Smith and Montana names in same sentence

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Smith and Montana names in same sentence

After an uneven first half, the 49ers' passing game got going in the second half Saturday in a 19-17 victory over the host Seattle Seahawks.And in the process, quarterback Alex Smith was credited with his fifth come-from-behind victory of the season -- and his fourth on the road. Smith tied Joe Montana for the most fourth-quarter comebacks in a single season in franchise history. Montana led four road comebacks in 1989.Smith completed just 5 of 16 first-half pass attempts for 43 yards in the first half. And he didn't get much help with a couple of dropped passes along the way.
But Smith, and the 49ers' offense as a whole, rallied in the second half. He finished with 14 completions on 26 attempts for 179 yards with no touchdown and no interceptions.Afterward, Smith met the media. Here is what he said:On the offense's production in the third quarter.
"They were playing us tough on the outside, a lot of man-to-man and press. It really felt like, especially that two-minute drive at the end of the half, it really felt like as we were playing I had a lot of backs turned to me and it felt like I could have moved the chains better at the end of the half and we took advantage of it in the second half. I kind of had it in my head. If they were going to play that way I was going to try to use my legs."On if the game felt like a playoff-type atmosphere.
"Yeah, absolutely. We know what was on the line. You hear all the talk coming out here all week. They were playing for their playoff lives and as you can see they threw everything at us. This is about as hostile an environment as it gets, I think. It's a tough place to play. I don't think we've won here for a few years. It's always going to be tough, especially when there's something on the line for both teams."On what was going through his mind after the Seahawks took the lead on Marshawn Lynch's TD run following the blocked punt by Heath Farwell.
"Obviously there was a little shift in momentum there with the punt block and then the score. But we got good field position. We had a decent amount of time on the clock. I'll tell you the truth, I don't know what that call was. I don't know how you throw the ball out of bounds to somebody and get offensive pass interference, it seemed like a pretty phantom call to me, but you deal with it. We had been talking about it all day we hadn't taken a shot. They were playing us aggressive and we knew they were trying to stop us before we took a shot. Michael (Crabtree) made a great play and got us in field goal position to win us the game."On making the decision to take a shot down field.
"We were just talking about it on the sideline and we knew at some point we were going to have to go after them and take that shot. We made the play when it counted."On if the fourth-and-2 play-call was originally for Vernon Davis.
"We ended up getting the holding call on that as well and we declined it. We came back to Vernon he wasn't the primary. He made a great play"On Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams getting hurt.
"I hope those guys get back healthy as soon as possible. I don't anything about the details of it."On if he saw Delanie Walker after the game.
"I haven't seen him yet, but obviously he does quite a bit for us run and pass."On the deep pass to Crabtree that set up the game-winning field goal.
"This all the way was Crabtree. With the look we got -- I had Vernon (Davis) on my right with a corner on him and had the matchup on the left with Crabtree that we liked and took the shot and he made a great play."(Transcription provided by the Seattle Seahawks public relations department.)

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 NBC Sports Bay Area 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.