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."

Instant Analysis: Turnovers cost 49ers in preseason loss to Broncos


Instant Analysis: Turnovers cost 49ers in preseason loss to Broncos


SANTA CLARA – The 49ers don’t have to worry about peaking too soon, that’s for sure.

The 49ers first-team offense was plagued by turnovers and penalties against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in the second exhibition game for both teams. And things did not get much better when the backups entered the action.

After two days during which the 49ers more than held their own against Denver in joint practices, there was no debate about which team was better when it was time for a game.

The 49ers put together an all-around sloppy performance -- low-lighted by 11 penalties and five turnovers -- in a 33-14 loss to the Broncos on Saturday night.

While the starters were in the game, the 49ers were outscored 10-0. The 49ers committed six penalties for 53 yards and committed four turnovers in the first half, as the 49ers fell behind 20-0 through two quarters.

“I thought the D did a solid job,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during his halftime interview on KPIX. “We put them in a bad situation four times, so I was happy that they just held it to what it was.”

Jaquiski Tartt was responsible for one of the giveaways when it was ruled he inadvertently touched the ball on a punt in the first quarter. The Broncos recovered the muffed punt to retain possession.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer lost a fumble when the ball slipped out of his hand as he was throwing. Hoyer was also tagged with an interception. Denver defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris ripped the ball away from Marquise Goodwin as he juggled a Hoyer pass that was thrown behind him.

Running back Tim Hightower lost a fumble in the second quarter.

The Broncos capitalized on those four turnovers for all 20 of their points while shutting out the 49ers through halftime.

The 49ers’ offense showed some signs of life with Hoyer at the controls. The team gained 111 yards on their 22 plays. Hoyer completed 8 of 11 passes for 89 yards before rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard replaced him late in the first half.

Beathard continued to make a strong case to win the backup job. Beathard is in competition with Matt Barkley as the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback.

Beathard teamed up with his former Iowa teammate, tight end George Kittle, on a 29-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Kittle caught the short pass from Beathard, turned up the left sideline, ran through an attempted tackle by Lewis-Harris, then stiff-armed safety Orion Stewart en route to the end zone.

Beathard completed 7 of his 12 pass attempts for 110 yards. His passer rating was 116.7.

Linebackers Reuben Foster and NaVorro Bowman, who were limited in the 49ers’ final joint practice with Denver with shoulder ailments, started played 20 snaps apiece.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense. Bowman had two tackles, while Foster added one before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

Foster underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in February. Some NFL teams reportedly did not believe he would be available to play this season. He was cleared for full-contact drills on the eve of training camp.

The 49ers said Foster’s mild AC joint sprain in his right shoulder was not related to his previous injury. He was held out of contact drills on Thursday. Bowman was pulled out of practice Thursday with a similar condition.

Players who did not see action due to injuries were: Defensive linemen Aaron Lynch, DeForest Buckner and Ronald Blair, linebacker Sean Porter, defensive backs Will Redmond and Prince Charles Iworah, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, and guard Joshua Garnett.

Jimmie Ward remains on physical unable to perform due to a hamstring injury. Ward could be activated when the 49ers return to practice.

--Undrafted rookie Victor Bolden supplied one of the lone highlights for the 49ers with a 104-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter.

--Eli Harold started at the strongside linebacker in place of Ahmad Brooks, who entered the game in the second quarter with the second-team defense.

--Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian connected with Jordan Taylor on a 19-yard touchdown pass against the coverage of newly signed 49ers cornerback Asa Jackson in the second quarter.

--Undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome started at free safety for the second game in a row. Jerome recorded two tackles and broke up a pass.

--Goodwin caught three passes for 44 yards. His first two receptions accounted for the first first downs from the 49ers’ No. 1 offense in the exhibition season.

--Rookie pass-rusher Pita Taumoepenu recorded a sack in the fourth quarter.

--The 49ers did not get much going from their top three running backs. Carlos Hyde gained 26 on eight carries. Kapri Bibbs had 6 yards on four carries. And Hightower had minus-1 yard on three attempts.

--Rookie running back Joe Williams entered the game with less than seven minutes to play. Guard Norman Price got blown back into the backfield on Williams second attempt, allowing Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris to, in essence, intercept the handoff from Barkley to Willliams.

Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos


Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was limited in Thursday’s practice due to a shoulder sprain, started the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday night against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.

Foster played 20 snaps and recorded one tackle before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

There were some concerns when Foster was included on the 49ers’ pre-practice injury report Thursday with an injury to his surgically repaired shoulder. But the 49ers said the injury was not related to the torn rotator cuff he sustained for Alabama in the national semifinal game against Washington.

NaVorro Bowman, who was removed from practice Thursday with a similar shoulder condition, also started and played every snap alongside Foster. Bowman was credited with two tackles.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense.