Killion: Dreary outlook for Harbaugh, 49ers


Killion: Dreary outlook for Harbaugh, 49ers

Ann Killion
The 49ers handed out rosters on their first day of training camp.

Tried to make a ham sandwich with mine. Thought it was a piece of Swiss.Yes, there are a lot of holes in the 49ers roster. Not little holes, but big gaping ones at key positions. Positions that successful NFL teams generally need.Like:A starting center. Eric Heitman was released on Thursday. David Baas agreed to terms with the Giants.A top-line wide receiver. Michael Crabtrees recurrent foot injury will keep him out of action for four to six weeks. In other words, Crabtree will miss another training camp.A settled secondary. The 49ers released Nate Clements for cap space, failed to land Nnamdi Asomugha who signed with the Eagles and may be in a bidding war for Dashon Goldsons services.A starting running back. Frank Gore didnt report to camp, looking for a contract extension, and no one knows when hell be in.An upgrade at veteran quarterback. Alex Smith was signed for a seventh year while more intriguing prospects like Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb went elsewhere.MAIOCCO: Harbaugh misses three key 49ers at campThey also lost a locker room leader in Takeo Spikes. But, hey, they replaced replaced Joe Nedney at kicker.The storyline from Friday was supposed to be all about the launching of the new and improved Jim Harbaugh era. Harbaugh was the big fish the 49ers landed in the offseason and to make no mistake - he was an important one.Hes the first offensive-minded coach the 49ers have had in seven seasons. He was the most coveted coach on the open market back in January. He brings a new enthusiasm and vigor to the 49ers. But instead of a happy storyline about Harbaughs debut, the news coming out of the 49ers this week was increasingly dismal.And while its true that the 49ers recent coaches have been disasters, the organization needs more than just a new coach. They need upgrades in personnel. So it was troubling to hear owner Jed York say in a conference call this week that the 49ers efforts would be focused on resigning their own free agents and that he thought the team was close to competing for the playoffs.On Friday afternoon, when the free agent period officially opened and the NFL Network was blaring Free Agent Frenzy, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was standing on the field watching practice. Any visions 49ers fans might have had of Baalke huddled in his office simultaneously working two land lines, a Blackberry and an iPhone to get help for the 49ers were incorrect. Baalke watched the entire practice, chatted with Harbaugh for a while after it was over and strolled off the field.RELATED: 49ers camp report: Harbaugh runs the show
Despite the apparent inactivity while the rest of the league is consumed with musical players, Harbaugh insists there is a plan.I do, Ive been involved in it and Trent Baalke and I are talking every day, on it and executing that plan and I think smartly, he said. I feel good about it and time and results will judge if we were correct in our thinking.He added, when asked if patience was part of his plan, that three quarters of the teams in the National Football League are taking that approach right now. It doesnt feel like that, with bidding wars breaking out all over. The Eagles and Patriots got a lot better. Other NFC teams the Falcons, the Bears, the Saints all have made moves. More relevant to the 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals just improved with the acquisition of Kolb. The 49ers arent just standing pat; they seem to be leaking players. And if you were to rank the teams in the weak NFC West right now, youd probably put the 49ers at the bottom.Before the lockout the storyline that was penciled in for July 29, the opening day of training camp, was the exciting debut of Harbaugh. The actual story on Friday was quite a bit drearier.

49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense


49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

Veteran safety Eric Reid returned from a knee injury that kept him out three games to discover he lost his starting job.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has continued to serve as an every-down player for the 49ers’ defense. On Sunday, Reid played 48 snaps (64 percent) as the 49ers employed six defensive backs against the Dallas Cowboys three-receiver sets.

The 49ers had to adjust their sub package after nickel back K’Waun Williams sustained a hip injury. Rookie Adrian Colbert entered the game at safety with Jimmie Ward taking over Williams’ role. Colbert played 29 snaps.

Newly signed defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel saw a lot of action in their 49ers debuts. Douzable played the third-most of any defensive lineman (behind Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner), seeing action on 47 of the team’s 75 snaps. McDaniel played 25 snaps.

On offense, the 49ers appear to be making a point to go with younger players. Rookie Cole Hikutini played 21 snaps, taking over as the No. 2 tight end over Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, another undrafted rookie, played a season-high 23 snaps. On fourth-and-4 from the Dallas 28 early in the third quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it instead of kicking a 46-yard field goal. Bourne was the intended target. But he stumbled after a spin move from the slot, and C.J. Beathard’s pass was incomplete.

“As I was throwing the ball he tripped,” Beathard said. “If he hadn’t tripped on a DB’s feet or whatever happened there, it would’ve been a big play.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

(66 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 66
Running back – Carlos Hyde 51, Matt Breida 15
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 46, Trent Taylor 46, Marquise Goodwin 39, Aldrick Robinson 30, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 31, Cole Hikutini 21, Garrett Celek 18, Logan Paulsen 11
Offensive line – Joe Staley 66, Daniel Kilgore 66, Laken Tomlinson 66, Brandon Fusco 52, Trent Brown 45, Garry Gilliam 20, Zane Beadles 14

(75 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 61, DeForest Buckner 50, Leger Douzable 47, Earl Mitchell 38, Xavier Cooper 26, D.J. Jones 25, Tony McDaniel 25, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 53, Eli Harold 31, Ray-Ray Armstrong 27, Brock Coyle 22, Dekoda Watson 9
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 63, Rashard Robinson 51, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, K’Waun Williams 20
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 75, Jimmie Ward 75, Eric Reid 48, Adrian Colbert 29

(24 plays)
Elijah Lee 21, Coyle 21, Raheem Mostert 16, Celek 15, Colbert 16, Witherspoon 15, Breida 14, Harold 12, Hikutini 12, Armstrong 10, Tartt 10, Bradley Pinion 9, Jones 8, R.Robinson 8, Ward 8, Johnson 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Paulsen 6, Reid 5, Mitchell 5, Douzable 4, A.Robinson 3, Taylor 3, Robbie Gould 2, Foster 2, Staley 2, Kilgore 2, Gilliam 2, Beadles 2, Tomlinson 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1, Dumervil 1, Watson 1, Williams 1

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Victor Bolden
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OL Erik Magnuson

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent


Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
In the meantime, there is beer.