NFL: 49ers return to London in 2013 to play Jaguars

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NFL: 49ers return to London in 2013 to play Jaguars

The 49ers will return to London next season to play against the "host" Jacksonville Jaguars in a regular-season game at London's Wembley Stadium, the NFL announced Thursday morning.It will be the second appearance for the 49ers in London in four seasons. On October 31, 2010, the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 24-16 in front of 83,941 fans at Wembley.The game in 2013 will take place Sunday, Oct. 27. Kick off is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT (5:00 p.m. in the United Kingdom)."The 49ers are excited and privileged to once again serve as ambassadors for the NFL and the game of football internationally," 49ers CEO Jed York York said. "Our 2010 experience in London was tremendous. The atmosphere at Wembley Stadium on game day was electric. The ability for us to share 49ers football with our faithful fans internationally is a treat for everyone in our organization."It will mark the third time the 49ers have played a regular-season game outside the United States. The 49ers in 2005 played the first regular-season game in Mexico City. The 49ers lost 31-14."Competing on an international stage is a great opportunity for our football team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "Our coaches, players and staff take great pride in representing the 49ers organization, as well as the National Football League. The support we received from fans in the UK during our 2010 trip was truly special, and the team looks forward to once again playing at Wembley Stadium next October."
The game will be the first in London for the Jaguars, who earlier this year committed to play one regular-season home game in London in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, all at Wembley."By committing to play a regular-season home game in London in each of the next four years, the Jaguars will play a major role in helping grow our sport in the U.K. and beyond," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement."We think Jaguars-49ers is a matchup our fans will really enjoy and a great way to start a new era in the international development of our game."When the 49ers played in London in 2010, the organization requested a game on the East Coast the previous week to cut down on the travel time. The 49ers played the Carolina Panthers, then traveled straight to London for a week of practice.Among the away games the 49ers have scheduled for next season are at Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Tennessee and an unknown NFC East opponent.49ers' 2013 opponents
Full schedules with times and dates are announced in the spring of 2013Home
Atlanta
Carolina
Houston
Indianapolis
NFC North
Arizona
St. Louis
SeattleAway
Jacksonville, Sunday, Oct. 27, at London's Wembley Stadium
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
Tennessee
NFC East
Arizona
St. Louis
Seattle

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.”