Coughlin: New look for 49ers is familiar to Giants


Coughlin: New look for 49ers is familiar to Giants

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' offense is different than the one the New York Giants faced in the NFC championship game last season.
One key figure of the Giants' passing game a year ago is now with the 49ers. Mario Manningham caught just one pass in the NFC title game for the Giants. It went for 17 yards and a touchdown.Still, his output was far better than what the 49ers received from their wideouts. Michael Crabtree had one reception for 3 yards. Every other 49ers wide receiver was blanked."You see what's occurred out there, for example, by Manningham joining the 49ers," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. "Mario is an outstanding receiver. (He's) very fast. Very good along the sideline. So you see what has transpired with his addition."RELATED: Mario Manningham 2012 game logs
The 49ers in the offseason added two members from the New York Giants Super-Bowl-winning offense of a year ago: Manningham and power running back Brandon Jacobs. Manningham is the 49ers' third-leading receiver with 19 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown. Meanwhile, Jacobs has yet to step on the field for a regular-season game.Jacobs practiced all of last week but was not active for the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. He sustained a left knee sprain on Aug. 18 that has kept him out of action. It's unknown whether he will suit up Sunday against the Giants."There's a lot to that to prepare for," Coughlin said. "We know full well the tremendous ability and strength of Brandon. You just have to figure out how he's going to fit into the offense."The Giants have also had to figure out how other pieces fit without Manningham and Jacobs.Dominek Hixon has 15 receptions for 236 yards and Ramses Barden has added 12 catches for 198 yards with starter Hakeem Nicks also being limited with injuries. In addition, rookie Rueben Randle had six catches for 82 yards last week against the Cleveland Browns.Victor Cruz had become a greater part of the offense with 37 catches for 428 yards and five touchdowns.
In the run game, Ahmad Bradshaw is the team's main back, averaging 5.1 yards a carry through three games. Third-year running Andrew Brown has taken on a greater role after Jacobs' departure.
"We drafted a running back, David Wilson," Coughlin said. "He's not the physical presence certainly that Brandon was, so that part of our game is not been satisfied. We don't have what we'd call a big back.

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."