Harbaugh praises 49ers' assistant coaches


Harbaugh praises 49ers' assistant coaches

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh gave endorsements Monday to his three top assistants as having what it takes to become successful head coaches.Harbaugh brought offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with him to the 49ers from his staff at Stanford. Along the way, he picked up Brad Seely as assistant head coachspecial teams coordinator.Harbaugh said he is not sure how long he'll be able to keep his staff intact."He's just a phenomenal football coach," Harbaugh said of Seely, who devised the surprise onside kick that led to a 49ers field goal on Sunday in their 27-20 win over the New York Giants."I sit in on their meetings and I don't say a word. I just learn. He's a great coach. . . . I almost got the feeling that we got coach Seely now and at some point some smart organization is going to hire him away from us. We'll be playing against him. And the same can be said with Greg Roman and Vic Fangio."Harbaugh did not hesitate when asked if he believes Seely, Roman and Fangio are "head coaches in waiting.""Yes, I do," Harbaugh said. "I've been around a lot of coaches, seen a lot of coaches, both as a player and as assistant coach and as a head coach. There's no doubt in my mind those are three great coaches." In the latest installment of "Matt and Mindi," we talk about the 49ers' coaching staff and its role in the team's success.

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

Anquan Boldin owes the NFL some money.

The former 49ers wide receiver was fined $6,076 for throwing the football into the stands last Sunday near the end of the Lions' win over Washington.

Boldin tossed the ball into the crowd after his game-winning touchdown reception with 16 seconds remaining.

Through seven games this season, Boldin has registered 32 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

The 36-year old played for the 49ers from 2013 to 2015.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.