Maiocco: Camp Alex film would benefit coaches

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Maiocco: Camp Alex film would benefit coaches

June 11, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe San Jose State video department was on vacation, and the equipment was locked away.So Alex Smith thought -- and this is serious -- about asking his wife to videotape the on-field work this week during the four days of 49ers get-togethers, known here as "Camp Alex."Then, considering his wife had given birth to the couple's first child just a month earlier, Smith thought better of the idea and scratched that from his to-do list.If the lockout continues and there is a Camp Alex Part Deux, Smith said the practices will definitely be filmed so he can use the moving images as a teaching tool during the daily classroom sessions."Would you send a copy of the tape to the 49ers, too?" I asked him.Smith paused and wondered aloud if he could do that. I responded that he can do anything he wants as a player. There are no rules what players can and can't do during the owners-imposed lockout. Aside from players being physically locked out of team facilities, the restrictions impact only NFL employees.Of course, the coaches would be prohibited from responding to the players and sending along any input during the lockout. But there would be big benefits to the coaches if they had the opportunity to view the practices.If Smith shipped a copy of the practice film to coach Jim Harbaugh, all the offensive coaches could keep tabs on what the players are doing. It could help them formulate a more concise practice plan for when the lockout lifts. The coaches would know what the players are doing perfectly and what they need to emphasize and correct at the beginning of training camp.The 49ers did not want any part of this subject and declined comment. And an NFL spokesman has yet to respond to a question about the hypothetical situation of the 49ers' coaches being allowed to view the contents of a package that arrives in their in-boxes.

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.”