Pete Carroll 'absolutely' sees 49ers' Robert Saleh as NFL head coach

Pete Carroll 'absolutely' sees 49ers' Robert Saleh as NFL head coach

SANTA CLARA -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll has an easy time envisioning 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh soon taking the next step in his career.

After two seasons in which his job status was a constant question, Saleh has emerged this season as someone now viewed as a potential head-coaching candidate for 2020.

Carroll has sent such defensive coaches as Dan Quinn and Gus Bradley onto NFL head-coaching positions. Saleh worked with the Seahawks’ defensive staff from 2011 to ’13 before moving on to Jacksonville with Bradley. Saleh is in his third season on Kyle Shanahan’s staff with the 49ers.

Carroll said he "absolutely" can see Saleh becoming a head coach.

“He’s a very bright coach,” Carroll said of Saleh in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “He’s a really first-class individual. He’s got really good strength of character, and his leadership qualities are obviously on display now. There’s no doubt.

“We’ve had some really good guys over the years that are in those positions, and he’s certainly one of them.”

The 49ers meet the Seahawks on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers are 8-0, atop the NFC West, and riding the league’s No. 1-ranked defense under Saleh's direction into the prime-time matchup.

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Carroll said he does remember who recommended Saleh for a position as a quality control coach on his staff after Saleh spent six seasons with the Houston Texans. But it did not take long for Saleh to make an impression.

“We interviewed him and really liked him, and were fortunate to get him, and he worked his way up,” Carroll said. “There was no question that Robert was going to be a really good ball coach and be a leader of the defense and all of that from the start. He’s doing a fantastic job.”

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)