How time as father inspired 49ers' Tevin Coleman to help other parents


How time as father inspired 49ers' Tevin Coleman to help other parents

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tevin Coleman has his hands full.

When he's not toting the rock for the NFC's leading-rushing team, the 49ers running back usually has a firm grip on one or both of his 2-year-old twins, Nazaneen and Nezerah.

One infant can be a tall enough task for even the most experienced of parents. Two simultaneously for a first-timer, and they can use all the help they can get.

That's why Coleman is installing changing tables in San Francisco as part of Pampers' commitment to install 5,000 of them across North America by 2021. It's a cause Coleman was motivated to get involved in through his own experience as a father.

"I see so many dads struggle having somewhere to change their kids," Coleman said Tuesday after installing a changing table at the San Francisco Zoo. "I had a couple times where I had to change my kids in my trunk. It's real hard to do those things."

As you can imagine, Coleman's life has changed considerably since the arrival of his son and daughter.

"They're my kids," Coleman explained. "You look at the world differently. You look at everything differently when you have kids. It's just a joy coming home from work, and seeing them with their smiles on their faces is just an amazing feeling."

NFL players don't exactly have a ton of downtime. For every game played on Sunday, there's a week of practices, meetings, film study, treatment, lifting, etc. Add on 2-year-old twins to that load, and it would be understandable if it became overwhelming. Coleman insists that, yes, it's a demanding duality, but one he believes actually helps him on the field.

"It's definitely challenging," Coleman confirmed. "The things you have to do to be prepared for a game, the things you have to do at home to make sure that your kids are right and make sure your home is right ... it's definitely a challenge. But it keeps me on my toes. It keeps me focused and it definitely keeps me on the right track."

From the moment they were born, Coleman has set out to make his children proud. It didn't take him very long to do so, as he scored two touchdowns within their first 48 hours on the planet. It's a memory Coleman holds quite dearly.

"I feel amazing," Coleman said looking back on that performance. "I feel proud that I did an accomplishment for them. I had them Saturday, and I had to play the next day. It was real tough, but it was a battle I had to do, and I came up with the win and two touchdowns for them, so it was amazing."

Safe to say, that was one happy weekend in the Coleman household. Both Nazaneen and Nezerah have an official piece of memorabilia to commemorate it, as dad brought home the balls from each scoring play.

Coleman played for the Atlanta Falcons at the time. Now, he's in the first year of a two-year contract signed with the 49ers in the offseason. The one main element of consistency? The presence of Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan was Coleman's offensive coordinator for two seasons in Atlanta. Now with San Francisco, he's his head coach. The promotion hasn't changed Shanahan one bit, according to Coleman.

"He's definitely not different," he said of Shanahan. "He's the same guy. He's the same cool guy that I always knew in Atlanta, he's just in a different position. It's just great to have him back."

Since joining the 49ers, Coleman has appreciated what he views as San Francisco placing an organizational priority on maintaining an active role in family life. That directive comes straight from Shanahan.

"That's what Kyle Shanahan is about -- family," Coleman said. "He brings the guys so close together -- and their families -- it's really important to him. It is family.

"Coming from Atlanta to San Francisco, it's far. Without my family being here, it would be kind of hard for me to have success."

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Success. Coleman and the 49ers have experienced a lot of it so far, winning their first six games of the 2019 season. He was injured in the first game, but Coleman has returned for the last three and been San Francisco's leading rusher in each of the last two victories. The 49ers appear destined to end their postseason drought, but Coleman knows the job isn't even close to done yet.

"It's definitely hard to be 6-0, and it definitely takes hard work," Coleman said. "Kyle, he's just bringing the guys together and doing an amazing job as a coach and having the guys play for each other. I'm really looking forward to [the playoff push].

"Everybody is happy, everybody is doing great. But we still have to work. We still have to continue to fight and push to continue this streak."

Coleman has yet to fumble so far this season. Pretty impressive, considering how full his hands are.

Why Marquise Goodwin, 49ers parting ways this offseason makes sense

Why Marquise Goodwin, 49ers parting ways this offseason makes sense

Marquise Goodwin led the 49ers with a career-high 962 receiving yards in 2017. Since then, he has just 581 yards combined in two seasons.

The 29-year-old wide receiver is under contract for the next two seasons, but a change of scenery this offseason could benefit both him and the 49ers.

Through injuries and off-field adversity, Goodwin has played in just 20 regular-season games the last two years. He clearly has fallen down coach Kyle Shanahan's depth chart, and the 49ers parting ways with the seven-year NFL veteran this offseason would give him more time to chase a dream away from the gridiron.

"The Niners would save a little less than $4 million on the salary cap by parting ways with Goodwin, and it would also allow Goodwin, a world-class long jumper, to follow through on his intention to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo," ESPN's Nick Wagoner recently wrote.

Goodwin was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 10 after dealing with multiple knee and foot issues. Though his time with the 49ers might come to an end, Goodwin clearly still believes in himself.

The 49ers' receiving corps likely will be led by Deebo Samuel next season after he opened eyes as a rookie. Kendrick Bourne is expected back as a restricted free agent, and Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor are returning from injuries.

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The 49ers likely will target a receiver in the draft, as this year's class is loaded. They also could look at adding a veteran in free agency or bringing back Emmanuel Sanders, whom they acquired in a mid-season trade.

Goodwin is on the outside looking in after hauling in just 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown over nine games last season. Sometimes, change is best for both parties.

How 49ers can add more picks in 2020 NFL Draft, according to Peter King

How 49ers can add more picks in 2020 NFL Draft, according to Peter King

The 49ers own the No. 31 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they are extremely short on selections this year after that. 

San Francisco has just one pick in the top 150. After the first round, the 49ers won't be on the clock again until the fifth round. They own two fifth-round picks, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. 

Between the second and fifth rounds, it's completely barren for general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. But NBC Sports' Peter King looked at how San Francisco could accrue more selections this April

Here's what King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column. 

To project the Niners’ path, I looked north for a clue. The arch-rival Seahawks, with ever-restless GM John Schneider, provided an excellent example in 2019 of how to turn one first-round pick into a bevy of picks, replenishing what would have been a thin crop.

The trades:

Seattle traded its first-round pick, 21st overall, to Green Bay for the 30th, 114th and 118th picks.
Seattle traded the 30th pick to the Giants for the 37th, 132nd and 142nd picks.
Seattle traded the 37th pick to Carolina for the 47th and 77th picks. At 47, Seattle picked S Marquise Blair.
Seattle traded the 77th and 118th picks to New England for the 64th pick. At 64, Seattle selected WR DK Metcalf.
Seattle traded the 114th pick to Minnesota for the 120th and 204th picks.
Seattle picked WR Gary Jennings Jr. at 120, S Ugo Amadi at 132, LB Ben Burr-Kiven at 142, and RB Travis Homer at 204.

So Seattle turned pick 21 into picks 47, 64, 120, 132, 142 and 204 ... two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick and one sixth-round pick.

The 49ers lost their second-round pick when they acquired defensive end Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason. They then lost their third- and fourth-round picks when they acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in a midseason trade with the Denver Broncos.

But they added a fifth-round pick in the Sanders trade and a seventh-round pick from the Detroit Lions in a 2018 trade where they shipped away linebacker Eli Harold.

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The 49ers don't have too many holes on their roster after losing to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. However, depth is always a must, as they learned this season. With Jimmie Ward being an unrestricted free agent, the 49ers could target a safety early in the draft. They also likely will have their eyes on a loaded receiver class and depth on the interior offensive line. 

To add picks, though, they might have to take a lesson from their biggest rivals.