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San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe speaks at the annual Bay Area college football media day at Levi's Stadium on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)

Niners’ crazy train is off the tracks

Hide the coaches and executives. Shield the PSL sellers and ballboys. Idiot…

San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe speaks at the annual Bay Area college football media day at Levi's Stadium on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Seems Alex Smith got last laugh, huh?

Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it? Three years ago, 49ers…

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

NFL moves Pete Morelli’s crew off Sunday night game

NEW YORK — The NFL has moved referee Pete Morelli's crew off…

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, argues with head linesman Tom Stabile (24) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. For the past four seasons, the Cardinals watched the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks rule the NFC West, and it sometimes left Arizona with little to play for late in the year. Oh, how that's changed in 2015, with the Cardinals among the NFL elite.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Cardinals the team playing for something now against 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — For the past four seasons, the Cardinals…

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, argues with head linesman Tom Stabile (24) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. For the past four seasons, the Cardinals watched the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks rule the NFC West, and it sometimes left Arizona with little to play for late in the year. Oh, how that's changed in 2015, with the Cardinals among the NFL elite.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
Super Bowl 50 will pose local challenges in San Francisco, such as how to handle the numerous homeless encampments.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Bay’s defining moment: Super Bowl 50

From the clock tower of the Ferry Building came the bells, on…

Super Bowl 50 will pose local challenges in San Francisco, such as how to handle the numerous homeless encampments.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Jim Tomsula, right, and the 49ers face a stiff challenge in Tomsula’s debut as head coach.(Tony Avelar/AP)

Rebuild and regret? 49ers are on the clock

The 49ers will open the season amid their lowest expectations in years,…

Jim Tomsula, right, and the 49ers face a stiff challenge in Tomsula’s debut as head coach.(Tony Avelar/AP)

Son of former 49ers CEO killed in accident

LOS ANGELES — A San Francisco man was killed, three were injured…

49ers’ rookie Jarryd Hayne came out of nowhere to earn a roster spot. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Oi Oi Oi, Hayne makes 49ers’ cut

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jarryd Hayne made his way to the San…

49ers’ rookie Jarryd Hayne came out of nowhere to earn a roster spot. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Former owner of the San Francisco 49ers and Pro Football Hall of Fame presenter for Charles Haley, Edward DeBartolo Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)

Former 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr. finalist for Hall of Fame

CANTON — Edward DeBartolo Jr., who as owner of the 49ers helped…

Former owner of the San Francisco 49ers and Pro Football Hall of Fame presenter for Charles Haley, Edward DeBartolo Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh coordinates his players  inside Michigan Stadium during NCAA media day on Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP)

Harbaugh will conquer haters

SALT LAKE CITY — He hardly looks the part in his black…

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh coordinates his players  inside Michigan Stadium during NCAA media day on Aug. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Tony Ding/AP)
49ers’ defensive linemen Darnell Dockett (90) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (63) pursue Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning in the first half in Denver on Saturday. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

49ers’ offense remains work in progress

DENVER — Linebacker NaVorro Bowman continued to take giant strides for the…

49ers’ defensive linemen Darnell Dockett (90) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (63) pursue Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning in the first half in Denver on Saturday. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula watches his players during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. (George Bridges/AP Photo)

49ers, Broncos hope for 2 clean practices minus fighting

SANTA CLARA — Jim Tomsula won't tolerate fighting from his San Francisco…

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula watches his players during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. (George Bridges/AP Photo)
San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) is pressured by Houston Texans' Christian Covington (95) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Houston. (George Bridges/AP)

Offense, defense fail in 49ers loss

HOUSTON — While Colin Kaepernick failed to move the offense on his…

San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) is pressured by Houston Texans' Christian Covington (95) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, in Houston. (George Bridges/AP)
Pro Football Hall of Fame 2015 inductee Tim Brown attends a media availability in Canton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Brown warns Raiders about L.A. move

CANTON, Ohio — Tim Brown isn’t one to kick sand in the…

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2015 inductee Tim Brown attends a media availability in Canton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
In this image made from video and provided by KNTV, San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith walks past cameras after being released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 in San Jose, Calif.  Santa Clara Police arrested Smith on charges of hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism. (Michael Horn/KNTV via AP)

49ers release linebacker Aldon Smith after latest arrest

SANTA CLARA — Linebacker Aldon Smith has been released by the San…

In this image made from video and provided by KNTV, San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith walks past cameras after being released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 in San Jose, Calif.  Santa Clara Police arrested Smith on charges of hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism. (Michael Horn/KNTV via AP)
The 49ers’ Aldon Smith was arrested Thursday on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

UPDATE: 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Thursday night on suspicion…

The 49ers’ Aldon Smith was arrested Thursday on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick had little to say about recent comments made by Indianapolis Colts running back and former teammate Frank Gore, above, who raved about Andrew Luck’s football acumen. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Gore jab has Kap ducking already

Colin Kaepernick is taking hits already, and these can’t be blamed on…

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick had little to say about recent comments made by Indianapolis Colts running back and former teammate Frank Gore, above, who raved about Andrew Luck’s football acumen. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
49ers wide receivers Quinton Patton (11) and Torrey Smith during the team's training camp on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Dial could be big part of revamped 49ers DL

SANTA CLARA — Quinton Dial is running with the first-team defense for…

49ers wide receivers Quinton Patton (11) and Torrey Smith during the team's training camp on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Candlestick Park has been reduced to a large pile of rubble and a lone standing escalator, which will likely be the last thing demolished since demolition companied tend to leave one landmark intil the very end and then bring down the final piece as a ceremonial end to the structure being demolished. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Candlestick Park tear-down nearly complete, next phase will bring big changes

Candlestick Park is nearly 90 percent demolished as crews make way for…

Candlestick Park has been reduced to a large pile of rubble and a lone standing escalator, which will likely be the last thing demolished since demolition companied tend to leave one landmark intil the very end and then bring down the final piece as a ceremonial end to the structure being demolished. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.  Prosecutors in California have charged former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald with domestic violence and false imprisonment following allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child. (LM Otero/AP Photo File)

Former 49er Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence

SANTA CLARA — Former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald was…

San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.  Prosecutors in California have charged former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald with domestic violence and false imprisonment following allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child. (LM Otero/AP Photo File)