Walker expects Giants' best shot


Walker expects Giants' best shot

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker is expected to return to the 49ers lineup Sunday for the first time since sustaining a fractured jaw on Christmas Eve.Although he said the two fractures on the left side of his face are healed, he expects the New York Giants take some shots at him in the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park."They're probably going to try it, and I'll be ready for it," Walker said Friday. "That's probably the biggest concern with the doctors -- them trying to go at me. Hopefully, the referees will be watching and seeing that kind of stuff going on and they'll get the flag."
Walker had his best game as a receiver on Nov. 13 against the Giants with six receptions for 69 yards. And he also frustrated the Giants with his blocking.Walker's helmet was seen coming off after he engaged with New York defensive end Dave Tollefson on a fourth-quarter run play."He yanked it off my head, Tollefson did, yeah," Walker answered when asked about the play. "That's why if you watch it, we have words. I was blocking him and I wouldn't let him off the block, so he grabbed my facemask and twisted my helmet all the way around."Walker was not injured on the play. But he was not so lucky when Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill inadvertently kneed him in the head, sending his helmet flying in the Dec. 24 game. Walker had his jaw wired shut and was relegated to a liquid diet for 10 days.
Walker had the wires in his jaw removed on Monday. He was cleared to return to practice this week with a new helmet. Walker switched to a Riddell Revolution, which offers more protection in the jaw area, along with a bigger facemask. "It felt good on my face," Walker said. "I did some hitting (at practice) and I felt good."

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.