Waiting over at Stanford, now Harbaugh can act

Waiting over at Stanford, now Harbaugh can act

Jan. 13, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comCoach Jim Harbaugh has yet to make any official hires to his 49ers coaching staff, but that could change in a hurry.NEWS: Stanford names Shaw head coach
David Shaw, who served as Harbaugh's offensive coordinator at Stanford, has been named Stanford head coach, the university announced Thursday morning.With that part of the equation settled, Harbaugh can proceed in finalizing plans for his own staff. Harbaugh targeted Vic Fangio to be his defensive coordinator, Comcast SportsNet reported this week. Fangio was a candidate for the Stanford head-coaching job.

Also, Greg Roman, 38, is a strong candidate to join the 49ers' staff, possibly as offensive coordinator.Update at 10:43 A.M.: CSN's Scott Reiss is reporting Greg Roman and Vic Fangio will not return to Stanford.
Roman spent two seasons with Harbaugh at Stanford. He was the team's assistant head coach, and held responsibilities with the tight ends and offensive tackles. He was also "assistant head coach of the offense." Roman also interviewed for the Stanford head-coaching job.Roman spent 13 NFL seasons with the Panthers, Texans and Ravens in a variety of roles. He coached tight ends (2002-03) and quarterbacks (2004-05) with the Texans, and was offensive line assistant with the Ravens in 2006-07 before joining Harbaugh at Stanford in 2009.MORE 49ERS THURSDAY NEWS: Sources -- Clements won't return under current deal
Harbaugh figures to take a hands-on approach to the 49ers' offense. When asked about his play-calling plans, Harbaugh was vague. He told CSN he planned to call some of the plays.Special-teams coach Brian Polian, who also interviewed at Stanford to replace Harbaugh, could also be considered for a spot on the 49ers' staff. Polian's father is Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian.Stanford assistant Tim Drevno is also a possibility to join the 49ers' staff as tight ends coach. He met with Harbaugh about a position on the staff this week, CSN reported.Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt could be joining the Harbaugh's staff, too, according to a radio report out of Florida. The Sacramento Bee reported Leavitt is being considered for the job of 49ers' linebackers coach.

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.”