Intangibles help propel 49ers in 2011


Intangibles help propel 49ers in 2011

The Seattle crowed erupted when the Seahawks blocked Andy Lees punt in the fourth quarter giving the home team the ball on the 49ers 4-yard line. The decibel meter got pushed even higher after Marshawn Lynch bulldozed into the endzone nine seconds later. The score broke San Franciscos 14 game streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown and gave the Seahawks a 17-16 lead with less than seven minutes to play. The back-to-back plays had the feeling of game changers, but not for the players on the 49ers sideline.

They didnt flinch, said head coach Jim Harbaugh. The demeanor on the sidelines was outstanding. Offense, defense, special teams, nobody was hanging there daubers. It was a matter of getting back out there and making the necessary plays to win.
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Said Frank Gore: We just said, Hey, offense lets go. Try to get down the field and get some points. I was like, 'were going to win the game. Were going to win the game.'

Gore is quick to admit that feeling didnt always exist in seasons past.

Everybody would have been, back in the days after that blocked punt, would have been like, Ah man. What are we going to do now?

And this season?

Now its like, Lets go make plays and get some points on the board and win the game. We know that were a good team and we dont panic, Gore said. We dont panic at all. When things dont go right we all get together and tell ourselves we just got to do this and settle down and just make plays and thats what we do.

That attitude led the 49ers to a go-ahead field goal on their next possession -- a six-play drive highlighted by Michael Crabtrees 41-yard reception that set up what would be David Akers 39-yard game-winner. The 19-17 victory was the 49ers' first win in the Pacific Northwest since 2008 and gave the team five wins on the road for the first time since 2002.

Gore says the seeds for the teams "we-got-this" mindset were planted during the 21-point comeback against Philadelphia and grew from there. Harbaugh believes it stems from a culmination of things.

The biggest thing I point to is a lot of little reasons, Harbaugh said. "A lot of people think the minutiae that are important that add up to make all the difference and our guys continually do the little things and they stack on each other and they build on each other and low and behold you win games in high pressure situations or find ways to do enough things right to win games.

Regardless of where the mindset came from, its the intangible that a playoff team must have.

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.