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NFL combine notebook: Would Eagles trade Kolb?

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NFL combine notebook: Would Eagles trade Kolb?

Feb. 24, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comINDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers are keeping open all their options when it comes to the quarterback position.Coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Thursday that he would like quarterback Alex Smith to re-sign with the 49ers. But the 49ers will look to add at least two quarterbacks to their roster before the start of the 2011 season.RELATED: Harbaugh wishes Smith 'fresh start' with 49ers
General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers will explore all possibilities to improve the position, including the draft, free agency and trades.One veteran player the 49ers are likely to track is Philadelphia backup Kevin Kolb. He wants to be a starting quarterback somewhere, but it won't be with the Eagles, as long as Michael Vick is healthy.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman on Thursday did not rule out the possibility Kolb could be traded this offseason -- when trades are allowed to happen.
"We're still evaluating all our options and all our positions," Roseman said. "Obviously, we've been really fortunate to have good quarterbacks. There's Michael, there's Kevin, and we've got a lot of confidence in Mike Kafka. So that's a position that we're always going to want to be strong at . . . We don't discuss any (trade) discussions, external or internal."Here are some other notable quotes from the first day of the NFL scouting combine:Mike Lombardi, NFL Network analyst
"I think Jim (Harbaugh) has to change his offense. I mean you can't run Power-O 50 times like he did at Stanford and be effective. So I think he has to change and grow offensively, which he clearly can do. So I think that's the challenge that waits. And then there's the gap between college and pro that has to get obviously made up. Jim's last year in the NFL was 2003. To me, every three years the NFL dramatically changes over and over again and becomes a different league. So I think his work is challenging. It will take him a little bit of time and this offseason you can utilize the time to prepare him to prepare him what he can do."OGC Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
On whether he has a style similar to his uncle, former Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski: "I certainly try to be. One thing he was known for was finishing blocks and being a nasty guy and that's what I always try to do.I like to finish my blocks and I'm hearing positive feedback about the way I hustle so that's one way I think we're similar." Steve Wisniewski is currently an assistant offensive line coach with the Raiders, and Stefen was asked if he'd like to play for his uncle. "I think that would be awesome. I couldn't think of a better guy to work for. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler. He's my uncle. There are certainly complications when you get coached by a family member. For anyone who played for their father might know what that's like. But, yes, I'd love to play for my uncle."OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
"I know I can play right away. That's my best asset. I'm a draft-ready tackle. . . . I've gone against four potential first-round players this year. I have a better resume of going against better talent than anyone else, so that makes me more (pro) ready." The four players are Adrian Clayborn (Iowa), Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Cameron Heyward (Ohio State) and J.J. Watt (Wisconsin).OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
The biochemistry major was asked if he takes more pride in his athletic or academic accomplishments. "That's tough. Football is my first love, so I guess it's got to be what I did on the field. I think I put probably more work into what happened on the field. Academics has always come pretty easy to me. Football is something I love so I pour everything I have into it." And what will he do when he's done playing football? "I'd like to open up some kind of foundation and kind of pursue my biochemistry degree and kind of use it to do some sort of medical research."TE Virgil Green, Nevada
On catching passes from Colin Kaepernick: "His arm is pretty strong and he's actually taken a little juice off his ball the last two years. . . . Back in the day, he would just rocket it. You'd catch it and then have to jump back. Now he's got that nice smooth spiral to his ball and he's worked a lot on improving his talents as a quarterback."OG Stephen Schilling, Michigan
On starting 52 games: "It's definitely something I take a lot of pride in. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of my best accomplishments, being able to stay so durable and play so many years there."OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
"The SEC is among the best when it comes to athletes and the speed and the physical aspects of the game. You can go in and look at any SEC game and it'll be very physical and you just compete with each other. It's going to be very hard fought. That's the epitome of the league. It's a tough, physical game and I was right there with it."OT Nate Solder, Colorado
On struggling against Cal's Cameron Jordan: "Well, that was a breakdown in technique from me. You learn not to take anyone for granted and that guy played a heck of a game and you've got to give it to him. And no matter who you go against you can't break down in your technique. That was just a fundamental error on my part."TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee
"I think my strengths are the balance I have. I feel like I'm a really good blocker and I'm a really good receiver. As a defense, that's hard to prepare for. You look at the guys that are hard to prepare for -- the Steelers, the Patriots, the Cowboys -- they have dual-threat guys. And the tight ends are essential."Danny Watkins, Baylor
When asked if his age (26) worries him: "Well, I don't have arthritis so (laughs). I'm a little more mature than the other guys. I don't think it's a negative." Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs will take center stage at the NFL scouting combine on Friday.

Shanahan expects 'everyone in our building to be pissed off' after loss to Denver

Shanahan expects 'everyone in our building to be pissed off' after loss to Denver

After a couple of practices and one exhibition game against the Denver Broncos, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan once again came to the realization things are often not as good or bad as they seem.

That was his takeaway a day after the 49ers provided the Broncos with five giveaways to go along with 11 penalties in a 33-14 loss at Levi’s Stadium.

“But when I get in and watch the tape, it wasn’t quite as bad as it felt,” Shanahan said Sunday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “When you look at each situation, especially when you talk about the ones on offense, it takes 11 guys to execute a play, and if you have one guy off a little bit, it breaks down.”

A couple of passes that could have been caught, a ball that slipped out of quarterback Brian Hoyer’s hand and some other correctable errors gives Shanahan reason to be optimistic.

When he spoke to the media on Saturday night after the game, Shanahan was clearly upset with how his 90-man team performed. He was asked a day later if it was a relief to watch the film and come to the conclusion that not everything was a total disaster.

“It’s not really relief,” Shanahan quipped. “It’s kind of my life story.

“We put a lot into it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a scrimmage, practice or preseason. I try to compose myself by the time I talk to you guys (the media) after practice. But I’m pretty pissed after practice when it doesn’t go well. We’re competitive guys and we want everything to be perfect. That’s why most of the time I’m not that happy.”

Shanahan said he expects everyone in the organization to hold themselves to the same high standard.

“Whenever you go out to a game like that, you want to win, you want to play well,” he said. “And you turn the ball over like that and you have the penalties that we did, I’m definitely going to be pissed off and I expect everyone in our building to be pissed off. If they’re not, that’s when I would be worried.”

Shanahan said he had the opposite feeling after the practice Wednesday against the Broncos that looked like a decisive win for the 49ers. Upon review, Shanahan said he felt there was still a lot of room for improvement.

“I thought things seemed real good at practice our first day versus them,” he said. “Then, I go in and watch the film and it was good but not quite as good as I felt when I was out there.”

49ers could get presumptive starting free safety back soon

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49ers could get presumptive starting free safety back soon

The 49ers could get their presumptive starting free safety back on the field this week.

Jimmie Ward, who has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since sustaining a hamstring injury during a conditioning test on the eve of training camp, will go through strenuous workouts Monday and Tuesday.

Ward could be cleared to return to practice as early as Wednesday, when the club is scheduled to hold its next practice.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday in a conference call with reporters that defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will will pace him through a football-related workout on Monday and Tuesday.

"Hopefully, we'll get him ready to go by Wednesday," Shanahan said.

The 49ers envision Ward, a first-round draft pick in 2014, as a major contributor in the team’s new 4-3 scheme, which is based on Seattle’s defense. With strong safety Eric Reid playing close to the line of scrimmage, Ward will play the deep safety – a role that Earl Thomas has played for the Seahawks.

In Ward’s absence, undrafted rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games and appears to have played his way into solid position for a spot on the 53-man roster.

"Lorenzo has done a good job," Shanahan said. "I think a couple of times he's ran around and been a ballhawk for us and made some tackles. I thought they caught him a few times out of position last night on a few play-action looks because he's been so aggressive. He's going to have to learn from those, but they never made him pay for those by going outside."

QUICK SLANTS
--The 49ers will have days off on Monday and Tuesday as they settle into their regular-season routine.

--Shanahan said he has been formulating ideas for the game plan against Carolina in Week 1 of the regular season. So as the 49ers play the exhibition games, they are mindful of not showing too much.

"I never get too far away from that," Shanahan said. "Everything we put into a preseason game, you always try to take into account what you’re going to be doing in the regular season."

--Shanahan said he thought No. 1 quarterback Brian Hoyer "did a good job." He said the first throw intended for Vance McDonald over the middle was thrown a little late.

"Besides that, I thought he did a good job with his reads and went to the right spots," Shanahan said.

Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard also was on-point with his reads, Shanahan said.

--Eli Harold got the start Saturday night at outside linebacker position, as he competes with Ahmad Brooks for a job.

"I try to go off what I see in practice," Shanahan said. "You want to know who has more upside, things like that. Who's going to get better throughout the year if given the opportunity? But you also want to know, when it's all said and done, who is going to affect your win-loss record the most. Those are the things I look at personally."

--Former 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement on Sunday. Shanahan never coached him, but he was obviously a big fan.

"I've personally met Anquan or talked to him before, but he has been one of my favorites of all time," Shanahan said. "I love Anquan. I don't know him at all, but I feel like I do because I've always studied how he plays. I remember watching him in college when he came into Florida State as a quarterback and moved quickly to receiver his freshman year.

"And I remember him coming into the league and people thinking he wouldn't be as great because he didn't have a fast 40 time. And watching him play over the years. That's my definition of a football player. He's as violent of a receiver as there is, and I've always truly believed that receivers can really set the mentality of an offense. I feel lineman have no choice, they have to be tough. Running backs, if you're not tough, you're not going to make it in this league because you get hit every play. Quarterbacks got to hang in there. Receivers are the guys who can pick and choose a little bit. And when you have guys who play like Anquan, that just brings a whole different mentality to your offense that I think usually leads to teams that have chances to win Super Bowls."