Kyle Williams: The day after

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Kyle Williams: The day after

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Williams, whose two mishandled punts were pivotal plays in the 49ers' 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, stood at his locker room to answer questions.Here is what Williams had to say a day after the 49ers' loss in the NFC Championship Game:"It was unfortunate circumstance last night for me and the team, but I'm OK. I'm up to it," he said.Did you consult anybody or talk to anybody?

"My teammates. I couldn't be happier with the support they've given me. They let me know that they got my back, and that it's not all on me and not to think about that. But I'm very fortunate to have the teammates I have."There was an image of you on the ground last night, laying flat, could you share with us your emotions?
"It's one of those feelings you don't ever want to feel on the football field, to give it up in a situation like that. It's painful. We're very passionate about what we do, and we're very passionate about getting to the Super Bowl. To be that close and not get it done, it was painful but it's something we're going to move through as a team. And we'll be back."You got to love the fact your teammates had your back?
"Yeah, I got the best teammates in the world."How do you bounce back from this?
"You just bounce back and you move through it. It's one of those things you have to learn from and you got to take full responsibility for it, which I do. It's something I made a mistake on, and I move through it. I promise you that."What did your dad (Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams) say to you?
"I talked to my dad every day. Again, we're in agreement that it's something you learn from and get better from and you stand up and take responsibility as a man and you move through it."He said you were playing with a shoulder injury?
"Look, in football everybody's going to be dinged up here and there. If what he said was saying that was the cause for any of the mistakes that were made, that's not it. I take full responsibility for the mistake I did make and you got to play with what you got. I was dinged up. Everybody was dinged up in the game. That's football. Nobody is going to be 100 percent. So I was fine. It was something that happened."Did you hear from anybody you didn't expect to hear from?
"A couple guys around the league reaching out that were supportive of me, which I didn't expect. But it was nice to see, nice to hear. Again, it's something that's going to help me moving forward."Who were those people?
"I'm not going to get into it."Your name was blown up on Twitter. How do you deal with that?
"Well, you know what, I didn't pay attention to Twitter. All I was was the feedback I needed was from the family and friends and guys in this locker room. That was really all I needed because that's all that matters, when it comes down to it, was the guys who were wearing the same jersey as me and the family and friends who were close by."You could've stayed behind the curtain and not talked for months. Why come out here?
"Because it's one of those things you have to take accountability for. Everybody is responsible for what they do on the field and off the field. It was something I was responsible for and I made a mistake. And it's time to own up to it and move forward."Looking back was there any sense of you trying to do too much on that play because of the circumstances?
"I don't think so. When you're out there, you want to make a play. You want to make a play for your team. We weren't exactly moving forward. It was one of those things that we needed something to spark us and . . . I wouldn't go back and change it. Ten times out of 10, I wouldn't change it. It's one of those things, I was trying to make something happen and the other guy on the other team made something happen. It's unfortunate circumstance, but he made a play, I didn't."Were you trying to shift the ball from your right arm to your left?
"Yeah, I was trying to get it into my right hand. He just made a good play. He got his hand in there and poked it out."On the first one, did you know the ball hit you?
"I didn't know it hit me. I still don't think it hit me."Does this make you even more eager to start things up again?
"Yeah, I can't wait to get back to work -- and to get back to work with these guys in this locker room and move forward from this and just get better and learn from it. I can't wait."

49ers begin final phase of offseason program

49ers begin final phase of offseason program

The 49ers have graduated back to the phase of the offseason when offense-vs.-defense drills are allowed.

Because of the hiring of Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers were allowed an additional “voluntary” minicamp before the NFL draft. That meant the 49ers were permitted to skip from the two-week conditioning phase of the offseason straight to what is allowed under Phase III.

But after the three-day minicamp in late-April, the 49ers were forced to retreat back to Phase II, when on-field drills but could not include offense vs. defense.

Beginning Monday – and over the next three weeks -- the 49ers can get back to conducting the standard one-on-one, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 "non-contact" drills. The 49ers have the maximum number of 10 organized team activities scheduled. The official offseason program concludes with a mandatory minicamp scheduled for June 13-15.

The real competition does not begin until the pads go on during training camp. but here’s a look at the team’s most notable offseason competitions (one position you will not find is quarterback, where the depth chart of Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley and C.J. Beathard appears clearly set):

Running back: Carlos Hyde, entering the final year of his original four-year contract, has a lot of competition to hold onto his role as the featured back. He is coming off his most-productive season, finishing just 12 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark when he sustained a knee injury with one game remaining. Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner lobbied for Utah running back Joe Williams in the draft. They clearly see a fit for him within the system.

Pass-rush end: The 49ers’ pass rush was among the worst in the NFL the past two seasons. Arik Armstead will be given an opportunity to see if he can adapt to the “Leo” position. Aaron Lynch must earn the confidence of the coaching staff and front office. The 49ers added explosive, 243-pound pass Pita Taumoepenu in the sixth round.

Tight end: The 49ers confirmed Vance McDonald was available for a trade during the draft. After finding no takers, the 49ers brought back McDonald and he rejoins the competition among rookies George Kittle and Cole Hikutini, and veterans Logan Paulsen, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell.

Cornerback: Rashard Robinson is the obvious choice to start on one side. And assuming Jimmie Ward remains at free safety, the 49ers have no other player on the roster who has started a significant number of games at cornerback. Rookie Ahkello Witherspoon, a third-round draft pick, will have a legitimate opportunity to win a starting job, as long as he displays a willingness to stick his nose into the action and play with the requisite level of physicality. Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser and Will Redmond should also be in the mix to replace Tramaine Brock, who was released shortly after his arrest after an alleged domestic incident last month.

Center: Jeremy Zuttah, a Pro Bowl performer, was added in the offseason via a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Daniel Kilgore has been the 49ers’ center the past three seasons but injuries have limited him to just 23 starts over that period of time. Zuttah has position flexibility. The 49ers could determine the best thing for the offensive line is to move Zuttah to one of the guard positions – to challenge Zane Beadles or Joshua Garnett -- if he is not clearly better than Kilgore.

Weakside linebacker: The 49ers signed veteran Malcolm Smith on the first day of free agency, providing him with $11.5 million of fully guaranteed money. The 49ers ranked Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster as the No. 3 overall prospect in the draft. They traded up to select him at No. 31 overall. Assuming Foster is ready to compete at the beginning of training camp after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, it appears likely he would line up in that position and compete with Smith. The 49ers’ medical staff does not believe Foster will require any additional surgery, and Foster said he expects to be cleared for the opening of camp.

Barkley continues work with personal coach of Brady, Ryan

Barkley continues work with personal coach of Brady, Ryan

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spent last offseason working with Tom House and Adam Dedeaux on his throwing mechanics.

Ryan went on to set career-bests in completion percentage (69.9), yards passing (4,944), touchdowns (38), interceptions (7) and passer rating (117.1).

New 49ers quarterback Matt Barkley worked with House and Dedeaux for the fourth offseason in Southern California before reporting to Santa Clara for the team’s offseason program.

“Kyle (Shanhan) is on board with what House and those guys are doing – I think, really, because of the year Matt Ryan had,” Barkley said on “The 49ers Insider Podcast” on NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He’s a believer in that. He saw the benefits of what Matt did with some of his drops and the timing on routes, how he changed his feet on some things. So we’re kind of sticking with that plan. Everyone is a little different, but for the most part we’re all on the same page when it comes to what our drops are looking like, our footwork and how the ball is coming out.”

House is a former major league pitcher and pitching coach who founded the 3DQB training facility in Los Angeles. Dedeaux pitched at USC and is the grandson of USC baseball coaching legend Rod Dedeaux. Former NFL quarterback John Beck is a motion mechanics instructor.

Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Alex Smith and Carson Palmer are among the NFL quarterbacks who have worked with 3DQB.

“I believe in those guys and what they’re doing,” Barkley said. “They’re at the top of their game, working with Brady and a bunch of other guys. They’ve helped me.

“He won’t change your throwing motion or really tweak how the ball comes out, but he’s going to try to maximize velocity and ground force production and torque -- a lot of sports science terms. But, really, just maximizing efficiency with your motion and making sure you’re sequencing is right.”

Barkley had never played for Shanahan before signing a two-year contract with the 49ers on the first day of free agency. But there are two obvious connections. Barkley’s offensive coordinator last season with the Chicago Bears was Dowell Loggains, Shanahan’s quarterbacks coach in 2014 when Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator. The other connection is House.

"It’s kind of funny, he worked with Atlanta’s staff all of last year, helped Matt Ryan, kind of build his base from the ground up and helped him a lot and he had an MVP year," Barkley said of House.

"There may have been talks down the pipeline, who knows. I don’t think that was the deciding factor by any means, but it never hurts.”