Why Smith was woofing at Saints

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Why Smith was woofing at Saints

SANTA CLARA -- Let's get this Thursday before Championship Sunday rolling with a trip to the 49ers Mailbag:After celebrating with his teammates in the end zone (following that touchdown throw to Vernon Davis) quarterback Alex Smith seemed to turn and start barking at someone on the Saints. Do you know who he was barking at, why, and the gist of what he was saying? (Patrick B. Sharp)
Despite what the 49ers might have said publicly, there was a lot of animosity because of how the Saints approached that first exhibition game.
The 49ers were installing a new offense, and their offensive line was coming together and just learning the new protection schemes. Many with the 49ers thought the Saints' decision to blitz on just about every down on Aug. 12 at the noisy Superdome was classless -- and dangerous. Smith could've been injured badly in that game.The 49ers absolutely loved the fact that the Saints went all-out to flex their muscle in a meaningless game -- perhaps feeling as if there was no chance the teams would meet again. The 49ers truly got the last laugh, and that's what Smith was expressing.
Said Smith, "There was kind of talking going on throughout the entire game, not much by me. Obviously, just a lot of emotion (with) the last touchdown there to Vernon. Yeah, just a lot going on. I couldnt remember what was actually coming out of my mouth, but obviously I was pretty jacked."Does Alex Smith seem happy in this offense? Regardless of his abilities, it doesn't seem like a system that will ever get him pro bowl elite status recognition. (Jameson Metcalf)
He is absolutely thrilled.Jim Harbaugh, Greg Roman and Geep Chryst have put him in positions to succeed for the first time in Smith's career. What's not to like about that?RELATED: Alex Smith 2011-2012 game logs
Through all of the travails of his first six NFL seasons, Smith was a model teammate and citizen. The fact that the 49ers have gone 14-3 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the New York Giants means more to him than any bloated stat sheet.How big of a boost would it be to see Delanie Walker back on the field this Sunday -- both for the game itself and morale for the team? (Michael Tavares)
Walker was the 49ers' leading receiver against the Giants on Nov. 13. He caught six passes for 69 yards. But, oddly, he then went six games without a reception before sustaining the fractured jaw on Christmas Eve.RELATED: Delanie Walker 2011 game logs
I fully expect him to be in uniform on Sunday. I'm not sure how much of a factor he can be on offense, but he can at least provide the Giants with matchup problem. Justin Peelle, who filled in as the No. 2 tight end, is more of a blocker. When Walker is on the field with Davis, the Giants have to account for him.And, yes, I think, Walker's return will mean a lot to his teammates. He is a very popular guy in the locker room. Not that the 49ers need any additional motivation, but I see nothing but a positive vibe coming from his expected return.From your 49ers & Giants Practice Report is there anyone on there that you think will not play? (Omar Zepeda)
I'd be surprised if wide receiver Ted Ginn is available for the game. I didn't think Ginn would come back from his right knee injury when he went out before halftime against the Saints.Ginn returned to action in the third quarter, played four snaps, and had to leave for good.Center Jonathan Goodwin (left calf) and safety Dashon Goldson (right ankle) both left Saturday's game but returned to action and finished the game. Neither practiced Wednesday, but I believe both will be available for Sunday's game.

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.