Eric Mangini: “If you are lethargic, what do you have to do snap yourself out of that?”

This is the transcript of Eric Mangini’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   What’s LB Ahmad Brooks’ status and is there a possibility that he could play in this game? “Yeah. He got some work today and he’s been involved obviously in all the meetings and that part has been good. He did get a little on the field work today, so we’ll have to see…

November 27, 2015

Jim Tomsula: “Glenn (Dorsey) got hurt there, and I didn’t like our body language. OK? We have to address that.”

SANTA CLARA I asked San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula a question at his Wednesday press conference. Here is his answer. ME: “The team seemed lethargic early in the game against the Seahawks. Afterward, I spoke to Ahmad Brooks and asked why the team seemed lethargic. He said he couldn’t speak for anyone else, but it did take him a while to get going in the game. How do…

November 25, 2015

Jim Tomsula says Bruce Ellington, Michael Wilhoite and Glenn Dorsey will return to practice this week, plus more

SANTA CLARA – Here’s a transcript of head coach Jim Tomsula’s Monday conference call. Q: Last week you intimated you’d be shuffling around the offensive. Is the first unit the unit you’ve settled on? TOMSULA: No, it is not the unit we’ve settled. We are not settled there. We’re getting closer. I like what (Joe) Looney did, and I like where we’re going with RG Marcus (Martin). He’s really doing…

August 24, 2015

Aldon Smith: “I feel real good. My body feels good. I’m ready to go.”

SANTA CLARA – Aldon Smith spoke in the 49ers’ auditorium Sunday afternoon. Here are selected quotes. Q: How has your interaction been with Jim Tomsula? ALDON SMITH: We know each other pretty well. We’re going into our fifth year together. It has been the same as usual. I’m just excited about this season, excited about where we’re going to go and focused on starting off on a good note. Q:…

August 2, 2015

Eric Mangini on Jim Tomsula: “He cares deeply about (the players) and that resonates, I believe, in the locker room.”

SANTA CLARA — Here is the transcript of defensive coordinator Eric Mangini’s Saturday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. LB NaVorro Bowman prepared for this and you’ve got to be excited to see what he does back on the field? “He’s been great. He had a really good spring. I’ve gotten to know NaVorro a little bit since I’ve been here, but it’s different when you start coaching…

August 1, 2015

Report: Darnell Dockett signs $2-year, $7.5-million deal with 49ers

The 49ers just signed defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus. The deal is worth $7.5 million over two years with $2 million guaranteed according to Adam Schefter. This is an excellent signing. Darnell Dockett can rush the quarterback, and it’s not easy to find defensive tackles who can do that effectively. Better to sign Dockett than to spend a first-round pick on someone like defensive lineman…

March 5, 2015

Vic Fangio on the Seahawks: “They’ve evolved into a really good offense.”

This is the transcript of Vic Fangio’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ p.r. department. Last week, obviously, we saw that LB Ahmad Brooks was on the sideline. How difficult of a decision was that for you to make? “It was difficult to do, but it was an easy decision. He missed an entire meeting on Tuesday and then was 20 minutes late on Wednesday, so, at that point,…

December 11, 2014

Vic Fangio: “I didn’t do a good enough job coaching and we didn’t do a good enough job playing.”

SANTA CLARA — Here is the transcript of Vic Fangio’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Does it look like you’re going to have LB Patrick Willis back in your defense this week? “It’s questionable right now.”   Going back over that Broncos game, do you wipe away some of that since he was out of the lineup, a lot of the other guys were out of…

October 30, 2014

49ers extend Glenn Dorsey’s contract through 2016

The 49ers just announced they have extended Glenn Dorsey’s contract through the 2016 season. Here is a written statement from 49ers’ General Manager Trent Baalke: “Glenn is a true pro who has quickly become a valued contributor to our organization both on and off the field. He is a quick study and a very good football player that has earned this extension, and we look forward to his future contributions.”

August 19, 2014

49ers camp progress report

This is my Saturday column. SANTA CLARA – Eight training camp practices down, three to go before the 49ers play preseason game No. 1 and you see this for yourself. Until then, here are my top five takeaways from camp. 1. Colin Kaepernick is improving. It’s his fourth season in this offense and he has it down cold – that’s the first thing you notice. He shouts a million things…

August 2, 2014

Report: Glenn Dorsey tears bicep

Glenn Dorsey hurt his arm Friday during practice. It was unclear what he injured exactly. Adam Schefter just cleared that up. Dorsey tore his bicep according to Schefter. Dorsey may miss the entire season. After Dorsey tore his bicep, Mike Purcell took over as the first-team nose tackle for the rest of practice. Tank Carradine was the first-team three-tech in place of Justin Smith, who is injured, and Quinton Dial…

August 2, 2014

Colin Kaepernick throws touchdown passes, Anquan Boldin throws punches at Darryl Morris

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what stood out to me at Friday’s padded practice. THE GOOD 1. Colin Kaepernick. Completed 14 of the 19 passes he attempted during team drills. He threw three touchdown passes – one to Quinton Patton, one to Vernon Davis and one to Chuck Jacobs. This may have been Kaepernick’s best practice of camp. 2. Vernon Davis. Made five catches during team drills. One was a five-yard…

August 1, 2014

49ers grades and projections

This is my Thursday column. Dear player or coach for the San Francisco 49ers, This is your final report card for the 2013 season. Show this to your mother and make sure she signs her name at the bottom. COLIN KAEPERNICK: C+. I assumed you would improve, but you got worse. Somehow you became a less accurate passer, only occasionally hitting a receiver in stride. How did you get less accurate…

February 6, 2014

Dorsey: “You draw the line where the ball is knock them back.”

CHARLOTTE – Here’s what Glenn Dorsey said at his locker after the game. Q: It seemed to me the two goal line stands turned the game. Do you agree? DORSEY: I agree. Those were some big downs, man. We had our back against the wall, but we perform better like that. In games like this, you want it to come down to your defense. You look forward to those opportunities….

January 12, 2014

Fangio on Glennon: “He’s got deceiving pocket presence.”

SANTA CLARA — Vic Fangio spoke in the media tent Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   Do you sense any, I don’t know if let down is the right word, but is it tough for these guys to get back to work after a big win against Seattle? “No. I don’t think so. Like I told you last week, the last four games…

December 12, 2013

Fangio says Wilson “can run any offense.”

SANTA CLARA — Vic Fangio spoke in the media tent Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript.   How much of Seattle’s success is success on first and second downs to stay in manageable situations, third and short? “Well, it’s a big part of their success. Basically, the big part of their success is they’re balanced. They run the ball on first and second down as much as anybody in the…

December 5, 2013

Jaguars offer opportunity for 49ers to test-drive a few options

Here is my Thursday column on the 49ers’ upcoming game against the awful Jaguars. Beating the Jaguars is way down the list of important things the 49ers must accomplish this weekend. Beating the Jaguars isn’t even top-three. Beating the Jaguars is expected. Everyone beats the Jaguars. The Jaguars are the worst. The 49ers should treat this game like an exhibition or a scrimmage. There is no way the 49ers lose…

October 24, 2013

Harbaugh: “It was no breakout game. That’s what Vernon Davis does.”

Here is a transcript of Jim Harbaugh’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers.   Did DL Glenn Dorsey practice a little bit today? “Yes.”   How did he look? “Did good.”   Good enough to play on Sunday? “We’ll make that determination, but it was good.”   You’ve got a roster opening, are you going to use it between now and the game or is it kind of up in…

October 18, 2013

Harbaugh on Walker: “I’m not happy to see him in a Titans No.82 jersey.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript. Q: What are your early impressions on Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial? HARBAUGH: It’s early. Had some walkthrough at this point. Excited, that’s my impression. I know they are. It’s much like their first day in football. I’m sure that there is some gravel in the gut and some anticipation, excitement, nerves, all those…

October 16, 2013