Harbaugh: 'We're feeling good about the week'

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Harbaugh: 'We're feeling good about the week'

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh had an unscheduled visit with the media on Friday to talk about the 49ers' All-Pro selections and some other topics.Inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, defensive tackle Justin Smith, kicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee were chosen first-team Associated Press All-Pro. In addition, Justin Smith was voted second-team defensive end.The 49ers have a bye during the first weekend of the playoffs, and will play in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Candlestick Park against either New Orleans, Atlanta or the New York Giants.Here's what Harbaugh had to say. . .

What does it say about the team that five players were named first-team All-Pro?
Harbaugh: "We're always happy for the other guy's success, and I think what it says is a rising tide lifts all ships. And so we're happy for them."Bowman was first team and did not make Pro Bowl what does it say for him to get recognized?
Harbaugh: "He was a second-team (Pro Bowl) alternate. I think it's great recognition. He is our leading tackler, I believe. To do that alongside Patrick Willis, they've done a phenomenal job of playing great football and playing together well, and playing within the framework of our defense. He's already in his second year, and doing a tremendous job."Justin Smith was first-team defensive tackle and second-team defensive end. That's unique, isn't it?
Harbaugh: "That's unique. The fellas got a chuckle out of that when I announced it to them. 'First-team defensive tackle Justin Smith.' 'Second-team defensive end Justin Smith.' They got a laugh out of it."What is he: a defensive end or a defensive tackle?
Harbaugh: "He's both in our system. He plays tackle when we're in the four-down schemes, and he plays end when we're in the three-down schemes."Were there any who didn't make it that you thought should've been on?
Harbaugh: "Oh, sure. But based on what? There are a lot of good players in the league and I don't want to make any comparisons to those who made it or those who didn't. It's nice recognition. We're happy for those guys, and they're very well-deserving."Where will you watch the games this weekend?
Harbaugh: "Forty-nine, forty-nine Centennial Boulevard (the 49ers practice facility). We'll watch it here as a group, until we know who we're playing and then as soon as we know, we'll be able to get right on to the game-planning for that opponent. Literally, as soon as we know, we'll start doing that."What do you do when you're gearing up for a long night?
Harbaugh: "If it's just the coaches, we'll bring in pizzas or something like that."Do you feel like you guys are healing up out here the way you'd like on your bye week?
Harbaugh: "Yes. Our guys are in high spirits, great morale and really moving quick and fast. We got two really good days of practice and a third day was a recovery day, a workout day. And I think that helped, as well. Coming off our three days together, we're feeling good about the week."

Source: Bears deny 49ers attempt to bring back Fangio

Source: Bears deny 49ers attempt to bring back Fangio

The 49ers inquired about the possibility of re-hiring defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan's staff, but the Chicago Bears denied permssion, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Fangio recently completed his second season as the Bears' defensive coordinator after spending four seasons in the same position on Jim Harbaugh's staff with the 49ers.

The Bears made it known to the 49ers that Fangio would not be allowed out of his contract. It never got to the point where the 49ers made a formal request to speak with Fangio, a source said.

Fangio's defenses were the strength of three 49ers teams that advanced to the NFC Championship game, including one Super Bowl appearance. He interviewed for the 49ers' head-coaching job after the 49ers parted ways with Harbaugh. After being passed over for defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, Fangio ended up on John Fox's staff with the Bears.

The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were blocked in their attempt to lure Fangio back to the organization.

Report: Seahawks could lose second-round pick in 2017 draft

Report: Seahawks could lose second-round pick in 2017 draft

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.