Niners coach Jim Harbaugh has developed a reputation as a player’s coach, and he may have reinforced that image Monday when safety Cory Nelms was allowed to leave practice for a short time to watch his girlfriend compete in the Olympics.
Nelms jogged off the field about an hour into practice, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, to watch a live stream of the women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals at the London Olympics.
He watched as his girlfriend, T’erea Brown, qualified for a spot in Wednesday’s final with a personal-record time of 54.21 seconds Read More
The 49ers completed their first week of training camp without major issues or significant injuries. However, red-zone inefficiency on offense continued and a clear option at backup quarterback failed to emerge.The 49ers scored points in the red zone on 50 of their 54 drives inside the opponents’ 20 last season, but only 22 of those scores were touchdowns. The 40.7 touchdown-conversion rate ranked third-worst in the league. Read More
Frank Gore doesn’t much believe in being overworked.
While the 49ers went to great lengths to expand their depth chart behind Gore, the team’s leading rusher with 1,211 yards last season, it is not in the prideful 29-year-old’s job description or genetic fiber to hand the ball off. Read More
Dashon Goldson, despite his surname and the signing of his franchise tender, didn’t exactly strike gold Thursday.
The 49ers safety, who recorded a career-high six interceptions along with his first Pro Bowl appearance last year, reported to training camp after agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million franchise tender deal.
But it wasn’t quite the deal the 27-year-old sought.
“Of course I wanted something long-term,” Goldson said. “But it ain’t all bad.”
It certainly isn’t. Read More
Cornerback Darcel McBath signed a one-year deal with the 49ers on Monday.
A second-round pick by the Denver Broncos out of Texas Tech in 2009, McBath has played in 21 career games, with one start. In San Francisco, he reunites with secondary coach Ed Donatell, who was his position coach with the Broncos from 2009-10.
He was released by Denver on Sept. 4 last year and was out of the league until signing with Jacksonville on Dec. 12 to help the Jaguars’ injury-ravaged secondary. Read More
The 49ers weren’t sure what they were getting when they signed 35-year-old Randy Moss out of retirement, but they felt the low-risk investment could pay off in a big way for an offense that was boxed in by its average collection of downfield targets. Read More
R.C. Owens, a former 49ers wide receiver who was inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame last year, passed away Sunday at the age of 78, the team announced Monday.
Nicknamed “Alley Oop” for his leaping ability, Owens played five of his eight NFL seasons for San Francisco and spent more than two decades in the team’s front office. Owens was with the 49ers from 1957-61 and then went on to play for the Baltimore Colts (1962-63) and New York Giants (1964). Read More
Judging from the previous four years he spent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh Johnson appeared foreordained to a continued quarterbacking career decorated in mediocrity. In that time, the Bucs’ 2008 fifth-round draft pick amassed just five starts, appeared in 26 games, and threw twice as many interceptions as he did touchdowns. But for the 26-year-old Oakland native, the two-year contract he signed with the 49ers last May is somewhat of a return to normalcy. Read More
Chuck Bradley has a bone to pick with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. Both will enter the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, but Bradley — who graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and went on to play at the University of Oregon and in the NFL — is still upset about Harbaugh’s recent career move.“I’m still mad at him for quitting Stanford,” he said.Bradley’s Bay Area roots go deep. He recalled working at the Stanford football games as a child, when he would get a nickel for every 50-cent program he sold. Read More
Depending on the subject matter, Jim Harbaugh quite often has either very much or very little to say. Tuesday proved the former.
His post-practice media roundtable had the potential of running an hour long due to the amount of Harbaugh’s player praise. But the 49ers’ second-year coach simply didn’t have that kind of time. Read More