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DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

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DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Haley were not among the six inductees into the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame class.Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf make up the 2012 inductees.The newly-elected class, announced on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Canton, Ohio.

DeBartolo oversaw the 49ers as owner from 1977 until he stepped away in December 1997 when he became a target of gambling fraud charges in Louisiana. This was the first time he had advanced to the stage of "finalist" for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The 49ers had several rough seasons after DeBartolo took over as owner of the 49ers in 1977. He made four coaching changes in his first three seasons.The 49ers were 2-14 in back-to-back seasons in 1978 and '79, the first year Walsh was in charge. DeBartolo stuck with Walsh and saw the team improve to 6-10 in 1980 before bringing home the 49ers' first Super Bowl title in 1981.Under DeBartolo's driven leadership, the 49ers won 10 or more games in each of his final 16 non-strike seasons. The 49ers won 13 NFC West titles and made failed to make the playoffs only twice during that time.The 49ers' final two Super Bowls came with George Seifert as head coach, following Walsh's resignation after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII over the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16, on Montana's last-minute touchdown pass to John Taylor.Haley holds the record with five Super Bowl titles as a player. He was a key member of two 49ers Super Bowl teams at the ends of the 1988 and '89 seasons. After he was traded to the Cowboys, he won three more championships with Dallas.
Haley held the 49ers' rookie sack record of 12 after entering the league as a fourth-round draft pick from James Madison in 1986 until Aldon Smith broke the record with 14 this season.He ranks second in 49ers history with 66.5 sacks in seven seasons. Haley was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time first-team All-Pro.After playing five seasons with the Cowboys and being out of the game for two full regular seasons, Haley returned to the 49ers for the playoffs in 1998. He played all 16 games for the 49ers in 1999 before exiting the NFL.
Doleman, who is one of the six inductees, played for the 49ers from 1996-1998. He racked up 150.5 career sacks in 15 seasons. He recorded 10 or more sacks in a season eight times, including all three years in San Francisco.

Reuben Foster ready for leadership role with 49ers

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Reuben Foster ready for leadership role with 49ers

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ pass coverage from their linebackers has been a disaster this season.

But help is on the way, as rookie Reuben Foster is expected to return to action Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after sustaining a high right ankle sprain just 11 plays into the season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 10.

“He’s been battling to get back,” 49ers Kyle Shanahan said on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Bay Area.

“He’s been hitting the rehab hard. We’ve had him out here for two weeks of practice, and I think he had his best week of practice. This week was much better than last week. I’m excited to get him out there.”

Last week, the 49ers cut veteran NaVorro Bowman, leaving Ray-Ray Armstrong and Brock Coyle as the starting inside linebackers. They were overmatched in the 49ers' 26-24 loss at Washington.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins looked no further than his running backs in the passing game, as Chris Thompson caught four passes for 105 yards and Samaje Perine had three receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.

The 49ers expect Foster to provide an immediate upgrade with no expectations of perfection.

“It’s going to be his first time playing in a while,” Shanahan said. “I know there are going to be some bumps in the road. But I think he’ll have a big impact on our defense and our team overall.”

Foster will take over at Bowman’s middle linebacker position and be responsible for communicating the play calls and adjustments to the rest of the defense. Shanahan said Foster is ready to handle the important role.

“That’s the one thing that’s been the most impressive about him,” Shanahan said. “Everyone can see stuff on tape that’s impressive. But we didn’t know how much command he’d have until he got here. And from the first day of OTAs through training camp -- even walk-throughs when he was hurt -- when he gets in there, he speaks that language. He takes control and people listen to him.”

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

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Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”