49ers O-line meeting room upgrades


49ers O-line meeting room upgrades

NOTE: It was originally reported that quarterback Alex Smith bought "plush leather chairs" for the offensive line. However, the "Alex" was actually backup tackle Alex Boone, not Smith.

UPDATE: Boone purchases furniture upgrades for O-line meeting room
SANTA CLARA -- They might be the most important group of individuals in the building.Just ask Alex Smith. The 49ers quarterback opened his wallet to accessorize the 49ers offensive line meeting room with plush leather chairs for each of the individuals assigned to protect him.After all, big guys with big responsibilities need big, cozy chairs from which to conduct their preparations.And Smith's gift to his linemen isn't the only thing different in that room. The 49ers have two offensive line coaches with identical titles.Mike Solari, 56, one of just three position-coach holdovers from Mike Singletary's staff, has been joined by Tim Drevno, 42, who worked under Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and Stanford.So how are their responsibilities divided?"They work in tandem," Harbaugh said. "Not going to get into the percentages. We feel like it's just better to be working in a group and have two guys coaching the offensive line, to be able to see everything."Probably the greater share is Mike Solari, but both Tim Drevno and Mike Solari do a great job working together and coaching up our offensive line."Solari is in his 23rd season as an assistant coach in the NFL. He spent five seasons with the 49ers from 1992 to '96 as tight ends and assistant offensive line coach, working closely with legendary Bobb McKittrick.Drevno is in his first NFL season after spending 21 seasons in the college ranks, including the past seven on Harbaugh's staffs. Drevno and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman also spent two years together at Stanford."We've got to work together to solve problems and find solutions, and that's what they do," Roman said. "They work well together. Everybody checks their ego at the door and we find what works best. I've worked with Tim before. We worked together at Stanford. So there was familiarity there, and that helps bridge the gap of system changes."The 49ers offensive line has made tremendous strides from early in the season after the lockout eliminated the entire offseason program.In the first three games, the 49ers averaged 2.46 yards rushing per attempt and Smith was sacked 11 times. In the next six games, the 49ers averaged 5.35 yards, and Smith was sacked 10 times."They're pretty similar, the way they coach," 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. "They're very detailed, very high-energy kind of guys. There's no stone left unturned. We go through every situation. Every single look, we go over in practice."They prepare us for the games. So if we have to make an adjustment on the sideline, it's something we've already covered and we can make that adjustment. That's why we've been able to have success."We basically have two O-line coaches. Solari is the head guy. But Drevno has been a head line coach with Harbaugh at Stanford, and he understands the offense. They are two guys who work very well together." Coming up: Solari and Drevno sit down for a Q&A session.

Inactives: Ward, Robinson suiting up for 49ers

Inactives: Ward, Robinson suiting up for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Cornerbacks Jimmie Ward and Rashard Robinson will be in uniform and available for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Ward started the 49ers’ first three games of the season before sustaining a right quadriceps strain that sidelined him for the past three games. Robinson started every game in place of Ward, but he sustained a concussion in the 49ers’ loss last week at the Buffalo Bills.

Robinson cleared the concussion protocol this week to be cleared to return to action. It is unclear whether Robinson or Ward will start at right cornerback. Ward practiced this week at cornerback and nickel back.

The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris from the practice squad to the active roster. He will suit up for Sunday’s game and be the second running back into the action, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Mike Davis will start in place of Carlos Hyde, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Harris was productive late last season after signing with the 49ers. He rushed for 140 yards on 27 carries (5.2-yard average).

Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey is inactive due to a knee condition for the second time in the past three weeks.

49ers inactives
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey

Buccaneers inactives
QB Ryan Griffith
RB Doug Martin
CB Johnathan Banks
T Leonard Wester
OL Caleb Benenoch
DE Robert Ayers
DT Clinton McDonald

Keenum throws four interceptions, Rams lose to Giants in London


Keenum throws four interceptions, Rams lose to Giants in London


LONDON -- The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday in the first NFL game played at London's home of English rugby.

Keenum, coming off the best start of his career, had the Rams at the Giants 15-yard line with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass in the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off. His intended target, Brian Quick, had broken off his route.

Keenum has thrown an interception on the Rams' final offensive play of the last three games.

The win kept the Giants (4-3) in good shape in the ultra-competitive NFC East, where no one has a losing record. The Rams (3-4) lost their third in a row.

The Giants entered Sunday with the worst turnover differential in the NFC at minus-10. That became -11 on their second play from scrimmage as tight end Larry Donnell coughed up the ball on the Giants 35, leading to the Rams' lone touchdown, a 10-yard grab by Tavon Austin.

But the Rams were unable to build on that early edge and instead hit the self-destruct button. Keenum threw two interceptions, both off high-sailing deflections, to safety Landon Collins, and two more in the end zone to cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie.

Collins returned his first pick 44 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, running from right to left across the field and making several Rams miss tackles before he bowled over center Tim Barnes to draw the Giants even.

Collins' second pick set up the winning drive, which featured a 22-yard catch by Odell Beckman Jr. to the Rams 6. Rashad Jennings from the 1.

The Rams' final two possessions ended in the end-zone interceptions by Rodgers-Cromartie, the pro-Giants crowd of more than 74,000 roaring their approval.


The Giants took the field looking jet-lagged, Rams the savvy travelers. That perhaps reflected the fact Los Angeles chose to fly overnight from Detroit the previous Sunday for a full week in England, while the Giants did most of their preparations at home before arriving Friday in London.

The Giants gained a single first down in the first quarter on an 11-yard completion to Sterling Shepard. The Rams, by contrast, controlled 11:36 of the first-quarter clock, gained seven first downs with a balanced attack, and scored on their first two drives to lead 10-0 with less than 10 minutes gone.


New York struggled for a seventh straight week to move the ball on the ground, frequently attempting ineffective draw plays from shotgun formation straight into Aaron Donald's turf. The Rams' run defense was stout up the middle despite the absence of Michael Brockers (thigh injury).

The Giants finished with 36 yards rushing.


Austin rightly celebrated scoring the opening TD, but much of his game was a head-scratcher. He fumbled twice, one out of bounds after a catch, one on an ill-advised punt return that he recovered - and his butterfingered catch attempt gift-wrapped Collins' interception. He also fair-caught another punt inside the Rams 5.

Austin redeemed himself with a nice 19-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter. He made two good catch-and-runs in the fourth quarter, once juking Rodgers-Cromartie for a first down. But Austin could do nothing to contest the first interception ball thrown to Rodgers-Cromartie minutes later.


New Giants kicker Robbie Gould made a 29-yard field goal in his only attempt and converted two extra points. He replaced Josh Brown, who was placed on the NFL's commissioner exemption list after more information surfaced concerning his abusive behavior toward his ex-wife.


Giants kick returner Dwayne Harris suffered what looked like a serious injury when returning the final punt of the first half. He lay still on the ground for several minutes, was immobilized and carted off the field as teammates prayed. But he returned to field the first punt of the fourth quarter. Neither team reported any other serious injuries.