Harbaugh: Smith an expert in 49ers offense


Harbaugh: Smith an expert in 49ers offense

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith did not exactly see eye-to-eye on Thursday.But don't expect their relationship to be strained over it. The men disagreed after Harbaugh complimented Smith's grasp of the 49ers' offense.
"He's an expert in this offense," Harbaugh said.When asked if he agreed with Harbaugh's assessment of his level of expertise, Smith responded, "No, no, no. Not at all. A lot to learn."Harbaugh said he can't pinpoint exactly when Smith got to the exalted "expert" category in the offense. But all he knows is that Smith has arrived on the Expert Express.
"He is now," Harbaugh said, "and by the time we get here next year, he'll probably be well past me."He's very smart. He already has great ideas. He already is very creative. He already is knowledgeable in how to use everything in the system. . . He's way ahead of the curve. I think after a year, you really know it. It takes about two years in the system to be a real expert at it. He's cut that in half."The 49ers' offense made noticeable strides this week in practices, especially with Smith at quarterback. Smith was impressive again on Thursday with very few of his passes hitting the ground. He was accurate with passes of varying depths.
"If we are taking shots, it's our guys or nobody," Smith said. "And I think better decision-making as a group in the quarterback room this week in general. Even today, not many balls hit the ground. When they did, they were good shots and not being careless with the football." Running back Frank Gore, receiver Mario Manningham and defensive lineman Justin Smith, each of whom was held out of the 49ers' exhibition opener, will play Saturday against the Houston Texans, Harbaugh said.Among the players not expected to play are outside linebackers Aldon Smith (right hip) and Ahmad Brooks (left knee), cornerback Perrish Cox (leg) and tight end Delanie Walker (right knee).

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."