Harbaugh turns page on loss to Giants


Harbaugh turns page on loss to Giants

SANTA CLARA -- Typically, the 49ers players get Mondays off after a Sunday game. On Tuesdays, they return to watch the film of the previous game.The weekly routine is altered this week, as the 49ers must get ready to play on Thursday.The 49ers must quickly get over their 26-3 thumping at the hands of the New York Giants. They will not even watch the complete film of Sunday's game because there's another game coming up in a hurry.
"I don't think any of us feel we had our best day," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "Certainly, wouldn't be human if you didn't hurt today. But there's no time. You got to dust yourself and rise."Harbaugh faced nearly 15 minutes of questions about the 49ers' failed plan and execution against the Giants. He did not offer any specifics when asked about the breakdowns.REWIND: Maiocco's Instant Replay: N.Y. Giants 26, 49ers 3
He said the 49ers do not have time to dwell on the mistakes. Harbaugh said the 49ers will review Sunday's game against the Giants "more on paper" rather than studying the game film.
"We're going to have to move on to Seattle," he said.The 49ers (4-2) are in a three-way tie with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals for first place in the NFC West.STALEY UPDATE: Left tackle Joe Staley, removed from Sunday's game with a concussion, will meet with an independent neurologist Monday, Harbaugh said. His status for Thursday's is in question."Joe will see the neurologist and he'll make that determination," Harbaugh said.If Staley is unavailable, Alex Boone will likely start at left tackle with veteran Leonard Davis filling in at right guard. Boone started the first six games at right guard.
KAEPERNICK PACKAGE: For the third game, the 49ers sprinkled in run-pass threat Colin Kaepernick, the backup quarterback, into the game in place of Alex Smith. But Harbaugh said Kaepernick's involvement is not an indication that the team believes Smith does not give them everything they desire from the starter."We have been using Colin as an added weapon," Harbaugh said. "We feel like we're getting plenty of everything from Alex Smith."Said Smith on Sunday, "When it's working, it's great. It's like everything when we're winning. He's coming in to change up, for the most part. I don't know about (this game). Part of this is that it had been efficient. With Kaepernick going in there, he had been playing well."
UNDERUTILIZED GORE: Frank Gore carried the ball eight times for 36 yards in the first half. He did not carry the ball at all in the second half.The 49ers fell behind by 14 points after the Giants scored on their first drive of the second half. But Harbaugh said the 49ers did not scrap their game plan to go into catch-up mode until after the Giants made it 23-3."Not until we were down the three, late in the third quarter, did we feel we needed to get into the no-huddle tempo to try to maximize our possessions and give yourself enough possession to get the game won," Harbaugh said.

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”


49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.