Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: January 14, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 8:19 pm

Harbaugh turns to Stanford staff for OC, DC jobs

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jim Harbaugh is getting his first professional coaching staff filled out, and it looks very similar to his most recent collegiate coaching staff. The Niners hired Greg Roman as their offensive coordinator on Friday. Roman served as offensive coordinator under Harbaugh at Stanford. Prior to joining Stanford in 2009, Roman was an assistant for the Panthers, Texans and Ravens.

Additionally, Matt Maioco of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area reports that 11-year NFL veteran assistant Vic Fangio is coming aboard as the defensive coordinator. Fangio served in that same capacity for the Cardinal this past season. Fangio ran a 3-4 scheme for Dom Capers’ Panthers in ’95-’98 and again for Capers’ Texans in ’02-’05. This is important given that the Niners already have heavy investments in 3-4 personnel.

A third Stanford coach, Tim Drevno, will also be on San Francisco’s staff. Drevno was Stanford’s offensive line coach, though with incumbent O-line coach Mike Solari expected to remain with the club, it’s possible Drevno could go back to instructing tight ends. His exact title has not been determined yet.

UPDATE 6:34 p.m. EST: Our 49ers Rapid Reporter says the club will hire former Packers and Falcons defensive coordinator Ed Donatell to coach the secondary.

UDPATE 8:18 p.m. EST: Matt Maioco reports that the Niners will have two offensive line coaches in 2011. Drevno will share the duties with Solari.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Report: Chargers to hire Manusky as D coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

The San Diego Chargers have found their replacement for Ron Rivera. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, former 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky is moving south. It’s not a done deal, but all indications are Manusky will coordinator the Chargers defense in 2011.

Manusky has been in high demand since the Jim Harbaugh hiring made it apparent that he would not be staying in San Francisco.

This hiring makes perfect sense for San Diego. Manusky, who has become highly respected by NFL insiders over the past few years, ran a 3-4 scheme with the Niners that is similar to the one long-employed by the Chargers.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Hot Routes 1.12.11 coaches fighting SNOW!?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Bengals bust Peter Warrick is joining Cincinnati Commandos, an indoor football club where, we believe, all the players eschew underwear.

The unattractive Seahawks-Bears matchup (unattractive by divisional round playoff standards) is hurting ticket brokers in Chicago.

In his introductory press conference, Ron Rivera said the Panthers defense would remain a 4-3. (Rivera ran a 3-4 in San Diego but a 4-3 in Chicago.)

Bucs special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is jumping ship to San Diego. The Bucs replaced him with former fringe journeyman Dwayne Stukes.

Because of the snow in Atlanta, Mike Smith and some of his colleagues have turned the Falcons’ Flowery Branch headquarters into their personal residence.

Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter touted his head coaching experience during his interview with the Broncos. (The former Boise State head coach is obviously familiar with leading a Broncos team.)

Aaron Rodgers, who notched his first playoff win this past Sunday, said there never was a monkey on his back.

The Raiders are holding one of their near-annual head coaching searches.

After Drew Brees won it last year, Matt Hasselbeck is looking to take the “Best Postgame Celebration Photo With Your Kid” title for 2011.

Vernon Davis would love for Donovan McNabb to be a 49er.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:40 pm

Seahawks gunning for another QB of the future?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Matt Hasselbeck on the downside of his career – even though he was simply fantastic in beating the Saints, and he might stick around as a starter for another couple years – it makes sense that the Seahawks would continue to search for a potential future quarterback.

I think many of us would agree that Charlie Whitehurst, who was signed before last season for that “future quarterback” spot, is not that person. Now, it sounds like Seattle will give it another shot with a quarterback who’s virtually had no playing time in the NFL.

According to CSN Bay Area, 49ers practice squad QB Nate Davis will sign a contract with the Seahawks, pending that he passes a physical.

You might remember Davis because former San Francisco coach Mike Singletary blasted Davis’ work ethic early this year before stashing him on the 49ers practice squad all season long.

Davis was a fifth-round pick out of Ball State in 2009, and he has impressed observers with his arm strength. But when Singletary ripped him for his offseason practice habits, his stock certainly dropped. He also didn’t play great in the preseason games, and that didn’t help matters either.

And then there’s this.

From the article:

Davis' draft stock fell in the spring of 2009 when he revealed he had a learning disability. With Jim Harbaugh entering as 49ers head coach and bringing the West Coast offense, Davis would've been forced to learn a new offense, anyway.

Davis rarely practiced at quarterback during the season. He saw more action on the 49ers' practice squad playing tight end. The 49ers were not thrilled he gained approximately 15 pounds during the season. Davis plans to spend his offseason with a personal trainer in Indianapolis, he said.

The Seahawks are allowed to sign Davis because he finished the season on the 49ers' practice squad. The 49ers had one week of sole-negotiating rights to sign him to a contract that will begin with the new league year. After that one-week window, practice squad players become "street free agents" and are free to sign with any team.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:10 pm

Baalke: 'Obvious' that 49ers don't have future QB

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers have handled two of their three biggest problems, by promoting Trent Baalke to general manager and hiring Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach. Well, they've addressed the problems; it remains to be seen if the gentlemen can actually handle the issues at hand.

One of those issues is probably the biggest problem held over from the previous regime -- no clear-cut starting quarterback on the roster. Alex Smith's the former franchise quarterback who's clearly not the answer. Troy Smith provided a glimmer of hope during the 2010 season, but he clearly can't handle a complex offensive system. And David Carr, well, let's not get into that. Baalke apparently agrees, as he told Mike Florio on "Pro Football Talk Live" that he doesn't think the Niners' have their

"We've got three ways that we're going to approach it," Baalke said. "Obviously, you've got the draft. You've got potential trades. And you've got free agency. Is the quarterback of the future on this roster? I think it's obvious that he isn't at this point, but things could change and they will change through one of those three vehicles."

Things could get complicated because of the labor negotiations though -- there's a chance that they won't have a chance to either a) sign a veteran before the draft or b) trade for a veteran or trade players to move up in the draft for a quarterback.

Which means that San Francisco will likely draft some quarterback when the weekend of April 28-30 rolls around.

And, on the bright side, at least Baalke's aware that the team need a significant upgrade at the position and that his first test in his new job's going to come soon.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:17 pm

Fangio, Manusky in mix for Cowboys DC job

Posted by Will Brinson

Greg Manusky, a potential head-coaching candidate with several teams including the Panthers, is likely done with the 49ers. Vic Fangio, Stanford's defensive coordinator, was presumed a strong candidate to replace him (because of the Jim Harbaugh connection, obviously) in San Fran.

However, it turns out both gentlemen might have an opportunity in Dallas. Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that Fangio is speaking to the Cowboys about the defensive coordinator position there and Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Manusky informed reporters he'll be interviewing with Dallas on Wednesday for the DC gig.

Fangio's was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for a long time, running Carolina's defense from 1995-98, Indy's D from 1999-2001, and the Texans D from 2002-05 (yes, he's boys with Dom Capers, why do you ask?). Then he was with the Ravens from 2006-09, when they had a decent defense.

Manusky engineered a 49ers defense that ranked fourth in yards allowed in 2009 (and fifth in points allowed then as well) and 16th in yards allowed in 2010. Most impressively, perhaps, the Niners ranked sixth in rush yards allowed both those years and third and second in yards per rush during that time, respectively.

Paul Pasqualoni, who took over the defensive coordinator position when Jason Garrett ascended to interim head coach, is also in the mix for the full-time position next season.

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:36 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Harbaugh (US Presswire)
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. ET: According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh’s deal is for five years, $25 million. If this is true, then the 49ers did NOT increase their offer to Harbaugh after he was reportedly close to sticking with Stanford.


The AP is reporting that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday 6:30 p.m. ET.  

This is a somewhat long-expected move for Harbaugh, albeit one that had plenty of twists and turns towards the end. Harbaugh and the Niners brass met for five hours on Wednesday. Late Thursday, Stanford reportedly upped its offer to try and keep the head coach. On Friday, whispers about Harbaugh going to Michigan resurfaced. Earlier in the week, the Denver Broncos expressed interest – and obviously not as much interest as the Miami Dolphins, who sent their top men to California for a face-to-face meeting.

In the end, all the drama only helped to raise Harbaugh’s value. We don’t yet know exactly what that value is, but we do know that by choosing San Francisco, Harbaugh at least saves himself the cost of moving and buying a new house.

This may have been a closer call for the Niners than many realize. A Stanford source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "We thought we had Jim locked up last night but Jim wanted to sleep on it." Stanford may never let a head coach hit the hay again.

On the Niners’ side of things, let the discussion begin about whether this is the right hire. The initial chatter around the web seems to be saying YES! But very few college coaches successfully leap to the pro level. Harbaugh, of course, played in the NFL and was an assistant for the Raiders in 2002-03, so credibility and pro culture shouldn’t be issues. Still, Harbaugh is known for his demonstrative style and somewhat cutting personality. College players willingly deal with that. But multimillionaire pros?

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Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:46 am

Harbaugh drama getting almost Favreish

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jim Harbaugh is becoming the new Brett Favre. The man is constantly trailed by rumors about where he’ll be come next season. The Dolphins are out. The Panthers can’t pay. The Brown will likely want a “Holmgren guy”. The Raiders are a joke (Harbaugh would know – he was an assistant on that staff a few years ago.) The Broncos are likely everybody’s fallback option.

This essentially leaves the 49ers – the NFL team Harbaugh originally flirted with all along. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports sent this tweet just after midnight Thursday (or would that be Friday?....anyway, you get the idea): "Strong signal outta SF that Harbaugh is in strong talks w Niners to get a deal done 2nite over 6 mil per. But w this guy could change again"

The this guy could change again part proved prescient, as Glazer’s next tweet read, “Now hearing Stanford upped their offer considerably for Harbaugh and he's leaning that way now. Ya know what? Wake me when it's over w him.”

Who knows when that will be…

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