Life-long 49ers fan, Tyler hoping for a ring of his own

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Life-long 49ers fan, Tyler hoping for a ring of his own

INDIANAPOLIS -- His father's prized piece of jewelry was not only an object to help him fulfill obligations in school, it served as a goal for later in life.USC running back Marc Tyler, whose own football career got derailed in his final high school game, is hoping to accomplish anywhere near the kind of success his father, Wendell, achieved with the Los Angeles Rams and 49ers.After six seasons with the Rams, Wendell Tyler finished his NFL career with four seasons as running back with the 49ers (1983-86). With Tyler and Roger Craig sharing the load in 1984, the 49ers finished 15-1 and cruised to a Super Bowl title with a 38-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins.In the Super Bowl, Tyler gained 65 yards on 13 carries and also caught four passes for 70 yards. The ring, humble by today's standards, is a family heirloom."I took it to school when I was younger," Marc Tyler said, "took it to show-and-tell. It's nice, but not as nice as the ones they have now."Tyler would like to get a ring of his own. But, first, he just wants to get a ring -- a phone call -- from any NFL team during the draft.
Tyler was a heavily recruited running back from Oaks Christian in Westlake Village. But he sustained a grisly tibia-fibula fracture of his left leg in his final game of the 2006 season.He sat out 2007, and carried the ball just 41 times in 2008 and 2009. He had a breakout season in 2010 with 913 yards and nine touchdowns at USC. As a fifth-year senior, Tyler gained 568 yards and four touchdowns.Tyler fashions a different running style than his father. This Tyler is a power back. But NFL teams want to see a little more speed, too.Tyler (5-foot-11, 219 pounds) did not alleviate any concerns about his speed and health at the NFL scouting combine. Tyler on Sunday clocked in at 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash.In 2005, Frank Gore ran a 4.65 at the combine after an injury-plagued college career. The 49ers selected Gore with the first pick of the third round, drawing criticism from some experts for "reaching."
"I like Frank Gore. He runs downhill and he runs physical," Tyler said.Tyler said he spoke with Gore on the phone after one game last season. His former USC teammate Amir Carlisle, who is transferring to Notre Dame, knew Gore because his father Duane Carlisle, formerly worked as 49ers strength and conditioning coach.Of course, Tyler said he would love to get a chance to get to know Gore a lot better. And the 49ers figure to be in the market for a running back at some point in the draft.
"That would be great," he said. "Most teams are going to two backs, three backs. But just to get on any team would be great."Tyler has been a 49ers fan his entire life, he said. And he reveled in the organization's on-field turnaround under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached against Tyler while at rival Stanford."Coach Harbaugh, his coaching style, you can tell he's a players' coach and the players really play hard for him," Tyler said. "All his teams are tough and run the ball well."

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.