Jacobs showing dramatic improvement

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Jacobs showing dramatic improvement

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Brandon Jacobs, wearing gray sweats, emerged from the 49ers locker room Thursday evening and broke into a slow jog.Jacobs, who sustained a left knee sprain Aug. 18 against the Houston Texans, has made noticeable progress and remains in the picture to be available when the 49ers open the regular season Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers. A week ago, he was hobbling around the 49ers' practice facility with the assistance of crutches.
Jacobs was one of five 49ers who did not take part in warmups prior to Thursday's exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers at Candlestick Park.The others who did not suit up for the game were receiver Ted Ginn (right ankle), tight enddefensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (left calf), outside linebacker Parys Haralson (undisclosed) and receiver Mario Manningham, who attended his grandfather's funeral on Thursday. --Rookie outside linebacker Cam Johnson, who has not suited up for an exhibition game due to a knee condition, took part in pregame warmups.--Outside linebacker Aldon Smith (right hip) also was dressed and apparently available for the game. Smith took part in warmups Sunday in Denver but did not see action.--Running back LaMichael James (ankle) and tight end Delanie Walker (knee) also took part in warmups. James did not travel to Denver last week. Walker sat out the past two exhibition games.--Outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, who sustained a concussion Sunday against the Denver Broncos, took part in pregame warmups after being limited in practice during the week. Rookie guard Joe Looney entered the game as the 49ers' third center after the club waived Jason Slowey and Chase Beeler this week. Looney practiced delivering snaps -- both under center and shotgun -- to reserve quarterbacks Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien during pregame warmups.

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”