49ers Fan Fest: Aldon Smith, Delanie Walker injury updates


49ers Fan Fest: Aldon Smith, Delanie Walker injury updates

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith might not step on the field for another exhibition game, but 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh suggested he'll be ready for the team's regular-season opener.Smith sustained a right hip bruise in the 49ers' exhibition opener Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings."Pretty much what we thought the other night," Harbaugh answered when asked for an update. "We'll see. He'll be out for some time. Maybe a week or so. But I think he'll be back in a week, but we'll see."Smith will not be available for the 49ers' game Saturday against the Houston Texans. It also seems unlikely he'll play Aug. 26 against the Denver Broncos. The 49ers' final exhibition game is Aug. 30 against the San Diego Chargers, and many starters are rested in that game.The 49ers are not likely to take any chances prior to the team's regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers.
Following the 49ers' open practice Sunday at Candlestick Park, the club has another injury concern. Tight end Delanie Walker sustained a right knee injury and spent most of practice sitting on the bench with ice on his right knee.Harbaugh intimated Walker's injury is not likely to keep him out a significant period of time."We'll wait until we get some further results from the doctors, but I think we'll dodge another bullet there."The 49ers reported that 32,000 fans attended Fan Fest at Candlestick Park. Last year, a crowd of 8,000 attended. Here are some of Harbaugh's other post-practice comments:On the atmosphere, which included a lengthy autograph-signing period:
"I thought it was a real crisp practice. I thought it helped being out here. A lot of support for our team. I think they felt that from the moment they stepped on the field. It's great to have the fans here. It seems like there were four or five times more people here this year than there were last year. And they couldn't have been nicer. Our players really enjoyed it. They were really good to our team and we appreciate that."On the guy who ran onto the field:
"He called me 'Coach.' He said, 'Coach something.' I didn't say anything. I'm glad he was clothed. I'm glad he wasn't naked."Why did you make the offense run after they scored?
"That's the way we've been doing it this year. The winners get the opportunity to run."Can they defer?
"No, they can't defer. The winners get to get better. They get that opportunity."Scott Tolzien was your third QB in the game Friday. Is that going to move around during the preseason?
"It could. Possibly this next week Josh (Johnson) could go in third. And Scott fourth. But we'll see how it plays out this week in practice."Was what Tolzien did in the game representative of what he's been doing in practices?
"Yeah, I think it was pretty accurate of what he's been like. He's been real accurate in practice. He was accurate in the game. Good command of the offense. Really gets the ball out quick and makes some real accurate throws."Did you like how the team handled the Vikings blitzes?
"For the most part, I thought it was a real positive game when you look at the tape. A lot of data as we knew there would be. A lot of things to coach and teach from a positive aspect. And a lot of things we've been talking about showed up in the game. And they got a chance to see it in game action. This is a real important week for us. We'll grind this week. This will be a good, hard-working football week for our team. And see if we can make the most of it."

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.

And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”

On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.

“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."

The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.

The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.