Scott Frost: Chip Kelly and Colin Kaepernick a good match

Scott Frost: Chip Kelly and Colin Kaepernick a good match

ORLANDO, Fla. – Chip Kelly’s former offensive coordinator at Oregon said Thursday that all Kelly needs is a little time with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to turn things around.

Scott Frost, the University of Central Florida head coach, has watched the 49ers practice this week during the team’s stopover before heading north to face the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“I’ve always admired Colin Kaepernick for the athlete that he is and the quarterback that he is,” Frost said. “I think last week they came close to winning a tough game, but looking at the numbers he put up and his ability to run and throw the ball, I think it’s a good match for what coach Kelly’s offense asks for.

“I have no doubt, with some time, Chip will get those guys going.”

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The 49ers (1-10) are on a franchise-worst 10-game losing streak, but the team’s offense has shown signs of life in recent weeks. After averaging 290 yards of total offense over the first seven games, the 49ers have averaged 385.3 yards the past four games. On Sunday in the 49ers' 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick rushed for 113 yards and threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns.

“The basis of what he’s doing is the same as what we’re doing,” Frost said. “He’s evolved. We’ve evolved. Oregon’s evolved. Football keeps evolving. So you got to try to stay ahead of the curve. There’s still a lot of similarities, but Chip’s a smart guy. I think he’s doing a great job and has done a great job in the NFL continuing to evolve this system we both know to make it work at that level.”

Frost said Kelly deserves special mention as a person who changed the face of college football during his time with Oregon.

“As far as I’m concerned, when you watch college football right now, it looks like everybody went to Chip Kelly’s school of offense,” Frost said. “When we were doing that at Oregon in ’09 and even before that in ’07, ’08, there wasn’t anybody else in the country running what the majority of the country is running now. So I don’t think Chip gets enough credit for revolutionizing offensive football in college football.”

Frost and Kelly have both been speculated as candidates for the Oregon head-coaching job after the firing of Mark Helfrich. Like Kelly a day earlier, Frost on Thursday denied interest in the opening.

“I’m not a candidate for Oregon,” Frost said. “I’m happy right here. This is where I want to be. I started something here. I feel like we’ve taken a lot of steps to get this program to the top of this league and I want to see that through here. I’m really happy here, and I have no intention of leaving any time soon.”

Frost took over a UCF program that went 0-12 in 2015. In Frost’s first season, the Knights went 6-6 and are preparing for a bowl game.

“A lot of coaches are in a hurry to take the next step,” Frost said. “I think you get yourself in trouble when you take a step before you’re ready or before the time’s right. I’m committed to making this place a really good football program and a football program that can win and win consistently in our league. I’m not even planning on looking for a job until we get to that point.”

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”