SANTA CLARA -- Suspended running back Brandon Jacobs no longer has a spot in the 49ers' locker room.
Freshly-signed outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari on Wednesday moved into the cubicle that Jacobs previously occupied.
Coach Jim Harbaugh tried his best to refrain from answering questions about the 49ers' decision to suspend Jacobs for the final three games of the regular season without pay. Jacobs had posted a series of complaints about the 49ers on social media sites.
When asked if Jacobs' suspension fell under the category of "conduct detrimental to the team," Harbaugh answered, "Uh, yes . . . well, let me stay away from categorizing it."
On Tuesday, 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald said the coaching staff felt Jacobs had become a distraction.
"From the coaching standpoint, they don't want any distractions on the team. He was being a distraction, they felt he was being a distraction, so they felt they needed to do something about it," McDonald said.
"I guess, if he's not about the team. And the coaches feel that he's not trying to help the team. They made the right decision."
Harbaugh did not go into detail about the reasoning behind the suspension.
"The league has a process when you suspend a player that there's a process that you go through," Harbaugh said. "So you're really not in a position to be talking about that."
Jacobs, whose suspension would cost him $167,000 in lost wages, is expected to file a grievance with the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn went through two years ago what his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is experiencing now.
Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator at the time, was the presumptive next coach of the Falcons while he prepared to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
One day after the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots, Quinn was announced as Falcons head coach.
The 49ers are expected to formally make an offer to Shanahan after the Falcons’ season is over, and Shanahan is “almost certain” to accept, the NFL Network reported. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
“I definitely have shared insight with him as he was going through the process for him,” Quinn said of Shanahan on Wednesday during a press conference.
But Quinn referred all other questions about Shanahan’s likely hiring as the next 49ers coach to the Bay Area. The 49ers will be able to hold a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The 49ers’ first interview with Shanahan was Jan. 5. He was allowed to interview the first time because the Falcons were on the playoff bye week as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then.
“That’s the way it’s designed from the league. You have your window and then that one closes for a while, and then there’s another one and you’re able to talk. From there, that’s why you’re able to lock back in and do what we’re doing. That’s where I am with that.”
It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.
San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).
Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.
The 49ers will play at Chicago next season.