NFL owners approve CBA, give players until Tuesday


NFL owners approve CBA, give players until Tuesday

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that the owners had ratified the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, moving the lockout one step closer to being over.

The agreement is 10 years in duration but still requires approval from the NFLPA. Early indications were that the players were not receptive to the CBA document penned by the owners.

A Thursday night conference call with the players did not result in a vote.

The owners reportedly have agreed to give the players until Tuesday to conduct a vote.

According to a reporter for the Sports Business Journal, "there are numerous items in the proposal that players never agreed to."

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Nevertheless, there was optimism from the league.

"We're getting close to getting football back and that's what we want," Goodell said at a press conference in Atlanta.

Owners voted 31-0 to approve the settlement, with the Raiders abstaining. Raiders CEO Amy Trask, in exclusive correspondence with Comcast SportsNet Insider Paul Gutierrez explained the abstention thusly:

"We have profound philosophical differences on a number of issues -- both of a football and economic nature," Trask said in an email. "We have consistently expressed our views on these matters to the league."

Goodell said that the August 7 Hall of Fame Game, featuring Chicago and St. Louis, will have to be cancelled. He said the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies would still take place as scheduled.

"The time was just too tight," the commissioner said. "Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to play the game this year."

Goodell said team training facilities would open Saturday and the new league year -- which includes free agency and training camps -- would officially begin on Wednesday.

"We anxious to get back to football and hopefully today's development and the developments of the NFLPA over the next few days will ensure that," Goodell said.

Of course, all of it is contingent on approval by the players. That vote could take place Thursday evening.

"There's an urgency to this. We want to have a full 2011 season and that includes four preseason games," Goodell said.

The four-month lockout is the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

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.