SAN FRANCISCO -- Jim Harbaugh famously went for a two-point conversion against a Pete Carroll team near the end of a Stanford blowout victory over USC in 2009.On Thursday, in a much closer game, Harbaugh declined an additional two points in the closing minute of the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Carroll-coached Seattle Seahawks.Seattle offensive lineman Paul McQuistan was called for a chop block in the end zone on a fourth-down play with :43 seconds remaining. Referee Walt Anderson announced that the penalty resulted in a safety.The scoreboard at Candlestick Park read: "49ers 15, Seahawks 6."However, Harbaugh asked for a measurement where the ball was spotted following quarterback Russell Wilson's completion to Ben Obomanu. The Seahawks needed 17 yards for a first down. The play resulted in a 16-yard gain.Harbaugh elected to decline the penalty, and take the points off the board, so the 49ers could take two snaps on offense and run out the clock. Otherwise, the 49ers would've faced an onside kick."Because we could just kneel on the ball and have the game be over," Harbaugh answered for his rationale. "Otherwise, they'll onside kick it, and you give them a chance to win."The 49ers were happy with the 13-6 victory to improve to 5-2 on the season.But those who bet the 49ers, who were anywhere from a seven- to nine-point favorites, probably were the only ones none-too-pleased with Harbaugh's decision to decline two points.In 2009, Harbaugh elected to go for a two-point conversion against USC with about six minutes remaining and Stanford leading 48-21. Stanford eventually won the game 55-21, and that led to the memorable "What's your deal?" exchange between Carroll and Harbaugh at midfield.
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 CSNBayArea.com.
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.
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.