Harbaugh compares no fumble call to tuck rule


Harbaugh compares no fumble call to tuck rule

SANTA CLARA -- A potential game-changing fumble with 2:15 remaining in regulation Sunday was not a fumble.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh staunchly disagreed with the crucial ruling in the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants."This one I did not agree with, felt like it was a fumble, felt like it was analogous to the Tuck Rule," Harbaugh said on Monday.Harbaugh was on the Raiders coaching staff during that January 2002 game in which an apparent game-ending fumble against the New England Patriots was overturned in an AFC divisional playoff.
Bradshaw caught a short pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Safety Dashon Goldson went low to attempt a tackle on Bradshaw, while cornerback Tramaine Brock hit him high at the Giants' 21-yard line.Brock wrapped up Bradshaw and spun him backward as linebacker NaVorro Bowman arrived and immediately stripped the ball away. As Goldson recovered the ball, head linesman Mark Hittner turned his back and immediately signaled that it was still the Giants' ball. He then explained to referee Ed Hochuli his ruling that Bradshaw's forward progress had been stopped."In my opinion, that was a fumble," Harbaugh said. "I'm sure the league will defend it and the officials will defend it. But to me the play was continuing, there was struggling going on by Bradshaw. So (I) feel like that was a fumble."If the play had been ruled a fumble, the 49ers would've taken over at the Giants' 18-yard line with 2:15 remaining. The score was tied 17-17, and the Giants had two timeouts remaining.Harbaugh also said he was "disappointed" in the call to penalize tight end Vernon Davis with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for jumping on the camera stand to celebrate after his 73-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Back judge Carl Paganelli was the official who flagged Davis."To me, that was no different than Lambeau Field when they leap up into the stands and stand up in the stands," Harbaugh said. "That's not a prop that Vernon brought out of his uniform somewhere. That was a structure that he stood on. So I was disappointed in that call in this type of game."

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.

San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).

Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.

The 49ers will play at Chicago next season.

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

The 49ers on Tuesday began informing candidates for the team’s general manager position that they would not be brought back for second interviews, according to a team spokesman.

One of the individuals who did not make it past the first round of interviews is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Riddick was closely associated with coach candidate Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. McDaniels removed himself from consideration for the team’s head-coaching opening on Monday. Riddick previously worked in the personnel departments of Washington and Philadelphia.

Another source told CSNBayArea.com that Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III was informed he will not get a second interview for GM post, either.

“The 49ers pared down its list of general manager candidates Tuesday morning and thanked those who will not be included in the second round of interviews,” 49ers spokeman Bob Lange posted on Twitter. “Upcoming interviews will be announced as they were in the first round.”

The 49ers will seek second interviews with Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, along with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is also still believed to be in the mix.

One source described the 49ers’ general manager search as “fluid.” The 49ers are expected to formally offer Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the head-coaching position after the Falcons’ season has concluded.

The 49ers want to match a coach and general manager. Shanahan, if he officially accepts the 49ers’ offer, would likely be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.