No reason for 49ers to draft for need


No reason for 49ers to draft for need

There should be no pressure for the 49ers' 2012 draft class to produce immediate results.After all, there are only two starting positions on the team that appear to be unsettled. And the 49ers might already have the eventual starters on the roster at both of those spots.
The starting job at right guard could come down to Alex Boone or Daniel Kilgore. And the wideout position opposite of Michael Crabtree will likely be a contest pitting Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.Where the 49ers need help is with depth -- wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, outside linebacker and defensive backs. So it's the perfect year for general manager Trent Baalke to take the best player available -- almost regardless of position -- beginning with the No. 30 overall selection.RELATED: 49ers' local pro day set for April 18
After all, most NFL teams are one injury away from seeing any position become an area of need.Beginning in 2010, the final 12 draft slots have been determined by how far teams advanced in the playoffs. (Prior to that, the Super Bowl teams had the final two picks and the draft order of the other playoff teams were arranged by regular-season record.)Here is a look at how the first-round picks of the teams that made it to the AFC and NFC championship games since 2010:2010
29, Jets: CB Kyle Wilson was the No. 3 corner behind Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and broke up five passes. He also averaged 7.4 yards o 15 punt returns. His role did not change in his second season.
30, Vikings: Traded pick.
31, Colts: DE Jerry Hughes saw limited action as he played in 12 games as a rookie with no starts behind Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. He was in the same, limited backup role in his second season, too.
32, Saints: CB Patrick Robinson saw action in 11 games with four starts as a rookie behind starters Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter. His role did not change in his second season.
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29, Bears: RT Gabe Carimi started the first two games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
30, Jets: DE Muhammad Wilkerson started all 16 games and finished season with 53 tackles and three sacks.
31, Steelers: DE Cameron Heyward played in all 16 games as a backup to Brett Kiesel. He had nine tackles and one sack as a rookie.
32, Packers: OL Derek Sherrod failed to win the starting job at left guard over T.J. Lang out of camp. He played in just five games before sustaining a broken leg late in the season.

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.