Maiocco: Camp Alex film would benefit coaches


Maiocco: Camp Alex film would benefit coaches

June 11, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe San Jose State video department was on vacation, and the equipment was locked away.So Alex Smith thought -- and this is serious -- about asking his wife to videotape the on-field work this week during the four days of 49ers get-togethers, known here as "Camp Alex."Then, considering his wife had given birth to the couple's first child just a month earlier, Smith thought better of the idea and scratched that from his to-do list.If the lockout continues and there is a Camp Alex Part Deux, Smith said the practices will definitely be filmed so he can use the moving images as a teaching tool during the daily classroom sessions."Would you send a copy of the tape to the 49ers, too?" I asked him.Smith paused and wondered aloud if he could do that. I responded that he can do anything he wants as a player. There are no rules what players can and can't do during the owners-imposed lockout. Aside from players being physically locked out of team facilities, the restrictions impact only NFL employees.Of course, the coaches would be prohibited from responding to the players and sending along any input during the lockout. But there would be big benefits to the coaches if they had the opportunity to view the practices.If Smith shipped a copy of the practice film to coach Jim Harbaugh, all the offensive coaches could keep tabs on what the players are doing. It could help them formulate a more concise practice plan for when the lockout lifts. The coaches would know what the players are doing perfectly and what they need to emphasize and correct at the beginning of training camp.The 49ers did not want any part of this subject and declined comment. And an NFL spokesman has yet to respond to a question about the hypothetical situation of the 49ers' coaches being allowed to view the contents of a package that arrives in their in-boxes.

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced Monday morning he has pulled his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coaching job.

McDaniels interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Saturday, Jan. 7, while the Patriots were on the bye week as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. McDaniels indicated he also met with Brian Hampton, the 49ers’ director of football administration and analytics.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” McDaniels added. “Again, (I’m) humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

McDaniels said his main focus would be on helping prepare the Patriots to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

McDaniels, 40, was viewed as one of the hot head-coaching candidates, along with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, this offseasons. He has served the past five seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick.

Shanahan becomes the leading candidate for the 49ers’ job. The 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday. Shanahan and Cable are the only known remaining candidates for the job to replace Chip Kelly, who was hired after a 2-14 season.

McDaniels became Denver’s head coach in 2009. He was fired after 12 games in 2010 after his teams compiled an 11-17 record. He returned to the Patriots in 2012 and has served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bill Belichick’s staff.

McDaniels, who also interviewed with the 49ers last year, also had interviews on Jan. 7 with Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone, while the Rams hired Sean McVay.

“I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for Mr. Kraft his family and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. Very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."