Maiocco: How Culpepper would fit in with 49ers

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Maiocco: How Culpepper would fit in with 49ers

Aug. 15, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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During practice Sunday at Candlestick Park, 49ers quarterbacks dropped back 62 times for pass attempts.Alex Smith, No. 1 on the depth chart, took 39 of those pass attempts. Rookie Colin Kaepernick, whom 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said remains in competition for the starting job, dropped back 19 times.Undrafted rookies Jeremiah Masoli and McLeod Bethel-Thompson took three snaps apiece.
Veteran Daunte Culpepper worked out for the 49ers early Monday morning a source close to Culpepper told CSNBayArea.com. All indications are the 49ers expect to sign Culpepper to a one-year contract, the source said. If the deal is completed, Culpepper could be on the practice field at 2:30 p.m. for the team's scheduled three-hour workout.
But the 49ers do not envision Culpepper as a competitor for the starting job. If the 49ers sign Culpepper, he would arrive as the third quarterback.REWIND: 49ers set up workout with Daunte Culpepper
Smith has not done anything in the first two-plus weeks of training camp that should come as a surprise -- one way or the other -- for the 49ers. And the team gave Smith a fully guaranteed one-year deal worth 4 million to come back for a seventh NFL season. (He can earn another 900,000 in incentives.)If the 49ers sign Culpepper, 34, he would not be taking over for Smith or Kaepernick. And he would not be joining the quarterback competition. There aren't enough practice snaps at this stage of training camp to hold a three-way competition.At this stage, the 49ers are looking for a third quarterback with experience who does not need many practice snaps to be able to function in a game -- if needed.Smith took a beating Friday night against in the exhibition opener against the Saints. Is Kaepernick ready to make that transition from college to starting an NFL regular-season game? Would the 49ers want to put him in harm's way this early in his career?That's why the 49ers are, as Harbaugh said Sunday, "kicking the tires" on Culpepper at this point in training camp.

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.”