Too many timeouts for Kaepernick-led offense


Too many timeouts for Kaepernick-led offense

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers burned four timeouts on Sunday on offense to prevent delay-of-game penalties.

It's an area in which coach Jim Harbaugh said quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and the entire 49ers' offense, must improve. Harbaugh said the play calls and personnel groupings were getting to the huddle in plenty of time, but the calls in the huddle and the tempo to the line of scrimmage were lacking.

"It's his responsibility," Harbaugh said Monday. "It's everybody's responsbility. The tempo of how you operation has to be better. We need to get better at that."

Harbaugh stood near the closest official on the 49ers' sideline and called timeouts on each occasion as the play clock ticked down. Kaepernick, making his fourth NFL start, is expected to make those decisions himself.

"He needs to be aware of that and operate it and run it," Harbaugh said.

However, Harbaugh was pleased at how Kaepernick performed his other duties. Kaepernick completed 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in the 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

"He's operating the offense, getting us in the right plays, executing," Harbaugh said. "For a guy who's only started four games now, he's doing it at a very high level."

Kaepernick said afterward that the one throw he wishes he had back was a corner route to Michael Crabtree in the second quarter. A well-thrown pass could have resulted in a touchdown. The 49ers settled for a field goal.

Kaepernick's best pass of the game might have been his throw to wide receiver Randy Moss on a flea-flicker. Dolphins cornerback RJ Stanford had ahold of Moss' right arm, preventing Moss from using both hands to catch what could've been a 47-yard touchdown.

Harbaugh was careful not to complain about the officiating when asked whether Moss should have made the catch.

"Uh, yeah, that would've been a . . . it was a great throw," Harbaugh said. "He (Moss) had some adversity trying to make that catch. There was some adversity involved there."

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Receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, the 49ers' top two draft picks, made their season debuts. Jenkins played eight snaps and did not have any passes thrown his way. James was in on 15 offensive plays. He gained 30 yards on eight carries, and he caught a 15-yard pass.

Harbaugh said both executed their assignments very well.

"Both LaMichael (and) A.J. did good in that regard," Harbaugh said. "LaMichael got those touches, and thought he made a real good contribution both in the kickoff-return game and offensively.

"(Jenkins) had a real nice block on (Frank Gore's) draw play that nearly scored. Ran a route and didn't get the ball, but ran right past his man, which was positive. Assignment-wise, pretty well."

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.

Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told

Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.

Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.

The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.

Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.

Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.

Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.