49ers, NFLPA chief want the regular refs back


49ers, NFLPA chief want the regular refs back

SANTA CLARA -- An officiating crew comprised mostly of individuals who worked games no higher than the NCAA Division II level might have given 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a headache Saturday night.On Monday, Harbaugh was ready to turn the page."What seems like a big deal Saturday night, here Monday is not a big deal," Harbaugh said. "We're concentrating on Monday and what we can get out of this day. Making this practice and these meetings the best possible that we can have, and have had, in our training camp, with so much to do."RELATED: 49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Houston
Several obvious calls were blown by the replacement officials hired to fill in for the regular officials, whom the NFL has locked out. Several players in the 49ers' locker room spoke privately in less-than-flattering terms about the officiating in the team's 20-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday.
There was a no-call of an apparent pass-interference infraction when 49ers receiver Mario Manningham was grabbed while quarterback Alex Smith was throwing. And a holding penalty on 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis appeared on replay to be textbook run block.Throughout the game, Harbaugh loudly complained on the sideline about the play clock and and several judgment calls. The clock ran out in first half was allowed to expire despite a defensive penalty with :12 remaining.After the game, Harbaugh said he could not comment on the officiating before finally commenting:"Some crazy, wild calls. Were they accurate? Weren't they? We'll see. I have a headache (from yelling), though. I have a darned headache. A lot them (calls) didn't seem like they were in the ballpark."RELATED: 49ers offensive player-by-player review vs. Houston
An NFL spokesman on Monday declined comment on the subject.While the enforcement of the rules is one thing, DeMaurice Smith, executive director of Players Association, said he has made it clear to the NFL that he views the issue in serious terms."There are two teams on the field competing," said Smith, who visited the 49ers' facility Monday. "They (the officials) are the only people on the field with an eye toward health and safety while the game is progressing."We shouldn't be at the point where we've made great strides in health and safety and then take a step back by pulling the best people off the field."Smith said he views NFL game officials as "first responders." He said the situation will become more significant as the season progresses.REWIND: Harbaugh Q&A: 'Some crazy, wild calls'
"You have guys trained at the speed of this game," Smith said. "The people who understand and are trained about the speed of this game are locked out."

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”