|49ers QB Alex Smith: ‘I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion’||11.30.12 at 1:14 pm ET|
Alex Smith is baffled by the fact that he lost the starting job as 49ers quarterback to Colin Kaepernick.
Smith, who was NFC Offensive Player of the Week just one month ago, is medically cleared after suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against the Rams, but he won’t be playing for the second Sunday in a row when the 49ers and Rams square off.
Coach Jim Harbaugh has again named Kaepernick the starter this week.
“I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion,” Smith said.
Smith ranks fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 104.1 and leads the league with a 70.0 completion percentage.
“You kind of state your case with your play and I felt like I’ve done that,” Smith said. “It’s tough. It stings the most just because I really felt there was something special going on here and you sacrifice and invest so much time. I felt like I was playing good football. I have no idea what’s going to happen from here. All I can do now is just prepare and get ready.”
Since replacing Smith, Kaepernick has completed 48-of-74 passes for 680 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and he’s been sacked six times. He led the 49ers past the Saints and Bears.
Harbaugh says he’ll keep his mind open going forward about whether to use Kaepernick or Smith.
“Alex is a class act all the way,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll prepare as if he is the starter. And that’s what we would expect. And be ready to go in and play and contribute to this football team. We’ve got two quarterbacks that we feel great about as the starting quarterback. Anything’s a possibility. I would assume nothing or rule out anything.”
|Braylon Edwards signs one-year deal with 49ers||08.05.11 at 11:39 am ET|
Former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the 49ers Thursday.
Edwards recorded 904 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns in 2010, numbers only eclipsed by his 2007 season with the Browns. In recent seasons, however, Edwards’ football accomplishments have been overshadowed by off-the-field issues.
Edwards plead no contest to aggravated disorderly conduct in Cleveland in January 2010 after allegedly punching a friend of LeBron James. He was sentenced to 18 months probation, which was extended an additional year after Edwards was charged with driving under the influence in Manhattan in September.
Edwards has also been linked to a bar fight earlier this week in Michigan, although so far no charges have been filed.
“He’s hit some potholes,” 49ers coach and fellow Michigan alumnus Jim Harbaugh said. “You don’t want that to spiral any further down. It’s kind of time to start doing all the little things right, that he knows of and he’s capable of. He’s a good guy.”
|Report: 49ers running back Frank Gore expected to hold out||07.27.11 at 7:39 pm ET|
Just because the NFL Lockout is over, doesn’t mean every player is ready to return to the gridiron immediately.
49ers running back Frank Gore plans to hold out from training camp, in hopes of securing a new contract, according to a tweet from Adam Schefter. In the last year of his current deal, Gore is slotted to make $5 million.
After being selected by San Francisco in the third round of the 2005 draft, he has averaged over 1,000 yards in six seasons. He managed only 853 yards last season, thanks to a right hip fracture that he suffered in Week 12 against the Cardinals.
|Report: Jim Harbaugh agrees to five-year deal to coach San Francisco 49ers||01.07.11 at 4:00 pm ET|
According to ESPN.com, Jim Harbaugh has agreed to leave Stanford University in order to become the coach of the 49ers. The report states that Harbaugh has a five-year deal, $25 million deal in place to coach San Francisco.
Harbaugh reportedly had also been courted by the Dolphins, and John Elway (a Stanford alum) had also contacted him to see if he would be interested in the Broncos’ coaching vacancy. The 49ers have missed the playoffs for the last eight years. After their elimination from contention in a terrible NFC West division, coach Mike Singletary was fired, resulting in the search that led San Francisco to Harbaugh.
|Report: Jim Harbaugh to meet with 49ers||01.05.11 at 4:04 pm ET|
Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to meet Wednesday with the 49ers at an undisclosed location to discuss their vacant coaching position, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Harbaugh’s Cardinals won the Discover Orange Bowl on Monday, beating Virginia Tech to finish with a 13-1 record. Harbaugh said after the game that he would not discuss his coaching future at the time.
The 49ers position became available after Mike Singletary was fired. Harbaugh’s name has been mentioned the most as a potential candidate to fill several teams’ coaching positions.
|San Francisco 49ers eye Jim Harbaugh as coach||12.30.10 at 1:03 pm ET|
The San Francisco 49ers fired Mike Singletary last week and appear to be leaning toward promoting former Bill Parcells’ protege Trent Baalke as their general manager. While Baalke is relatively unknown, CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco writes that there is another factor in Baalke’s likely elevation: Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.
“But there is a firm belief among NFL insiders — and some folks at Stanford — that Baalke will be able to deliver Jim Harbaugh to be the 49ers’ head coach.”
Harbaugh has been highly successful at Stanford, taking the Cardinal to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Orange Bowl.
|President of 49ers contacts Bill Parcells regarding team’s future||12.29.10 at 2:02 pm ET|
Jed York, president of the 49ers, intends to contact Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells about his feelings concerning where the team is headed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Parcells, according to ESPN, will also be asked about his opinion on current 49ers vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke, who was hired by Parcells while with the Jets.
After firing coach Mike Singletary following the 49ers’ loss on Sunday to the Rams, the team is in search of a new coach for the 2011 season. The 49ers are also seeking a general manager, but have started the interview process with Tony Softli, a former Panthers and Rams personnel man.
This season will mark the eighth straight season in which the 49ers have missed the playoffs. The new GM for San Francisco will choose the successor for Singletary at the coaching position. Notable names mentioned in talks to fill the vacancy at head coach include current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden along with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.
|Week 8 injury report: 49ers, Packers||10.31.10 at 3:19 pm ET|
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis left the team’s game against the Broncos with an injured ankle. The return of the dynamic tight end is doubtful. Davis has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks.
Starting quarterback Troy Smith was expected to rely on Davis heavily in his first start with the 49ers but the two only connected on one pass for 12 yards before Davis suffered the injury. Entering the game, Davis led the 49ers with 422 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Green Bay Packers have another injury to worry about. Donald Driver left the team’s Week 8 game against the Jets with a quad injury. Driver’s return is doubtful and the Packers could lose another key player in their offense. Driver has 28 receptions for 307 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
|49ers Alex Smith injures shoulder; David Carr at quarterback||10.24.10 at 3:26 pm ET|
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Panthers in the third quarter. Smith took a massive hit and left with an apparent shoulder injury, reports Pro Football Talk. X-rays revealed a shoulder sprain for Smith and he will miss the remainder of the game.
San Francisco (1-5) has struggled this year and Smith has received criticism for some of his play this season. Smith had a 73.9 passer rating on the year with 1,425 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions entering Sunday’s game. Smith was 9-for-19 attempts with 129 with one touchdown to Vernon Davis before suffering the injury. Former Texans quarterback David Carr is now in at quarterback for San Francisco.
|49ers coach Mike Singletary’s job safe for now||10.03.10 at 4:42 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary’s job is safe for now. According to league and team sources, Singletary will not be fired at the moment but there are no garuntees that the head coach will return after the season. Singletary has two years remaining on his contract after this season.
The 49ers (0-3) play Atlanta on Sunday after firing offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye last Monday. San Francisco has scored 38 points through their first three games, the second fewest in the NFL behind the Carolina Panthers. However, the NFC West is expected to be an open division this year, with no team running away from the rest of the pack. Singletary’s future could be decided later in the season if the 49ers are unable to find their form.
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