Letdown? More like a beatdown in 49ers' loss


Letdown? More like a beatdown in 49ers' loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- After season-opening victories over NFC playoff teams from a year ago, the 49ers had risen to the top of some NFL power rankings.The Minnesota Vikings did not figure to offer much of a challenge on Sunday -- even in a location where the 49ers have not recorded a victory since 1992.But the Vikings thoroughly out-performed the 49ers, 24-13, on Sunday in every phase.
Is it possible the 49ers, who defeated the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the first two games, overlooked a team that went 3-13 last season and was coming off a loss to the Indianapolis Colts?"I thought we were ready to play," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said when asked if the team came out flat. "We didn't get the lead, if that's what you're referring to. That's obvious. But there are multiple things that always determine the outcome of a football game. And we had opportunities. We just didn't get it done."The Vikings seized control of the game after the 49ers won the toss and elected to defer. Minnesota received the kickoff and completed a 16-play, 82-yard touchdown drive. The Vikings never trailed.RELATED: Maiocco's Instant Replay: Vikings 24, 49ers 13
Some of Harbaugh's players believed the 49ers were flat in the 10 a.m. (PT) kickoff.
"We just came out a little flat, and weren't able to get a stop," 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said. "Hats off to them. They came out with a good game plan and moved the ball on us. We just need to tighten up."Said linebacker NaVorro Bowman, "They fed off the energy of the crowd. They took advantage of the home field. They just called the right plays at the right time, and made some plays for their team."You can't think that the game is just going to be given to you. Especially when you guys (media) are hyping us up, saying that we're that good. Everyone is trying to knock us off. You just to be prepared for it every single game."Safety Donte Whitner said he felt as if the team was prepared to play Sunday, but he admitted the 49ers did not match the energy level of the Vikings."I would say our energy level is where it normally is, but I wouldn't say that we weren't ready," Whitner said. "We were prepared. We prepared like crazy all week. We're going to continue to prepare like that. We just have to take that and put it on the football field."We were ready. The coaching staff had us prepared. Now, we just have to go out there and when we get to Ohio, make sure we're ready to practice, change our mistakes and come out and play 49er football. We'll be all right."The 49ers will practice this week in Youngstown, Ohio, and travel just one time zone for next Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
"They did come out with a different attitude," 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said of the Vikings. "They came out to play. They came out to win. You know they got the 'W.' All we can do at the moment is just respect that, the fact that they won, and get back into the office and get better."RELATED: Injury Report: Willis, Sopoaga fine
The 49ers, as one of the top teams in the league, might have a target on their backs, but quarterback Alex Smith said he does not feel as if the opposition is better-prepared to face the 49ers now."There are only 16 games in a season, so every game is huge," Smith said. "Yeah, maybe it's a bigger challenge when a so-called 'good team' comes in. But every game is a challenge."The Vikings had a strong plan of attack to face the 49ers. But former 49ers head coach and current Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary said he did not take a more active role in game-planning against his former team."No more insight than any other team," Singletary said. "I think there's so much information floating around, anybody can get the information they need."I think more than anything else, I was just very, very pleased to see our guys respond to the challenge of playing San Francisco. They are playing very well right now. We are coming off a loss last week, and we bounced back and really showed a lot of character and I'm very excited about that."The Vikings stood toe-to-toe and took down a team considered one of the top teams in the NFL. Justin Smith, for one, said he was not surprised that the Vikings posed such a challenge."It's the NFL," he said. "You can't just walk out there and expect to win and for them not to run the ball or throw the ball on you. You have to be on top of your game and make sure you have no mental errors across the board. We just didn't get that done today."

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts


Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.