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."

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ biggest free-agent acquisition on defense and one of the team’s first-round draft picks play the same position.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he is holding off on thinking about how everything is going to play out this season at the linebacker position.

“I really try not to envision it too hard because I see a lot of good players there,” Shanahan said Tuesday during the 49ers’ first week of organized team activities.

The 49ers awarded weakside linebacker Malcolm Smith guaranteed money as an unrestricted free agent totaling approximately $12 million. Then, on the first day of the draft, the 49ers’ No. 3 rated prospect experienced a free fall, and the club traded into the back end of the first round to select him.

While Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been sidelined through the offseason program as he recovers from shoulder injury, he figures to compete with Smith for the starting job. Foster will also learn middle linebacker, where NaVorro Bowman has earned first-team All-Pro honors in four seasons.

Bowman looks to be nearly all the way back from a torn Achilles that limited him to just four games last season.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Shanahan said. “Seeing Bow out here and how healthy he’s been, knowing we’ve added some good free agents, and the way the draft worked out, having a linebacker we had ranked very highly fall to us at the end of the first round. We got a lot better pretty fast.

“When you ask me how it’s going to play out, I’m not sure. It’s a good problem to have. It’s something you’d like to have any every position. There’s going to be a very good player who’s not out there all the time. That’s not a bad thing. That makes the two guys who are out there go a lot harder and play better. It makes special teams better and it allowed you to survive injuries, which almost always happen.”

Bowman’s vision for the upcoming season includes him retaining his role in the middle of the 49ers’ defense.

"I won't be on the sideline, I'll tell you that right now,” Bowman said.

Bowman said he was not fazed with the 49ers selected Foster in the first round. Foster is likely considered the heir apparent to Bowman.

Shanahan called Bowman after the selection of Foster was made, but Bowman said he did not need to speak with the coach about why the selection was made.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Bowman said of the phone call, “but it was good to hear from him, to see that he had something to say or an idea of what he wanted to get across to me.

“But we haven’t talked about it. I did that on purpose. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll compete with anyone, whether he’s 21 or 35. It doesn’t matter. I’m a guy who’s going to give my best effort and have full confidence in my abilities to play this game. I know how much I study this game. I know how good I am and that’s what was going to bring back here.

“It’s always a competition. There’s always someone trying to take your spot. As a player, if you keep that in mind, you’ll always put the work in that’s needed.”

 

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

SANTA CLARA -- For the first time since Bryant Young retired following the 2007 season, the 49ers have placed his old number back into service.

Linebacker Dekoda Watson was issued No. 97 for the team’s organized team activities this week.

Young was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and eight-time winner of the Len Eshmont Award as the 49ers’ most inspirational and courageous player. No 49ers player has worn No. 97 in the past nine seasons or offseasons.

Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is now wearing No. 94 after being issued No. 96 for the rookie minicamp. Linebacker Reuben Foster is wearing No. 56.

Rookie defensive tackle D.J. Jones now wearing No. 96. Cornerback Rashard Robinson switched back to No. 33 after an earlier change to No. 26. Running back Kapri Bibbs is now 26. Rookie running back Joe Williams is No. 32 after wearing No. 33 at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles over the weekend. Veteran running back Tim Hightower is wearing No. 22.