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.
The Seahawks might be in some trouble.
Seattle may lose its second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after failing to disclose Richard Sherman's knee injury, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The league is reportedly mulling a penalty after Pete Carroll revealed on Monday that Sherman dealt with an MCL injury during the season.
Back in September, the NFL took away the Seahawks' fifth-round pick, fined the team $400,000 and fined Pete Carroll $200,000 for violating work rules that prohibit excessive contact in all offseason workouts.
The Seahawks will also forefit their first week of 2017 OTAs.
The 49ers, a team with no head coach and no general manager, on Thursday added their third player in the past week to a reserve/future contract.
The 49ers signed wide receiver Rashad Ross, a product of Vallejo High School. Ross has appeared in 20 NFL games the past three seasons with Chicago and Washington. In 2015, Ross caught eight passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in 13 games with Washington.
Ross (6 foot, 180 pounds) played collegiately at Arizona State via Butte College in Oroville. Ross caught 37 passes for 610 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 with the Sun Devils.
Washington released Ross on Dec. 22. In addition to seeing game against with Chicago and Washington, he has also been on the practice squads of Tennessee and Kansas City.
The 49ers also signed Nick Rose, a kicker who spent last offseason with the Atlanta Falcons, to a reserve/future contract on Wednesday. Rose made 27 of his 38 field-goal attempts duringhis four-year career at Texas.
Last week, the 49ers signed left-footed punter Brock Miller (Southern Utah) to a reserve/future contract. A reserve/future contract takes effect at the beginning of the new league year on March 9.
The 49ers’ personnel department remains intact after the firing of general manager Trent Baalke. Assistant general manager Tom Gamble and director of pro personnel Mike Williams are most likely responsible for the signings.
CEO Jed York said on Jan. 2 that the new head coach and general manager will have full power to assemble their staffs.