Greg Roman – Inside the 49ers Updated news, opinions and discussion about the San Francisco 49ers and other pro football action from blogger Grant Cohn of The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, CA Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:12:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Colin Kaepernick’s mechanics need a trip to the garage Fri, 16 Oct 2015 23:15:49 +0000 This is my Saturday column.

Colin Kaepernick isn’t huge on mechanics. He said so on Wednesday.

This revelation shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever seen him play. Kaepernick is one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL.

His college coach, Chris Ault, broke down Kaepernick’s inconsistencies last week to Ault was the only college coach who gave Kaepernick a football scholarship. Ault created Kaepernick. Ault’s opinion matters, and it should matter to the 49ers although sadly it doesn’t.

“Nobody knows Kap like I do,” Ault told, “For some reason, last year his technique throwing the ball … he let it go.”

What do you mean “let it go”? Could you be more specific, Chris?

“I saw a little of it in college,” he said. “He was a pitcher, as everyone knows. He threw that thing 93 or 94 miles per hour. He has a low elbow at times … He’s one of the few guys that can get away with throwing that way, but when you have to make the touch pass, drop it over (coverage), or you have to anticipate where a receiver is going, that type of release often times makes you very inconsistent. That’s what I’m seeing. I saw it when we were at Nevada a little bit.”

A low elbow is an issue Kaepernick apparently was working to correct for five years in college, and should have been working to correct the past five years in the NFL.

Wednesday afternoon, I told 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula what Coach Ault said about Kaepernick, then asked if someone on Tomsula’s coaching staff has noticed Kaepernick dropping his elbow while throwing and if they’re working to correct the issue.

“With all due respect to Coach Ault, I don’t know him,” Tomsula said. “But we’re really not paying attention to other people’s evaluations. We’re watching our film and we’re evaluating and we’re correcting and working on things that we feel like we need to work on.”

Oh, really? With all due respect, Jim, you don’t know Ault but you should. Jim Harbaugh knew him. Harbaugh respected Ault. Called him “a great football coach with a great record and an even better man” in 2012.

On Thursday, I asked 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst how well he knows Ault.

“I’ve never met him,” Chryst said.

Never met him?

Memo to Geep: Why don’t you pick up the phone and call him? Why don’t you do your due diligence? Ask Ault what the tipoffs are when Kaepernick is throwing well. The signs when he’s throwing poorly. Ask Ault what he did when Kaepernick wasn’t throwing well. Please ask Ault something.

“I know that he (Ault) had some comments during the week,” Chryst said. “He obviously knows Kap. I feel like after having been around Kap, you kind of know him as well. So, what he observes is what he observes and what I observe is what I observe.”

Speaking about Ault like he’s some mediocrity. Pick up the phone and use a resource. A good coach uses every resource available.

Even Greg Roman used the resource. The man you replaced as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator traveled to Reno and met Ault in person. “That was very valuable time spent,” Roman said in 2012. “He’s a very good football coach that was very accommodating.”

Not you, Geep.

“Is there anything to (Ault’s) critique that Kaepernick is dropping his elbow?” I asked Chryst. “Is that something you watch?”

Chryst laughed. He said recently he was joking with Kaepernick that he should throw like Philip Rivers, elbow low, almost pinned to his side. Chryst thought that was really funny. Wait a minute, Geep. Rivers is a five-time Pro Bowler. Your guy is a no-time Pro Bowler.

What does Rivers have to do with Kaepernick anyway? Rivers is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league. Kaepernick isn’t. Kaepernick is no Philip Rivers. He’s also no Aaron Rodgers, no Tom Brady, no Carson Palmer, no Russell Wilson. He’s Colin Kaepernick for better or worse.

Wednesday, I asked Kaepernick about Ault’s comments.

“It’s something that I constantly work on my mechanics and fundamentals to make sure I’m out there throwing the ball the best way I can,” Kaepernick said. “Ultimately, whether the receiver catches the ball and the ball is in the right position is the only thing that matters.”

Translation: Mechanics do matter.

Matt Barrows of the the Sacramento Bee followed up. “Do you sometimes have to drop your elbow and throw sidearm to adapt (to pressure)?”

“Once again, mechanics are … I’m not huge on them,” Kaepernick said. Translation: Mechanics don’t matter.

This guy’s thinking is all over the place just like his passes.

“Is Chris Ault correct in his assessment?” I asked.

“Of … ?” Kaepernick asked, Kaepernick being coy, pretending he forgot what we were talking about.

I reminded him.

“I don’t look at film that closely about my mechanics of where my elbow is at,” he replied.

Funny, Joe and Steve worked on mechanics all the time. You know who Joe and Steve are, Colin. Steve worked on mechanics for years as Joe’s understudy. And you’re above all that? You wonder why you never get better despite all the quarterback gurus you work with.

If I ran the 49ers, I would make you go to one of two places in the offseason after first considering whether I even would keep you on my roster for next season.

1. 3DQB at USC. That’s where Tom House, a former Major League pitching coach, teaches throwing mechanics to quarterbacks. He has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith.

2. The United States Olympic Committee Training Facility in Colorado. This lab has the most modern technology coupled with experts who evaluate in slow-motion each and every segment of an athlete’s throwing mechanics, whether he or she is throwing a javelin, shotput, discus, hammer, baseball, football, rock — you name it.

If you’re not interested in investing your time and energy in learning the right mechanics, Colin, please hand in your Niners jersey and take your mediocrity elsewhere.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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What Colin Kaepernick meant Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:51:07 +0000 This is my Friday column.

Jim Tomsula started it.

Wednesday morning in the 49ers’ auditorium, a reporter asked him how Colin Kaepernick is different compared to a year ago. Through two games, Kaepernick’s passer rating is 98.1. Last season, it was only 86.4. What changed?

“We’re not asking for the same things,” Tomsula said. “It’s not the same. There’s really not things to compare it to — what we’re asking him to do and what he’s been asked to do any other year.”

Translation: Tomsula’s coaching staff is using Kaepernick differently than Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff used him. Tomsula implied the comparison, even though he kept his statements vague.

About an hour later, Kaepernick came to the podium in the auditorium. So, naturally, a reporter followed up on the topic Tomsula raised that morning.

“What do you think Tomsula meant, and what’s your take on what you’re being asked to do that’s different?” the reporter asked.

I didn’t expect Kaepernick to answer this question. I thought he’d blurt out something like, “You’ll have to ask coach Tomsula what he meant by that,” or “It’s just football — my job is to execute what the coaches tell me.” Some non-answer. He rarely explains anything to the press.

But after hearing the question, Kaepernick paused for a second. It seemed he had something to say, and was deciding whether to say it.

Then, he said it: “I would say the biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year. I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone. It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”


Kaepernick had just introduced a new subject — his character. What was he really talking about? Was he saying the previous coaching staff asked him to do things outside of his character?

Kaepernick kept talking. “Outside of how I would normally handle situations, yes,” he said.


Kaepernick had taken a shot at Harbaugh and the previous offensive coordinator, Greg Roman — that’s what it seemed like. But, again, what did Kaepernick mean by “character”? What was he getting at?

When pressed by the media, Kaepernick said, “I’m getting at that I was asked to do things outside of my character.” He refused to explain further. Then he started to walk off the stage as a reporter asked, “Is it safe to say you feel more relaxed right now in the pocket?” Kaepernick never broke stride. He ignored the question and walked out of the room. End of discussion.

Fair enough, although it was strange for Kaepernick to end a discussion he himself started, stranger to end it with a sense of moral indignation. But it would have been bad form for him to go any further, to criticize Harbaugh and Roman by name and break down their specific deficiencies. Kaepernick should be above that.

Allow me to explain for him.

Harbaugh and Roman tried to turn Kaepernick into a classic drop-back pocket passer, tried to turn him into Alex Smith. And in the process, they made Kaepernick look like a complete stiff.

Last season, the 49ers rarely called plays Kaepernick is comfortable running — plays like play-action passes or rollout passes or the read option. No, the Niners kept him in the pocket and highlighted all of his deficiencies.

As the season went on, Kaepernick seemed to get worse as a pocket passer. People wondered if he even was receptive to coaching, if he ever would improve.

Here’s what’s ironic: Kaepernick HAS improved his passing from the pocket this season, partly because the coaching staff doesn’t ask him to do it all the time.

They roll him out as frequently as possible — Kaepernick is a natural at throwing on the move to his right. And they let him run the read option – no one in the history of the NFL has run this play better than Kaepernick.

Everything about the 49ers’ new offense is meant to highlight Kaepernick’s strengths and make him comfortable. The Niners compromised with him: They’ll keep calling the plays he likes and de-emphasize pocket passing without eliminating it completely.

Think of it like raising a toddler. It’s as if Harbaugh and Roman fed Kaepernick nothing but squash and brussels sprouts, thinking that was best for him. Kaepernick resented that menu. He wanted pizza and cookies.

This season, Tomsula and Geep Chryst are feeding Kaepernick a more balanced diet. So Kaepernick is open-minded, because now he likes the taste of things.

That’s what he probably meant.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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Colin Kaepernick: “I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.” Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:08:38 +0000 SANTA CLARA – Here’s an interesting exchange from Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday press conference.

Q: Coach Tomsula just said a few minutes that you’re not being asked to do anything that you’ve been asked to do in previous years. What do you think he meant by that, and what’s your take on what you’re being asked to do that’s different?

KAEPERNICK: I would say the biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year. I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone. It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.

Q: Do you feel like you were asked to do things outside of your character?

KAEPERNICK: Outside of how I would normally handle situations, yes.

Q: Meaning, to be more specific, being in the pocket more? Not getting outside? Is that what you’re getting at?

KAEPERNICK: No. I’m getting at that I was asked to do things outside of my character.

Q: Is it safe to say you feel more relaxed right now in the pocket?

KAEPERNICK: (Walks off stage without answering).

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49ers get smarter in the passing game Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:24:05 +0000 This is my Saturday column.

Some say the 49ers suffered a damaging blow when the NFL suspended their No. 3 receiver, Jerome Simpson, for the first six games of 2015. Some say they showed no football wisdom in signing him, a player likely to be suspended.

I say forget Jerome Simpson. His absence will have zero impact.

He wasn’t the Niners No. 3 receiver, anyway – not in training camp, at least. He was an illusion. He never was going to be a big part of the Niners’ offense. They knew that all along. Their game plan has moved in an interesting new direction.

Want to know how many passes Simpson caught from starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick during 11-on-11 full-team scrimmages?

Four. Insignificant.

Ten other players — including four tight ends and three running backs — caught more than four passes thrown by Kaepernick during 11-on-11s. So, technically, Simpson was the Niners’ No. 11 receiver. He mostly worked with Blaine Gabbert and the second-string offense.

Forget Jerome Simpson.

Let’s talk about players who matter. Want to know who the Niners No. 3 receiver was, technically, during training camp?

Anquan Boldin. He caught 18 passes thrown by Kaepernick.

The No. 2 receiver was running back Carlos Hyde, who caught 19 passes thrown by Kaepernick.

And the No. 1 receiver was tight end Vernon Davis. He caught 23 passes thrown by Kaepernick.

That’s right — Davis was Niners’ the best receiver in camp. Davis might be a better receiver than the Niners two starting wide receivers, Boldin and Torrey Smith, who are both No. 1 receivers.

The Niners have three No. 1 receivers.

Forget Jerome Simpson.

Let’s talk about Davis, instead. He has become the focal point of the offense under new offensive coordinator, Geep Chryst. Under the old offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, Davis was a vestigial organ.

Roman had no clue how to keep Davis involved in the passing game. A lot of games Roman seemed not even to try. He’d use Davis just as a decoy to help other players get open.

Roman wasted four years of Davis’ prime.

Roman never understood he needed to get the ball into Davis’ hands early in the game to make Davis feel involved. The same principle exists in basketball. Get the big man some touches in the first quarter or risk losing him for the entire game.

If Roman didn’t get Davis touches early, sometimes Davis would seem to tune out and Roman would lose him for the entire game. Chryst knows how to get Davis involved. Chryst could resurrect Davis’ career.

This offseason during training camp, the first pass of practice frequently went to Davis.


Chryst frequently makes Davis line up in the slot as a wide receiver, and plays someone else at tight end.

Let’s see a cornerback try to cover Davis.


Chryst does a lot of smart things Roman didn’t do, aside from getting Davis involved and keeping him involved. For one, Chryst seems to have fixed the play-clock issues that vexed Roman season after season. Roman took forever just to call the plays. What was he doing up there in the coaches’ booth?

Chryst has the next play rolling off his tongue as the previous play is ending. He wastes no time.

And Chryst does another thing Roman didn’t do – he calls passing plays for the running back.

Roman would talk at his press conferences about wanting to throw passes to running backs, and then never would. Frank Gore caught 19 passes in 16 games last season.

If Roman still were the offensive coordinator, he would never use Reggie Bush, the running back the Niners signed this offseason. Bush is a pass-catching specialist out of the backfield – exactly what Roman doesn’t understand or appreciate.

Bush didn’t participate in team drills the first week and a half of training camp, but since returning he has been a focal point of the offense, like Davis. Some days Bush leads the team in catches and carries. This Tuesday he touched the ball 11 times in a little more than one hour.

In total, Bush, Hyde and fullback Bruce Miller caught 42 passes thrown by Kaepernick during training camp.

Any one of those three players can be a good No. 3 receiver for the Niners.

The 49ers passing attack isn’t less varied, less complex than last season’s. It has more dimensions.

The loss of Jerome Simpson was no loss at all. Forget Jerome Simpson.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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49ers picking up the pace on offense Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:54:01 +0000 This is my Saturday column.

The 49ers have a brand new offense.

The old one was the slowest in the NFL, and not just during plays when they lumbered around the grass. They were slow between plays, too.

They couldn’t even get plays off. The Niners led the league in delay-of-game penalties each of the past two seasons under head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Almost a third of the time, the players would break the huddle and rush to the line of scrimmage with fewer than 14 seconds left on the 40-second play clock. Then they’d rush through shifts and motions just to snap the ball before the ref flagged them for another delay-of-game penalty or Harbaugh called a timeout.

Merely snapping the ball was mission impossible in the old offense.

The new offense under new head coach Jim Tomsula and new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst almost never gets to the line of scrimmage with fewer than 25 seconds on the clock. Sometimes they have 30 seconds – that was clear during OTAs and minicamp.

“It seems there’s an emphasis to get to the line of scrimmage quickly this year,” I said to quarterbacks coach Steve Logan Thursday afternoon.

“Oh, yeah,” Logan said before I finished my sentence. He was sitting at a big round table in the 501 club inside Levi’s Stadium. Each coach sat at his own table and talked to reporters as they made rounds, like media day at the Super Bowl. Logan and I were alone.

“People say, ‘Are you a hurry-up offense?’” he asked rhetorically. “Well, no we’re not. But we are INTENT, and we are on a mission, from the head coach down, to get out of the huddle and get on the line of scrimmage with the time we need. Now, we may get up there and snap it quick. We may get up there and take our time and assess the defense. But it’s important to get up there,” and his next words were punctuated as if lecturing a second-grader — “With. Time. On. The. Clock.”

“What can the coaches do to speed up that process?” I asked.

“Get the call in,” Logan shot back. A no-brainer as far as he was concerned. “Coach Chryst has done a great job this spring. He’s always thinking two plays ahead. The play is over, bang – he’s got another one rolling off his tongue, I’m getting it in to Colin and here we go. And we’re in the huddle, out of the huddle, at the line of scrimmage.”

Harbaugh and Roman never understood the importance of getting the freaking call in, and their deficiency cost them the Super Bowl.

Down five points to the Ravens late in the fourth quarter, third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, the Niners’ offense jogged to the offensive line with only 10 seconds left on the play clock. Harbaugh and Roman had taken at least 20 seconds to agree on the play and radio it into Kaepernick’s helmet.

Once the offense got to the line of scrimmage, Kaepernick sent Delanie Walker in motion, reset the protection scheme and the center snapped the ball. The play was a quarterback draw. Kaepernick sprinted up the middle into the end zone with the football for the Super-Bowl winning touchdown.

Except the play didn’t count. The play clock had expired, and Harbaugh had called timeout.

What a silly way to lose the Super Bowl. Harbaugh and Roman probably would be coaching the Niners right now if they hadn’t made that mistake. Now, they’re history.

Back to the Logan and the present.

“We have been very diligent about how we are going to call each play,” Logan said. “How many words are necessary to call this play? We’re trying to shave as many of those words off and be efficient with our communication in and out of the huddle.”

“How many words are in a typical play this year?”

“Some plays could be three words,” Logan said. “We’ve got some other plays, like any other offense, when you begin to move your personnel around pre-snap, those require words. You get into some of the more complex passing schemes – that could require two to three (extra) words.

“We had a play called today, and when I read the play off I said to myself, ‘We have got to find a way to shave some words off this particular call.’ Because it’s such an emphasis from Coach Tomsula that we get in and out of the huddle, get on the line of scrimmage so the quarterback has time to do the work that is necessary, which is assess the defense.”

Peyton Manning almost always gives himself more than 25 seconds to assess the defense. He doesn’t huddle – he calls his own plays with code words at the line of scrimmage.

If Manning needs more than 25 seconds, how was Kaepernick supposed to assess the defense in fewer than 14? He didn’t have a chance.

Now he does. Hooray for common sense.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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49ers and Adam Gase — good match or bad idea? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:45:00 +0000 This is about gravitas and Adam Gase.

Gase is the favorite to be the next head coach of the 49ers. Gase is the only coach the 49ers have interviewed twice so far this offseason — they interviewed him for a second time Tuesday, according to reports.

Gase is 36 years old. He looks like a teenager. He has been an offensive coordinator for two whole seasons and has done impressive things like work with Peyton Manning.

Gase may be a whiz.

But, does he have gravitas?

Gravitas is the key word in this column. It means dignity, seriousness, solemnity of manner.

Does Gase have the gravitas to boss 49ers veterans? Do you have a life-sized picture of Gase convincing grizzled superstar Justin Smith not to retire, or Smith even answering Gase’s phone call?

Can you picture Gase telling intimidating veteran Anquan Boldin what to do? What about Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman or Aldon Smith?

They have gravitas. Hard to imagine them taking orders from a 36-year-old Michael Cera lookalike. I only can picture them giggling in his face.

Bowman said he wants Vic Fangio to be the head coach. Fangio said he wants out if the Niners hire Gase instead of him, according to How will Gase get Bowman’s respect if Gase comes at Fangio’s expense?

Fangio deserves to be the 49ers’ head coach. He has gravitas in spades. The locker room and the community already respect him. He kept the 49ers together this season after Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman lost the players’ confidence. The players listen to him.

Why run the risk the players won’t listen to Gase?

“Gravitas-shmavitas,” you might be saying. “Gase is the top offensive coach available, and the 49ers need someone to help the offense.”

Good point, imaginary reader. If the Niners want an offensive coach, Gase seems to be one other teams want. The Broncos had the best offense in the NFL in 2013 — Gase’s first season as the offensive coordinator. And the Broncos had the fourth-best offense in 2014.

Since becoming a coordinator two years ago, Gase has coached a Hall of Fame quarterback (Peyton Manning), and four elite receivers (Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker).

The 49ers don’t have those kind of players. The Niners have great run-blocking offensive linemen (Joe Staley, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis), a young, powerful running back (Carlos Hyde), and arguably the best fullback in the game — Bruce Miller.

Last season, the 49ers were 7-1 when Miller was on the field for more than 27 plays, and just 1-7 when he was on the field for 27 or fewer. The more Miller played, the better the 49ers played. Miller embodies the 49ers’ offensive identity, an identity Anthony Davis and other players have said the Niners must embrace. That identity is brutal power-running football.

Gase didn’t use a single fullback on his offense this past season. The Broncos didn’t even have one on the roster. He runs a one-back, pass-heavy offense. He has receivers running all over the field like ballerinas gone wild. Think an updated version of what Mike Martz used to run. Gase is Martz’s protégé. Martz flopped in San Francisco and is no longer employed in the NFL.

The worst thing Gase could do is impose his finesse passing offense onto the 49ers’ power-running personnel. If he tries that, he could lose the team before mini-camp. If he tries that, he will fail. The 49ers are not built to play football the way Gase coaches football. This is an obvious case of philosophical differences.

The worst thing the Niners could do is force Gase to learn and run the Niners’ current running game. That would be an Al Davis move. In 1988, Al Davis hired Mike Shanahan and demanded he run Al Davis’ offense. Shanahan refused and failed — didn’t last even two seasons. What was the point of hiring him in the first place? When you hire a coach, you’re hiring him to do what made him successful. Shanahan and the Raiders were a bad match. Gase and the 49ers are an equally bad match.

The 49ers already have one of the most successful running schemes in the NFL — Greg Roman and offensive line coach Mike Solari created it together. Roman is gone, but Solari isn’t. Let Solari build the offense around his running game that ranked top four in the NFL the past three seasons. Let runs open up the passing game, if Colin Kaepernick can learn the passing game — if not, get another quarterback. Put the offensive focus back where it belongs. Make Solari the 49ers’ offensive coordinator.

I hear you squawking over there, imaginary reader. You’re saying the 49ers need a quarterback guru most of all, an offensive coordinator who can develop Kaepernick.

But, that’s what a quarterbacks coach is for. Jeff Garcia is available. Jeff Garcia is a former 49er. Hire Garcia as quarterbacks coach under offensive coordinator Mike Solari and head coach Vic Fangio.

Forget Adam Gase as head coach. Forget him as anything.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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49ers 20, Cardinals 17: Grades Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:42:52 +0000 SANTA CLARA – Hey, at least the 49ers didn’t lose to both Cardinals’ backup quarterbacks this season.

KAEPERNICK: B+. Played his best when it really mattered. Threw two touchdown passes and zero picks for the first time since Week 6. Also threw zero fourth-quarter touchdown passes for the 18th game in a row. Would have committed a Delay of Game penalty with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter if Marcus Martin hadn’t been flagged for a false start as the play clock expired. Even at his best, Kaepernick makes the same mistakes every game. The Niners need to take a quarterback in the first few rounds of the upcoming draft.

RUNNING BACKS: A. God love Frank Gore. He came into the game averaging just 2.7 yards per carry against the NFC West this season. But today he averaged 5.8 yards per carry and gained a whopping 144 rushing yards. Way to go out on top, Frank. The Niners need to replace him in the upcoming draft.

WIDE RECEIVERS: C. My stat sheet says Anquan Boldin was targeted nine times and caught just two passes. Am I reading that correctly? Is that a typo? I’m also seeing that Michael Crabtree averaged 10.2 yards per catch this season. Just five wide receivers averaged fewer yards per catch than Crabtree this season. Now that Crabtree is a free agent, why would any team want him? The Niners don’t need him. They need to draft a wide receiver in the first round. Google DeVante Parker.

TIGHT ENDS: F. Again, the Niners threw Vernon Davis just one pass. Again, it wasn’t deep or in the red zone. If the coaches had a grudge against Davis, they got even. Davis had by far the worst season of his career.

OFFENSIVE LINE: A. Dominated everywhere. Gore averaged 5.28 yards per carry running left, 5.71 yards per carry running right and 5.75 yards per carry up the middle. Anthony Davis makes such a big difference in the running game.

DEFENSIVE LINE: D. Gave up 98 rushing yards to bad running backs. Even though Tank Carradine sacked Ryan Lindley once, Lindley had more than enough time to scan the field and throw the ball most of the game.

LINEBACKERS: D. Michael Wilhoite intercepted a pass. Aaron Lynch sacked Lindley on the second-to-last play of the game. Aldon Smith didn’t sack or hit Lindley once. His play drastically deteriorated during his 9-week suspension this season. Lynch, not Smith, currently is the Niners’ best pass rusher.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: C. Considering the Niners had no pass rush, these guys did OK. Even Craig Dahl wasn’t terrible – he made the game-ending interception. The defense had no answer for Michael Floyd (8 catches, 153 yards, 2 touchdowns) but they’ve never had an answer for him.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B. Phil Dawson can’t kick kickoffs into the end zone anymore, but he made a 53-yard field goal, so he isn’t washed up yet.

COACHES: C. I get why teams want Jim Harbaugh – his winning percentage is through the roof. But I don’t get why any team would want Greg Roman. The 49ers’ first-string offense scored just 75 points after halftime this season – 4.7 points per second half. Is that the worst second-half output in NFL history? Whatever it is, it will haunt Roman for the rest of his career.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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Anthony Davis’ criticism is out of bounds Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:23:25 +0000 This is my Sunday column.

Anthony Davis sure has a lot to say for a guy who played just six games this season.

Four days after he played his first game in five weeks, Davis more or less fired his own boss, offensive coordinator Greg Roman, via Twitter: “Greg Roman to me when I was 21: ‘You know we can get someone off the street to do what you do.’ ”

And then he added, “The irony … ,” meaning Roman is the one who will be on the street in a few weeks. Classy tweet, Anthony.

Two days later, a reporter asked Davis if he believes Jim Harbaugh will coach his final game with the 49ers this Sunday.

“I think everyone knows,” Davis said.

Meaning, yes, Harbaugh’s gone, too. Sayonara.

On a roll now, Davis continued discussing things he had no business discussing publicly.

“Maybe we tried to trick them this year … ” he pontificated. “I don’t think it’s that complicated what we need to do. I know what we don’t need … I don’t want to be closed-minded about a new coach coming in with different views, but a (power running offense) would seem like the simplest answer.”

Davis and I agree, Roman is no genius. The Niners probably can replace him with someone better.

But it’s hard to point the finger at the offensive coordinator when he had to make up for you, Anthony. Or the lack of you.

You’re a very good player, a key player on the 49ers. Your presence affects the offense tremendously, especially in the running game. During the six games you played this season, the Niners’ tailbacks averaged 4.95 yards per carry running to the right – your side. During the nine games you missed, your tailbacks averaged just 2.6 yards per carry running to the right. Your absence made the running game one-sided and predictable. That’s not Roman’s fault. Show some heart. Show some football insight. Show some 49ers insight.

Your backup, Jonathan Martin, is not strong like you. He’s can’t knock back defensive lineman at the point of attack. He is not a run blocker — he is a pass protector, a back-pedaler, a finesse player. That’s not Roman’s fault.

And it’s not Roman’s fault you missed all of training camp rehabbing a shoulder injury. It’s not Roman’s fault you pulled your hamstring during the preseason and missed the first three games of the regular season. It’s not Roman’s fault you injured your knee Week 4 and missed the next two games. It’s not Roman’s fault you took five weeks to return from a concussion you sustained Week 11.

Don’t lay any of this at his door.

And it’s not Roman’s fault you missed both games against the Seahawks this season. In those two games, the Niners’ tailbacks gained just 8 yards on 11 carries to the right. Your team needed you, Anthony. They had no chance without you.

Before opening his mouth, a mature, balanced professional athlete would know those numbers. You have to wonder about Davis. Here’s an example.

On Dec. 23, 2012, the Niners were losing 42-6 in Seattle with fewer than two minutes left in the game. After a play, 320-pound Davis tackled 190-pound Jeremy Lane from behind — a blatant cheap shot by a sore loser. The officials penalized Davis for unnecessary roughness and the NFL fined him $10,000 a few days later.

In the locker room after the game, a reporter asked Davis why he hit Lane from behind after that play.

“I was doing my (expletive) job,” Davis said.

General manager Trent Baalke was standing beside Davis, eyes locked on Davis. This was the time for Baalke to say, “No, Anthony, it is not your (expletive) job to commit 15-yard penalties and hurt the team and act unprofessionally, and that is not how we talk to the media.”

Instead, Baalke stood mute.

The reporter turned to Baalke and asked, “Is Davis representing your franchise well right now?”

Again, Baalke stood mute. Then he said to Davis, “Go away, Anthony.” And Anthony walked away.

It was a weak response and Baalke did Davis no favors. Davis was the first player Baalke ever drafted. Davis is Baalke’s guy. If you’re Baalke’s guy — Aldon Smith also is Baalke’s guy — it seems you can get away with a lot.

I believe Davis is following Baalke’s lead in criticizing Roman, picking up Baalke’s tone, just as Baalke’s daughter, Cassie, picked up her dad’s tone in her inappropriate tweet about Roman. Davis feels free to criticize his coaches. Davis and Cassie are symptoms of Baalke. Who knows what other symptoms lurk in the 49ers’ family?

Anthony Davis needs grownup mentoring to become the grownup we believe he can become. Maybe Baalke needs it, too.

Grant Cohn writes sports columns and the “Inside the 49ers” blog for The Press Democrat’s website. You can reach him at

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Greg Roman: “I think we’ve got to produce more in the second half.” Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:09:51 +0000 This is the transcript of Greg Roman’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ p.r. department.

Opening comments:

“Good afternoon. Hope everybody’s getting their Christmas shopping done if you haven’t already. Getting ready for a very good Arizona team. Obviously they’re a playoff team, a very aggressive defense led by [Cardinals DE] Calais Campbell up front, [Cardinals NT Dan] Williams and [Cardinals DT Frostee] Rucker and then [Cardinals LB Alex] Okafor and [Cardinals LB Matt] Shaughnessy on the outside kind of provide the front line. [Cardinals LB Kevin] Minter and [Cardinals LB Larry] Foote. Foote’s a guy that has been playing in this league for a long time at a high level, still playing at a high level. Their secondary is very multiple. [Cardinals CB Antonio] Cromartie and [Cardinals CB Patrick] Peterson on the outside. [Cardinals S Tony] Jefferson and [Cardinals S Rashad] Johnson inside. They’ll bring in [Cardinals S Tyrann] Mathieu and they’ll play a variety of different combinations of DBs. It’s a really good defense. It’s a very aggressive defense. It’s about the closest thing that reminds me of the old Chicago Bears defense when they used to play the 46 and blitz all the time, that scheme and very aggressive, multiple and a lot of preparation for our guys up front this week not only for the talent and skill level the guys are going against, but also the multiplicity of what they do. So, any questions?”


Are you going to have WR Michael Crabtree available?

“Yeah. I certainly think we will.”


He’s often enjoyed going up against Patrick Peterson. Talk about that matchup?

“Yeah. That’s been a good battle. Shoot, I can remember a couple years ago, two years ago Michael really had a heck-of-a two games against him. Then Mike had an injury, battled back from the injury. It’s been a good battle though, two really good players battling.”


RB Frank Gore and WR Anquan Boldin are both close to 1,000 yards. Do you keep mind of that and is that some sort of milestone that you’re trying to celebrate or trying to accomplish this week?

“For us to be successful, those guys have to do well. So, they should really be part and parcel with one another. I don’t think you want to go into the game saying, ‘Hey our goal today guys is to get Frank 1,000 and Boldin 1,000.’ That is definitely part of the equation if we can handle our business.”


Served it up right down the middle for you last week with Frank.

“I have a feeling you’re not going to serve this one up right down the middle.”


But, coming off the concussion six days later for him to have that kind of an outing?

“Yeah. That’s pretty remarkable as far as his toughness. Made a couple great runs. Broke a bunch of tackles. The downfield blocking was outstanding, but he broke a bunch of tackles. He was definitely a workhorse. And really you’ve got to credit everybody. We had a bunch of guys out there flying around blocking people and that’s where it all starts, anything, run-pass, you’ve got to be able to block people. I thought our guys did a pretty darn good job of that the other night. The boys up front were having some fun and it really helps open things up.”


With T Jonathan Martin, with everything he went through before coming out to join you guys, he’s fitting in so many different spots for you. Can you speak about his season and what he’s meant?

“He’s done a great job. The attitude’s been phenomenal. Working hard. Great team guy. Had to assume a lot of different hats this year. The mono, the bout with mono kind of set him back a little bit in the spring. That was unfortunate, but that’s just how it goes. But, no he’s done a really good job battling and I think a year without mono and getting in the weight room and whatnot is really going to be beneficial to him.”


How long did that linger, the mono?

“About a month as I remember.”


Did you do a lot of work on Cardinals QB Logan Thomas leading up to last year’s draft?

“We did the commensurate amount of work you would expect, yeah.”


What was your take away from that?

“Well, I mean a good player, mobile, big arm. He’s a dangerous guy.”


Going back to Frank, the stiff-arm.

“I didn’t see you over there, [ reporter] Matt [Maiocco], sorry. You’re usually front and center.”


I’m kind of lurking today.

“Playing a robber position today?”


Yeah, pretty much. The stiff-arm. When you see that, is that kind of the cherry on top when you see something like that from your running back?

“Oh there’s no question. Yeah, when you go back and watch NFL films forever. I mean, that’s why we always stress body-ball-boundary. When you’re on one side of the field you want to have your body and then the ball and then the boundary.  For two reasons; number one you can use your inside hand as a weapon, the stiff-arm. Number two, if something were to happen and the ball were to get dislodged the ball would roll where?”


Out of bounds.

“Out of bounds as opposed to where?”


In bounds.

“In bounds. So, you’ll often hear us yelling body-ball-boundary quite a bit, which allows you to use your inside hand as a weapon or the stiff-arm. So, very often running backs are, everything’s not going to be perfect all the time and they’ve got to do something with a free defender or make a guy miss downfield. And there’s no better weapon, especially on one side of the field or another than the stiff-arm, which he did a great job and got in the end zone.”


Thirty is always the number that’s brought up for running backs and with Gore at the end of his contract here with the 49ers, where is he as far as his skill and either kind of breaking that stereotype?

“Frank’s always had a unique style. Every back’s got their own style. So, I think Frank’s got a lot of things going for him. His feet are definitely, we always say his brain and his feet work really closely together. The synapses shoot off quickly. Look at me trying to use physiology, come on. But, I think he’s got a lot of gas left in the tank. I think he’s a back you want to use a certain way if at all possible because he’s so good at specific things. You saw him play the other night. I think that’s worth 1,000 words.”


Why was there such a contrast between rushing in the first half and rushing in the second? Obviously they had a big role in that, but why couldn’t you counter-move that?

“Yeah, we could’ve done a better job of that starting with me. But, I mean they loaded it up. They added an extra body. It was almost a nine-man front. You’ve got to give them credit. They just added somebody to the mix, basically sold out. Looking back, there were a couple of opportunities there that we could’ve taken advantage of a little better.”


You guys had in previous years been able to take advantage of those boxes a lot of times with long throws to TE Vernon Davis. Those have just been almost totally absent this year. Why? A lot of people are just wondering why that hasn’t been part of the game plan, not part of the game plan, but why it hasn’t come to fruition?

“Yeah. I think there have been some opportunities and just hasn’t come to fruition. I’m not going to pinpoint why, but they’ve been there. Really we’ve got to do a better job of protecting the football. I mean, I think we had a couple of touchdowns called back via penalty and we fumbled the ball three times. So, that’s really the focus.”


What was your take on the illegal formation calls? Was it just being ticky-tacky?

“Yeah. In our estimation no there was no warning and it was, I would use that term yeah.”


It was back-to-back plays, right?

“Right. Right. Yeah, it was communicated and an adjustment was made, but apparently it wasn’t ruled that way.”


Is it a bit strange to think of Gore not returning here next season? I know it’s a business and maybe you just think of it that way or maybe you’re so busy game planning that you don’t even allow yourself to go beyond this week?

“Yeah. I mean, it’s all about the Cardinals for us. All that stuff it’ll take care of itself. It always does. But, everybody, we had great meetings this morning, we had a great walk-though and a lot of good energy. Looking forward to having a great day.”


I think you’ve in the last nine games scored four touchdowns in the second half. A lot of people point to that and say that these guys aren’t making the proper in-game adjustments. Is that fair?

“I think we’ve got to produce more in the second half, points, bottom line. I think we’ve scored a lot of points in the past in the second half. So, we’ve just got to do a better job all of us collectively for 60 minutes. It’s that simple.”


You guys did a lot of running behind T Anthony Davis in his first game back. Was it just confidence that you’ve had in him from years past or did you see something during the week of practice that made you feel confident that that would work running to his side despite him missing time?

“Yeah, I thought he had a pretty darn good game first game back and it just kind of worked out that way. But, there’s always a method. We feel good running either way.”


When did Frank clear his protocol last week?

“I believe it was on Friday, yeah.”

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Greg Roman: “Had a very productive morning today in meetings and looking forward to getting a bunch of work done today. Any questions?” Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:54:32 +0000 This is the transcript of Greg Roman’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ p.r. department.

Opening statement:

“Morning. Getting ready for a very good Seattle defense. I think these guys have gotten healthy the past couple weeks and are playing at a very impressive level. Very impressed at their Philly game and they certainly did a good job against us a couple weeks ago. I think we helped them out a little bit there, but can’t take away the production they put out there on the field. They’ve got a very cohesive unit here and it really starts across the board with this defense. If you look at their secondary, I think [CB Byron] Maxwell has really upped his game. [CB Richard] Sherman is doing what he does over there to our right. And then [S Kam] Chancellor and [S Earl] Thomas, very good football players. Very good football players. Linebackers [Bruce] Irvin, [Bobby] Wagner and [K.J.] Wright are doing a phenomenal job there as always, and their front, I think there was a lot of questions about their front this year. They lost [DE] Red [Bryant] and they lost 91 [DE Cassius Marsh]. Very good players. They got some guys in there doing a heck of a job. So, excited about the challenge and guys are working hard. Had a very productive morning today in meetings and looking forward to getting a bunch of work done today. Any questions?”


What do you have to build on for these final three games? What can you really sink your teeth into and what have you seen that gives you hope that you guys can start being more productive?

“Yeah, the last two games, the last game in particular, there were a lot of positive things that happened really at every position. There just weren’t enough of them and we know that. We can’t turn the ball over. We can’t have penalties, etcetera. These are things that I think we have a true grasp of. That really doesn’t fit what we’re trying to do. But, in and of the football itself, there were a lot of very positive things and there were some real improvement at certain positions throughout the game. I highlight our center Marcus Martin. Think he continues to improve every week. I thought our fullback Bruce Miller, who is getting to be a little bit of a gray beard in the sense that he’s got a lot of snaps and experience, played in a lot of big games. I thought he did some things better than he’s done up to this point. I thought there were some really good catches out there. There are a lot of positive things, but to your point, man, I’m excited. Last week didn’t go the way we certainly wanted it to, but last week, last month, last year, it’s in the past. We’re excited about this game and really focused more so on this week than, I know we’ve got three games in the regular season and anything can happen. You never know.”


You mentioned Marcus Martin. He went out of that game and he didn’t practice yesterday. Do you believe he will play?




“Hopeful, yeah. He’s very engaged in his preparation, as always, and we’ve just got to work with our medical staff on that and make the appropriate decision.”


G Joe Looney would be the guy if not?

“There’s a good chance of that. We’re working a couple guys at that spot.”


You also just mentioned Miller, who played in, I think, 16 percent of the offensive snaps. Why not have him more incorporated in the offense more than he has been some of these games?

“A lot of it comes down to not only the plan going in, but where you’re at in the game. We’ve been in some very limited possession games recently, where unfortunately we’ve been behind the 8-ball a little bit as the game goes on, so that’s going to limit Bruce Miller’s snaps. If you have a lead in the game, you’re probably going to have the fullback on the field, we will, late in the game pretty much every play. And when you’re in a two-score situation, then pretty much time becomes a factor and that eliminates his snaps. So, it’s which came first, the chicken or the egg.”


TE Vernon Davis said yesterday, ‘I’d like to be more of a playmaker, but that’s ultimately your call.’ Do you need to talk to him at all?

“Oh yeah. Vernon and I have a great relationship, starting from the day I walked in this building. We’ve had a very, very strong relationship. And sure we want him to get involved and there have been opportunities for that, but it’s just something we’ve got to work through. He’s done a tremendous job, though, of dealing with that fact, the certain circumstances and really, really applying himself. Like he’s blocked. He’s blocking right now as good as he’s ever done. What does that tell me about him as a professional? What does that tell me about him as a teammate? Man, it tells me everything I need to know because he’s had some really tough duty as far as blocking goes. Like there are some blocks that are easy, some blocks that we say, ‘You have the sombrero on this block.’ One guy usually has the toughest down and he has had a lot of those downs the past five, six games. And he’s blocked as good as he’s ever done. So, what does that tell you about Vernon Davis? It tells me everything I need to know.”


Are you talking about blocking defensive ends?

“Yeah, and the angles you’ve got to block them at. A lot of times, he’s been left with the toughest angle. He’s got to make up ground based on alignment, if that makes any sense. He’s had some really, really tough angles and that’s important stuff. That’s really important stuff when you get down to it.”


You don’t sense more frustration with Vernon than anybody else with the way things have gone in recent weeks? Maybe it’s just?

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of Vernon since the moment I met him. Just what a professional he’s grown into, and if anything, he’s really being a great leader with how he is handling positives and negatives that come along. So, like I said, he has spoken volumes to me with how he conducts himself.”


Without getting into the whole schemes of how you attack Richard Sherman, how do you, with what he’s done the last couple of meetings, how do you approach his side of the field and what’s made him who he is against you these last couple of meetings?

“Yeah, we’ve definitely helped out his stat sheet the past couple games, but he’s a very good corner. He’s one of the better corners you go against in the National Football League. I think they do a great job with how they use him and I think he does a great job doing his job. He’s physical. He’s long. He’s very smart. He understands what the offense is trying to get done. Week in, week out, he’s produced pretty darn well. So, I think you’ve got to be precise. You’ve got to be precise when you work anywhere against this Seattle defense. The scheme is very similar to what [former 49ers head coach] George [Seifert] used to run here with the Niners back in the day. George Seifert. They do a very nice job of taking their players and giving them a little freedom to do what they do well within that scheme. They might let one defensive lineman do this and somebody else comes in and plays the same position and he kind of does that and the DBs the same. So, it’s a pretty basic scheme, but it’s really played cohesively. And Rich on the right most of the time is a guy you’ve got to be extremely mindful of, but you’ve got to be mindful of the whole defense. They play that free safety, Thomas, a little bit [former NFL S] Ed Reed-ish in the sense that he’s got some freedom to watch the quarterback and straight-line it and come downhill on runs, etcetera. So, they do a very nice job to a man.”


When you say that Richard’s pretty smart and can sense out what the offense, do you have to just try to disguise things more than you usually would against any other corner?

“I just think it comes down to competing. You’re pretty much locked in to one or two coverages you’re going to get and you’ve got to be precise. Everybody involved has got to be precise.”


A couple of history questions here, did you ever have him as an offensive player?

“Yeah, a little bit. He played a little bit of offense. Yeah, he was a little bit of a two-way player there at Stanford.”


What kind of receiver was he?

“Pretty good. Pretty good. I remember one spring game he was on the other team and caught a big play against the team I was with. But, yeah he was good. He was a versatile guy.”


And then the other question is when you first got here was he flipping sides a little bit? I know the last couple years he’s only been on your right, his left. What makes him better fit on that side?

“You’d have to ask them.”


What do you think though? Why would a guy be a better fit on one side than the other?

“Well, when you get time invested on a side of the field, especially to the offensive right, you’d have to ask them specifically, but I know that some people will try to put the corner they feel best about to the offensive right and let him settle in there. But, he’ll matchup team to team. He’ll move around. He’ll go inside some. He’s done that against us in the past.”


And that’s because a right-handed quarterback is mostly looking to his right?

“Yeah, in a nutshell. But, I don’t know why they’re doing what they do. You’ll need to ask them.”


You said the word precise a couple of times. We saw Colin hit WR Anquan Boldin on that play against the Redskins. Just a really precise, perfect throw. But then against the Seahawks, he had the two picks. There seems to be some wavering in his precision. What’s behind that? Is it footwork? Is it him being rushed? What causes him to be really precise sometimes and not so other times?

“That’s a discussion really you could have about any player. In Colin’s case, I think he’s had a couple plays he’d like to have back. We all know that thankfully over the course of time, the majority of the time he’s playing at a really high level. If he has a couple plays or a couple at bats where he doesn’t get on base, you just got to get back, get back to fundamentals and precision. And it’s not just about the quarterback, guys. It’s about everybody on offense. It’s about everybody doing their job. It doesn’t work when people break down. And that goes for everybody.”


When you move indoors for practice, is there a to-do list? You probably can’t do everything that you would have done. What are sort of the priorities for you of what to get done?

“There’s definitely, it’s a little bit of a situational day for us, Thursday is. So, there are definitely some situations that we need to get covered and we’d probably just do it at a different tempo. There’ll be a lot of mental involved, there’ll be a lot of mental, a lot of communication. And when you play on the road there’s a lot of nonverbal or visual communication that needs to take place. So, there’ll be great opportunity there to practice those things.”


With the sound, with the noise there, are there ever any problems just you and head coach Jim Harbaugh communicating from booth to sideline?

“Not really. Every once in a while, but not really, no. I think we’ve played up there enough our guys are getting a little bit more adjusted every time we play.”


You said it’s about not just the quarterback. Your offensive line, I think in 2012 for example, the offensive line missed less than 100 snaps. You had pretty good continuity last year. Obviously that’s not the case this year. Guys have combined to miss 1,200 snaps. How big a deal is that and just fit in a different guy here and maybe a different guy there each week?

“Firstly, I did not say that. I said it takes all 11 guys. I did not specifically say the offensive line. But, to try to answer that question, how important is it? It’s pretty important. Those guys, cohesiveness on the offensive line is very important. And that’s something we’ve had to work through all season. That comes with the territory. It’s just something that the question was asked earlier as far as what are you looking forward to these last three games? Well, that’s one of those things that I’m looking forward to is seeing that cohesive play. We’ve definitely had that at times, but anytime you’re missing guys, a bunch of guys missed training camp and you’re trying to get them back into the flow and then they’re in and out, in and out, it gets a little disjointed. But, it’s definitely not ideal.”


It sounds like you could have your third different center there. When Marcus Martin came in, was he doing the same things as C Daniel Kilgore?

“Yes. Yeah, I think Marcus, gosh I don’t want to make this statement and I don’t want to jinx him either, not that I’m superstitious or anything, but I don’t know if he’s had a mental error.”


He’s making the same calls?

“Oh yeah, sure. He’s playing the center position just like everybody else, yeah.”


Colin yesterday said that he’s been thinking about how he deals with every part of his job including after frustrating moments and how he expresses himself. Do you notice him making those adjustments week to week? Even something like how he responds publicly when scrutinized?

“Yes I do. And I definitely think he’s trying to get better and be the best he can be really as a player, as a teammate, dealing with the media, understanding what you guys have to do. There are some common threads that define the quarterback position in this league. There’s a lot of responsibility on that player. And Colin, he’s outdueled a lot of great quarterbacks, right? Do I need to list it? Do I need to make that list? He’s had a great career in his short span that he has been a starter. And I think when you look at some weeks we’ve had this year and whatnot, it’s great opportunity for him to take another step forward professionally and just grow even more as a quarterback and as a leader. I think he’s definitely in tune to that. And it’s a very important part of playing that position. I think there is some real common threads that bind some of the elite quarterbacks in this league. I think he works very hard every day. I’m really proud of how he is working through it.”


A few of the guys have said it this week that when they look back at the NFC title game last year, they view it as one of the best games they’ve been a part of, including head coach Jim Harbaugh. When you look back at that game, do you think that and what stands out to you about it?

“Yeah, I mean it was a great football game if you were a fan. There were some things in that game that linger with me. But, it was definitely a knockdown, drag-out, all the chips on the table, everybody letting it rip, everybody letting it fly. I was really proud of how our guys, we put a very specific game plan together for that game, came up with some stuff really never seen before. Thought it would work and they made it work. It was one heck-of-a football game on both team’s parts. Very cleanly played for the most part. Just a credit to the two teams involved.”


What lingers with you?

“I really don’t want to get into that.”


Colin says that he throws that same pass again. In that situation today or yesterday, he would same call same play, if it were a little further you guys are going to the Super Bowl. Do you feel the same way?

“You could look at a bunch of plays from that game. The things that linger for me really happened earlier in the game quite frank. Opportunities lost, missed, etcetera. But, that’s a tough competitive game and it’s going to come down to a couple of plays and it’s not necessarily just the last play. It’s what happened in the first quarter, you know, it’s a lot of different plays you could go back and find. Alright, thanks have a great day.”

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