49ers, NFLPA chief want the regular refs back

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49ers, NFLPA chief want the regular refs back

SANTA CLARA -- An officiating crew comprised mostly of individuals who worked games no higher than the NCAA Division II level might have given 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a headache Saturday night.On Monday, Harbaugh was ready to turn the page."What seems like a big deal Saturday night, here Monday is not a big deal," Harbaugh said. "We're concentrating on Monday and what we can get out of this day. Making this practice and these meetings the best possible that we can have, and have had, in our training camp, with so much to do."RELATED: 49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Houston
Several obvious calls were blown by the replacement officials hired to fill in for the regular officials, whom the NFL has locked out. Several players in the 49ers' locker room spoke privately in less-than-flattering terms about the officiating in the team's 20-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday.
There was a no-call of an apparent pass-interference infraction when 49ers receiver Mario Manningham was grabbed while quarterback Alex Smith was throwing. And a holding penalty on 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis appeared on replay to be textbook run block.Throughout the game, Harbaugh loudly complained on the sideline about the play clock and and several judgment calls. The clock ran out in first half was allowed to expire despite a defensive penalty with :12 remaining.After the game, Harbaugh said he could not comment on the officiating before finally commenting:"Some crazy, wild calls. Were they accurate? Weren't they? We'll see. I have a headache (from yelling), though. I have a darned headache. A lot them (calls) didn't seem like they were in the ballpark."RELATED: 49ers offensive player-by-player review vs. Houston
An NFL spokesman on Monday declined comment on the subject.While the enforcement of the rules is one thing, DeMaurice Smith, executive director of Players Association, said he has made it clear to the NFL that he views the issue in serious terms."There are two teams on the field competing," said Smith, who visited the 49ers' facility Monday. "They (the officials) are the only people on the field with an eye toward health and safety while the game is progressing."We shouldn't be at the point where we've made great strides in health and safety and then take a step back by pulling the best people off the field."Smith said he views NFL game officials as "first responders." He said the situation will become more significant as the season progresses.REWIND: Harbaugh Q&A: 'Some crazy, wild calls'
"You have guys trained at the speed of this game," Smith said. "The people who understand and are trained about the speed of this game are locked out."

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.

Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.

Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.

Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.

The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.

Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.

Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.

Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.