Friday, August 31, 2012

49ers Official 2012-2013 53-man Roster

Quarterback - 11-Alex Smith, 7-Colin Kaepernick, 3-Scott Tolzien

Running back - 21-Frank Gore, 32-Kendall Hunter,45-Brandon Jacobs, 23-LaMichael James, 49-Bruce Miller, 24-Anthony Dixon

Wide Receiver - 15-Michael Crabtree, 84-Randy Moss, 82-Mario Manningham, 19-Ted Ginn, 10-Kyle Williams, 17-A.J. Jenkins

Tight End - 85-Vernon Davis, 46-Delanie Walker, 83-Demarcus Dobbs, 48-Garrett Celek

Offensive Line - 74-Joe Staley, 77-Mike Iupati, 59-Jonathan Goodwin, 75-Alex Boone, 76-Anthony Davis, 68-Leonard Davis, 67-Daniel Kilgore, 66-Joe Looney

Defensive Line- 91-Ray McDonald, 90-Isaac Sopoaga, 94-Justin Smith, 95-Ricky Jean Francois, 92-Will Tukuafu, 93-Ian Williams

Outside Linebacker - 99-Aldon Smith, 55-Ahmad Brooks, 98-Parys Haralson

Inside Linebacker - 52-Patrick Willis, 53-NaVorro Bowman, 54-Larry Grant, 56-Tavares Gooden

Cornerback - 22-Carlos Rogers, 25-Tarell Brown, 29-Chris Culliver, 20-Perrish Cox, 26-Tramaine Brock

Safeties - 38-Dashon Goldson, 31-Donte Whitner, 27-C.J. Spillman, 30-Trenton Robinson, 32-Darcel McBath

Specialists - 2-David Akers, 4-Andy Lee, 86-Brian Jennings


S Colin Jones (to Panthers for 7th Round Pick in 2014, not 2013)


RB Rock Cartwright
LB Joe Holland
CB Anthony Mosley
WR Brett Swain
TE Konrad Reuland
LB Eric Bakhtiari
LB Michael Wilhoite
WR Chris Owusu
S Michael Thomas
WR Nathan Palmer
OL Al Netter
OL Mike Person
LB Cam Johnson
QB Josh Johnson
OL Derek Hall
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
LB Ikaika Alama-Francis
DT Matthew Masifilo
TE Kyle Nelson
LB Kenny Rowe
OL Kenny Wiggins

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Scott Tolzien makes 49ers' 53-man cut

Scott Tolzien had the roughest finale of all the 49ers quarterbacks, but his body of work has carried him onto the 49ers' final roster, according to a league source. Tolzien spent the 2011 season on the 53-man roster as San Francisco's third quarterback behind Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. That appears to be the order this year as well.

There is no word yet on Josh Johnson's fate. He and Kaepernick had excellent nights Thursday against the Chargers. Johnson was 9-14 for 125 yards with two touchdowns and a 132.4 passer rating. He also ran the ball five times for 50 yards.

Tolzien, meanwhile, has been steady throughout the preseason but stumbled against San Diego. He was 3-8 for 42 yards and threw an interception. An undrafted free agent in 2011, Tolzien spent his rookie training camp with the Chargers. San Diego cut him at this time last year in an effort to put him on the practice. That's when the 49ers picked him up.

Tolzien is eligible for the practice squad; Johnson is not. As is the case every year, the 49ers' 53-man roster likely will be tweaked over the next few days.


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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Says Tom Brady Is Better Than Joe Montana

Tom Brady still has one fewer Super Bowl victory than his boyhood idol, San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana, but to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft there's no question who's the better quarterback.
"I think that Tommy, with all due respect, is better than Joe Montana," Kraft told "I know that's a leap, but I really think he might already be the best of all time. I watch how involved he is, how driven he is. He's like (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick, he's into the details. And he's got a skill that makes him so special, he can process all of it so quickly. And then, he's just got that quality. Certain people have that sincerity. He's a very genuine guy. People can relate to him. People can trust him."
The 35-year-old Brady has one more Super Bowl appearance than the Hall of Famer Montana, but one fewer victory. Montana has an all-time record of 4-0 in Super Bowls (tied with Terry Bradshaw for the top mark in NFL history) while Brady is 3-2.

Both have a track record of playoff success. Montana was 16-7 all-time in the postseason (.695 winning percentage) and Brady is 14-5 (.736).

In 161 career regular-season games (159 as a starter) over 12 seasons, Brady has 300 touchdown passes and just 115 interceptions for 39,979 yards, an average of 248.3 per game. Those numbers include a 2008 season in which he played just one quarter of one game before leaving with a season-ending injury. Montana, meanwhile, played in 192 games (164 as a starter) over 15 seasons with 273 touchdown passes, 139 interceptions and 40,551 career yards, an average of 211.2 yards per game.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Randy Moss Continues to Refuse to Talk to the Media

Between the time Randy Moss decided that he loves football again and signed with the 49ers, he had plenty to say, via the webcam and microphone on his computer.  Since joining the 49ers, Moss hasn’t had much to say at all.

He participated in a conference call after signing his contract, and he met with the media once during training camp.

Moss otherwise refuses to talk.

He passed again on Tuesday, according to Cam Inman of  As to whether Moss will talk in advance of a return visit to the scene of the faux mooning, Moss said, “Probably not.”

At some point, he probably will.  During the regular season, the NFL requires post-game availability and one other session once per week.  Failure to comply will trigger fines and, over time, increasing discipline.
It’s not the first time Moss has expressed a preference not to talk.  At one point during the 2010 season, Moss was fined $25,000.  He thereafter decided that he would be available for the media, but that he would answer only his own questions.

Of course, the press conference in which Moss said he’d answer only his own questions came one day before he was fired by the Vikings.  After Moss was claimed on waivers by Tennessee, no one really cared much about what he had to say.

And that’s what Moss doesn’t seem to realize.  People want to talk to him because he’s relevant to the game of football.  The reporters are simply the conduit of the fans; Moss probably will figure that out after the reporters — and the fans — stop caring about whatever it is that he may have to say.

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NFL Will Start Season with Replacement Officials

The NFL’s replacement officials aren’t going away any time soon.

The league confirmed today in a memo sent to all 32 teams that the regular season will open with replacement officials, as the lockout of the NFL Referees Association continues.

The NFL says it’s ready to negotiate with the locked-out officials, but they’re not close enough to reaching an agreement that it’s realistic to think the regular officials could be on the field when the season starts, one week from tonight.

This year’s preseason games have seen plenty of bad calls, and several players have questioned whether the officials are in over their heads. A bad call that costs a team a regular-season game would surely amplify the cries for the league to get a deal done with its officials, but the NFL has insisted that the replacements are capable of doing the job. We’re about to get at least 16 regular-season games for the replacements to show that the league office is right — or to show that the NFL is jeopardizing the integrity of the game by refusing to finalize a deal.

Mike Martz: "Stabilization has led to Alex Smith's success"

When Mike Martz watches Alex Smith now, he sees the player he expected Smith to be during their brief time together.

Martz, hired as 49ers offensive coordinator in 2008, went through the offseason and training camp with Smith in a competition against Shaun Hill and J.T. O'Sullivan.

Smith lost the starting job O'Sullivan, and then he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery before the start of the regular season. Smith never returned to full health after sustaining a separated shoulder the previous season.

Martz, who was in Denver on Sunday for a dress rehearsal to prepare him for his new job as a FOX NFL analyst, said he is not at all surprised that Smith rebounded last year with his best season.

"There've been so many moving parts around Alex during his career that when things got stabilized, he was allowed to develop," Martz said. "When I say moving parts, just the changing of the coordinators, receiver groups, offensive line changes. They've stabilized all that now."

Martz was one of those coordinators -- Smith's fourth in four seasons. But Smith never attempted a regular-season pass in Martz's one year with the 49ers.

"Alex, when I had him, he was just not right," Martz said. "He missed a lot of throws that he normally wouldn't miss. I knew there was something wrong. I didn't say anything to him. And eventually he realized it, and that's when he had his (shoulder) surgery."

Under Martz, the 49ers' offense ranked No. 23 in the NFL in yards -- a vast improvement from 32nd overall in 2007. The 49ers ranked 13th in passing yards.

Mike Nolan, the coach who hired Martz, got fired during the season. Mike Singletary was promoted to head coach. Immediately following the season, Singletary fired Martz and eventually hired Jimmy Raye.

Martz, now retired from coaching, left San Francisco with a high opinion of Smith from
what he witnessed off the field.

"He's really a gifted guy -- very intelligent," Martz said. "He was a joy to work with -- he really was -- because he's a committed guy. He asks all the right questions. I'm very happy for him. He was in it all the time. He followed what we were doing. He was a pro.

"I never questioned that (his mindset). The only issue I had with him was the accuracy I saw in college and earlier, when I got there, he would miss throws he ordinarily wouldn't miss. I didn't know what to do about it, to be honest with you. I know he got frustrated with it, too. He's just too good of a player."

Smith never told Martz that his shoulder was ailing, Martz said.

Last season, Smith started all 18 regular-season and playoff games for the 49ers. He completed 61.4 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

"The thing you saw with him is that he made some incredible throws under duress, which is what he did in college," Martz said. "He'd have a guy in his face, and he'd stick it right on the guy. When he's not real confident about the throw, he's going to hold it a little bit. That's what he did with me. And he didn't do that last year. He was letting it go.

"I would've liked to have had him when he was feeling good and everything was good. But that's the way it is. That's the NFL."

With a stable supporting cast that includes the return of coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman and talented surrounding cast, Smith is set up to build on last season, Martz said."They run the ball so effectively that anytime he flashes the ball to Frank Gore, the defense is coming toward the line of scrimmage," Martz said. "So the throws he's getting on first and second downs are big, productive throws, particularly to Vernon (Davis). Because the under coverage is coming down to stop the run and they have some big plays."

With the additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham joining Michael Crabtree, the 49ers have some options Martz compares to his time with the St. Louis Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf."

"That threesome, the wide receiver threesome, will help Alex immensely," Martz said. "We know what Vernon is. And Vernon is an elite player in the league. He just needed more than Vernon.

"If you can put three receivers and a tight end in there, how do you cover that? That's what we did in St. Louis. Pick your poison. I think they have to chance to do that. Moss does not have line up on their best cornerback any more. They can put Crabtree out there and put Moss in the slot. That's another mismatch."

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Ted Ginn Jr. Injures Ankle in Broncos Game

After finishing the 2011 season on the sideline, it's possible 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will begin 2012 in the same spot.

Ginn limped off the field after he was tackled around the right ankle by Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson on a 9-yard reverse in the third quarter of San Francisco's 29-24 preseason win Sunday.

Ginn was taken to the locker room, and X-rays were negative, head coach Jim Harbaugh said. Ginn missed the final two games of the 2011 regular season with a sprained ankle. He then returned for the NFC divisional playoffs, but sustained a knee injury that kept him out of offseason workouts.

If Ginn isn't ready for Week 1 against the Packers, Kyle Williams probably will handle punt-return duties. Williams had two fumbled punts in the NFC Championship Game, but has bounced back with a solid preseason performance.

Williams has averaged 11.6 yards on five punt returns, has a team-high 71 receiving yards and shares team-high honors with five catches. On Sunday, he had a 46-yard catch-and-run on a hitch-route pass from Colin Kaepernick.

Williams "played very well," Harbaugh said. "He played very good in the return game. He played good on the offensive side of the ball."

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Patrick Willis Asked to Be Godfather of NaVorro Bowman's Newborn Twins

What makes NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis so good as inside linebackers is their ability to play together. They’ve gotten to the point where they will even switch positions so the opposing offense can’t get a consistent read on what the 49ers defense is doing.

They are also close off the field, with Bowman asking Willis to be the god father to Bowman’s twins when they were born this off-season.

Willis said he thinks about being a godfather everyday and was deeply touched when Bowman asked him for the honor. “That’s probably one of the biggest things as an individual is to be asked to be someone’s godfather,” Willis said. “I know, he knows a lot of people so I was like, ‘Me. Really?’”
Willis and Bowman share a bond partially due to growing up in hard circumstances. Willis grew up as the son of an alcoholic and sometimes violent father. Bowman was reared in a neighborhood near Washington D.C. where gang violence was commonplace.

Both have also suffered tragedies. Willis lost his brother, Detric, in a drowning accident, and Bowman’s father, Hillard, passed away when he was at Penn State of a blood clot. Shortly afterwards, Bowman’s mentor and former high school coach, Nick Lynch, was killed in a car accident right before Penn State played in the 2009 Rose Bowl.

“We come from different places, but we have a similar drive with the way we grew up,” Willis said.
And while both are supremely talented, they view playing inside linebacker not as an competition but an opportunity.

” I just look at the opportunity of playing with him as us being some of the best linebackers in the league,” Willis said. “That opportunity doesn’t come around very often.”

Friday, August 24, 2012

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Colin Kaepernick Named No.2 Quarterback

The writing has been on the wall for a while now, but Jim Harbaugh made it official on Thursday.

Colin Kaepernick will be the 49ers’ backup quarterback when the regular season gets underway. Kaepernick was expected to battle newcomer Josh Johnson, who played for Harbaugh in college, for the backup job this summer, but no competition really emerged as Kaepernick started in the No. 2 role and will remain there after Harbaugh’s announcement, which comes via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.

Kaepernick, a second-round pick in 2011, has completed 9-of-17 passes for 59 yards in the first two preseason games, numbers that aren’t any more impressive than what Johnson or Scott Tolzien have done during their own playing time. He has run for 104 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown scamper on a read option play, and the 49ers may want to avail themselves of his running ability at some point this season.

Unless the 49ers decide to go with four quarterbacks this year, Johnson and Tolzien will now be fighting for one roster spot. If one of them does get cut, they would likely stand a good chance of catching on elsewhere as teams reshuffle their rosters in the wake of cutdown day.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Randy Moss Convinced Many of his 49ers Teammates to Take Up Swimming

Years ago, there was the so-called Randy Ratio, where the Minnesota Vikings sought to get wide receiver Randy Moss the ball a certain amount each game. Now, Moss has introduced the 49ers to what one might call the Randy Olympics.

Almost like clockwork, Moss hits the swimming pool at the 49ers facility each day to help keep his 35-year-old body in tiptop shape.

And his 49ers teammates also are taking to hitting the pool.

"If Moss is doing it, you got to do it, especially as a young receiver," rookie wideout Chris Owusu said. "You want to emulate everything that he does because he's been to the top, he's a Hall of Fame receiver, so you got to go out and do what he does."

Owusu said his time in a swimming pool before Moss arrived was limited to rehab sessions.
These days, Owusu is learning the benefits of swimming laps, holding his breath and working multiple muscles at one time.

Owusu said the swimming has helped increase his endurance and lung capacity, while providing another outlet for him to bond with his new teammates.

"Not only getting closer, but you're getting better at the same time," Owusu said.

Guard Mike Iupati spent some time in the pool last season. He used to be able to swim freely without fear of running into another swimmer.

Now, it's not uncommon for 30 or more players to be in the pool at one time. Moss, who didn't speak to the media on Tuesday, orchestrates competitions that include races and seeing who can hold his breath the longest."He has helped a lot and showed, especially the receivers, what to do," Iupati said. "Get in the pool, you need to swim laps and hold your breath. It's a huge benefit."

Safety Donte Whitner says he and others can learn from Moss in myriad ways.

"You can just watch him each and every day," Whitner said. "He's one of the first guys here, one of the last guys to leave, he's always in the cold tub, he's always swimming in the bottom of the swimming pool we have in there, steam room, sauna, ice tub."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aldon Smith and Delanie Walker Returned to Practice On Monday

Two days after the 49ers got two medical scares, they got four key players back in uniform for today’s practice.

Linebacker Aldon Smith (hip), tight end Delanie Walker (knee), linebacker Ahmad Brooks (undisclosed) and cornerback Perrish Cox (undisclosed) all returned to practice after not making the trip for Saturday’s preseason loss at Houston.

Smith’s return is a mild surprise given that he was moving gingerly with the use of forearm crutches less than 10 days ago. Similarly, Walker appeared as if he could miss more time after he was sidelined by a right knee injury during practice on Aug. 12.

With training camp concluding last week, the 49ers closed practice to the media after the conclusion of team drills. As a result, it’s not known if Smith, Walker, Cox and Brooks will participate in a full practice.

As expected, LaMichael James is not practicing today after he was carted to the X-ray room with an ankle injury Saturday. However, the rookie running back was not walking with a noticeable limp.

**Running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), who is walking with crutches today, was not in attendance at the start of practice after he was also carted off the field during Saturday’s game. Jim Harbaugh said it was “possible” that Jacobs could be ready to play in the regular-season opener at Green Bay on Sept. 9.

** Both James and undrafted rookie linebacker Kourtnei Brown were observing today’s practice in a jersey and shorts.

** Wide receiver Joe Hastings, who also didn’t travel to Houston, was back in uniform today.

Harbaugh’s “Headache” Over Replacement Officials Subsides

It appears 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh either got some aspirin, or a phone call from New York.

Two days after saying some “crazy, wild calls” gave him a “headache,” Harbaugh was in a more conciliatory mood Monday.

“What seems like a big deal Saturday night, here Monday is not a big deal,” Harbaugh said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “We’re concentrating on Monday and what we can get out of this day. Making this practice and these meetings the best possible that we can have, and have had, in our training camp, with so much to do.”

Now, it would be downright diabolical to suggest that Harbaugh got a scolding from his superiors, especially since a league spokesman told Inman “We decline comment” when asked if Harbaugh would be fined.
But it’s clear the league’s leaning on coaches to keep the criticism down.
Asked if he had any follow-up to Saturday’s officials, Harbaugh said “No, like I said the other night — per instruction.”

Players are worried about repercussions as well. One told Inman anonymously that he was called for a penalty earlier this preseason, and when he told the official he wasn’t to blame, the official said: “Maybe you weren’t.”

At this point, simple human compassion almost makes you want to stop banging on the replacement refs.

Almost. But they’re screwing something up every single game.

Some of the issues with spots and timing and rules interpretations are one thing, but the player safety issues are real, especially when helmet-to-helmet calls aren’t made (like in Pittsburgh Sunday), or plays aren’t blown dead when a ball-carrier loses his helmet (such as in Friday’s Miami-Carolina game).

The real officials aren’t going to get them all right either, but they’re going to hit for a higher average than the current crop the league has scraped from the bottom of the officiating barrel.

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Frank Gore Still a "Young Buck" (VIDEO)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Brandon Jacobs Gets Positive News from MRI on Left Knee

An MRI exam Sunday revealed that 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs did not sustain any significant structural damage to his left knee, a league source confirmed.

Jacobs sent out a few, positive-sounding tweets Sunday afternoon, including one reacting to his MRI results: "Good Good Good."

The 49ers did not issue any update on Jacobs because of their tight-lipped protocol on injuries.

"I would love to answer everybody questions but do to team rules I can't, but I will thank all of you for your prayers I love all of you," said Jacobs via tweet.

Jacobs' knee has no major damage but no timetable is set for his return.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said in his post-game press conference that preliminary findings showed no season-ending damage. Harbaugh revealed that Jacobs checked out fine regarding his anterior cruciate ligament and patella.

Jim Harbaugh 49ers/Texans Post-game Press Conference

49ers Believe Brandon Jacobs Will Return this Season

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs suffered what at first appeared to be a severe left knee injury in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Texans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that his X-rays came back negative, though, and Jacobs is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday.

Coach Jim Harbaugh explained in his post-game press conference that Jacobs’ ACL and patellar tendon are intact, which is a very promising thing. While Harbaugh conceded that Jacobs will miss time, he said the injury is “not [of] the you-don’t-come-back-from variety.”

It sounds like Jacobs suffered a sprain of some sort, although the 49ers won’t know for sure until Sunday’s MRI.

The bad news is Jacobs may miss a few weeks, jeopardizing his early-season availability.

The good news is his season doesn’t appear to be in danger.

LaMichael James says He’ll Be Back at Practice Monday

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t banned his players from Twitter.  Yet.

As a result, rookie running back LaMichael James used the social-media outlet on Saturday night to let the world know that he’s fine after leaving Saturday night’s preseason game on a cart with an apparent foot injury.

James, a second-round pick in April, could be a dangerous weapon for the 49ers this year.  With defenses focused on not getting pounded up the middle by Frank Gore and not getting burned on the outside by a quintet of No. 1 receivers, James could find plenty of openings if Harbaugh uses him creatively.

Two 49ers Running Backs Leave Preseason Game With Injuries

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs was carried off the field after suffering a potentially significant left knee injury in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Texans.

Jacobs could put no weight on the leg as he was assisted to the sideline. The injury occurred at the end of an eight-yard run that saw Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson collide with Jacobs’ knee. Jackson was also shaken up on the play. Jacobs was down for several minutes immediately after the collision, as 49ers and Texans players huddled all around him.

Jacobs was eventually carted to the locker room.

Second-round rookie LaMichael James soon joined him.

James appeared to suffer a left foot or ankle injury, the extent of which is unknown. He was spotted as being able to put some pressure on the foot, but the fact that James had to leave on a cart presumably doesn’t bode well. James was the 61st overall pick in the draft.

Although it’s obviously thinning, the Niners are armed with considerable backfield depth. They have impressive second-year runner Kendall Hunter behind starter Frank Gore, as well as versatile tailback/fullback Anthony Dixon.

Officials gave Jim Harbaugh a Headache on Saturday Night

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh could be hearing from the league this week after he lambasted the officials who worked Saturday night’s game against the Texans.

The NFL has instructed teams and coaches not to make public statements about replacement officials or the lockout of the regular officials, something that Harbaugh stuck to early in his post-game press conference. Harbaugh made reference to things he’d been instructed not to comment about early in the presser and then said that “per instructions, I will not be commenting on the officiating” when asked about the officials allowing time to run out in the first half after a defensive penalty called on the Texans. By rule, a half cannot end on an accepted defensive penalty.

Harbaugh’s lips were a bit looser when he was asked about his first-team defense giving up just a field goal. He commented on that effort and then took a big left turn to the officiating.

“Big interference call in third quarter was some big yardage on that drive. I don’t know. It’s interesting. I don’t have the pulse on this game,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of “What was it exactly? Us? Them? Some crazy, wild calls. Were they accurate? Weren’t they? We’ll see. I have a headache, though. I have a darned headache. A lot them didn’t seem like they were in the ballpark.”

Asking teams and coaches to lay off the officiating was wise by the league because complaints from players alone about their work won’t generate a tremendous amount of buzz on their own. For that to work, though, the teams and coaches have to be willing to play along. Harbaugh wasn’t willing on Saturday.

Jed York Open to Resuming Preseason Practices with Raiders

The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders no longer meet in preseason games or scrimmage together in training camp, but there are signs that the cold war may be about to thaw.

San Francisco CEO Jed York said he's open to resuming preseason practices with the Raiders but would leave the decision up to general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh.

The two teams haven't held training-camp scrimmages since 2009 when the 49ers went to Napa, site of the Raiders' summer training camp, and left unhappy with the results.

But there's a different regime in Oakland now, and York said that if the Raiders were willing to resume scrimmaging together the 49ers might be, too.

"Absolutely," said York. "Anything we can do to give ourselves more competition to get better. I think a lot of teams will scrimmage against somebody else and work with somebody else, and we're fortunate enough to have a team right next door where you can go and get a different experience.

"We can go to Napa. They can come here. We can look at a neutral site. It doesn't have to be a preseason game. We can go to Kezar [stadium, former home of the 49ers, located in Golden Gate Park]. We can go to Youell Field in Oakland [former home of the Raiders] and have an open scrimmage, get a couple thousand fans to come in and see and make it free or do something that raises money for charity -- and not worry about having a preseason game; just scrimmage against somebody else."

That would seem to eliminate the possibility -- at least for now -- of resuming the Oakland-49ers preseason series. The two last played a preseason game in 2011, when two fans were shot outside of Candlestick Park and a third was beaten in a stadium bathroom. Afterward, York recommended the series be suspended indefinitely.

That was only last summer. So it should come as no surprise that when York was asked if practicing together was more likely than resuming the preseason series, he nodded.

"I think it makes sense," he said. "Coach [Jim Harbaugh] is willing to do anything to make our team better, so it's really up to 'Reg' (McKenzie, Oakland's GM) and Trent sitting down and figuring out: Does this work? Is this something we want to do?

"This year with Reg coming in, I don't think we wanted to push anything. Trent obviously is very familiar with being a first-year GM and having a lot of different things come at you. But it's definitely something that Amy [Trask, Oakland's CEO] and I have talked about in the past. If the football operations folks are interested and want to do it, it's easy to put together. We did it in the past when Al [Davis] was there, so I don't know why we couldn't do it in the future."

Saturday, August 18, 2012

NFL to Require Ejected Fans to Take Online Course

The NFL is getting more serious about conduct in the stands.

This year, its teams are requiring any fan who gets ejected from a stadium to take a four-hour online course before they are permitted to come back into the facility again.

The course, designed by psychotherapist Dr. Ari Novick in tandem with the MetLife Stadium security director Daniel DeLorenzi, focuses on alcohol abuse, anger management and crude behavior. A handful of teams have used the course over the past couple seasons, but this summer, as part of a review of their best practices, every team decided to enforce the course on offending fans this season.

"For decades, some fans have believed that when they put on the jersey of their favorite player on their favorite team and they enter a stadium, they can behave any way they want," Novick said. "This program was designed to say to people, 'We want you to have fun when you come to a game, but you have to understand that your actions can affect people and there are rules to abide by.' "

The program is an extension of the NFL Fan Code of Conduct that the league implemented in 2008 to better control unruly fans by threatening to revoke ticket privileges for future games.

Novick said when fans get ejected from a game this year, they will be sent a letter that encourages them to apologize to the team and complete the course. If they fail to meet the requirement, and they are caught on stadium property, they are told they could be arrested for trespassing.

Not only do fans have to take the course if they want to come back to the stadium, they have to pay for it, too. Costs vary by team. The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons charge the least at $50, while the New England Patriots charge a league-high $100. When a fan completes the course, Novick's company forwards that information to the club.

 Skeptics might wonder how teams are going to keep track of ejected fans from week to week. Ray DiNunzio, the NFL's director of strategic security, told ESPN the monitoring will vary by team but could at some point involve facial recognition technology.

Approximately 7,000 people were ejected from NFL stadiums last season. The number varied by team but some teams are known to be more strict in certain areas than others. The Oakland Raiders, for example, have a zero-tolerance policy for smoking. DiNunzio said the Raiders could eject up to 300 fans a game for lighting up.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Alex Smith Is An Expert On The Offense

Jim Harbaugh Press Pass 8-16-2012

Alex Smith Press Pass 8-16-2012

NaVorro Bowman Interview on NFL Network (VIDEO)

Brandon Jacobs is 'tired' of the New York Jets' 'circus'

Brandon Jacobs looks like his old self on the field for the San Francisco 49ers. Off the field, he's as blunt as ever.

Even though he's thousands of miles away, he's still sick of the New York Jets, calling his old cross town rivals a "circus."

"I shouldn't be speaking of their team, but I'm just so tired of reading and hearing of everything over there ... and it's mid-August," Jacobs told Clark Judge of "It's like: Are you kidding me? Camp's not even over."

Changing teams hasn't erased Jacobs' loyalty to the New York Giants completely. Of Tom Coughlin, he repeatedly said that he misses "the old dude." And his feelings about the Jets clearly haven't changed.

"They were in the AFC Championship Game twice in a row, but the year after that the Giants win the Super Bowl. That discredits everything as far as the Battle of the City. They can't ever one-up the Giants -- not in my eyesight; not in anyone else's eyesight. They can never do that. They keep trying, but they're doing it the wrong way."

In case you were wondering, Jacobs' new team does face the Jets this season Week 4 in New York. Can't wait.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

49ers Updated Depth Chart


WR: 15-Michael Crabtree, 10-Kyle Williams, 17-A.J. Jenkins, 13-Joe Hastings, 89-Nathan Palmer, 81-Chris Owusu

LT: 74-Joe Staley, 78-Mike Person, 65-Al Netter

LG: 77-Mike Iupati, 66-Joe Looney

C: 59-Jonathan Goodwin, 67-Daniel Kilgore, 61-Chase Beeler, 62-Jason Slowey

RG: 75-Alex Boone, 68-Leonard Davis, 71-Derek Hall

RT: 76-Anthony Davis, 69-Kenny Wiggins

TE: 85-Vernon Davis, 46-Delanie Walker, 88-Konrad Reuland, 40-Demarcus Dobbs, 48-Garrett Celek, 82-Nate Byham, 47-Kyle Nelson, 43-Gijon Robinson, 83-Joe Sawyer

WR: 19-Ted Ginn or 84-Randy Moss or 14-Mario Manningham, 18-Brett Swain, 9-Brian Tyms, 35-Ben Hannula

RB: 49-Bruce Miller, 24-Anthony Dixon, 44-Cameron Bell

RB: 21-Frank Gore, 32-Kendall Hunter, 45-Brandon Jacobs, 23-LaMichael James, 28 Rock Cartwright

QB: 11-Alex Smith, 7-Colin Kaepernick, 1-Josh Johnson, 3-Scott Tolzien


LDT: 91-Ray McDonald, 95-Ricky Jean Francois, 63-Tony Jerod-Eddie, 69-Patrick Butrym

NT: 90-Isaac Sopoaga, 93-Ian Williams

RDT: 94-Justin Smith, 92-Will Tukuafu, 71-Matthew Masifilo

OLB: 55-Ahmad Brooks, 98-Parys Haralson, 44-Eric Bakhtiari, 50-Cam Johnson

ILB: 53-NaVorro Bowman, 54-Larry Grant, 51-Joe Holland

ILB: 52-Patrick Willis, 56-Tavares Gooden, 57-Michael Wilhoite

OLB: 99-Aldon Smith, 98-Parys Haralson, 48-Kourtnei Brown, 41-Kenny Rowe

LCB: 22-Carlos Rogers, 26-Tramaine Brock, 20-Perrish Cox

RCB: 25-Tarell Brown, 29-Chris Culliver, 33-Anthony Mosley, 40-Deante' Purvis

FS: 38-Dashon Goldson, 27-C.J. Spillman, 23-Cory Nelms, 43-Colin Jones

SS: 31-Donte Whitner, 30-Trenton Robinson, 32-Darcel McBath, 36-Michael Thomas


PR: 19-Ted Ginn, 10-Kyle Williams, 23-LaMichael James

KOR: 19-Ted Ginn, 32-Kendall Hunter, 23-LaMichael James

P: 4-Andy Lee

K: 2-David Akers, 5-Giorgio Tavecchio

H: 4-Andy Lee

LS: 86-Brian Jennings, 47-Kyle Nelson

Sunday, August 12, 2012

49ers Sign LB Rowe; Waive S LeGree

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed LB Kenny Rowe to a two-year contract. The team also announced it has waived S Mark LeGree.

Rowe (6-3, 235) originally signed with the 49ers as undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011, and was later released following training camp.

A 23-year old native of Los Angeles, CA, Rowe played collegiately at Oregon where he appeared in 52 games (26 starts) for the Ducks, and registered 109 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He earned second-team All-Pac 10 honors, as a senior.

LeGree (6-0, 210) was signed by San Francisco on January 24, 2012. In 2011, he spent time on the 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets practice squads. LeGree was originally selected in the fifth round (156th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Appalachian State.

Friday, August 10, 2012

49ers Vs. Vikings Preseason Game Box Score

Aldon Smith Injures Hip In Preseason Opener

Aldon Smith injured his hip late in the first quarter on a run by Vikings quarterback Toby Gerhart. Smith, who is starting at outside linebacker this year, was cut down by a Vikings offensive player on the play and got up slowly. After the next play, he gingerly ran to the sideline and did not return.

On the first play that Smith missed, rookie Kourtnei Brown filled in at right outside linebacker. Veteran Parys Haralson, however, soon replaced him with the first-team defense.

Smith was diagnosed with a hip bruise and didn't return. He had a pronounced limp while on the 49ers sideline.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

49ers Release First Depth Chart

The 49ers released their first depth chart today in advance of Friday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.


WR: 15 Michael Crabtree 10 Kyle Williams 17 A.J. Jenkins 13 Joe Hastings
89 Nathan Palmer 9 Brian Tyms

LT: 74 Joe Staley 75 Alex Boone 71 Derek Hall 69 Kenny Wiggins

LG: 77 Mike Iupati 67 Daniel Kilgore 66 Joe Looney 60 Garrett Chisholm

C: 59 Jonathan Goodwin 67 Daniel Kilgore 61 Chase Beeler 62 Jason Slowey

RG: 75 Alex Boone 68 Leonard Davis 78 Mike Person 65 Al Netter

RT: 76 Anthony Davis 78 Mike Person 71 Derek Hall 69 Kenny Wiggins

TE: 85 Vernon Davis 46 Delanie Walker 82 Nate Byham 88 Konrad Reuland
48 Garrett Celek 47 Kyle Nelson

WR: 84 Randy Moss -or- 14 Mario Manningham -or- 19 Ted Ginn Jr. 18 Brett Swain
81 Chris Owusu 35 Ben Hannula

FB: 49 Bruce Miller 24 Anthony Dixon 44 Cameron Bell

RB: 21 Frank Gore 32 Kendall Hunter 45 Brandon Jacobs 23 LaMichael James
28 Rock Cartwright

QB: 11 Alex Smith 7 Colin Kaepernick 1 Josh Johnson 3 Scott Tolzien


LDT: 91 Ray McDonald 96 Demarcus Dobbs 63 Tony Jerod-Eddie 69 Patrick Butrym

NT: 90 Isaac Sopoaga 95 Ricky Jean Francois 93 Ian Williams

RDT: 94 Justin Smith 92 Will Tukuafu 71 Matthew Masifilo

OLB: 55 Ahmad Brooks 98 Parys Haralson 50 Cam Johnson 44 Eric Bakhtiari

ILB: 53 NaVorro Bowman 54 Larry Grant 51 Joe Holland

ILB: 52 Patrick Willis 56 Tavares Gooden 57 Michael Wilhoite

OLB: 99 Aldon Smith 98 Parys Haralson 48 Kourtnei Brown

LCB: 22 Carlos Rogers 26 Tramaine Brock 20 Perrish Cox 41 Curtis Holcomb

RCB: 25 Tarell Brown 29 Chris Culliver 33 Anthony Mosley 40 Deante' Purvis

FS: 38 Dashon Goldson 27 C.J. Spillman 23 Cory Nelms 43 Colin Jones
35 Mark LeGree

SS: 31 Donte Whitner 30 Trenton Robinson 32 Darcel McBath 36 Michael Thomas


PR: 19 Ted Ginn Jr. 10 Kyle Williams 23 LaMichael James

KR: 19 Ted Ginn Jr. 32 Kendall Hunter 23 LaMichael James

P: 4 Andy Lee

K: 2 David Akers 5 Giorgio Tavecchio, Jim Harbaugh

H: 4 Andy Lee

L: S 86 Brian Jennings 47 Kyle Nelson

The gem of the entire list is that Jim Harbaugh is listed as the third string kicker.  Coach even took a rep in practice. According to Matt Barrows,
"The 49ers ended the twilight practice with a two-minute drive for a field goal. The guy who lined up to attempt that field goal was none other than the head coach.

And Jim Harbaugh, 48, didn't just pantomime kicking the game winner. He called for a fake. As he ran past the holder -- assistant special teams coach Tracy Smith -- Smith flipped the ball to Harbaugh, who took it in, cut up field and then fell - face first - onto the grass. He lay there milking the moment for a couple of seconds.

The players thought it was the most hilarious thing they'd ever seen."

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Madden NFL 13 EVERY QB Rating and Attributes

Its that time of year again folks. Football is right around the corner, which means all the Madden addicts will get their new fix. Madden NFL 13 is scheduled to be released August 28. Here is the complete list of the ratings of EVERY quarterback in the game.

49ers Myth Busters

The Myth: The San Francisco 49ers can't win a Super Bowl with Alex Smith under center.

The Truth: Smith is only getting better and the Niners are one of the NFL's four best teams.

Nothing pains me more than listening to critics bash Smith. After years of rotating offensive coordinators and Mike Singletary's bombastic/clueless coaching, Smith finally reached his potential last year under Jim Harbaugh. The haters call him a "game manager." I saw an improved decision-maker who only tossed five picks, played spectacularly in an epic playoff win over the New Orleans Saints and was a Kyle Williams fumble away from potentially playing in the game's ultimate showcase.

Smith will finally have coaching stability from one year to the next. And San Francisco beefed up the receiver position by adding Mario Manningham and Randy Moss and drafting Harbaugh favorite A.J. Jenkins. Truth be told,  the Niners may have picked Jenkins (No. 30 overall) too early in April's draft. But he's talented nonetheless. Smith is only getting better and the Niners are one of the four best teams in football, along with the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and New England Patriots.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Donte Whitner Belittles Saints Bounty Program, Says 49ers Don’t Need Such Incentives to Play Physical

Donte Whitner needed no bounty or special incentive to knock one of the New Orleans Saints out of their NFC divisional-round playoff game.

On Monday, he shared his lingering thoughts about the Saints’ bounty scandal that was exposed by an NFL investigation during the offseason.

Whitner’s main message: “We don’t have to talk like that around here.”

The Saints, as we’ve learned, were ordered by then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to take out several 49ers offensive mainstays. No 49ers were seriously injured in the making of their 36-32 triumph.
Instead, Saints running back Pierre Thomas was knocked out of the game on a hit by Whitner that resulted in a fumble near the 49ers goal line on the game’s opening drive

“For a defensive coordinator to come up and talk about injuring players and knocking players out of the game, you don’t really have to say that when you have the right type of guys in the room,” Whitner said.

“All coach Vic (Fangio, the 49ers’ defesnive coordinator) says is, ‘You have to go out there and play physical football. We have to stop the run. We have to stop these players from beating us and running through our defense.’

“If you have the right type of guys in that room, you don’t have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard. It’s going to come naturally. That’s the type of guys we have on our defense. That’s why we don’t have to do those type of things.”

The 49ers ranked first agaisnst the run and second in points allowed during last season’s 13-3 run that led to the NFC Championship game.

Whitner said Fangio maintains a “very calm” approach, from the practice field to the pre-game meetings. “He’s the same guy he is each and every day, and you can appreciate that,” Whitner said. “Some coaches get into that moment — the night before a game, the day of a game – and you really don’t know who they are. They change into another person, because they’re as nervous or more nervous than the players. We don’t really see that with Vic.”

Whitner has seen a lot of Randy Moss from their time together in the AFC East, what with Whitner starting his career in Buffalo and Moss reviving his in New England. Whitner backed up the impression that Moss looks as fluid and play-making as ever.

“He’s very similar,” Whitner said. “Me coming from Buffalo, we play those guys two times a year. He looks the same. He’s always been a long strider. He’s never really looked like he’s running fast, until you actually see him create separation on a (defensive back) and throws his hand up and looking for the deep one. He’s doing those same things.

“I’ll even go as far and say there are times he’s running wide open and the ball didn’t even reach him. They try to get the ball out to him but it didn’t reach him. I believe he still has everything and more. I say ‘and more’ because he’s determined to show he’s still Randy Moss, and can still run past guys, and can still score touchdowns.”

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Peter King: Randy Moss "absolutely has something left"

Randy Moss represents one of the most intriguing storylines of the upcoming NFL season.

Logic dictates not much should be expected of the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver. He's 35, hasn't played a game in 16 months, and showed serious signs of slippage with three teams during a hollow 2010 season.

 Yet we continue to hear reports that aren't merely positive, but glowing. This is buzz that needs a Geiger reading.

Add Peter King to the list of believers after the Sports Illustrated reporter took in a recent Niners practice.

"When I saw Randy Moss come off the line of scrimmage and fake Perrish Cox so severely that Cox slipped and Randy Moss ran across the middle and caught a beautiful crossing throw," King told NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Tuesday. "And then ran a 9-route, you know, the long deep ball down the sideline, and beat Carlos Rodgers, who had an excellent year last year."

"Randy Moss absolutely has something left. If he stays healthy, five weeks from now I think you're going to see Randy Moss as a contributing player on a playoff offense."

King is a football writer worthy of your respect, and it's certainly within the realm of reason that a motivated and focused Moss can still surprise us (we've seen this before).