Tomsula not headed to Pitt -- Chryst hired


Tomsula not headed to Pitt -- Chryst hired

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst was hired as the University of Pittsburgh's head coach Thursday, ending speculation that Jim Tomsula of the 49ers might get the post.

Chryst joined the Badgers as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2005. He served as Wisconsin's tight ends coach in 2002. From 2003-4 he was offensive coordinator at Oregon State and has NFL experience as an assistant with the San Diego Chargers (1999-2001).

Earlier this week a story on SFGate.com reported that Tomsula had either interviewed or would interview for the job.

Following the SFGate.com report, Rich Walsh of WPXI TV NBC indicated on Twitter that Tomsula had "no shot" at the Pitt job.

Additionally, Bob Lichtenfels, a national recruiting analyst with Fox Sports tweeted that "sources close to the situation indicate that there has been no contact" between Pitt and Tomsula.

Tomsula won in his interim stint as 49ers head coach, leading San Francisco to a 38-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the season finale.

Current head coach Jim Harbaugh retained Tomsula as defensive line coach following Harbaugh's hire as the 49ers head coach.

Before coming to the 49ers in 2007, Tomsula, 43, was a head coach in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire.

San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh has expressed confidence in Tomsula on several occasions this season, as recently as Tuesday, saying, "I trust in what (defensive coordinator) Vic (Fangio) and Jim Tomsula and the defensive staff is doing."

NAACP seeks meeting with Goodell regarding Kaepernick’s NFL future


NAACP seeks meeting with Goodell regarding Kaepernick’s NFL future

WASHINGTON -- The NAACP on Wednesday called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback once took his team to the Super Bowl, but he's a free agent now and no club has signed him.

Some Kaepernick opponents say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem, while others contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.

Kaepernick's supporters, including some who planned to protest at the NFL's headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, say the quarterback is being blackballed for his advocacy.

The NAACP intended to join that rally, and Derrick Johnson, the organization's interim president and CEO, said in the letter to the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it's apparently "no sheer coincidence" that Kaepernick isn't on a roster today.

"No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech - to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations," Johnson said.

Hazel Dukes, the NAACP's state president in New York who was expected to be among the rally speakers, said: "Right now, the action of the league seems to imply to young black men that this league, which is comprised of 70 percent African-Americans, only values black lives if they are wearing a football uniform."

49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth


49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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