Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

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Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Quarterbacks3 Scott Tolzien 6-3, 210 Wisconsin Rookie Johnny Unitas Award winner as best senior in 20107 Colin Kaepernick 6-4, 230 Nevada Rookie Second-round pick makes difficult transition from Pistol offense11 Alex Smith 6-4, 217 Utah 7th yr. Finally has an offensive-minded head coachRunning backs21 Frank Gore 5-9, 217 Miami 7th yr. New contract and new status as team captain

24 Anthony Dixon 6-1, 233 Mississippi State 2nd yr. Big back needs to run like his size32 Kendall Hunter 5-7, 199 Oklahoma State Rookie Won job as Gore's backup with strong camp44 Moran Norris 6-1, 250 Kansas 11 Gore prefers his lead-blocking style49 Bruce Miller 6-2, 248 Central Florida Rookie Impressive conversion from defensive endWide receivers10 Kyle Williams 5-10, 186 Arizona State 2nd yr. Slot receiver battling for playing time15 Michael Crabtree 6-1, 215 Texas Tech 3rd yr. Easing back into form after broken foot17 Braylon Edwards 6-3, 215 Michigan 7th yr. Signed one-year deal to rebuild career19 Ted Ginn 5-11, 180 Ohio State 5th yr. Contributions will come in the return game84 Joshua Morgan 6-1, 215 Virginia Tech 4th yr. Big-play threat with 15.9 avg.Tight ends46 Delanie Walker 6-0, 242 Central Missouri 6th yr. Should benefit from tight end-friendly coaching85 Vernon Davis 6-3, 250 Maryland 6th yr. Among the elites at his positionOffensive linemen59 Jonathan Goodwin 6-3, 318 Michigan 10th yr. Only 49er with a Super Bowl ring62 Chilo Rachal 6-5, 323 USC 4th yr. Can be a force as a run-blocker67 Daniel Kilgore 6-3, 308 Appalachian State Rookie Fifth-round pick shows plenty of promise68 Adam Snyder 6-6, 325 Oregon 7th yr. Spirited fight before losing starting center job74 Joe Staley 6-5, 315 Central Michigan 5th yr. Plagued by injuries past two years75 Alex Boone 6-8, 300 Ohio State 2nd yr. Earned job as backup tackle on both sides76 Anthony Davis 6-5, 323 Rutgers 2nd yr. Lost 26 pounds since opening of camp77 Mike Iupati 6-5, 331 Idaho 2nd yr. Quickly became man 49ers ran behind as rookie78 Mike Person 6-4, 299 Montana State Rookie Teams plans to develop versatile draft pickDefensive linemen90 Isaac Sopoaga 6-2, 330 Hawaii 8th yr. Moves to NT to replace Aubrayo Franklin91 Ray McDonald 6-3, 290 Florida 5th yr. His 5-year, 20 million deal was biggest of offseason92 Will Tukuafu 6-4, 293 Oregon 1st yr. Makes jump after year on practice squad93 Ian Williams 6-1, 305 Notre Dame Rookie Undrafted but not unwanted, chose between 15 teams94 Justin Smith 6-4, 285 Missouri 11th yr. Mr. Consistency is only getting better95 Ricky Jean Francois 6-3, 295 LSU 3rd yr. Can back up at any spot on the line96 Demarcus Dobbs 6-3, 285 Georgia Undrafted Earned his way onto team with stellar campLinebackers51 Blake Costanzo 6-1, 235 Lafayette 4th yr. Hand-picked by Brad Seely, special teams coach52 Patrick Willis 6-1, 240 Mississippi 5th yr. Four-time Pro Bowl pick will blitz more53 NaVorro Bowman 6-0, 242 Penn State 2nd yr. Takes over for veteran Takeo Spikes54 Larry Grant 6-1, 251 Ohio State 3th yr. Signed to backup role by team that drafted him55 Ahmad Brooks 6-3, 259 Virginia 6th yr. Clear winner of LOLB starting job with strong camp56 Tavares Gooden 6-1, 242 Miami 4th yr. Reunites with Vic Fangio, his LB coach with Ravens98 Parys Haralson 6-0, 255 Tennessee 6th yr. Eight sacks in '08, just nine the past two seasons99 Aldon Smith 6-4, 258 Missouri Rookie He'll be used initially as pass-rush specialistDefensive backs20 Madieu Williams 6-1, 203 Maryland 8th yr. Experienced safety provides valuable depth22 Carlos Rogers 6-0, 192 Auburn 7th yr. Team believes he's an upgrade over Nate Clements25 Tarell Brown 5-10, 193 Texas 5th yr. Gets first chance to open as starter26 Tramaine Brock 5-10, 195 Bellhaven 2nd yr. In the mix for a role in nickel coverage27 C.J. Spillman 6-0, 199 Marshall 3rd yr. Could be 49ers' top tackler on special teams29 Chris Culliver 6-0, 199 South Carolina Rookie Talented rookie will spend year developing30 Reggie Smith 6-1, 200 Oklahoma 4th yr. Atop depth chart at free safety before knee injury31 Donte Whitner 5-10, 208 Ohio State 6th yr. Free-agent pickup becomes QB of secondary36 Shawntae Spencer 6-1, 190 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Presumptive starter missed camp with hamstring strain38 Dashon Goldson 6-2, 200 Washington 5th yr. Returned on one-year deal to prove himself43 Colin Jones 6-0, 208 TCU Rookie Drafted for sole purpose of excelling on special teams

Specialists2 David Akers 5-10, 200 Louisville 13th yr. Takes over spot Joe Nedney held for six years4 Andy Lee 6-2, 180 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Has navigated Candlestick winds to two Pro Bowls86 Brian Jennings 6-5, 242 Arizona State 12th yr. Longest-tenured 49ers player. . . by four years

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”