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.

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.”