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Harbaugh provides no answers for 49ers' blowout loss

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Harbaugh provides no answers for 49ers' blowout loss

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh was not in much of a mood to answer questions Monday, one day after the 49ers had no answers for the surging Seattle Seahawks.

Harbaugh said the 49ers were not caught off-guard by the Seahawks in a 42-13 loss in which the team fell flat just a week after one of its more impressive victories of the season. And that comment, in itself, deserved an explanation that Harbaugh was not willing to provide.

"Like we said last night, we didn't do enough good things," Harbaugh said. "There's only one thing you can do after a battle, win or lose, and that's re-organize, re-fit and re-group. And that's what we'll do.

"We're going to move forward," Harbaugh said. "No explanations, no excuses necessary."

The 49ers' worst defeat of Harbaugh's tenure as 49ers head coach did not change how he views his own team, he said.

"I feel our team's leadership, I feel our team's intellect of the staff, talent of the players, the work ethic of the players will pave the way," Harbaugh said.

But the road became a lot more difficult, as the 49ers head into the week of the regular season as the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. The 49ers (10-4-1) need a victory at Candlestick Park over the Arizona Cardinals and a Green Bay (11-4) loss at Minnesota to earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The only way the Seahawks (10-5) can win the NFC West is with a victory over St. Louis, coupled with a 49ers loss.

The 49ers have plenty of injury concerns as they head into the final game of the regular season.

Defensive tackle Justin Smith has an unspecified injury to his left elbow that has kept him out of action. The 49ers' defense has allowed 66 points in the six quarters without Smith.

"He's got an issue that he's working through," Harbaugh said. "(Smith) he has not undergone a procedure. . . (He's) working through some things to get strength back and he hasn't quite reached it to get into the game, yet."

When asked if Smith will require surgery after the season, Harbaugh said, "We'll see."

In addition, defensive tackle Will Tukuafu sustained a back injury in the third quarter Sunday night and did not return. He was seen Monday at the 49ers' facility with a brace on his neck.

Receiver Mario Manningham is feared to be out for the remainder of the season. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI examination Monday on his left knee.

Tight end Vernon Davis sustained what he told Harbaugh on Sunday was a mild concussion. Davis will have a chance to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

In other notes:

--Harbaugh had very little to say about Seattle coach Pete Carroll's comment that the 49ers are "one of the slowest teams" as far as getting to the line of scrimmage and snapping the football.

"There were a few instances where we were slow," said Harbaugh, who added that the team does not want to continually run the play clock to the last seconds before snapping the ball.

--Harbaugh, who turned 49 on Sunday, denied an incident from earlier this season that Seattle safety Earl Thomas recounted to Mike Silver of Yahoo!Sports. Thomas said Harbaugh mocked the Seahawks with a sarcastic salute as he drove past the Seahawks' team bus on Oct. 18, following the 49ers' 13-6 victory at Candlestick Park.

"Happy Birthday -- that's what you get," Thomas said. "Yeah, he (honked at us). It seems like he tries to be a professional in front of the camera, but he does his antics, like that, when the cameras aren't around. He's just a big kid. We don't worry about that stuff. We just play the game. The best team won, and it was convincing."

When asked about the incident, Harbaugh said, "That did not occur. That was a fabrication. . . I can't remember time when I've left and the other team has still been there this entire season."

An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

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An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

If the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are unable to reach a multi-year contract extension by March 6, the 49ers have no other choice but to designate him as their franchise player.

The estimated one-year salary for the franchise tag would be $23.307 million, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, whose work now appears at CBS Sports. (That is assuming a 2018 league-wide salary cap of $178.1 million per team.)

There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term contract. Corry said if a deal is struck, he would expect it to be in the neighborhood of Derek Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason.

“And then there’s the other dynamic, which I would not undersell or I think may not be appreciated as much as it should be,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “(Garoppolo’s agent) Don Yee has a reputation – no fault of his own – of doing team-friendly deals.”

Yee also represents New England quarterback Tom Brady, whose average of $20.5 million annual pay ranks 15th among NFL quarterbacks. Brady is underpaid by design, Corry said, because one of the great quarterbacks of all-time realizes it helps the Patriots to maintain a strong supporting cast.

“That’s because Tom Brady dictates, ‘I want to do something good for the team, take less money so we can improve the roster to win Super Bowls.’ That’s not Don Yee who wants to do that,” Corry said.

“The agent works for the player, so he’s executing Tom Brady’s wishes. But he gets that held against him in recruiting. So this is his opportunity to erase that perception if Garoppolo allows him to do his job and gives him latitude to strike the deal that he feels is appropriate.”

For more on the potential negotiating strategies of both sides, listen here to the 49ers Insider Podcast.

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

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49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

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Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

2017 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Offense
QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

Defense
DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals