Shift or snap simulation? Harbaugh wants to know


Shift or snap simulation? Harbaugh wants to know

LANDOVER, Md. -- Legal shift or illegal simulation of a snap? Coach Jim Harbaugh is eager to learn the difference from the NFL.Tight end Justin Peelle was called for a false start prior to a fourth-and-1 snap in the second quarter. Peelle was on the end of the line and was allowed to shift off the line of scrimmage. But referee Gene Steratore and his crew deemed Peelle's movement illegal."We went through a legal shift and they called us for simulating a snap," Harbaugh said after the 49ers' 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. "(I) still want to get that explained to me why that was different than any other shift in any part of the game."

The 49ers were called for a similar penalty three weeks ago against the Detroit Lions. Harbaugh said he received three different explanations throughout the course of that game from referee Mike Carey.After the penalty Sunday, the 49ers ended up sending their field-goal unit onto the field. Kicker David Akers made a 34-yard field goal to give the 49ers a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.Harbaugh was also displeased with Steratore's "mechanics" during a sequence on the 49ers' first drive. Alex Boone and Isaac Sopoaga were inserted into the game for a short-yardage situation but they could not get Steratore's attention to report as eligible receivers.With the play clock ticking down, Harbaugh said he tried to call a timeout. Again, his plea was not heard, he said. The 49ers were called for delay of game."That's a big occurrence in the game when you go from third and 1 to third and 6," Harbaugh said.The 49ers did not convert the first down, and the game remained scoreless into the second quarter.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”