Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kaepernick: "Alex Smith will thrive anywhere."

Colin Kaepernick wasn't heading into any training camp quarterback competition this summer.

Kaepernick seized his opportunity in 2012, turning erstwhile starter Alex Smith into a bystander during the San Francisco 49ers' run to Super Bowl XLVII.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ESPN's Interview With Colin Kaepernick's Birth Mother (VIDEO)

49ers tackle Anthony Davis calls Ravens' Terrell Suggs a 'loser' and a 'f***** puppet'

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis called Terrell Suggs a “[expletive] loser” on his Twitter feed today after he took offense to comments made by the Ravens linebacker on a San Francisco-based radio show.

49ers reportedly “poised” to make a run at Darrelle Revis

The trade sending quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City can’t be officially completed for a while yet, but that isn’t stopping people from talking about what they might be thinking about doing next.

Niners are in position to dominate the draft, and the NFL

Three years ago, former Eagles coach Andy Reid fleeced the Redskins for a second-round pick for quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Now, it looks like Reid could be the fleecee.

Regardless of whether Alex Smith works out better for the Chiefs than McNabb did for the Redskins, the Niners have landed a high second-round pick this year and a conditional selection in 2014 for a guy who, barring injury to Colin Kaepernick, was going to be sitting on the bench.

Report: 49ers have agreed to send Alex Smith to KC

With nearly two weeks before it can be done, the Alex Smith deal is apparently done.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX, the 49ers “have completed a trade with the Chiefs” for quarterback Alex Smith.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Report: Apparently Niners DON'T have a deal in place for Alex Smith

The 49ers have basically finished a trade that would send quarterback Alex Smith elsewhere.  Unless they haven’t.

Not coincidentally, it’s late February in the NFL.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers don’t have a deal in place to trade Smith once the trading period opens at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.

Barrows notes at the outset of his tweet that it’s lying time in the NFL.  But if the Niners are letting it leak that a deal is “effectively done” (whatever that means) and not identifying the name of the team, there’s a good chance that there is no team — and that the tactic is aimed at smoking a team or two out of the weeds.

Many presume there will be an aggressive trade market for Smith.  But with the 49ers unable to convince anyone that they’d keep Smith around against his wishes at $8.5 million, the Niners need at least two teams to want Smith.  Otherwise, there can and will be no market for his services.

The Chiefs continue to make the most sense.  But if the Chiefs are the only interested team, all Andy Reid needs to do is put on his poker face and wait for the 49ers to cut Smith.

The overlooked dynamic in the formula is Smith.  He’ll have to want to play for the team to which he’s dealt.  If, in the end, there’s only one team he wants to play for, it’ll make it very hard for the 49ers to get another team to the table.

Thus, until there are two teams who want Smith and vice-versa, it’ll be hard to work out a trade, regardless of the gadgets that may get employed to get a deal done.

Including but not limited to leaking to the media that a deal is “effectively done.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Report: Alex Smith trade ‘effectively complete,’

The San Francisco 49ers have “effectively completed” a trade involving quarterback Alex Smith, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday.

La Canfora reported that the 49ers have told inquiring teams that they have completed a trade, but it cannot be finalized until the league year officially begins on March 12.

The other team involved in the trade wasn’t immediately clear. La Canfora speculated that the teams that make the most sense would be the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole reported Saturday that the Chiefs were among the most active pursuers of Smith.

Smith was in the midst of the best season of his career before suffering a concussion on Nov. 11. Up to that point, he had a 104.1 passer rating and had guided the 49ers to a 6-2 record. But Colin Kaepernick dazzled the next week against Chicago, and head coach Jim Harbaugh made the decision to stick with Kaepernick thereafter.

Report: 49ers leaning against tagging Dashon Goldson

Earlier this week, word was that it was “no certainty” that the 49ers used their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson for the second straight season.

With a little more than a week to go before the decision must be made, Matt Maiocco of is reporting that indications are that the 49ers will pass on using the tag. Citing multiple league sources, Maiocco says that the 49ers are “leaning” in that direction. General Manager Trent Baalke was predictably noncommittal this week.

“Whether we use the tag or not, I really don’t know at this point. I think I do know, but I’m not willing to share it at this time,” Baalke said.

Tagging Goldson would cost the team $7.44 million, which could also limit their ability to hold onto Alex Smith’s $8.5 million salary long enough to trade it once March 12 rolls around. With talks on a long-term deal not producing much optimism, there’s a good chance that Goldson will be hitting the open market off the best season of his career.

That doesn’t mean he won’t wind up back with the 49ers, but it certainly raises the likelihood that Goldson could strike gold somewhere else.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jim Harbaugh leans on the lessons of Judge Judy for draft prep

The stories of the football influences on Jim Harbaugh were well told and often during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. But perhaps the biggest impact on his NFL Scouting Combine preparation isn’t Bo Schembechler or Jack Harbaugh, but Judge Judy.

While discussing the need for draft prospects to be forthcoming during interviews, Harbaugh admitted being a fan of the syndicated television jurist.

“Somebody that’s not truthful, that’s big, to me,” the 49ers coach said. “I’m a big fan of the Judge Judy show. And when you lie in Judge Judy’s courtroom, it’s over. Your credibility is completely lost. You have no chance of winning that case. So I learned that from her.

“It’s very powerful, and true. Because if somebody does lie to you, how can you ever trust anything they ever say after that? Ronald Reagan, another person of great wisdom and advice, ‘Trust but we will verify.’ “

Of course, the discussion of trust centers on tomorrow’s arrival of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, of the fake dead girlfriend fame.

But when Harbaugh was asked if the trust factor made Te’o undraftable, he replied: “No. I wouldn’t say that.”

That’s why even though the interview Te’o does with the assembled media tomorrow will draw plenty of eyeballs, the meetings he holds with teams this week will carry more weight.

“I think there’s certainly a part of being with somebody for a half an hour or 15-minutes or an hour or two that you can know somebody,” Harbaugh said. “Some people have that ability to have a 30-minute conversation with them and you walk away thinking you really know that person. Others, you can’t.

“You have to validate a meeting with a person or two or three conversations with their track record, their relationships with other people at their school, their teammates, their trainers, equipment managers, teachers, professors, their family. People usually leave a track record of success or failure or success and failure.”

Or in the case of Judge Judy, 17 years of television fame, and the admiration of a professional football coach.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Harbaugh: Alex Smith won’t be released

Jim Harbaugh said he thought his team had the best quarterback situation in the league, and he’s either going to keep it that way, or get something for it.

Harbaugh just said it was “unlikely” the 49ers would release quarterback Alex Smith, meaning he’s either confident he can find a trade partner, or would be content keeping him as Colin Kaepernick’s backup.

Smith at $8.5 million is too much for a backup, but for many teams, he’d be an affordable upgrade as a starter.

With a draft class of quarterbacks that no one can make up their mind about, Smith might be a safer bet than the rookies, and not so prohibitively expensive to make him a burden.

But Harbaugh also left open the possibility of keeping Smith, in an effort to maintain leverage.

“We think we’ve got the best quarterback situation,” in the league, adding after a pause: “We feel strongly about that.”

While that might be a stretch, they do have an asset, and Harbaugh is working hard to maximize it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

49ers GM says all options are on the table for Alex Smith

With an incoming rookie class of quarterbacks that no one seems sold on, the 49ers are sitting on an asset in Alex Smith.

And they want to make sure everyone is aware that they control that asset.

When 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was asked about the future of his former starting quarterback, he said he recently had dinner with Smith and his wife, and told him all options were on the table for the team.

But he denied that he was going to give him away.

“Are we going to trade him for sure? No, that hasn’t been decided,” Baalke said.

While the 49ers might want to suggest they’re perfectly happy to keep Colin Kaepernick’s backup (to the tune of $8.5 million), it seems that no reasonable person expects that to happen, and a closer look at college quarterbacks this week is only going to increase the value of a guy who is at least a league-average starter, when many teams don’t have anything approaching that.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Second straight tag on Goldson not a sure thing for Niners

The San Francisco 49ers used the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson in 2012.  With no long-term deal negotiated between player and team, the Niners may have to use it again this year.

According to Matt Maiocco of, it’s not a certainty that Goldson will be tagged.
Per Maiocco, Goldson has not yet been informed of the team’s plans.  The 49ers have until March 4 to apply the tag.

Paid $6.2 million in 2012, Goldson would be entitled to a 20-percent raise.  That puts his franchise tender at $7.44 million.

As Maicco explains it, tagging Goldson would compel the 49ers to dump Alex Smith’s $8.5 million salary.

The problem is that, if the 49ers trade Smith, they’d need to have enough cap space — at least for a moment — to carry both Goldson and Smith on the roster.  All teams must be in compliance with the salary cap as of 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.  And no trades can be finalized until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.

Alex Smith decision looms for 49ers

More than 20 years after the 49ers made a difficult decision regarding their starting quarterback, they’ve now got a difficult decision to make regarding their backup.

The Niners have three options when it comes to the first overall pick in the 2005 draft.  They can keep Alex Smith, they can trade him, or they can cut him.

CEO Jed York told PFT Live during Super Bowl week that the team prefers to keep both Smith and starter Colin Kaepernick, pointing to the fact that the 49ers kept Joe Montana and Steve Young on the same roster for several years.  But even if the Niners would be willing to pay Smith $8.5 million to back up a third-year player making the third-year minimum, Smith would have to want to stay and sit on the bench.

All indications are that he doesn’t; we reported during the Pro Bowl pregame that Smith is expected to ask to be released.

The 49ers prefer to trade him, in order to get value.  Some believe there will be a trade market for Smith.  Even though he found little interest as a free agent last year after completing a career season, far fewer quality quarterbacks are available this year, via free agency or the draft.  Other believe interest will be minimal, given the $8.5 million payout and the requirement of an exchange of pick(s) or player(s) to get Smith.

One of the benefits to trading Smith comes from steering him out of the division, and/or out of the conference.  By sending him to the Browns (where he’d be reunited with former 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner and where Smith would provide a younger option to starter Brandon Weeden), the 49ers wouldn’t have to worry (for now) about Smith landing in Arizona.

Either way, the situation will need to be resolved quickly.  The 49ers will learn at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis whether and to what extent other teams are interested in a trade.  If there’s no interest, then the 49ers will have to decide whether to keep him against his wishes or thank him for eight years of loyal service by cutting him loose.

Kaepernick shuns spotlight to start offseason workouts

Colin Kaepernick had chances to go to the Oscars and the Grammys, to appear on Jay Leno or write books.

But the 49ers quarterback is spending the first few weeks of his offseason hitting the gym instead of the red carpet.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick headed to Atlanta to work out at a training facility there, the same place he prepared for the 2011 draft.

Aaron Roberts of CES Performance said there are around 50 college kids there working out, along with 12 NFL veterans.

“A few of our veterans are easing into it,” Roberts said. “Colin, of course, is here all day, every day.”
Roberts said Kaepernick chose to work out with the offensive linemen, because of their reputation for early hours and intense work.

Kaepernick took a week after the Super Bowl and made a few appearances (including one at the Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards), but has since poured himself back into preparing for a season that’s seven months away.

“The highest priority right now is to keep it normal,” his marketing representative Shawn Smith said. “He just wants to be normal. He just wants to train.”

Kaepernick’s head-down approach was evident in his late-season play, as the game never seemed too big for him. Now that he no longer has the element of surprise on his side, he’s putting in the hours to build on the early results.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Delanie Walker could be getting a chance to start elsewhere

The Ravens won the Super Bowl, and their ultimate reward may be the loss of more than a few free agents.  The 49ers finished second, but they’ll likely endure far less roster turmoil and turnover in 2013.

The list of potential free agents, as broken down by Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, is led by tight end Delanie Walker.

A receiver at Central Missouri, Walker shifted to tight end at the NFL level but has languished in the long shadow of Vernon Davis.  Another team could see Walker as the starter — and that team could be willing to pay Walker accordingly.

Other potential free agents include safety Dashon Goldson (who wants a long-term deal after spending a season under the franchise tag, and could indeed get it), receiver Randy Moss, nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois, and receiver Ted Ginn.

Still, most of the core of the team will be back on both sides of the ball, unless the 49ers opt to make changes.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last play

After the officials did not call pass interference against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the Super Bowl, many observers who agreed with the non-call said that in a key play with the championship on the line, the officials just have to let the players play.

Unsurprisingly, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh does not agree with that.

Harbaugh said on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco that he thinks pass interference should be officiated the same way at any point in the game, and that the officials should be just as strict about calling penalties in the game’s closing seconds as they are at any other time.

“A penalty is a penalty no matter when it occurs in a game,” Harbaugh said, via “It could occur in the first play of the game. It could occur on the last play of the game, or any play in between. That’s the rules of football. You let ‘em play or let ‘em get away with something. Which would you rather have? Let’s play the rules of the game. . . . If there’s a penalty then it’s a penalty — doesn’t matter what kind of game. . . . It’s the rules of football. If it’s a penalty, you call it. If you see it, you call it. That’s how I feel about it.”

Harbaugh complained immediately after the game about the non-call, and with time to think about it, his complaints haven’t stopped. Harbaugh thinks his team got ripped off by the refs at the end of the Super Bowl.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flacco urged teammates on sidelines to tackle Ted Ginn

If 49ers return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. had managed to break through the Baltimore coverage on the free kick that ended Super Bowl XLVII, Ginn may have needed an escort from his entire family to get to the end zone.

Via Deadspin, NFL Films audio from the game shows quarterback Joe Flacco urging teammates to take matters into their own hands if Ginn has a clear path to the end zone.

“If he starts to break it, go tackle him,” Flacco told tight end Dennis Pitta.

“Really?” Pitta said.

“I don’t know,” Flacco added.  “I mean what else — what could they — I don’t know.  I mean, they might be able to give him a touchdown on that, but I don’t know.”

Proving it was hardly a joke, Flacco then rallied other teammates.  “Hey, if he breaks it, if he busts this for some reason, tackle him.  Go tackle him.  I don’t know what the rule is on that, but . . . .”

Though the response isn’t audible, a teammate apparently said something along the lines of, “Lead the way, Bert.”  (That’s my half-joking guess at what was said, not a quote.)

“I will,” Flacco then said.  “I’m going to.”

As the folks at Deadspin point out, the rule book gives the officials the ability to award a touchdown under those circumstances.  And that would have been the proper outcome.

Still, it would have been anything but dull to see Flacco attempt sans helmet to save the Super Bowl by chasing down Ted Ginn and ultimately joining a unique pigskin pantheon that currently includes guys like Sal Alosi, Woody Hayes, and Tommy Lewis.

Delanie Walker’s aunt and uncle died in crash hours after Super Bowl

The aunt and uncle of 49ers tight end Delanie Walker were killed by a suspected drunk driver just hours after watching their nephew play in the Super Bowl.

Walker wrote about the deaths of his aunt and uncle on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Alice and Bryan Young my aunt and uncle was killed on Monday at 5 am after the super bowl by a drunk,” Walker wrote. “Im going to miss y’all but i know they are in a better place.”

WWL-TV reports that a two-vehicle accident happened around 5:30 a.m. on I-10 near mile marker 214, just outside New Orleans. Nechole Thomas, a 26-year-old Houston resident, was driving “at a high rate of speed” on I-10 westbound when she hit another car that had stopped on the shoulder, according to state police. Both vehicles caught on fire.

Thomas escaped with minor injuries. She faces two counts of vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless operation.

A.J. Jenkins promises to return as a totally different player

The 49ers made it all the way to the Super Bowl this season despite getting next to nothing from first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.

Jenkins played just three games during the regular season and caught no passes even though the 49ers lost wide receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries. He was active for two of the team’s three games in the postseason, but didn’t pick up his first catch as a pro during the playoffs either. He wound up having just one pass thrown in his direction all year.

The lack of production obviously didn’t hinder the 49ers all that much, but it is something Jenkins would like to change next season. He plans to hit the weights in order to become stronger and will work out with quarterback Colin Kaepernick in hopes of as part of his quest to come back for the 2013 season as a “totally different player.”

“Obviously, I want to contribute a lot more than I have been,” said Jenkins, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “So I’m going to make that happen and come back bigger, faster, stronger.”

Manningham and Williams are expected back, but Randy Moss and Ted Ginn could both be finished in San Francisco. That would open up a door for Jenkins to move up the depth chart if his offseason brings the improvement that Jenkins is expecting to see.

Donte Whitner: Next year we’re gonna win this thing

The 49ers came close to winning the Super Bowl a year after making it to the NFC Championship Game, leading one member of the team to believe that they have the makings of a dynasty.

Safety Donte Whitner answered in the affirmative when asked if the Niners have what it takes to join a previous iteration of the franchise as teams that have been at the top of the league for several years. There’s something the 49ers need to do before they can actually contemplate dynastic status, however. That would be winning a Super Bowl, something Whitner thinks the team will do next season.

“We take steps every year. Last year we made it to the NFC Championship with no expectations. This year we made it to the Super Bowl and five yards from the championship,” Whitner said, via “Next year we gonna win this thing. Nobody cares about second place.”

Football history is littered with teams who have come close one season and broken through the next. There are also teams like the Eagles, who lost three straight NFC title games before losing a close Super Bowl to the Patriots after the 2004 season and never returned to the big game. Success one year offers no guarantees on next year, in other words, so it will take more than just having the right pieces in place on paper for the 49ers to make good on Whitner’s proclamation.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kaepernick vows to start training with teammates NEXT WEEK

Colin Kaepernick refuses to rest on his laurels after accounting for 364 of his team's 468 total net yards in Super Bowl XLVII.

Hours after blaming himself for making too many mistakes in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Kaepernick packed up his locker and vowed to start training with teammates in Atlanta by next week.

Although Kaepernick nearly rallied his team back from a 22-point deficit in the Super Bowl, he insists he will only remember his breakout season "as not being good enough."

His single-minded devotion to improvement has to leave 49ers fans giddy in an era where the "pistol" formation is one of the greatest tactical advantages of recent memory.

If Kaepernick's work ethic and competitive drive match his arm talent and dynamic athleticism, the sky is the limit for his NFL career. ESPN game analyst Ron Jaworski believes Kaepernick has the ability to be the best quarterback in the league. SiriusXM NFL Radio's Ross Tucker echoed that sentiment Monday, stating that there's no quarterback he would rather have for the next 10 years.

Harbaugh plays it coy about Alex Smith’s future

The 49ers might have a “great respect” for deposed quarterback Alex Smith, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to give him away if they don’t have to.

During today’s wrap-up news conference, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh cited his “great personal friendship” with Smith, but made it clear that’s not the same as giving him his freedom.

“I don’t think any player has those wishes granted when they’re under contract,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, when asked about Smith being released. “And everything’s different and every scenario is unique. Certainly something that we’re not going to delve into and get into specifics at this point.”

Translated: “Our next item up for bid is a used, decent quarterback, do I hear a draft pick?”

The 49ers clearly like Smith, they just don’t want him as Colin Kaepernick’s backup at $8.5 million. So they’ll try to shake the tree and see what falls out, while feigning interest in keeping him around to create the illusion of demand.

“We feel good, great about our quarterback situation,” Harbaugh said. “You can’t have enough good quarterbacks.”

You can, however, have too much money invested in one position, which is why no expects Smith to be a 49er that much longer.

Colin Kaepernick: Interception was all my fault, not Randy Moss’s

When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a high pass over the middle of the field to Randy Moss on Sunday, the ball sailed over Moss’s head without Moss even reaching for it, and Ravens safety Ed Reed intercepted it. Moss has taken some criticism this week from people who think he didn’t make any effort to catch the ball.
But Kaepernick says the interception was all his own fault.

“I overthrew Randy,” Kaepernick told reporters today at the 49ers’ facility.

Asked whether he thought Moss made enough of an effort to catch the pass, Kaepernick insisted that all the blame should be on his own shoulders.

“I overthrew it — that’s my fault,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick has taken this loss hard, and he also told reporters today that he thinks it will stay with him for the rest of his life. But for the 49ers, it’s a good sign that their young franchise quarterback doesn’t point fingers after a loss, and instead puts it on himself to do what he needs to do to win.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Goldson wants no part of a second franchise tag

The numbers might look big, but no NFL player wants the franchise tag.

Dashon Goldson especially doesn’t want it for a second straight year, as the 49ers safety said Tuesday he’s done enough he shouldn’t be kept away from a long-term deal.

“I felt that they wanted me to prove myself, and I think I did just that,” Goldson said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “So if I was in the position again with the franchise tag, I’d be very surprised.”

Goldson had another good season while playing under the one-year, $6.2 million tag, and it would cost them $7.45 million to use it again this year. But he clearly would prefer the security a longer deal would provide.

The 49ers have given linebackers Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks and NaVorro Bowman long-term deals, and Goldson said they gave him a “heads up” before those deals were finalized.

“I think that guys that got deals done were deserving,” Goldson said. “It was a little, like, ‘Wow. Ok.’ But I had to stay focused on what was more important, and that was the team and getting to the Super Bowl.”
But now that the football part has been taken care of, it’s time for business.

Justin Smith to undergo surgery, rehab expected to last three months

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith is expected to undergo surgery this week to repair a partially torn triceps suffered in December.

According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, it is expected to be a three-month rehabilitation for Smith.

Smith was injured in the 49ers Week 15 win over the New England Patriots. He missed the final two games of the regular season and got an extra week to rest with the 49ers earning a first-round bye. Smith played in all three postseason games for San Francisco and was credited with 12 tackles.

Smith’s effectiveness was noticeably affected due to the injury and it impacted the 49ers defense as a whole. Linebacker Aldon Smith had 19.5 sacks in 14 games during the regular season playing with Justin Smith. In five games after the injury to Justin Smith, Smith was held without a sack and the 49ers allowed 28.8 points per game defensively over that span.

Per Maiocco, Smith is expected to be back to full strength in time for training camp next season.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Michael Crabtree: I’m not going to blame the refs

After the end of the 49ers’ 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, their coach Jim Harbaugh started his press conference by saying he believed that the team should have gotten a fresh set of downs at the end of the fourth quarter because wide receiver Michael Crabtree was interfered with and held on the team’s final offensive play.

Crabtree didn’t disagree with his coach’s take on what happened on the play, but he wasn’t willing to say that blame should be placed on the guys with the striped shirts for not throwing a flag at that point in the game.

“It is what it is, man,” Crabtree said, via “It was the last play, and I’m not going to blame the refs. It is what it is. It came down to the last play and it didn’t happen. (If) somebody grabs me, you always expect the call, but you can’t whine to the referee.”

A bigger topic in the 49ers locker room might have been the play calling on that final series, which featured a LaMichael James run and three passes to Crabtree while neither Frank Gore nor Colin Kaepernick got a chance to try to run the ball into the end zone. Tackle Joe Staley said “yeah” when asked if he would have liked to see another running play while several other 49ers expressed surprise about the choices by offensive coordinator Greg Roman. For Staley, that failure to push the ball into the end zone weighs more heavily than any non-calls.

“All the work we did in the offseason comes down to five yards, and we weren’t able to get it done,” Staley said.

Jim Harbaugh upset about late penalties, or lack thereof

After losing the Super Bowl to his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t have much to say.

But many of the words he did use were to complain about the officiating near the end of the game, particularly the failed fourth-down conversion.

When discussing his final series with the ball, Harbaugh said “there was no question in my mind there was a pass interference, and then a hold on the last play.”

He also griped about the “tackling” of his players on the intentional safety the Ravens took to burn clock, saying (rather huffily) “I never got an explanation on that.”

When asked why he didn’t bother running the ball with Frank Gore near the goal line (which made sense given Gore’s 110 yards on 19 carries, Harbaugh looked perturbed, shrugged and said “we had other plays called.”