49ers Notebook: Spencer 'Surprised' He Decked Brooks


49ers Notebook: Spencer 'Surprised' He Decked Brooks

Matt Maiocco
CSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Shawntae Spencer took responsibility for leveling teammate Ahmad Brooks in the early portion of 49ers practice Thursday during a "strip drill.""That was my fault," Spencer said of the hit during a low-key drill. Comcast SportsNet cameraman J.C. Garcia captured the sequence on video."I reached in to strip the ball and got my shoulder on him and I think he was a little too high," Spencer said. "I was surprised he flew the way he did, me being a small guy."Brooks slowly got to his feet after the incidence and scuffled briefly with Spencer before teammates pulled them apart. Brooks was unavailable for comment."It wasn't anything personal or anything like that," Spencer said. "Me and Ahmad, right after that happened, when we got done with the drill, we hugged. That's my man. It's nothing personal. It was a little scuffle that happened, and we're both past it."The purpose of the strip drill involving defensive players is to make them aware of holding onto the football after a turnover. During an exhibition game this summer, linebacker Diyral Briggs recorded an interception but fumbled the ball back to the Indianapolis Colts."It was a drill, so we weren't joking around," Spencer said. "I didn't mean to lay my shoulder into him like that. He was coming through fast. When I hit him, I got in underneath my pads and he fell. Everything after that was a reaction."It got a little too intense on my end, and I have no problem taking responsibility for that."Brooks Added to Mix: Brooks will play Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. Brooks has been out of action since Aug. 6 with a lacerated kidney on his left side.Brooks recorded six sacks last season. Five of his sacks came in the final six weeks of the season after he replaced starting outside linebacker Manny Lawson as the 49ers' nickel pass-rusher.Manusky said Brooks and Travis LaBoy will see action at outside linebacker or defensive end Monday in addition to starters Lawson and Parys Haralson. LaBoy recorded the 49ers' only sack in the season opener at Seattle.Westbrook is Ready: Backup running back Brian Westbrook, in his ninth NFL season, can't recall another game in his football career in which he was healthy, in uniform and never stepped onto the playing field.Westbrook was nothing more than a spectator in the 49ers' season-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said he planned to get Westbrook into the game, but that changed when the 49ers fell behind early in the second half.Raye explained that when the 49ers went with their two-minute offense, he felt more comfortable with Frank Gore on the field because of his familiarity with the team's blitz pickup package. Gore played all 66 snaps at running back for the 49ers."I'm getting better with it every day," Westbrook said. "I think I have a good grasp of it, but you don't know until you get out there."

Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his late father

Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his late father

SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly made his strongest statement, yet, about where he stands when it comes to seeking jobs elsewhere.

It is a view of commitment he said he learned from his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday at the age of 87. Kelly returned from his dad’s funeral in Portland, Maine, late Tuesday night.

Kelly held his typical Wednesday press briefing. Afterward, he went to the practice field, where numerous 49ers players greeted him with hugs. Just moments earlier, he guaranteed he will never leave a team while there are games remaining on the schedule.

“I will never leave my job for another job while a season is going on,” Kelly said. “I don’t think that’s fair. I didn’t do it when I was in college. I didn’t talk to anybody in the National Football League until after our bowl game was over.

“I will not leave a team with three games to go because I got a bigger, better deal. That’s not the way I’m wired. “

Kelly added, “It’s one thing I did learn from my dad. I have a commitment. They’ve made a commitment to me and I make a commitment to them. I’m not searching around and looking for other jobs while I have a job."

Despite stating multiple times in recent weeks he would not be returning to coach in the college ranks, Kelly’s name continued to surface in connection with the Oregon job. That possibility officially closed on Wednesday morning, as Oregon hired former South Florida coach Willie Taggart for the job.

Kelly’s father passed away on Friday night. Chip Kelly flew to the northeast to join his family, including his mother, who urged him to coach the 49ers’ game on Sunday in Chicago.

After the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears, Kelly returned to Maine to attend the services.

"I think you’re just really thankful for the time we had with him," Kelly said. "He lived a vibrant and long life, 87 years. He touched a lot of people in his life and it was evident to us yesterday when we had the funeral how many people came and expressed their condolences and reached out. He had a huge impact in his life. I think, it’s a difficult time. I think we all feel for my mom more than anything else, but it’s an opportunity to celebrate the times that we had with him and he was just a great man.”

Kelly described his dad as a “life-long learner” who had a “thirst for knowledge, an insatiable appetite for information.”

According to his obituary, which ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Paul Kelly taught the four Kelly rules to his kids at a young age:

Rule #1 - Have fun!
Rule #2 - Stick together!
Rule #3 - Love Mom!
Rule #4 -&%$*# Dad!

Chip Kelly has demonstrated a wry sense of humor during his first season with the 49ers. But he said he does not compare to his father.

"I don’t have any sense of humor compared to my dad," Kelly said. "I think he was special in that manner. He just had a zest for life. He was one of the happiest people you ever met.

The obituary also stated Paul Kelly was “a truly devoted San Francisco 49ers fan.”

“My dad’s loyal now," Chip Kelly said. "He knows where his son was. He actually got buried in 49ers gear. He did not want to wear a suit in the coffin. He wore a suit for his whole career as a trial lawyer, but he wanted to wear a 49ers sweat suit when he passed away.”

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.