Pierre-Paul -- sack stud or lucky?


Pierre-Paul -- sack stud or lucky?

The New York Giants lead the league with 28 sacks, and second-year player Jason Pierre-Paul is the guy who gets to the quarterback with the most frequency.Pierre-Paul (6-foot-5, 278 pounds) is a tremendous athlete, as he proved a couple years ago when he dominated a competition with a South Florida teammate with 14 consecutive backflips.And he has shown that athleticism this season with 9.5 sacks. As I looked at each of those sacks this season, four were achieved when he beat the man assigned to block him off the snap. But the other 5.5 sacks were recorded a lengthy time after the snap because he did not give up on the play when the opposing quarterback held the ball too long."He will move around quite a bit," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "He's having a phenomenal year, he's a very good player, as are all their front seven. They'll move him around quite a bit. They move their defensive front and rotate them in and out quite a bit. So they get a fresh rotation and you really can't book who's going to be where."Pierre-Paul's sacks have come while he lined up at five different spots on the defensive line: right defensive end (4.5), right defensive tackle (two), and left defensive end, left defensive tackle and nose tackle (one apiece).Here's a look at each of Pierre-Paul's sacks this season:Game 1 at Washington (2 sacks): 1. Third quarter, second and 8, lined up at right defensive end, shoves left tackle Trent Williams backward and gets to Rex Grossman in less than 3 seconds; 2. Fourth quarter, third and 9, lined up at right defensive end, gives Williams head move to outside and went inside to sack Grossman in 3 seconds to force fumble.Game 2 vs. St. Louis (.5 sack): Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive end, with 2 minutes remaining, initially blocked well by left tackle Rodger Saffold, he manages to get around him but falls down in the process. He trips up Sam Bradford in the backfield 4.8 seconds after the snap and shares the sack with teammate Justin Tuck.Game 3 at Philadelphia (2 sacks): 1. First quarter, third and 11, lined up at right defensive end, blew past left tackle Jason Peters and attempted chip block of running back LeSean McCoy to get to Michael Vick in about 2.5 seconds. He missed the tackle, but came back and got Vick 6.3 seconds after the snap of the ball; 2. Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive tackle, shoved past rookie Jason Kelce to sack Mike Kafka in less than 3 seconds. Game 4 at Arizona: No sacks. Game 5 vs. Seattle (2 sacks): 1. Second quarter, first and 15, lined up at left defensive end, accelerated past rookie right tackle James Carpenter with an inside move to sack Tarvaris Jackson before he could get rid of the ball; 2. Second quarter, second and 4, lined up at left defensive tackle and was blocked well by rookie guard John Moffitt. Pierre-Paul's sack came 5.5 seconds after the snap when Jackson moved up toward the line of scrimmage, where he was tackled 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage.Game 6 vs. Buffalo (1 sack): Second quarter, third and 16, lined up over center Eric Wood in a three-man line, then worked a stunt, where he was picked up by rookie left tackle Chris Hairston, the play was blocked well, but Ryan Fitzpatrick held onto the ball and the sack occurred 5 seconds after the snap.Game 7 vs. Miami (1 sack): Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive end, Pierre-Paul never got off the line of scrimmage against tight end Anthony Fasano (granted, it looked as if he as being held). When Matt Moore ran out of bounds approximately 6 seconds after the snap, Pierre-Paul was the closest defender, thus credited with the sack.Game 8 at New England (1 sack): Second quarter, third and 7, lined up at right defensive tackle, bull-rushed forward in a pile and when backup center Ryan Wendell fell backward, Pierre-Paul came free inside. Brady initially ducked under Pierre-Paul, who scrambled back to his feet and sacked Brady 5 seconds after the snap.

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.