Moss is part of Aldon Smith's support group


Moss is part of Aldon Smith's support group

SANTA CLARA -- After two significant offseason incidents, 49ers second-year player Aldon Smith said he must surround himself with good people.One of those people is NFL veteran and 49ers newcomer Randy Moss.Moss has spent considerable time talking to Smith, 22, about conduct off the field, a source close to Smith told Moss reported to training camp on Wednesday -- a full day ahead of his required report date.
In addition, Smith's mother has spent a lot of time in the Bay Area with her son, and 49ers veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith has spoken extensively with the second-year player, the source said.Aldon Smith said he he has received full support from the entire 49ers organization."I've talked to Aldon and that conversation is private," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday. "Aldon doesn't need to re-read the same exact thing that I told him quoted in your newspaper."Said Aldon Smith, "Letting everybody down was probably the saddest part."
Moss has been a major part of the 49ers' support group.During his first meeting with the media since the day he signed a one-year contract on March 12, Moss spoke about his role on and off the field with the 49ers. He was not asked specifically about Aldon Smith."When I first came into this league, I didn't really understand everything that goes on with the NFL," said Moss, 35, a 13-year NFL veteran. "Now that I've matured physically and mentally, my philosophy is I do not like what the NFL does for me. I want to know what I can do to make the NFL better. If that's teaching the young guys and showing guys my professionalism and bringing leadership on and off field, that's what I'll do."If we have that mindset, it'll make it a better league. The league has blessed me and my family, and I'm very fortunate to be in a position I'm in. I like what I can do for the league, not what the league can do for me."Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI this offseason in Miami. The charge was dropped, he told The Sacramento Bee reported Smith qualified for a program to reduce the charges to reckless driving.Last month, Smith hosted a house party that got out of control in unincorporated San Jose in which there were two gunshot victims. Smith sustained stab wounds to his shoulder and abdomen from a small knife as he tried to break up a fight, a source told He spent 2 12 hours in an emergency room to close the wounds with staples.The investigation is ongoing, a Santa Clara Sheriff's Department spokesman said. No suspects have been identified.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.