Justin Smith on Gilbride's comments: 'Whatever'

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Justin Smith on Gilbride's comments: 'Whatever'

SANTA CLARA -- Yes, there's some holding going on in the middle of the line, 49ers All-Pro defensive lineman Justin Smith revealed on Friday.In response to the comment from New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride that Smith uses illegal tactics to hold offensive linemen, Smith made a statement of his own about who is really guilty of holding.
"They hold me," Smith said of offensive linemen, in general. "They hold me. That's the first I've heard of it (Gilbride's accusation). Interesting. They just hold. They're born that way."A meeting of two teams that faced off for the NFC championship last season got a lot more interesting over the past two days. On Thursday, Gilbride made a statement to the New York media that singled out Smith."Smith is a beast on the inside," Gilbride said. "He's strong. He does as good a job of grabbing ahold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder."That prompted 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to issue a sharply worded rebuke of Gilbride's contention. Harbaugh released a statement and then declined to expound on his comments during his usual Friday press conference.RELATED: Harbaugh reacts strongly to Gilbride's comments
"Kevin Gilbride's outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith's play is, first, an absurd analogy," Harbaugh said in the statement. "Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It's obvious that the Giants coaching staff's sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating."Smith said he learned of Gilbride's statement on Friday. Initially, he said he had no reaction. When reminded that Gilbride said he gets away with murder, Smith quipped, "Hey, better than getting caught with it."Said Smith, "I really don't know what he's talking about, to be honest with you. But if he's trying to talk himself, get some bulletin-board stuff, good for him. Whatever they need to do."There's nothing to call. I don't know what he's talking about, to be honest with you. But whatever they need to do. I read some of the other stuff -- 'No respect.' They're the defending Super Bowl champs. Whatever. We'll be ready. They'll be ready. They'll come in and it'll be a good game. That's what it's all about."On Wednesday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin raised some eyebrows when he said, "Nobody gives us a chance to win. Well see."

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.