If Alex Smith thought he had it rough against Seahawks ...

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If Alex Smith thought he had it rough against Seahawks ...

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers faced one of the better defenses in the NFL a week ago. And that, more than anything, is the reason the passing game struggled.At least that's the theory of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who pointed to what the Seattle Seahawks have done this season to some strong passing attacks."There are people that expect the same thing over and over again," Smith said Thursday. "That was a good defense we played on Thursday night. We played them on a short week. You look at what they did versus a lot of good quarterbacks this year.REWIND: Alex Smith Q&A -- On his injured finger and his confidence
"Look what they did against Aaron (Rodgers), they beat Tom Brady. Look what they did against (Tony) Romo."Let's look at what the Seahawks' defense against the opposing quarterback through seven games:Week 1 vs. Cardinals: John Skelton 51.0 rating (Seahawks lost 20-16)
Week 2 vs. Cowboys: Tony Romo 74.0 rating (Seahawks won 27-7)
Week 3 vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers 81.5 rating (Seahawks won 14-12)
Week 4 vs. Rams: Sam Bradford 63.3 rating (Seahawks lost 19-13)
Week 5 vs. Panthers: Cam Newton 56.8 rating (Seahawks won 16-12)
Week 6 vs. Patriots: Tom Brady 79.3 rating (Seahawks won 24-23)
Week 7 vs. 49ers: Alex Smith 74.5 rating (Seahawks lost 13-6)Opposing quarterbacks have a 79.2 passer rating against the Seahawks defense with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.But the 49ers aren't getting any breaks this week, either.On Monday night, the 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals, who feature one of the better pass defenses in the NFL.They feature a good front three, including Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett, a strong pass rush of Daryl Washington (six sacks) and O'Brien Schofield (four sacks), cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and William Gay, and experienced safeties Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes.Week 1 vs. Seahawks: Russell Wilson 62.5 rating (Cardinals won 20-16)
Week 2 vs. Patriots: Tom Brady 79.6 rating (Cardinals won 20-18)
Week 3 vs. Eagles: Michael Vick 64.8 rating (Cardinals won 27-6)
Week 4 vs. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill rating (Cardinals won 24-21)
Week 5 vs. Rams: Sam Bradford 69.7 rating (Cardinals lost 17-3)
Week 6 vs. Bills: Ryan Fitzpatrick 68.9 rating (Cardinals lost 19-16)
Week 7 vs. Vikings: Christian Ponder 35.5 rating (Cardinals lost 21-14)The Cardinals are on a three-game losing streak, but don't fault the pass defense for those defeats. For the season, opposing quarterbacks have compiled a 67.4 rating with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

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.