Redskins' Hall provides scouting report on 49ers

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Redskins' Hall provides scouting report on 49ers

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, an eight-year NFL veteran, provided an informative scouting report on the 49ers offense in a conference call Wednesday morning.Quarterback Alex Smith is showing he can win football games with a "controlled passing game" and the 49ers offer the unique challenge of putting tight ends on the field who are faster than their wide receivers, Hall said.The 49ers (6-1) own the 23rd-ranked offense in the NFL, but the Redskins (3-4) know they'll have a huge challenge against an offense that features a diverse run game and an efficient passing attack."Alex Smith is not losing the game," Hall said. "He's shown that he can win football games. And I think everybody knew he had it in him. He just had to be coached the right way, and I think coach (Jim) Harbaugh is doing a great job of coaching him the right way.
"Being an ex-player and ex-quarterback, he knows what it takes to go out there and lead teams to victory. He definitely has Alex Smith focused and knowing his job and knowing his assignment."RELATED: Where's the trash-talk from DeAngelo Hall?
Smith as the second-most stingy quarterback in the NFL with an interception percentage of 1.1. That means he averages just 1.1 interceptions for every 100 passes attempted. (The Rams' Sam Bradford leads with an interception percentage is 1.0.)"He doesn't give you great opportunities," Hall said of Smith. "It's a very controlled passing game. He's going take a couple of shots downfield when opportunities present themselves, but for the most part it's a controlled passing game. It's a passing game that works off timing, works off his reads. If he doesn't see it, he pulls it down and tries to extend the play. He's done a great job of doing that."The 49ers are unique because of the speed they can put on field. Hall said he was blown away Wednesday morning when he received the scouting report on the 49ers' pass targets and noticed the tight ends were faster than the wideouts."Any time you can keep your tight ends on the field and be able to throw the ball and run the ball, it's special," Hall said. "It's special when you have tight ends who run like receivers. We looked at 40 times today. Man, looking at personnel and the tight ends are faster than the starting receivers. That's rare to find. Those guys are gifted athletes and when they get the ball in their hands, they're special."Vernon Davis was listed on the report as running the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds. Delanie Walker was listed at 4.5. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree was listed at 4.52, Hall said.
When asked if Crabtree is a deep threat that the Redskins have to worry about, Hall answered, "I don't know if he's a deep threat you have to worry about, but he's definitely a guy who can catch the ball and get down the field. I don't think anybody in this league playing receiver can't play, can't run."The 49ers' passing attack ranks 31st in the league in yards per game. But the team's main offensive threat comes on the ground. The 49ers' run game ranks sixth in the NFL, as Frank Gore has gained 125 yards or more rushing in each of the past four games."Man, they're just mashing guys," Hall said. "They're running the ball great with Frank Gore. They're bringing in a change-of-pace back (Kendall Hunter) and their offensive line is a monster. They're bringing in Isaac Sopoaga, extra tackles. They're just running it down people's throats."That's something we're definitely going to have to do, stop the run. They've done a great job over the last couple of weeks, and we know that that's something they're going to try to do."

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew leave no room for Gamble

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Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew leave no room for Gamble

During the month the 49ers had no general manager or head coach, Tom Gamble was the next-highest-ranking football official and was charge of the personnel department on an interim basis.

But CEO Jed York made it clear from the beginning Gamble, whom Trent Baalke promoted to assistant general manager just prior to the start of training camp last summer, would not be considered for a promotion to general manager.

John Lynch, with no front-office experience, was hired over Arizona’s Terry McDonough and Minnesota’s George Paton. Before Lynch’s introductory press conference, he hired two top lieutenants in the personnel department to usurp Gamble on the organization's power structure.

On Wednesday, the 49ers announced what had become inevitable: Gamble was leaving the organization.

“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” Gamble said in a statement. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Lynch’s first move as general manager was to hire Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to serve as 49ers vice president of player personnel.

Lynch worked alongside Peters when Lynch took part in Broncos meetings and prospect evaluations, which included a trip to the NFL scouting combine, prior to the 2013 draft.

“That month, month-and-a-half, I actually sat next to Adam every day,” Lynch told CSNBayArea.com. “Those are long meetings. I’d listen to him and we’d talk in between about players. I just saw way back then, he’s a guy who’s highly respected in the league. I firmly believe in two, three years, he would’ve been a GM. He was on that track, at least.”

During Lynch’s introductory press conference a week later, he announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive. Lynch and Mayhew were teammates in the secondary for Lynch’s first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mayhew spent seven seasons as Detroit Lions general manager. Mayhew should be able to provide Lynch with valuable counsel as learns on the job after spending the past eight seasons as a TV analyst on FOX.

“Martin has sat in the seat as a general manager and his experience will play an integral role in helping us locate the type of football player we want representing this organization both on the field and in the community,” Lynch said.

Gamble recently completed his 29th NFL season and his 10th with the 49ers in two stints. After he was fired as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of personnel late in the 2014 season, and came back to the 49ers in the 2015 offseason.

While with the Eagles, Gamble was one of the few individuals in the front office who worked well with Chip Kelly. Gamble played an important role in speaking up for Kelly and bringing him to the 49ers last offseason.

Kelly and Baalke were fired after the 49ers' 2-14 season, and the 49ers promoted the ability to create a fresh start when a new coach and general manager. While the 49ers were expecting Gamble to remain with the organization through the draft, his spot with the organization was going to be tenuous with a new regime.

“He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him,” Lynch said in a statement. “After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities.”

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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