NFL Rankings: 49ers crack Top 5, Raiders don't move

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NFL Rankings: 49ers crack Top 5, Raiders don't move

The Falcons are flying in uncharted territory, the Niners make a statement and the Raiders take advantage of the soft underbelly of their schedule.

1 (1) Atlanta Falcons (7-0) Off to best start in franchise history; Falcons had never been 5-0 before this year. 2 (3) New York Giants (6-2) Raiders fans lamenting Stevie Brown (five picks) as The One That Got Away. 3 (6) San Francisco 49ers (6-2) If it's not the defense setting the standard, Alex Smith is breaking efficiency records. 4 (2) Houston Texans (6-1) Bye week allows Texans to lick their wounds, re-focus. 5 (4) Chicago Bears (6-1) They've already had six Pick-6s. The 1985 Bears had five defensive TDs all season. 6 (8) Green Bay Packers (5-3) Yes, Aaron Rodgers is feeling it - 11 TDs and 0 INTs in his last three games. 7 (11) New England Patriots (5-3) TE Rob Gronkowski has a league-high 11 multi-touchdown games since 2010. 8 (5) Minnesota Vikings (5-3) Norse boast leading rusher in Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin tied for lead in receptions. 9 (12) Denver Broncos (4-3) Peyton Manning's streak of three straight four-plus TD passing games longest since 2004. 10 (7) Baltimore Ravens (5-2) In the spirit of Halloween and a bye week: Quote the Ravens on injuries nevermore? 11 (13) Miami Dolphins (4-3) To quote Church Lady, Isn't that special? 'Fins block FG, punt and recover onsides kick. 12 (9) Arizona Cardinals (4-4) What happened to that 4-0 start? Well, Card's QBs have been sacked an NFL-high 39 times. 13 (10) Seattle Seahawks (4-4) Jekyl and Hyde 'Hawks are 3-0 at home, 1-4 on the road. 14 (24) Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) Throwback unis ugliest this side of Denver's throwbacks. And that's saying something. 15 (25) Indianapolis Colts (4-3) Andrew Luck has already passed for more yards in 2012 than ANY Colts QB did in 2011. 16 (17) Buffalo Bills (3-4) Oh for the days of the Juice and the Electric Company. 17 (18) Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) Hispanic Heritage Month leftover: Anthony Muoz is greatest LT in NFL history. Discuss. 18 (14) New York Jets (3-5) Seriously, what did the Jets think was going to happen when they signed Tim Tebow? 19 (15) Washington Redskins (3-5) London Fletcher's consecutive games played reaches 231, league's longest active streak. 20 (16) St. Louis Rams (3-3) Jeff Fisher's mustache only possession of Rams coach not owned by Bill Belichick. 21 (19) New Orleans Saints (2-5) Good news? Drew Brees' TD streak at 50 games. Bad news? Saints allowing at least 24 points. 22 (20) Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) Does Andy Reid losing first post-bye game signal end of Michael Vick Era? 23 (21) San Diego Chargers (3-4) Mere urban myth that FireNorv was trending worldwide Sunday night? 24 (22) Dallas Cowboys (3-4) No, ahem, facelift can, gulp, mask the Cowboys' issues as Jerry Jones booed at home. 25 (28) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) Nine-game road losing streak ends in time for trip to Black Hole. 26 (26) Detroit Lions (3-4) Comeback cats? Lions have scored more in 4th quarter than other three quarters combined. 27 (27) Oakland Raiders (3-4) Two wins have come against 1-6 teams. Competition about to ramp up. 28 (23) Tennessee Titans (2-5) Vick Ballard with the early TD of the Year with his helmet-to-the-pylon play. 29 (31) Cleveland Browns (2-6) Only in Cleveland could nine straight punts end with a victory. 30 (29) Carolina Panthers (1-6) Cam Newton's suggestion box overfloweth after he falls to 1-11 in games decided by 7 points or fewer. 31 (30) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) Introducing the newest entry to the NFL's worst name wing - TD-catching OT Guy Whimper. 32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) Romeo Crennel doesnt know why Jamaal Charles had only 5 carries? How is he still coach?

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.