49ers coordinators: Coaching will have to wait

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49ers coordinators: Coaching will have to wait

Feb. 16, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' new offensive and defensive coordinators are preparing for the 2011 season as if, well, there will be a 2011 season.Offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Wednesday that their teaching of the new schemes will begin March 14, the designated opening date for the 49ers' offseason program.However, the league's unsettled collective bargaining agreement might force a work stoppage on March 3. If there is a lockout, the coaches will not be able to have any contact with players or send home any written material.RELATED: NFLPA memo shows huge rookie wage divide
"We're not going to have any contact with the players in a football sense," Roman said during his first meeting with the media after Jim Harbaugh named him as coordinator."That's my understanding of it. And we haven't up to this point. We're too busy dotting I's and crossing T's. You don't want to give players information that's not fully in concrete."But some players apparently have been studying aspects of the new 49ers playbook. On Feb. 9, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis wrote on Twitter, "(A)bout to watch film and hit the playbook with my coach!!"Teams do not generally allow playbacks to leave the area. But if the 49ers players would be able to take notes prior to March 3 and study on their own.That is particularly relevant with scheduled free-agent quarterback Alex Smith, who has met on several occasions with coach Jim Harbaugh. Smith and the 49ers are keeping their options open for 2011, but Smith will not be given any team-issued material to study during a potential work stoppage.Roman said the offensive staff is preparing as if there will be a typical offseason. And then they'll make any necessary adjustments. Regardless, he said he is not too concerned about a lack of time to get the schemes installed."Week to week during a season, as you build a game plan, a lot of times these game plans are so specific, you're presenting a lot of new things," Roman said. "It's amazing what you can get done in a short period of time."Fangio said his interaction with defensive players has been on personal levels. He said he does not expect to be speaking with players about the 49ers' scheme before March 3."(With) the sensitivity of this issue that's going on now, the only interaction I've had with players is if they're here in the building, passing in the hall, saying hello and introducing themselves trying to find out about them as people," Fangio said. "My feeling is until we can get direction and really seriously jump into the coaching of the football, we'll wait until them." Both Roman and Fangio said they will be stationed upstairs on game days.

49ers sign free-agent wide receiver

49ers sign free-agent wide receiver

The 49ers, a team with no head coach and no general manager, on Thursday added their third player in the past week to a reserve/future contract.

The 49ers signed wide receiver Rashad Ross, a product of Vallejo High School. Ross has appeared in 20 NFL games the past three seasons with Chicago and Washington. In 2015, Ross caught eight passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in 13 games with Washington.

Ross (6 foot, 180 pounds) played collegiately at Arizona State via Butte College in Oroville. Ross caught 37 passes for 610 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 with the Sun Devils.

Washington released Ross on Dec. 22. In addition to seeing game against with Chicago and Washington, he has also been on the practice squads of Tennessee and Kansas City.

The 49ers also signed Nick Rose, a kicker who spent last offseason with the Atlanta Falcons, to a reserve/future contract on Wednesday. Rose made 27 of his 38 field-goal attempts duringhis four-year career at Texas.

Last week, the 49ers signed left-footed punter Brock Miller (Southern Utah) to a reserve/future contract. A reserve/future contract takes effect at the beginning of the new league year on March 9.

The 49ers’ personnel department remains intact after the firing of general manager Trent Baalke. Assistant general manager Tom Gamble and director of pro personnel Mike Williams are most likely responsible for the signings.

CEO Jed York said on Jan. 2 that the new head coach and general manager will have full power to assemble their staffs.

Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

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Shanahan wins NFL Assistant Coach of the Year

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive 49ers' next head coach, was announced Thursday as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Dallas’ Jason Garrett was selected as NFL Coach of the Year and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was chosen as NFL Executive of the Year in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan as head coach until the Falcons’ season has concluded. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 during the Falcons’ bye week in the playoffs. He is scheduled for a second interview with the club next week, regardless of the outcome of the Falcons’ game Sunday.

Under Shanahan’s direction, the Falcons scored an NFL-best and franchise record 540 points, which tied the 2000 St. Louis Rams for eighth-most in NFL history. Atlanta’s 6,653 total yards ranks No. 13 in NFL history.

The Falcons finished as champions of the NFC South with an 11-5 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was announced this week as the PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player, thrived in Shanahan’s offense. Ryan threw touchdown passes to a NFL-record 13 different receivers and led the league with a 117.1 passer rating.