SANTA CLARA -- Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn have not played in the 49ers' first two games of the season. And Randy Moss has played fewer than one-third of the team's offensive snaps.
That could change in future weeks, and coach Jim Harbaugh likes the mystery to build.
"There are a lot of possibilities there, and you like to have your opponent think about all those possibilities," Harbaugh said Monday, one day after the 49ers' 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions.In training camp, it appeared as if Jacobs would be the 49ers' short-yardage back, Ginn would handle the return, Moss would be the No. 2 wide receiver behind Michael Crabtree.But after two games, Jacobs (left knee) and Ginn (right ankle) have been inactive due to injuries. And Mario Manningham, not Moss, appears entrenched as the starter opposite Crabtree.That's quite a departure for Moss, who ranks among the all-time NFL receiving leaders. Among the 49ers' receivers, Moss ranked fourth in playing time behind Crabtree, Manningham and Kyle Williams on Sunday nightRELATED: 49ers play time -- Moss was No. 4 receiver
"Nobody around here ever gets caught in 'The Guy' terminology," Harbaugh said. "It's about us. It's about the team. There's no evidence he (Moss) is concerned about 'The Guy' tag. He knows football. He knows the team that plays the best is going to win the game. He's about that."Early indications are that Jacobs might not be ready for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Ginn could be available to return to action, but it's not known whether he' will unseat Williams as a return man."We know what those guys can do," Harbaugh said of Jacobs and Ginn. "We know what their role is, and it is carved out. But at the same time, we're going to play the guys you feel each week that give us the best chance to win and are practicing better and whose ultimately is going to play better in the game. You also need to see that on the practice field."
On Monday, Jerry Rice shared some words of wisdom with the 49ers in a team meeting.
He also stuck around and went through warmup drills with 49ers receivers.
49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson engaged in some back-and-forth dialogue with the living legend.
"He was giving me a little bit of trash talk. I was giving it back to him though (laughing)," Robinson explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show. "If he wanted to line up with me, I was ready. And I wasn't gonna hold back.
"I kept calling him, I was like, 'I know you don't want to come out here,' But then he finally came over there and he was giving me some trash talk."
It's all but certain that Robinson will start on the outside when the 49ers host the Panthers in Week 1.
He struggled in the exhibition opener against the Chiefs last Friday night.
On the first play of the game, Tyreek Hill ran right past Robinson for a 33-year completion along the sideline.
"I didn't really think they were gonna do a deep ball," Robinson said. "I fell away from my fundamentals. That's one thing I can say ... that just boils back to having short-term memory."
Later in the drive -- on 3rd and 6 from the 49ers' 11-yard line -- he missed a tackle that resulted in a 1st and Goal at the 2-yard line.
The Chiefs scored on the next play.
"Can't really beat yourself up about it ... gotta let it go."
On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."
On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.
"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.
"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."
Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.
And according to Kyle Shanahan:
“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.
“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.
"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”
Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?
"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.
"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."