Q&A: What 49ers coaches are missing at Sr. Bowl

Q&A: What 49ers coaches are missing at Sr. Bowl

Jan. 26, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comMOBILE, Ala. -- Hundreds of NFL coaches, executives and scouts attended the first two days of practices for the Senior Bowl. After Wednesday, a lot of those folks will have seen enough.The on-field work decreases after Wednesday's practice, so most NFL onlookers feel as if they need only three days to properly evaluate more than 100 of the top seniors in the country who have gathered to prepare for Saturday's game.Let's go to the Twitter mailbag to answer some questions . . .

Q: So Harbaugh didn't go to the Senior Bowl? Any idea why? @RedGoldBleeder
My response: Jim Harbaugh, the new 49ers coach, and his staff remained in Santa Clara this week while the organization's entire scouting department traveled to Mobile to get a first-hand look at the players.Coach Hue Jackson and his Raiders coaches are in Mobile. A lot of NFL head coaches are here. But Harbaugh is not the only first-time NFL head coach who is not here. Cleveland's Pat Shurmur is not here, either.WATCH: 1 on 1 with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson
Still, it's the first time the 49ers' coaching staff has not attended the Senior Bowl in recent memory."Well, there's nothing to that," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "If the coaches would've been on staff and ready to go, they'd certainly be down here. The reason they're not down here is because most of them just came in as of Monday and coach (Harbaugh) just felt it was a better opportunity to get them all together, get them working on the schedule for the offseason."Obviously, Harbaugh's opinion will carry a lot of weight when it comes to the 49ers' decisions at quarterback. There are six quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl, but Harbaugh will have plenty of time to evaluate those individuals elsewhere.MAIOCCO: Top prospects weigh in at Senior Bowl
Harbaugh can study all the film he wants. The 49ers' coaching staff will attend the NFL scouting combine next month in Indianapolis. Harbaugh also has the option of attending personal workouts and pro days.Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told CSN Bay Area on Tuesday that all the information talent evaluators need can be obtained at personal workouts.Q: Why do people think one week in Mobile is more important than 3-4 years of college? @RoneFace
My response: I'm not sure anybody feels this week is more important than the bulk of a player's college career, but it is vital for several reasons.Especially in today's college game with the emphasis on the spread offense, these players are now getting NFL coaching. (Marvin Lewis' Bengals staff is coaching the North, while Chan Gailey's Bills staff coaches the South.) So for many of these players, it is their first exposure to an NFL-style of play.It is also a type of one-stop shopping. Scouts and executives are looking at NFL prospects at every position. Therefore, the consistent level of competition is the greatest these players have faced. The drills pit one NFL-caliber player against another, and that's something that does not happen on a regular basis in college practices or many games.RELATED: NFL Headlines
Another big reason the Senior Bowl practices are important is because this is the first opportunity for the NFL coaches to get out and look at players. Because NFL coaches are busy with their seasons and do not watch much college football, they are just now beginning the process of scouting the draft-eligible players. This event in Mobile is the first opportunity for them to see these prospects.Q: Do you have the link to the updated 49ers coaching hirechange article? @iamgenus
My response: Here you go . . .49ers coaching staff at a glanceHead coach: Jim Harbaugh (Stanford). 2010: Mike SingletaryJim Tomsula. (Singletary, fired on Dec. 26, was hired as Vikings assistant to the head coachlinebackers coach.)REWIND: 49ers get their man -- Harbaugh hired
Offensive Coordinator: Greg Roman (Stanford). 2010: Jimmy RayeMike Johnson. (Raye was fired Sept. 27; Johnson hired as offensive coordinator at UCLA.)Quarterbacks: Geep Chryst (Panthers). 2010: JohnsonJason Michael (hired as Chargers tights ends coach).Running backs: Tom Rathman. 2010: Rathman.Wide receivers: John Morton (USC). 2010: Jerry Sullivan, assistant Wendall Davis.Tight ends: Currently vacant. 2010: Pete Hoener.Offensive line: Tim Drevno (Stanford) and Mike Solari. 2010: Mike Solari, assistant Ray Brown. (Brown was hired as Panthers assistant line coach.)RELATED: 49ers plan for Drevno to work with Solari
Defense coordinator: Vic Fangio (Stanford). 2010: Greg Manusky (hired as Chargers defensive coordinator).Defensive line: Jim Tomsula. 2010: Tomsula.RELATED: Maiocco -- 49ers D-line was team's strength
Linebackers: Jim Leavitt (South Florida, 2009). 2010: Jason Tarver (outside LBs), Vantz Singletary (inside LBs). (Singletary was fired Dec. 26; Tarver is top candidate for Stanford defensive coordinator position, sources tell CSN Bay Area.)Defensive backs: Ed Donatell (Broncos). 2010: Vance JosephJohnnie Lynn. (Joseph was hired as Texans defensive backs coach; Lynn resigned late in the season for personal reasons.)Special teams coordinator: Brad Seely (Browns). Seely is also assistant head coach. 2010: Kurt Schottenheimerassistant Dave Fipp. (Fipp was hired as Dolphins assistant special-teams coach.)Head strength and conditioning: Mark Uyeyama (49ers assistant strength and conditioning coach) with assistant Kevin Tolbert (Stanford). 2010: Duane Carlisle (not retained) with assistant Uyeyama.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.