49ers' Emmanuel Sanders acknowledges coach Kyle Shanahan for hot start

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders acknowledges coach Kyle Shanahan for hot start

When wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders became a member of the 49ers, it was a relatively smooth transition. 

Sanders quickly had to study the offense, but having some Denver Broncos ties in the Bay Area made it easier -- it was just a matter of learning the terms. When it was time for Sanders to perform, he shined, and that was in large part due to his new head coach.

"Kyle Shanahan, from a play-calling standpoint, is definitely one of the best offensive-minded guys that I've been around," Sanders said on "The Adam Schefter Podcast". "... [Just] how he dials it up in terms of predicting the coverage and predicting what the defense is going to do to be able to get guys open. I've just gotta go out and do my job when the play is called, and I'm thankful that Jimmy [Garoppolo] trusts in me and Kyle trusts in me to go out and make those plays, even though it was my second game with that organization."

The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver received plenty of action the moment he stepped on the field for the 49ers. In his first two games with his new team, he tallied 11 receptions on 14 targets with 137 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

The 49ers remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. Sanders credits Shanahan for that as well with both how he runs the team and his communication.

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"First of all, I think they have a great head coach. Even from today, I enjoy watching and hearing him talk in front of the entire team and in terms of his message. His message is very direct. Even though we're sitting here 8-0, he's not gonna allow anything to happen in terms of us losing our focus and us losing our concentration.

"And not only that, he talks to us like grown men. He doesn't talk to us like kids. I love that aspect."

That's all Sanders could really ask for in a head coach. 

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks


Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

BRADENTON, Fla. – Marcell Harris on Sunday will be back where he ended his rookie season with the 49ers.

Harris will take over as the 49ers’ starter at strong safety with Jaquiski Tartt out for at least one game after sustaining cracked ribs in the team’s 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

Tartt and backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) have been ruled out for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Two of the 49ers’ seldom-used wide receivers, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, are listed as questionable, along with left tackle Joe Staley. Goodwin has knee and foot issues, according to the team, while Pettis has already missed one game with a knee injury.

Staley has missed three games after surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger. He is expected to play Sunday.

All other 49ers players, including Dee Ford and Richard Sherman, will be available for Sunday’s game.

Harris started the final five games of his rookie season after being a sixth-round draft pick from Florida in 2018. He did not earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster at the beginning of this season. Harris was promoted from the practice squad in October and has appeared in nine games this season.

“I’m real happy for Marcell,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on "49ers Game Plan," which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “He’s gone come a long way, in that he was a very good college player, tore his Achilles his senior year, which really hurt him. That’s why we were able to get him in the draft. It affected him his whole rookie year.

"He’s been able to string together about eight months where he has been healthy, and when you’re made of the right stuff, you have the talent and you can stay healthy, you usually just need the time.”

Harris took over for Tartt on Sunday and made one of the top plays in the game when he took the ball away from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on a running play to create a turnover.

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49ers injury report

S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)