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49ers not close to mastering Shanahan’s complex run game

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:01:26 UT

In his first 11 NFL seasons, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley has had seven head coaches and eight offensive coordinators, stunning figures that suggest he’s seen every conceivable X and O. On Wednesday, however, Staley said he’s never experienced anything quite as intricate as head coach Kyle Shanahan’s rushing attack. “I think one of the things that even I wasn’t expecting was how detailed you have to be in everything as far as the run game,” Staley said. “Aiming points. Everyone’s got to be on the same page — running backs, linemen, receivers, everybody, for it to work. That’s going to come and, hopefully, we do a better job of that this week.

49ers sign DL Sen’Derrick Marks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:58:17 UT

On Wednesday, during his first day with the 49ers, just-signed defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks leaned back in his chair and put his feet on his locker. He looked relaxed. And he certainly didn’t sound stressed when asked if he was concerned about making the roster given his late start. “Nah, I wake up and kick ass,” Marks said. “This is what I do.” The personable Marks, 30, will make the 53-man roster if he makes as strong an impression on his new employer as he did with reporters. The 49ers signed Marks, a 2009 second-round pick with 61 career starts, to a one-year deal to potentially add depth to a position teeming with young talent.

These subtle changes could make Levi’s feel more like home to 49er fans

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:18:49 UT

Image 1of/6 CaptionClose Image 1 of 6 Great moments will also be depicted like Steve Young's 49-yard TD run to beat the Vikings in 1988. (Kevin Lynch) Great moments will also be depicted like Steve Young's 49-yard TD run to beat the Vikings in 1988. (Kevin Lynch) Image 2 of 6 Another great moment? Jerry Rice surpassing Jim Brown's touchdown record of 127 in September of 1994. (Kevin Lynch) Another great moment? Jerry Rice surpassing Jim Brown's touchdown record of 127 in September of 1994. (Kevin Lynch) Image 3 of 6 This wall will be filled with the names of legendary 49ers. (Kevin Lynch) This wall will be filled with

49ers undrafted safety Lorenzo Jerome undaunted in NFL

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:54:38 UT

After two preseason games, free safety Lorenzo Jerome appears to have secured a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. Not bad for an undrafted rookie who prepped for the NFL in the Northeast Conference. Jerome played at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., a no-name school that competes against schools perhaps better known as last names (Malone) or full names (Robert Morris). In fact, Jerome could face one of the NFL’s biggest names — Dallas wideout Dez Bryant, who will visit Santa Clara in Week 7 — just 372 days after playing against Bryant University. Jerome is proud of his college, which has fewer than 2,000 students. During training camp, he termed St.

49ers’ Katie Sowers is 1st openly LGBT coach in NFL

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:02:10 UT

A week after she made history by becoming the second full-time female coach in the NFL, 49ers assistant Katie Sowers made history again, becoming the first openly lesbian or gay coach in the league’s history. Sowers, who worked with the team’s wide receivers as an intern this summer before accepting a full-time role, gave an interview to SBNation’s OutSports website that was published Tuesday, confirming her sexual orientation. “No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers, 31, told the site. “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.

49ers’ Eric Reid relishing new role

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:47:03 UT

Shortly after 49ers general manager John Lynch joined the team’s broadcasters in the KPIX television booth Saturday night, safety Eric Reid made his sixth tackle in the game’s first 16 minutes. This time, Reid sprinted from the defensive backfield and decked Denver fullback Andy Janovich, who was greeted shortly after he caught a 2-yard screen pass. In the booth, Lynch, the former safety and Fox analyst, offered his analysis of the 49ers’ safety who is tackling a new role. “We thought this (defense) would be a great fit for Eric,” Lynch said. “I tell you what, talk about bright spots tonight, Eric Reid’s playing a heck of a game.

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan a little less steamed than he was Saturday

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:53 UT

Kyle Shanahan has a problem, and the perfectionists in the audience can sympathize. The 49ers’ head coach strives for flawlessness from himself and his team, which means he spends a fair amount of time feeling less than satisfied. “We want everything to be perfect,” Shanahan said, “and that’s why most of the time, I’m not that happy.” For his first six months in his new job, Shanahan has offered a happy face to reporters in news conferences marked by relaxed and expansive answers that have punctured holes in his previous reputation for aloofness and arrogance.

49ers’ running backs next in rotation do little with limited opportunities

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:15:02 UT

After promising rookie running backs Joe Williams and Matt Breida played a prominent role in the preseason opener, their roles were drastically reduced Saturday. Williams had just one carry. Breida, who was healthy, didn’t play. Some form of rookie hazing? Actually, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the two were shelved because he wanted to get a look at Kapri Bibbs and Tim Hightower. Bibbs didn’t have a carry in the opener, and Hightower didn’t play. “We’re trying to give them a chance to compete,” Shanahan said. “We see it in practice each day, but in games, you want to see what guys do, breaking through those arm tackles, and see how they perform.

49ers QB Hoyer on gaffe: ‘It’s the worst feeling’

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:19:10 UT

The 49ers had five turnovers Saturday night, but the giveaway that provided the defining moment in a 33-14 preseason loss to the Broncos is clear. Late in the first quarter, quarterback Brian Hoyer dropped back, cocked his arm to rip a downfield pass to wideout Jeremy Kerley and … had the ball slip from his grasp and fall behind him as he finished his throwing motion. The Broncos recovered tyhe loose ball. “I went to throw it, and I was going to throw it hard, and, literally, I think my arm even went forward and then I’m looking around, like, ‘What happened to the ball?’” Hoyer said.

49ers lose laugher to Broncos, thanks to comedy of offensive errors

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:16:27 UT

First, Brian Hoyer stumbled, then he fumbled, and his consecutive-play blooper reel neatly captured a disastrous performance for the 49ers’ first-team offense Saturday night. In a 33-14 preseason loss to the Broncos, the 49ers’ quarterback directed an attack that left Levi’s Stadium aghast. The results of four first-half drives by the 49ers’ offensive starters: punt (three-and-out), fumble, interception, fumble. It couldn’t have been any worse. Or maybe it could have? The 49ers, after all, were bumbling against a Denver defense that didn’t play seven starters.

49ers stand for anthem after Lynch clarifies comments

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:57:28 UT

A day after general manager John Lynch said he regretted how he explained his stance on national-anthem protests, the 49ers didn’t have a player kneel or raise a fist during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Saturday’s preseason game against Denver. As they did in their preseason opener, many of the 49ers stood with their right hands over their chests. On Friday, Lynch said he’d lost sleep after his comments a day earlier had inspired a mild controversy. Lynch said he thought anthem protests could be “divisive,” but respected players’ right to express themselves. “If I could take one thing back, I would have changed that word because of the negative connotation,” Lynch said on KNBR.

Here’s what’s new on the menu at Levi’s Stadium for 49ers games

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:47:45 UT

This week, the 49ers debuted new food items that will part of the fare at Levi’s Stadium. Some of the food won’t be available everywhere and most of it still needs to be priced. Nevertheless, a lot of it is scrumptious. So if the team is going to be bad again, there’s always the food coma option. Here are the highlights: Image 1of/11 CaptionClose Image 1 of 11 Getting to the Stadium and had a night of reverie, the night before? This is the meal for you! This a club level item (photo via Getting to the Stadium and had a night of reverie, the night before? This is

49ers linebacker Elvis Dumervil chasing QBs at 33

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:38:37 UT

After Elvis Dumervil signed with the 49ers in June, he looked at general manager John Lynch and congratulated him. “I said, ‘Listen, you just got the steal of this free agency,’” Dumervil recalled. “‘Without a doubt.’” Dumervil, 33, clearly doesn’t harbor any, but there are doubts surrounding him this summer. The outside linebacker enters his 12th season with 99 sacks (third among active players), five Pro Bowl berths … and a recent history that suggests the quarterback menace is now being manhandled by Father Time. Even Lynch acknowledged the addition of Dumervil, the second-oldest player on the roster, was odd, on the surface.

49ers’ Reuben Foster expected to play Saturday with shoulder injury

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:19:53 UT

Same shoulder, different injury. Rookie inside linebacker Reuben Foster has a “mild AC joint sprain” in his surgically repaired right shoulder, according to the 49ers. However, the injury is not connected to the torn labrum he suffered during his senior season at Alabama, and head coach Kyle Shanahan anticipates Foster will play in Saturday’s preseason game against Denver. Shanahan said, “We want to be smart with him, regardless, but I would expect him to.” Foster, who was injured in a joint practice with the Broncos on Wednesday, was limited in Thursday’s practice and had a no-contact restriction. Shanahan said Foster was “very upset” he wasn’t allowed to participate in team drills.

49ers’ Shanahan on anthem protests: ‘I think everyone wants to make a change’

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:18:46 UT

A day after 49ers general manager John Lynch was asked about his views on national anthem protests, head coach Kyle Shanahan addressed the issue and struck a different note. Shanahan indirectly referenced the recent racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va., that was sparked by a rally of white supremacists. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has cited the situation as the reason he plans to sit during the anthem this season. “I’m not going to tell anyone what to do or not to do,” Shanahan said. “I see stuff on TV also. And things that are going on this country and this world.