Matt & Mindi: The evolution of the 49ers

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Matt & Mindi: The evolution of the 49ers

Jim Harbaugh is on the verge of accomplishing the goal Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary set for the 49ers over the previous six seasons.In this edition of "Matt & Mindi," we talk about the evolution of the 49ers over the past several years.

The nucleus of the team was built before Harbaugh arrived. And, in many ways, the philosophy of winning games with defense and featuring a physical, run-oriented offense has not changed, either.When Nolan was hired, the 49ers' roster was gutted. The talent was better by the time Singletary took over. He had the right idea of what could make the 49ers successful, but he did not know how to get there.Harbaugh and his coaching staff have supplied the answers en route to a 9-2 record. And with a victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, the 49ers will win the NFC West for the first time since 2002.Follow Mindi Bach on Twitter: @MBachCSN

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.