameplan? And what their morale is? And how they feel physically? If they feel good, I feel good."I go off of them. I ask guys all the time, 'How do you feel?' And they say, 'How do you feel, coach?' And I say, 'How do you feel? If you feel good, I feel good.'"The 49ers held their final full practice of the week. Most of the work has been done to prepare for the Saints, and the players appear comfortable and confident."We're relaxed," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "It's about going out and having fun. It's still just a game. We're having fun and we have a lot of confidence."The major point Harbaugh tried to make to his players was that their approach should not change even though the stakes are much greater. One player who knows about that is center Jonathan Goodwin, who won a Super Bowl ring two years ago with the Saints."You don't want to get too caught up in it being a playoff game to just go out and do what you're coached to do," Goodwin said. "It's still just football." Harbaugh cited an oversight for the reason the media was kept out of the beginning of practice Thursday. Teams must open a portion of practice daily to the local media.The only player who did not practice on Thursday, Harbaugh said, was tight end Delanie Walker. Harbaugh confirmed previous CSNBayArea.com reports that Walker would not be available to play Saturday due to a fractured jaw. Walker is scheduled to be re-examined on Monday.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.