Justin Smith, NFL's second biggest steal


Justin Smith, NFL's second biggest steal

While it may have once been impolite to talk about money, times have certainly changed in this day and age of the Internet. With NFL contracts available to the public, it's easy to see which teams made a killing in their negotiations and which weren't quite as lucky. According to a report by CBSSports.com, the San Francisco 49ers got quite the steal when they locked in Justin Smith.

The defensive end signed a six-year contract with the 49ers in 2008 that will take him through the 2013 season, and netted him in at roughly 6.375 million in 2011. Since joining the team, Smith has recorded 193 tackles, 29 sacks, and 211.5 yards, with one interception in his inaugural 2008 season. Smith also recorded nine tackles and two sacks in the 49ers' 2011 playoff run, their first in nine years.

Smith was an integral piece of that playoff run, and joins the ranks of other steals such as Aaron Rodgers, who led the Packers to a Super Bowl win in 2010 and only costs them 8.5M, Joe Flacco, quarterback for the Ravens who makes an affordable 6.76M, and Victor Cruz, Giants wide receiver who salsa dances his way into the list making 540,000 during New York's 2011 Super Bowl run.

Crosstown rivals the New York Jets headline a less positive list, however, with quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes both making the cut of the worst contracts in football. Sanchez and Holmes earn 11.75M and 8M, respectively, and the Jets failed to make the playoffs in 2011. Trent Williams, offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins, snags the number one spot on the list with 12M per year, which is the fifth-highest average salary. Williams has been accused of lacking hustle and has failed enough drug tests to warrant a four-game suspension. A fifth would see him off the field for a year.

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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.