Will the 49ers run for the Super Bowl be aborted because of coach Jim Harbaugh’s ego? It will be if he continues to start young quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
When Alex Smith was medically cleared to play before the game against the New Orleans Saints, Harbaugh said he was sticking with the “hot hand,” because Kaepernick had an outstanding game in the Monday night defeat of the Chicago Bears. Read More
Jim Harbaugh picked up the “genius” tag faster than most geniuses, including “The Genius” himself.
Bill Walsh wasn’t considered a genius when the 49ers struggled through a 2-14 season in 1979. No one called Bill Parcells a genius after he benched Phil Simms for Scott Brunner during his first year at the helm in New York, a 3-12-1 campaign in 1983. And it’s easy to forget that New England Patriots boss Bill Belichick was canned from his first coaching gig in Cleveland 16 years ago. Read More
SANTA CLARA — The 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs on Monday for the final three regular-season games following a series of posts on social-media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away.”
The 49ers made the announcement about two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh’s news conference, but provided no explanation for why Jacobs had been disciplined. It is doubtful he would return for the playoffs. Read More
Does Colin Kaepernick still have the hot hand? Lukewarm might be a more accurate description.
Kaepernick put together another decent performance in the 49ers’ 27-13 win against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. But he didn’t have the type of game that makes you jump out of your seat and scream, “Yes! This guy is taking us to the Super Bowl.”
Unfortunately, that’s where the bar was set for him when he supplanted Alex Smith as the team’s starting quarterback three weeks ago. Read More
Two years ago, both the Miami Dolphins and 49ers wooed Jim Harbaugh to be their next coach.
The Niners won that courting competition and landed their high-profile man, luring him away from nearby Stanford and giving him a $25 million, five-year contract. And Harbaugh delivered immediately by taking his new team to the NFC Championship Game and oh-so-close to a Super Bowl as a rookie NFL coach. Read More
What I’m about to address is a tad past its news cycle, but forgive me. More pressing issues have been at hand.
After all, I haven’t yet been ruled out as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, so I’ve been busy taking “first-team reps” with little Timmy, Johnny and Phil out on the asphalt of my cul-de-sac. Read More
He was adopted as a newborn, has a fully grown pet tortoise named Sammy, and sports 10 or 11 tattoos by his own count covering much of his upper body.
Colin Kaepernick is finding out fast that just about everything becomes fair game — and very much public — when you’re a starting quarterback in the NFL. Personal, professional and otherwise. Since the second-year pro took over as the 49ers starter three games ago, further details of his life have emerged. Read More
Jim Harbaugh watched how Colin Kaepernick handled himself when things didn’t go right for the 49ers, and that told the coach plenty more about his second-year quarterback with all of three NFL starts to his name.
Enough that Harbaugh is sticking with Kaepernick under center — for now, anyway — as his team gears up for Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park. Read More
As much entertainment as the 49ers’ second overtime game with the St. Louis Rams provided Sunday, the real fun starts this afternoon when coach Jim Harbaugh faces the media at his weekly press conference.
In recent weeks, Harbaugh’s pressers have produced more gems than a Bill Clinton deposition. How much yarn will he spin this week to defend Colin Kaepernick’s management of a game that Alex Smith would have clearly won? Read More
After the St. Louis Rams avoided a second tie with San Francisco with a 16-13 overtime victory on Sunday, coach Jim Harbaugh indicated he’d be sticking with Kaepernick next week at home against the Dolphins.
“I’ll let you know if there’s a change, but right now I think it’ll be the same as it was this week,” Harbaugh said. “I’m proud of Kap, proud of the way he played. He handled himself well, gave our team a chance to win.” Read More