York: GM search lasts until 'right person' found

York: GM search lasts until 'right person' found

Dec. 29, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- Team president Jed York said he plans to conduct a formal interview with Trent Baalke on Saturday for the 49ers' general-manager position.York told Comcast SportsNet the GM search will continue until he finds the "right person" for the job. York also addresses the perception that Baalke, the 49ers' vice president of player personnel, is the front-runner for the GM job.Here is a transcript of my brief interview with York on Wednesday:Q: Do you plan to speak to Bill Parcells to help you in the process of finding general manager candidates?
York: "I'm going to reach out to a lot of different people and do my homework and make sure we get the right candidate here. And Bill (Parcells) is on the list, and I'll definitely reach out to him."WATCH: Exclusive -- 1 on 1 with Jed York
Q: Any 49ers people like John McVay from whom you'll seek advice?
York: "There are a lot of people that I have respect for who have been here and done that in the past. I'm not going to get into any of the names of folks I'm going to talk to."
Q: Is Baalke in Florida to meet with Parcells, too?
York: "I don't know who Trent is talking to to get prepared for his interview. I think he's at one of the games, scouting bowl games."Q: Will you interview Baalke?
York: "Yes."Q: When?
York: "I think he gets back Friday or Saturday, so we'll probably do it Saturday."Q: So you don't have enough information on Baalke based on his nine months on the job?
York: "I still want to sit down with him and do a formal interview with him."Q: There is a lot of speculation, from myself included, that Trent is the leader in the clubhouse? Is that accurate?
York: "I don't know that there is a front-runner. He has done a great job, and he'll be evaluated like everybody else."MAIOCCO: Is Trent Baalke the leading GM candidate?
Q: There is also a lot of speculation that Trent and Jim Harbaugh are connected?
York: "There is going to be a lot of speculation about a lot of different things in the next week or two."Q: Do you plan to have the GM search go past Sunday?
York: "It's going to go on until we find the right person."Q: Do you have any interviews today?
York: "I have some things coming up by phone later today."Q: Whom else do you plan to interview?
York: "You've hit on most of the names. I want to be respectful to folks who do or do not want to get their names out there who are interviewing. I'm sure if the folks want to be identified, they'll find a way to reach out."Q: Is everything going the way you envisioned?
York: "Yes. It's been a very good process and it's been good to talk to people and hear some of their thoughts and ideas about how to get the 49ers right."

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.