Hasselbeck was first veteran QB 49ers pursued

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Hasselbeck was first veteran QB 49ers pursued

Aug. 16, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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SANTA CLARA -- Why didn't the 49ers go after a veteran free-agent quarterback before now?The answer: They did, but former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck decided to sign with the Tennessee Titans, instead."My decision came down to San Francisco or Tennessee," Hasselbeck said on a radio show on Seattle's KJR."At the end of the day, that was my decision. And San Fran would have been attractive for a whole bunch of reasons. And that offense, I believe, is pretty similar. My man Bobby Engram (former Seahawks receiver who is now a 49ers quality control coach) is up there coaching wide receivers. I felt good about that, but at the end of the day, I think my conversation with the head coach and the offensive line here (in Tennessee) ... a lot of stuff just felt really good about it."RECAP: 49ers camp report -- Smith hogs first-team reps
The 49ers are continuing to look for a veteran quarterback. They brought in Daunte Culpepper, 34, for a work out on Monday. He remains unsigned.Alex Smith is atop the 49ers' depth chart. Coach Jim Harbaugh said rookie Colin Kaepernick remains in competition for the starting role. After that, there's no telling whom the 49ers will carry at quarterback on their 53-man roster.Actually, at this point, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said it's no sure thing that the 49ers will carry three active quarterbacks in to the regular season."I think you have a decision to make, do you carry two quarterbacks or three? And thatu2019s something that we'll have to change as the roster changes," Roman said. "If X-Y-Z happens to happen, then it might free up a third quarterback spot and we'd want to be ready to strike at that point. If X-Y-Z doesn't happen, and R-S-T happens, then we would keep two. You have to be ready for all of those different scenarios."

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.