Steelers fall victim to '49er football'


Steelers fall victim to '49er football'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Each of the 49ers' three phases had their typical performances Monday night in a 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.The defense forced four turnovers. The offense kept a handle on the football. And when the offense stalled, punter Andy Lee flipped field position or kicker David Akers booted a field goal.This was the kind of game the Steelers feared. And here was their post-game reactions . . ."I think we need to acknowledge that was 49er football tonight. We played the game on their terms in the manner of which they play when they play winning football. They created turnovers, they got turnovers, they got us with a few concept plays, they controlled the ball offensively. We didn't do enough. They played with the lead and played how they play."
--Coach Mike Tomlin"I was probably the best 49er tonight. We drive down the field opening drive and I don't get back deep enough on the drop. I have to try to get it in there and throw it as quick as I can because (receiver) Mike Wallace is downfield and rushed it and should have held onto it. The second one was one of those high balls that I made it too hard for (tight end) Heath (Miller) and he just tips it up into the air. The last one I was just trying to take a shot down the field. It's just frustrating on my part when you feel you let the guys down and you blow it."
--Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger"Their front seven is really good and they force turnovers. If you put the ball close to their secondary they're going to make a play. They don't drop them and they get after you. If you start getting one-dimensional, they start going after the quarterback. They're a good, young front."
--Roethlisberger"This is a pretty old place, or they didn't pay their light bill."
--Linebacker James Farrior on the power outage"They need to add some wax to the candle stick. It was weird, lights going out. I have never seen anything like this, but whatever. It would have been more memorable if we would have won. It was a strange night from the get-go. Lights go out then we get out there and the lights go out again. It was just a strange evening."
--Defensive lineman Brett Keisel"We got beat by a good football team, give them credit. I think if you replay our comments from Wednesday on how they win games, it would probably sum this game up. They play good defense solid in the red zone, and they force turnovers. We didn't help ourselves with some penalties, but it was their type of game they have played all year."
--Tight end Heath Miller"They just did a great job all around, in coverage and in pressure. They did a great job up front and they took care of their assignments today. And they took care of business."
--Running back Mewelde Moore"We were driving the ball, we just made some turnovers. When we drive down against a team like this, we can't turn the ball over. We have to keep holding onto the ball and we can't keep giving it to them especially in the red zone. It is just a matter of controlling the ball. We put ourselves in bad position today and we paid for it."
--Receiver Mike Wallace"We let them convert on the third down situations. We had them good in third down situations, and we allowed them to get out of that. They continued to march the ball down the field and that is what happened."
--Linebacker LaMarr Woodley

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.