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NFL.com reports the 49ers blocked DBs coach Ed Donatell from interviewing for the Saints' defensive-coordinator vacancy.
Teams can block assistants from interviewing for jobs below head coach. It's the second year in a row the 49ers have prevented Donatell from seeking a coordinator job, as the Bucs expressed interest last February. It suggests coach Jim Harbaugh views Donatell as DC Vic Fangio's heir apparent. Fangio is considered a future head coach in many circles. Wed, Feb 6, 2013 02:25:00 PM

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The 49ers have reportedly blocked DBs coach Ed Donatell from interviewing for the Bucs' defensive coordinator vacancy.

It's something new Bucs coach Greg Schiano is getting used to, as he was blocked from interviewing two offensive coordinator candidates before settling on Giants QBs coach Mike Sullivan. The Broncos DBs coach in 2009-10 before joining the Niners last season, Donatell also has seven years of NFL coordinating experience.
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 09:45:00 AM

The Associated Press announced Jim Harbaugh as its 2011 NFL Coach of the Year on Saturday.

In his first season as an NFL head coach, Harbaugh led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC Championship Game. Distancing himself from Green Bay's Mike McCarthy, Harbaugh earned 45 to McCarthy's three and Broncos coach John Fox's two votes. Among other accolades, Harbaugh is credited with resurrecting the career of quarterback Alex Smith and working with Vic Fangio to organize a defense that allowed the fourth fewest yards per game in 2011.
Sat, Feb 4, 2012 07:26:00 PM

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora is reporting that former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is a candidate to be the new linebackers coach in both Carolina and Minnesota.

Singletary coached linebackers for the Ravens in 2003 and 2004, and the position would seem to be an ideal one for his forceful coaching style. It would be nice to see him land on his feet this offseason after he looked so overmatched as a head coach down the stretch in San Francisco.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Jan 16, 2011 12:23:00 PM

49ers hired Vic Fangio as defensive coordinator.

Working for Jim Harbaugh, Fangio coordinated a Stanford defense in 2010 that ranked 21st in NCAA, 19th versus the run and 35th against the pass. Fangio was last an NFL coordinator in Houston, flaming out after four years under Dom Capers. Though Fangio isn't a sexy hire, he has an obvious working relationship with Harbaugh and will keep the 49ers' 3-4 scheme intact. The Niners have enough talent to remain an above-average defense.
Fri, Jan 14, 2011 04:29:00 PM

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh met Monday with Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and offensive line coach Tim Drevno.

The Niners are tentatively expected to retain Jim Tomsula to coach the defensive line, and Drevno could be an offensive coordinator candidate after coaching both tight ends and offensive linemen for Harbaugh. Fangio is the heavy favorite to coordinate Harbaugh's defense. He runs a 3-4 scheme.
Mon, Jan 10, 2011 04:26:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter predicts that new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will bring with him Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to San Francisco.

Fangio has 11 years of experience as an NFL coordinator, though much of it was unsuccessful. Harbaugh would've been better off retaining Greg Manusky, against whom the former Bears and Colts quarterback played in the early 1990s when Manusky was a Chargers linebacker. That option doesn't appear to be a consideration. Manusky is getting head coaching interviews.
Sat, Jan 8, 2011 12:00:00 PM

The 49ers have requested permission to interview Giants DC Perry Fewell for their head coaching vacancy.

Fewell is also on Carolina's radar, though his most likely 2011 whereabouts still seem to be in New York. It's noteworthy that the 49ers have begun lining up coaching interviews before naming a GM. Perhaps they've already signed off on Trent Baalke's promotion, and just haven't announced it yet.
Tue, Jan 4, 2011 11:02:00 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 49ers are "interested in speaking to" in-limbo Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, potentially about their head coaching vacancy.

Schefter doesn't anticipate the Bengals deciding Lewis' fate for "a few days," but his contract is up and the tentative expectation is that he won't return. It's not surprising that the 2009 NFL Coach of the Year is already drumming up interest. While Schefter confirms that the 49ers' top target is Jim Harbaugh, they could do a lot worse than Lewis for a fall-back plan.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 09:09:00 AM

FOX analyst Jim Mora II denies rumors that he is on the 49ers' list of head coaching candidates.

"Not even close," Mora told Profootballtalk.com. "Just here to do their game for FOX." Mora spent the 2010 season out of football after flaming out quickly as Mike Holmgren's successor in Seattle. We could see Mora resurfacing in a defensive coordinator or assistant head coach/defensive backs capacity, but he'd be among the poorest head coaching targets we could think of.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 01:49:00 PM

49ers fired head coach Mike Singletary.

He won't coach Week 17, after all. Owner Jed York had already decided that Singletary wouldn't return in 2011. According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, DL coach Jim Tomsula will be interim coach against the Cardinals. Singletary finishes 18-22 in just over two and a half seasons on the job. Though San Francisco was strong defensively throughout his tenure, the offenses were consistently putrid, and Singletary's confrontational on-field style is an approach condonable only when a team is winning. The 49ers are 5-10.
Sun, Dec 26, 2010 11:55:00 PM

Citing a source close to the situation, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports that Mike Singletary will not return as the 49ers' head coach in 2011.

Owner Jed York and executive Paraag Marathe have already decided to move on from Singletary prior to next season. The only question left is whether they'll let him coach the season finale against Arizona. "We want to take our time before we make any decisions like that," said CEO Jed York. "You don't want to make an emotional decision right now, right after the game." According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, ESPN's Jon Gruden and Stanford's Jim Harbaugh "could be interested," though the 49ers will not hire a head coach until they've picked a new general manager.
Sun, Dec 26, 2010 06:44:00 PM

Owner and CEO Jed York refused to commit to Mike Singletary as the 49ers' head coach for Week 17 against the Cardinals Sunday.

York was also adamant that the Niners will hire a general manager. Singletary will probably coach the last game, but he's a safe bet to be fired at season's end with York planning to let the new GM hire San Francisco's next head coach. The Niners were formally disqualified from the playoffs in Sunday's loss to the Rams. They'll finish the season 6-10 in a best case scenario.
Sun, Dec 26, 2010 05:10:00 PM

FOXSports' John Czarnecki believes that Jon Gruden would be a great fit for the 49ers.

Czarnecki points out that the team needs to generate revenue if they have any hope of building a new stadium. Adding Gruden to the fold will drum up needed interest in the team outside of the current fanbase. While the move seems to make a lot of sense should the team struggle down the stretch, the 49ers are just a game out of first place in the division. We can't imagine coach Mike Singletary would lose his job if the team makes the playoffs.
Sun, Dec 5, 2010 08:22:00 AM

Team sources tell Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that 49ers owners Jed and John York privately "grumbled" about their team's coaching during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Panthers.

"There were some grumbles from the owners about bad coaching," the source said. Earlier this season, Jed York declared that the 49ers would "win the NFC West" despite an 0-5 start, so losing to the previously winless Panthers made him look bad. The 49ers' offense was outgained 379 yards to 282 by Carolina's 31st ranked offense in Sunday's game. Mike Singletary might last the season, but he seems unlikely to keep his job into 2011.
Sun, Oct 24, 2010 08:55:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3Marcus Lattimore
GLB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
FB1Bruce Miller
2Trey Millard
WR11Michael Crabtree
2Stevie Johnson
3Brandon Lloyd
4Kassim Osgood
WR21Anquan Boldin
2Quinton Patton
3Bruce Ellington
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Derek Carrier
4Garrett Celek
5Asante Cleveland
K1Phil Dawson