Solari, Drevno rapport developed during lockout


Solari, Drevno rapport developed during lockout

SANTA CLARA -- Offensive line coaches Mike Solari and Tim Drevno agreed to sit down together for an interview this week in the meeting room that's set aside for their position group.
They agreed to carve out a 20-minute slice from their work day. But the interview had to take place at 7 a.m. -- before the bulk of their work day began.
The Q&A is split up into two parts. In Part I, Solari and Drevno talk about their unique work arrangement:Did the NFL lockout have any benefits for you?
Solari: "It did in the sense that it gave us more time to get on the same page and talk. Greg (Roman) did a great job of organizing the meetings and putting us all on the same page."As far as the interaction that has to take place between you two guys, did that help in getting to know each other better?
Drevno: "Absolutely, because you're spending time, looking at film, talking through things. We had a lot of time to talk through all the different types of situations. It was really good for the relationship, to trust one another. It was good growing time."Did you know each other before that?
Solari: "No."
Drevno: "No."What was your first reaction when you knew Tim was coming over from Stanford?
Solari: "It was good, just because you knew that Tim had been with Jim (Harbaugh) and Greg, so there's a resource that he knows exactly what they're thinking and he's got great insight."You knew of Mike Solari, how did you react with that possibility of coming here?
Drevno: "I was really excited about it. With Mike, being in the NFL so long, what a great opportunity it was for myself to be able to work with him and learn the lay of the land in the National Football League. I was really excited. When you're with a great coach like Mike Solari, he's seen a lot of football in his life. And I knew our team was going to be stronger because of him."So this was an chance to learn the NFL game from Solari?
Drevno: "Yeah, there's so much . . . at this level, it's so different from college. The volume of the looks, what you can get every Sunday. It's a learning curve. Football is football at the end of the day, but there's more volume at this level, and there are better football players."And you could lean on Tim a lot for the system that was coming in?
Solari: "Yeah, and Tim is a very fine football coach and he had some good ideas and does some nice things. He has some thoughts on techniques that have helped. So it's good."Have you ever been in a set-up quite like this?
Solari: "No. It's been very good, though."What's been good about it?
Solari: "The benefit of having somebody like Tim, his ability, to have two good line coaches who can lean on each other and share ideas, the insight, the trust and when you look at it, that's the most important thing. The trust factor that Tim's an outstanding coach and a good teacher. He's good in his presentations. He does a nice job. And when you have trust, that's the strength of the staff, when you can trust each other."Did the lockout help in building that trust?
Solari: "I think so. When we talk about that, that's what that did. It gave us more time to get to know one another. That's the hardest thing with a new staff, and we had all that time, great time. It eliminated a lot of mistakes and miscommunication because you're communicating more, talking more, seeing more, as a staff. That was a benefit in that aspect."Was there any uneasiness coming in with Mike already here?
Drevno: "No. This was a great opportunity for us to be successful. I learned that every day you want to learn as a football coach, and there was no uneasiness at all. As a coach, you got to check your ego at the door. There are a lot of people who have great ideas, and to be able to learn from Mike has been awesome."How do you divide up the duties?
Solari: "We talk to each other about what we have to do in meetings or the practice field, whatever we need to get done to get the players to perform at the highest level. That's the most important thing: To get them on the same page. That's our responsibility in this room."Do you talk the night before?
Solari: "It's a daily thing. It could be arranged the night before when we look at film, in the sense if we see something we're not doing at a high level. We talk about, 'We need to get this done.' We need to do this. It's sharing ideas. It's at all times. It could be a last-second in the sense of looking at film in here with the players and something glaring or a highlight, 'He's not doing this properly' or 'This technique is not at a championship level.' So we get it done. It's constant. In game plan, it could be anywhere from a Monday night or a Tuesday prior to the players coming into the facility. So it's constant. And you have your highlights. And during the week if something shows up on the film that they're not performing or technique that they're not doing, so you might want to put emphasis on it for the next day or that practice, immediately."Is there any delineation between who's working with guards and centers or tackles?
Drevno: "No, we just coach them together."Was there ever a concern of having two voices in the room, so one coaches isn't saying one thing and the other something else?
Solari: "That's critical. That goes back to what you asked earlier about that time during the lockout. That's what allowed Tim and I to do, in the sense of making sure we had the same verbiage and the same teaching points. That was constant. Tim and I kept sharing ideas and we came up with the best way to do it. That was very, very beneficial."What is your day like? You guys are here at what time?
Solari: "We get in early."You guys are practically married to each other?
Solari: "The whole coaching staff is. . . . Everybody gets in early and leaves late and we do what we have to do to get the job done."Do you guys like each other (asked with a laugh)?
Drevno: "Mike's a great guy. I respect the heck out of him."
Solari: "It's awesome."

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only two quarterbacks currently on the 49ers' roster.

Is Hoyer operating as if he will be the starter in 2017?

"Yeah for sure. I think that's what I was brought in to do at this point," Hoyer said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "And the thing that I've learned in this profession, and really in life, is not worry about things you can't control. I can't control who they draft with the second pick tomorrow and I'm not gonna live my life worrying about it."

The 49ers own the second overall pick in the draft and are reportedly strongly considering taking a QB with that selection.

Even if they do, it doesn't mean that player will start from Day 1.

Hoyer worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland during the 2014 season -- he started a career-high 13 games with the Browns and threw for a career-best 3,326 yards.

"I'm gonna go out there and do what I think my job is at this point," Hoyer added. "And I'm gonna do that as long as I can until they tell me it's not my job anymore."


Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman, who was not retained this season on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, will be coming back to the organization in a permanent fashion.

Rathman, 54, who spent a total of 23 seasons as a player and coach, will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, CEO Jed York announced on Tuesday.

“Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way.

"It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct him into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”

Rathman discussed having a role on the 49ers’ coaching staff after the hiring of Shanahan. But Shanahan had already promised the position of running backs coach to Bobby Turner.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman played for the 49ers from 1986 to ’93. He was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. Used mostly as a lead-blocker for Roger Craig, Rathman’s best season came in 1989, when he caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

After his playing career concluded with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994, Rathman entered into a career in coaching. He coached under Steve Mariucci from 1997 to 2002. He returned to coach with the 49ers in 2009, serving on the coaching staffs of head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er," Rathman said in a statement. "I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating back to Joe Perry, it’s an honor to be associated with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark.

"That’s a lot of history right there. To be able to say that you’re in a fraternity with those guys so to speak, the 49ers Hall of Fame fraternity, says volumes. It’s pretty special.”