Moss played seven snaps in second half

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Moss played seven snaps in second half

MINNEAPOLIS -- Receiver Randy Moss got his first starting assignment Sunday for the 49ers, but his play time did not see a significant increase in the team's 24-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.Moss frequently rotated into the game in two-receiver formations in the first half. But Moss played just seven snaps in the second half. When asked about his play time, Moss responded, "Next question."Moss got open in the first half, but quarterback Alex Smith failed to connect on a couple throws, including one that could've resulted in an 18-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Six passes went Moss' way, and he caught three for 27 yards. Early in the game, Moss had a high toss skip through his hands.
Here is how the 49ers' play time broke down:Offense (58)
58 -- QB Alex Smith, LT Joe Staley, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, RT Alex Boone, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis
50 -- WR Michael Crabtree
46 -- RB Frank Gore
31 -- WR Mario Manningham
24 -- TE Delanie Walker, WR Kyle Williams
21 -- WR Randy Moss
13 -- FB Bruce Miller
11 -- RB Kendall Hunter
5 -- FB Will Tukuafu
4 -- OL Daniel Kilgore
3 -- OL Leonard DavisDefense (79)
79 -- S Dashon Goldson, OLB Aldon Smith, LB NaVorro Bowman, SS Donte Whitner
77 -- CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers
76 -- LB Patrick Willis
75 -- DT Ray McDonald, OLB Ahmad Brooks
72 -- DT Justin Smith
34 -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
30 -- CB Chris Culliver
20-- DT Ricky Jean Francois
5 -- DT Demarcus Dobbs
3 -- LB Larry Grant
2 -- S C.J. Spillman, CB Perrish Cox, OLB Eric BakhtiariSpecial teams
18 -- Darcel McBath
17 -- Demarcus Dobbs
15 -- Larry Grant, C.J. Spillman, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Dixon
14 -- Tramaine Brock
12 -- Will Tukuafu
11 -- Bruce Miller
8 -- Delanie Walker, Daniel Kilgore, David Akers
7 -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Perrish Cox, Dashon Goldson
6 -- Kyle Williams, Chris Culliver
4 -- Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Aldon Smith, Tarell Brown, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Rick Jean Francois, Eric Bakhtiari, Trenton Robinson
2 -- NaVorro Bowman, Kendall Hunter

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.”