49ers get their man -- Harbaugh hired


49ers get their man -- Harbaugh hired

Jan. 7, 2011
Matt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe 49ers got their man.Jim Harbaugh entered the 49ers' headquarters in Santa Clara early Friday afternoon to sign a five-year contract, a source told Comcast SportsNet. The 49ers have scheduled a press conference for 3:30 p.m. Friday in San Francisco to announce Harbaugh as head coach.The 25-million deal, first reported by ESPN and confirmed by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, ends a four-day flurry of interviews and intrigue after Harbaugh guided Stanford to a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl to cap a 12-1 season.
SOUND OFF: "Finally as a season ticket holder, I am really excited about 49ers again" -- viennersHarbaugh, 47, decided to head to the NFL, where he will join 49ers president Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke in hopes of ending the organization's eight-year slide.Ultimately, Harbaugh decided to take the 49ers' five-year contract offer instead of returning to Stanford to make a run at the national championship. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross returned to Florida early Friday morning after failing to convince Harbaugh to be his coach.Harbaugh built the Cardinal into a national power in just four seasons after replacing Walt Harris as coach. Stanford was 1-11 in 2006 -- the season before Harbaugh was hired.RATTO: Orange Bowl wins ushers in new era
Now, Harbaugh will be become the central figure in charge of returning the 49ers to NFL prominence.The 49ers have not made the playoffs since the club won the NFC West in 2002 with a 10-6 record under coach Steve Mariucci, who was fired a couple days after a 31-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the playoffs.Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary had their chances and were fired as head coaches over the past eight seasons. Jim Tomsula served as interim coach in the 49ers' season finale, a 38-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.The 49ers were looking for an offensive coach who can work well with quarterbacks. Under Harbaugh's tutelage, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Luck this week announced he is returning for another season at Stanford, which seemed to increase the chances of Harbaugh remaining, as well.NEWS: Luck returning to Stanford for 2011 season
Harbaugh was 29-21 in four seasons at Stanford.The 49ers targeted Harbaugh as early as the midpoint of the season, according to team and league sources. Baalke had done all the research and background checks on Harbaugh. Baalke met and spent time with Harbaugh while scouting Stanford players in recent years.Harbaugh will compete in the NFC West with former Pac-10 Conference rival Pete Carroll. The Seattle Seahawks signed the former USC coach to a five-year, 33 million deal last year that included full control over the club's football operations.Harbaugh played 14 NFL seasons as quarterback with Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore and San Diego. In his final season, Harbaugh's quarterbacks coach with the Chargers was 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson.He served two seasons on the Raiders' coaching staff. He was an offensive assistant in 2002 and quarterbacks coach in 2003 on Bill Callahan's staff. He was 29-6 in three seasons at NCAA Division I-AA San Diego before getting hired at Stanford.

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

“We had been playing good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction,” Modkins said.

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

Ex-49ers RB Frank Gore moves to No. 8 on all-time list

Ex-49ers RB Frank Gore moves to No. 8 on all-time list

Frank Gore continues to move up the list of the top rushers in NFL history.

Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading ground-gainer, picked up 79 yards on 20 rushing attempts Monday night in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-10 victory over the New York Jets.

Gore moved past Tony Dorsett and into eighth place on the NFL’s all-time list with 12,789 yards. Next up is Eric Dickerson at No. 7 with 13,259 yards.

The only retired player in the top 11 all-time rushers who is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is LaDainian Tomlinson. He is eligible for the induction for the first time in 2017. The only other running back in the top 15 who is not in the Hall of Fame is Edgerrin James at No. 12.

In 10 seasons with the 49ers, Gore gained a club-record 11,073 yards. In 28 games with the Colts, Gore has 1,716 yards.

After coming up just 33 yards short of the 1,000-yard mark in his first year in Indianapolis, Gore needs 251 yards in the final four games for the ninth 1,000-yard season of his 12-year career.