Maiocco's Instant Replay: Texans 20, 49ers 9

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Maiocco's Instant Replay: Texans 20, 49ers 9

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HOUSTON -- The status of 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is in question after a first-quarter knee injury ended his evening after one rushing attempt.The 49ers were lucky quarterback Alex Smith wasn't banged up, too. The offensive line struggled with pass protection Saturday night against the Houston Texans. Smith was sacked twice and hit several other times.Smith completed 5 of 9 passing attempts for 49 yards. The 49ers managed a field goal out of his two drives, which covered 21 snaps.Anthony Dixon, filling the short-yardage role with Jacobs' absence, was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run attempt to end the 49ers' second drive.The extent of Jacobs' injury was not immediately known.
NEWS: Jacobs leaves with knee injury
The 49ers settled for three Akers' field goals, including kicks of 50 and 55 yards, in a 20-9 loss to the Texans at Reliant Stadium.Backup Colin Kaepernick replaced Smith and immediate ran the no-huddle offense. He gained 12 yards on a spread read option. But Kaepernick completed just 4 of 8 attempts for 19 yards.Johnson's night: Josh Johnson was the third quarterback into the game, and he delivered a beautifully thrown 32-yard pass to A.J. Jenkins, who made an over-the-shoulder catch at the right sideline. But Johnson missed an opportunity for a touchdown on the next play when he overthrew a wide-open Jenkins by 5 yards. Johnson finished the night 4 of 6 for 64 yards.On the defensive: The first-team defense kept the Texans out of the end zone, but they were not able to generate much pass rush without outside linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks on the field. Smith (right hip) and Brooks (left knee) did not make the trip.Parys Haralson and Eric Bakhtiari started at outside linebacker. Bakhtiari played almost the entire game.Cornerback Chris Culliver surrendered a 22-yard Matt Schaub pass to Keshawn Martin. The Texans' first-team offense scored a touchdown against the 49ers' second defense just prior to the end of the half.LaMichael's La-Muff: Rookie LaMichael James has been working on punt returns during training camp, but he did not look comfortable angling toward the sideline in the third quarter to track down Donnie Jones' punt. James misjudged it and muffed the punt, but the 49ers retained possession because the ball deflected out of bounds.Late in the game, James suffered an injury to his lower left leg and left the field without placing weight on his left leg. He was carted off the field.

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

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.