Looks like Smith vs. Campbell matchup Monday


Looks like Smith vs. Campbell matchup Monday

The Chicago Bears on Friday morning announced former Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell will start Monday night against the 49ers.Campbell will be entrusted with his first start for the Bears with Jay Cutler ruled out of action after sustaining a concussion in Chicago's 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday night.Cutler has thrown for 1,814 yards on 59.2-percent passing this season with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His passer rating is 80.4 Campbell has completed 12 of 20 attempts this season for 94 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.While with the Raiders in October 2010, Campbell completed just 8 of 21 attempts for 83 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 49ers 17-9 victory at Candlestick Park. It was the 49ers first victory after five losses to open the season.Alex Smith, who exited the 49ers' game Sunday in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams with a concussion, took part in limited practice Thursday and is expected to start Monday night.Smith ranks behind only Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers among NFL quarterbacks with a passer rating of 104.1. Smith is completing a league-best 70 percent of his pass attempts with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also is third in the NFL with an 8.0-yard average per pass attempt. But the 49ers continue to be a ground-based offense. Smith ranks 31st in pass attempts. Prior to the 2011 season, Raiders beat reporter Paul Gutierrez and I had an email exchange in which we compared Smith and Campbell -- the then-starting quarterbacks of the Bay Area teams. Here was how we viewed those players before last season.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.