Walker to be re-examined on Monday


Walker to be re-examined on Monday

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker underwent an examination Tuesday on his fractured jaw and while he has not been cleared to play football he said he is pleased with the progress.Walker is scheduled to be re-examined on Monday -- at which point he hopes to be cleared for contact. He will not play Saturday against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional game at Candlestick Park.But if the 49ers advance, there's a chance Walker would be able to suit up in the NFC Championship game.Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the 49ers would not place Walker on injured reserve, keeping the door open for his participation at some point during the postseason."That was the talk," Walker said. "By me being cleared in a week-and-a-half, it gave them hope that I could come back. And the doctors feel confident that my jaw is holding up well. I might be able to play."Walker said the nature of his injury ordinarily means his jaw would've been wired shut for four weeks. But he was cleared to eat and talk after a week-and-a-half.Walker said he lost a minimal amount of weight while he was limited to a liquid diet. On Tuesday, he said he had an omelette for breakfast. He is also able to eat fruits and pasta."I get a little pain here and there, but from what it was, I feel like it's pretty good," Walker said.RELATED: McDonald does not practice but expects to play vs. Saints
Walker sustained a fractured jaw in two places on Dec. 24 when he was inadvertently kneed in the head by Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill.Walker was down on the ground after making a cut block. Hill, in pursuit of the play, tried to jump over Walker, but ended up kneeing him in the jaw, sending Walker's helmet flying.Walker is the the 49ers' No. 2 tight end. He started seven games, as the 49ers gravitated more to a two-TE offense. Walker caught 19 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games. Veteran Justin Peelle takes over as the 49ers' second-string tight end.

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.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”