49ers name Tom Gamble assistant general manager


49ers name Tom Gamble assistant general manager

Tom Gamble, who played a pivotal role in the 49ers’ hiring of coach Chip Kelly, was promoted to assistant general manager on Monday, the club announced.

“Tom is an accomplished talent evaluator who grew up around the game of football,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Having spent the last 28 years of his life in the NFL, his wealth of experience has been invaluable to our organization for almost a decade. Tom is a hard-working professional and more importantly a good man. We are excited he will continue to play an integral role in the development of our team.”

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Gamble served as 49ers director of player personnel in 2011 to 2012. From 2005 to ’10, he worked under then-general manager Scot McCloughan as the 49ers’ director of pro personnel.

In 2013, he left the 49ers to serve as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel. Gamble was known to be one of Kelly’s few allies with the Eagles. He was fired late in 2014, seemingly widening the chasm Kelly experienced with the Eagles and the organization’s top football executive Howie Roseman.

In January 2015, after spending extensive time scouting with Baalke at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Gamble was re-hired by the 49ers as “senior personnel executive.”

Gamble enters his 29th NFL season, including his 10th with the 49ers. He also worked under Bill Polian with the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 through the 2005 draft.

During his NFL career, Gamble has helped with the building of 12 playoff teams.

Robbie Gould, Mr. Consistency, faces uncertain future with 49ers


Robbie Gould, Mr. Consistency, faces uncertain future with 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Kicker Robbie Gould has been nearly automatic since he signed with the 49ers on the first day of free agency in 2017.

The only thing about his time with the 49ers that seems a bit uncertain is whether he will be back in 2019.

“Obviously, my deal’s up at the end of the year,” said Gould, 36, on The 49ers Insider Podcast. “I’m not really thinking about it. I’m not really worried about it. I’m just worried about playing football. My family is not living out there with me right now, so I have a countdown for when I can go home and kiss my three boys and my wife.”

Five weeks ago, Gould’s wife, Lauren, gave birth to the couple’s third child. The 49ers’ kicker was able to make two trips back to Chicago to spend time with his family. Because he was beginning the second year of a two-year contract he signed with the 49ers, the decision was made for Gould to live in a hotel close to 49ers headquarters while the rest of the family remained in their permanent home.

“My wife and I decided this year because my deal is up at the end of this year that we wanted them to have normalcy,” Gould said.

“At the end of the day, I just have to make kicks and do my job.”

Gould is certainly doing his job while also living up to a high standard off the field. He is the 49ers’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He routintely spends time volunteering in the community every Tuesday on his day off -- an aspect of his time with the 49ers that he said has produced lasting memories.

He has been equally consistent on the field.

Beginning last season and stretching into this year, Gould set the 49ers’ record for most consecutive field goals with 33. He has risen to No. 2 all-time in NFL history field-goal accuracy at 87.62 percent. Baltimore's Justin Tucker leads at 90.55 percent.

“That’s the highest I’ve ever been,” Gould said. “I’m not really excited for myself, because I want to be No. 1. But the guys I’m excited for are the (offensive) and (defensive) lines, the snapper, Bradley Pinion holding.

“I’m happy for them because they put so much time and effort into it and really take ownership in it. I’m the last piece of the puzzle. Those guys make my job a lot easier.”

In his two seasons since coming to the 49ers, Gould has made 68 of 71 field-goal attempts (95.8 percent). His 36-yard field goal in overtime Sunday helped the 49ers snap a 10-game head-to-head losing streak against the Seattle Seahawks.

On Sunday, Gould will kick against the Chicago Bears, the team for which he played his first 11 NFL seasons. Last year, Gould accounted for all the scoring in the 49ers’ 15-14 victory over his former team at Soldier Field. His 24-yard field goal with :04 remaining sealed the emotional victory.

That game was the first of a season-ending five-game win streak for the 49ers. Again, the 49ers are playing their best football at the end of the season with back-to-back victories over Denver and Seattle.

“It’s been a really, really awesome two years here,” Gould said. “Obviously, the records haven’t been what people might think they’d be. But as an older player, you can understand what they’re building. You can understand what it looks like, just because you’ve seen all types of situations in the last 14 years.

“I think these young guys getting playing time is something that we need for next year because if we didn’t have it this year, and it just so happens to start next year, some of those mistakes that could be made ... can cost you a football game.”

49ers rookie Tarvarius Moore shows Kyle Shanahan he's 'not scared'


49ers rookie Tarvarius Moore shows Kyle Shanahan he's 'not scared'

SANTA CLARA — 49ers rookie cornerback Tarvarius Moore was thrust into action after Ahkello Witherspoon was injured midway through the first quarter against the Seahawks, and now it looks like he will start the remaining two games of the season. 

After Sunday's game, coach Kyle Shanahan discussed having his hand forced due to Witherspoon's knee injury. 

“Didn’t want [Moore] to get his opportunity because of injury,” Shanahan said, “but he’s been playing tough all year. It was good to just throw him out there and see how he did. I thought he raised up to the challenge very well.

“He played aggressive in his man coverage. He’s not scared to tackle at all. Got beat a couple times, which corners do and he didn’t shy away. He’s not scared to be out there. He competes and I was happy with him out there.”

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman explained what impressed him the most about Moore's performance.

“Tarvarius Moore came out there, was ready for his moment,” Sherman said. “I think sometimes you run into situations where a young guy gets thrown out there and he hasn’t played substantially throughout any part of a season. 

“For Spoon to get hurt and for him to go out there, he’s only practiced left corner, and to go out at right corner and be ready for his moment and step up and make those plays for us, I can’t say enough about the job he did.”

After watching film, Shanahan spoke about how Moore bounced back from a few missed assignments. 

“Yeah, I was excited to see him play,” Shanahan said. “I know they challenged him a number of times and he missed some plays, but I liked how he rebounded throughout the game. Similar to what I was trying to describe with [Dante] Pettis versus Tampa where Tampa was the first time we kind of left him out there just let him play through things. 

“That was the situation with Tarvarius yesterday. Stuff that he struggled on earlier, I thought he did better in the fourth quarter. He plays physical. He doesn’t mind hitting. He showed that on special teams. He carried it over to the defense and looks like he had fun out there. Looked like it wasn’t too big for him. He challenged guys at the line.

Shanahan also pointed out that Moore played a key role in Richie James Jr.’s 97-yard kick return for a touchdown. 

“He made a huge block too, on special teams, on Richie’s kick return too, which sprung him loose,” Shanahan said.

Moore finished the day with five solo tackles, two assists and two pass break ups. He could end the season as Witherspoon did in his own rookie season, with his stock on the rise.