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49ers Fan Forum Recap

Posted by Taylor Price on February 16, 2011 – 12:28 PM

February is a crucial month on the NFL calendar. Coaches and scouts are preparing like mad men to get their draft boards ready, all while analyzing their own roster and how it compares to 31 other teams. And with the 49ers ushering in a new head coach and a recently promoted general manager, there’s plenty of work to be done around the facility.

But that didn’t stop Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke from taking time to speak directly to the fans last night. The new coach and GM fielded an hour’s worth of questions (from 4,000 submissions) as part of the team’s latest Fan Forum.

Both men enjoyed sharing their insights with the Faithful. Though they couldn’t speak on some of the topics that fans wanted to discuss (like players currently on other teams), a lot of important football information was discussed.

Harbaugh said he liked the back-and-forth nature of the forum and added that he hoped to do it again. Baalke had fun with it too. Asked at one point if he would pull a Bill Walsh-like move and draft several defensive backs like the former coach did in 1981, Baalke teased, “Actually, I was thinking about drafting another offensive lineman.”

Highlights from the call included:

-Both guest speakers bantered with host Joe Fonzi about the current status of their working relationship. Baalke on Harbaugh: “We’re very fortunate to have him.” As for the head coach’s first month at the new gig, “This was the perfect competitive challenge,” Harbaugh said. “I get chills walking through this place. The bar is set extremely high here.”

-The subject of Frank Gore came up, specifically if either expected the do-it-all back’s workload to be lessened in 2011. Harbaugh complimented Gore as one of the best, complete, backs in the NFL. But added that Anthony Dixon did a tremendous job as a rookie and his production would be elevated in 2011. Harbaugh did concede that Gore’s role will still be very prominent. “It won’t be the type of thing where we’re going to have Frank coming off the field too much,” Harbaugh said.

-The coach mentioned on a few occasions that he plans on using more creativity in the running game. Harbaugh cited the athleticism of his running backs and linemen as his reasoning. “We can be creative with the personnel we have offensively,” he said right before praising tight end Vernon Davis’ blocking ability on the perimeter. “All that marries in the play-action game and the passing game.”

-The conversation moved to defense when a caller asked what scheme would be run in 2011. Harbaugh said the team would keep the 3-4 scheme that has been in place for the past four seasons under former coordinator Greg Manusky, but this version under Vic Fangio would be a “multiple 3-4 defense.” Harbaugh applauded Fangio’s creativity and said his former Stanford colleague would use defenses that suit his personnel best.

-Baalke made an interesting comment when discussing the team’s vision for the upcoming draft. He said the team will be looking for a certain mentality from this year’s draft class – players with energy and passion. In hearing from Harbaugh on the call, it’s clear that’s the vision for the 49ers under his guidance.

-Plenty of player-specific questions on current 49ers and free agents were asked as well. Harbaugh said Alex Smith would be considered to be the team’s starting quarterback next season. Baalke said the team is currently evaluating free agents like nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin as well as all potential free agents in the NFL. Harbaugh also said perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis wouldn’t be used in a predictable fashion, adding it’s up to the coaching staff’s creativity to determine the best uses of his abilities.

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59 Responses to “49ers Fan Forum Recap”

  1. By fredammer on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    the new coach you needed a quaterback that can take the team to the playoffsand not make so many mistakes draft a good quater back like kurt warner.

  2. By michael on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    hahaha

  3. By T Avery on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Systems that suit personnel wow, I dont think our last coach had any idea what that means. Cant wait

  4. By KDB on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    The last thing any of us need to do is to arm chair about a QB, I trust Coach H, HANDS DOWN. If he says Alex can play, he can PLAY.

  5. By jose cisneros on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    I would like for us to get V. Miller with seventh pick.

  6. By John Perez on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    IM SORRY GUYS BUT ITS TIME FOR A FRESH START AT QB (NOT A ROOKIE STARTER!!) MY CONFIDENCE IN ALEX IS SHOT TO PEICES.

  7. By KDB on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I’m down with whatever Coach H says, he’s the coach.

  8. By mitchell on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I FIND IT SAD THAT NO ONE IS GOING GIVE DAVID CARR ANY POSITIVE COMMENTS. ALL THIS ABOUT SMITH WHOM COULD NOT LEARN THE POSITION FROM MARKS AND MCARTHY. CARR WON THE PRE-SEASON GAMES AND NO ONE GIVES HIM A CHANCE. I HOPE HARBAUGH WILL HAVE OPEN COMPETITION INSTEAD OF,’ DON’T HURT ALEX SMITH’S FEELINGS.’

  9. By carlbnsn on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    couldn’t be happier Good job for keeping Alex

  10. By Joe on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Jim first off do you know how bad you are on tecmo super bowl for nintendo haha. Second if you keep alex smith as our qb, just leave before you get started please, the guy stinks something awful

  11. By nhlaberge on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith has had 6 years to show what he has………..time to show another team.

  12. By Christopher Duke on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Coach H is a qb coach so i have a feeling that he is going to a QB first round…. Cam Newton would be good….dont bring smith back

  13. By bill on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    My hope for this years draft is that we get lucky enough for patrick peterson to fall past 6, and of course retain Alex smith for at least this year. If peterson is off the board take a chance on cam newton both draftees are pure athletes so we can’t lose but the addition of cam newton shoud we not get shot at peterson is a great insurance policy should Alex not like or adapt to coach Harbaughs system at years end.

  14. By Jason Greene on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    I think we should draft Ryan Mallet at #7. Try for Kolb or Orton in trade. This I think would give us a better option at QB. I’m not against trying to keep Alex Smith in a back roll either.

    Also the best CB we can get in the 3-4 rounds. Finishing out with OLB and another RB. Gore hasn’t made it a full season. Westbrook isn’t the long term answer and Dixon needs more time.

  15. By steve on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    ya Alex got a bad shake ………Alex you need to step up and led this teem dont just stand ther and suck you bottm lip come on Alex !!!!!

  16. By mike on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    alex smith has had his chances for the past 5-6 yrs now and has been a #1 draft pick bust! if they keep him Harbaugh can start counting down now til his departure just like singletary. i would think most of us niner fans have had enough of A.smith..there was a reason he was getting boooed so much last yr plain and simple

  17. By eric on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    We need a new good or at least decent QB also a good CB. A.Smith is not the answer..he’s not going to take us to the playoffs let alone the super bowl..cmon let be real ppl. i’m sure him self can’t even believe he’s still on the team lol. also Nate Clements is not a shut down cb!! we paid him waaaaaaaay to much. $80 mil. cmon he ain’t even earned it! where’s sanders to give him some tips..he gets burnt all the time.

  18. By IVAN on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    NINER COACHES THIS IS DIRECTLY TO YOU AND GM. PLEASE GO AFTER KOLB, NHAMDI AND ATOWGE. WHAT IS THERE TO THINK ABOUT?> COME ON NINERS LET GO OUT THERE AN BE AGRESSIVE. FOR ONCE BE SMART AND GO FOR PROVEN PLAYERS RATHER THAN WAIT AND DEVELOP UNPROVEN PLAYERS PLEASE..ANYBODY WITH ME??

  19. By IVAN on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    NINER COACHES THIS IS DIRECTLY TO YOU AND GM. PLEASE GO AFTER KOLB, NHAMDI AND ATOWGE. WHAT IS THERE TO THINK ABOUT?> COME ON NINERS LET GO OUT THERE AN BE AGRESSIVE. FOR ONCE BE SMART AND GO FOR PROVEN PLAYERS RATHER THAN WAIT AND DEVELOP UNPROVEN PLAYERS PLEASE..ANYBODY WITH ME??

  20. By IVAN on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    YORK FAMILY PLEASE BRING BACK THE BARTELO WAY..BE AGRESSIVE WITH THIS FREE AGENT MARKET..THERES ALOT OF TALENT OUT THERE THIS YEAR..LET DO THIS NOW!!! NINERS ALL DAY..IVE BEEN A NINER FAN SINCE I WAS BORN DUE TO FAMILY TIES..

  21. By missouri 9er on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    I understand the concern at the quarterback position, but every coach, now including coach H, has seen something in Alex Smith that has kept him on the roster. And all of us have seen flashes of what i think that is, all though alot of people won’t admit it. I think we should trust the evaluation of a coach who knows first hand what it takes to be an NFL qb. I hope Alex can learn something about himself under this new staff and re-gain some confidence and have the success i think he deserves, considering all he has had to endure in his NFL career. ALEX just know there are still some of us who believe in you! LETS DO IT NINERS!

  22. By Chuck Chavez on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    Have been a Niner fan for a looonnnggg time and still
    give thanks for Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott,
    and, of course, Jerry Rice. After some bad years we are now ready to start getting back to the play-offs regularly. With Coach H at the helm I feel we can return to the Niners of the 80’s. Am definitely in favor of giving Alex the chance he’s never really had,
    so lets take time with him….and remember…the Niners never went to a super bowl that they didn’t win. Super Bowl record — 5 wins, absolutely no
    losses……..

  23. By eric on Feb 18, 2011 | Reply

    deserve a chance hes had 5-6 yrs now! aside from the different off. coordinators you gotta show what got you to the league (nfl) and he continues to prove he’s just good enough for college..not the nfl lets Admidt not all players who are good in college are the same at the next level. How many chances are we going to give him?? we haven’t been to the playoffs since 2003 and espn showed that we’ve had like 11-12 qb’s in the process

  24. By sdakota9er on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    everyone needs to stop with the alex smith bashing…..the guy has been pulled through the ringer and really has not played that bad with the non-offensive coaches he had to deal with. he as all the mechanics, smarts and atheletic ability to be a great QB……….i am so excited about are new coach and if he likes him, i like him………….some of you guys should just find another team or stop being so negative…….

  25. By ivan on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    why not be negative?/ Are you blind??find another team?? ahahahahh please apparently you want to settle for less but im tired of losing and being out of the playoffs for the past 8 years..so how bout you go to the lions or browns since you love losing..lets be agressive of go home

  26. By derek on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    yeah ivan, because going out and getting proven players has worked SO well for the washington redskins for the past decade. i think harbaugh and baalke have a good eye for talent, and hopefully they will focus on the prospects and get the right people in place.

  27. By niner4life on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    ALEX SMTH SUCKS! GET HIM OUTTA HERE NOW!

  28. By dtae on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    I believe in Jim Harbaugh. I am 50/50 on Alex Smith.Once we acquire a proven are solid quarterback we will be back to 49ers glory everyone. I believe we have the coaches and the talent on this roster to make a run for the title

  29. By Gabe on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    first off, neither love or hate alex but i do see positives in him i think niners should go for a proven winner i.e. McNabb and keep alex as a back up remember steve young #1 draft pick and did not work out in tampa sat behind the G.O.A.T JOE MONTANA and it turned out ok we have the pieces in place let’s kick that door down and go get #6,7,8…….GO NINERS

  30. By Gabe on Feb 19, 2011 | Reply

    yo IVAN by the way its De Bartolo not Bartolo, but i do agree w/ you its been too long JED YORK of being lethargic, i do like the start though w/ harbaugh gotta open up that wallet and let’s get some talent in free agency, you gotta spend money to make money. Make Uncle Eddie proud, make the FANS proud!!! The 49ers need to be an elite team again and deserve to be talked about as the greatest franchise ever.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Niner for Life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RESUME THE DYNASTY!!!!!!!!!!

  31. By Geo on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Keep Troy Smith coach can polish him into a star he did it to luck why not try it on troy?

  32. By Paul Walters on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully the new coaching staff will focus on the Defense!! The secondary played pretty poorly and Nate Clement is over-paid!! With that contract how has he helped the team besides costing us the Alanta game!!

  33. By Hermie on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    As I have said in the past…Alex is a “coach killer”. See how many coaches are still around that he has played for. Harbaugh needs a “Franchise” QB…not Alex. I sure hope Harbaugh knows what he is doiing. I think he would be wise to bring in a veteran and take a chance on a QB in 3rd round depending on whoo Arizona and Buffalo take in the 1st. I am still game to bring in McNabb for a year! KDB, like you always say when talking about Alex…I trust what alll the analyst and former players still say about McNabb…he can still play. For a year or two…I am game!

  34. By 9rzFreek on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex showed some promise against the likes of the Saints,Falcons and a few other VERY respectable Defenses…but the bottom line is..HE CAN NOT BRING IT EVERY GAME…i say his chances are used up…kick him to the curb and move on. And as for the dude wantin to give Carr a chance? PAAALLLEEEEZE! Dont waste the time or someone elses opprotunity…hes worse than Santa Claus Smith…nah, spend some $$$ on Kolb Or a ! trick pony like McNabb to mentor somebody like Troy Smith who has the mobility and the speed just not the experience…

  35. By sdakota9er on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    what i am tired of is terrible coaching………..simple play scheming and not using all of are talent. we have a lot of talent that never gets used. the niners drafted a spread offence QB and for six years we tried to change him. harbaugh says he is bring back the west coast offense, i think he can run it and tear it up, especially if we do a no huddle. as far as the find another team comment i made……i take it back, we have sucked for too long and we do need to win now! but we made some bad plays at the end of alot of close big games this year against some good teams that we should have beat that had nothing to do with alex smith. and i just think he is the guy…but i also will go with what ever this new caoch says…..i think he is the real deal.

  36. By pinc on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex?????
    good coach, bad coach, good day, bad day
    We all rooted for Alex when the last coach believed in him.
    He just doesn’t have what it takes under pressure. He must look GREAT in camp for the length of time he has been held onto.
    WE NEED SOME BACK BONE!!!!!

  37. By Shirley on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Gentlemen, I’m a 71 year old woman, 58 year 49er fan (1953) and 23 year season ticket holder. So amuse me a minute. Without a CBA, nothing goes forward, but when you get a chance to pick, please look at this. II know you like the offensive line, but I have concern. Love IUPATI (He and Markice Pouncey were the draft picks I told my ticket agent I wanted.). So thank you for Iupati. Now there’s another Pouncey (center/guard) in the draft. I inow you can’t say anything, but please look at him. The right side of the line gets creamed and no matter how you do the math, that offensive line is small and if you contiinue to play Baas, Rachal and Davis (center, guard ad tackle) there might still be a problem. Can’t read defenses and can’t hold blocks. and I know you willl address the Defensive corner position. Clements can’t play the entire backfield by himself, allthough he tries.

  38. By John Wayne on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    For the love of God….please make an attempt to get Kevin Kolb from Philly. It just makes sense! I love Alex….I keep the faith for you buddy but 6 yesrs has been too long. However, I think we should resign Alex for a 1 year deal, bring Kolb in and let them battle it out.

    Singletary was a leader of men but didn’t have the mentality/support/coaching staff to get it done.

    Lets keep Frank the Tank healthy and reinvent this team in the shape of BW’s West Coast offense.

  39. By John Wayne on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Re: Hermies Comment

    You are “game” to bring in McCrabb? Are you kidding me? We do not want the never was been leftovers from another team. We want someone (like Kolb!) we can build a team around…..McNabb is not that option. Alex still has something left to prove out there…I love Alex but I don’t think he has it “upstairs” to do it….I have never bashed him and yes, he does have what it takes to be what we envisioned him to be….The question is: “Does Alex believe?”

  40. By Mike on Feb 21, 2011 | Reply

    Give Alex one more chance!! If Jim Harbaugh is indeed the quarterback whisperer, Alex would succeed according to psychology. Even if he isn’t the starter, it would be nice for him to prove himself so that all the haters can see his potential under ideal circumstances.

  41. By Christopher Duke on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    how many more chances do you want to give Alex….i mean come on lets me real here….

  42. By jon on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    I was wondering if we are looking at more then 1 CB in the draft. Think that is a BIG postion we should stack up on. Not only that but are we gonna make any moves on Bob Sander, Rams Atogwe, or the Raiders CB. We have gone a ridiculous amount of years without hitting up free agency. Last i remember we thought it was a good idea to give nate clements, who is a joke in my eyes in coverage, 80mill as a FA. We need to get rid of nate and spencer and restart from scratch at secondary. I would enjoy seeing Patrick peterson , dashon goldson, bob sanders, and ras i dowling next year in out secondary. Make it happen jimmy baby. Oh btw i think it would be great to have taylor mays under a ss like bob sanders for 1 more year.

  43. By jon on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    Well here i go. Alex Smith where do i start well you have not had anyone set up the offense to ur strengths. Not only that but 5 to 6 diff coordinators wont help any QB back there, no O-line , oh and the one that upsets me the most i have only seen alex smith hit 1 player in stride through out his whole time in San Fran and that was Vernon D. against the cards right before halftime. If you can’t put ur player in postion to catch and get YAC you pretty much worthless TO ANY TEAM . But this is all i got to tell you guy YOU NEED SOME SWAG, save the HUMBLNESS for the MEDIA, COCKINESS is what wins football games in the NFL. Im not trying to bash Alex its just his humble approach has not gotten him anywhere and he needs to walk around that locker room like he runs the show on offense and other players can depend on him to step there game up. Come on guy you got choose over a bay area native, san fran 49ers fan (A-RoD) step up ur game bro.One thing i am def sure about thou is IF ANYONE CAN BRING OUT THE BEST IN ALEX ITS HARBAUGH for darn sure. If he can then alex is just a lost cause

  44. By jon on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    now my next subject. If you sign Mcnabb out of free agency i would look into drafting cam newton to be his understudy. If Alex is the only way for us to go then i would draft Ryan mallet to be his understudy. Anyone agree wit the idea?opinions? I really do think mcnabb could give us a better chance then alex this year. i would only sign mcnabb for a year though, anything longer would be risky and not worth it.

  45. By jon on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    KEVIN KOLB is not worth the asking price and i think he is WAY OVERRATED

  46. By jon on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    anyone can throw to desean jackson .

  47. By Hermie on Feb 22, 2011 | Reply

    Jon, you probably won’t find anyone else on here beside me, that will agree with you about McNabb (for 1 yr) AND Kolb. In the Fan Forum interview, Baalke said he and Harbaugh would look at every option to upgrade the QB position, whether through draft, trade or signing.

  48. By Big Eazy on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is a coach killer. 2 to be exact and Harbaugh wants to continue that trend. There are far better QB’s that will be available try D. Mcnabb or K. Kolb.
    We need a veteran to show these duds how to play QB in the NFL. My game room is filled with 49ers stuff Fatheads and the works and if Alex Smith is the best we can put on the field; It all comes down. Alex Smith “GARBAGE”

  49. By Mark Thuesen on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    I like V. Miller, we could really use him.

    mark thuesen

  50. By Dr. on Feb 23, 2011 | Reply

    Get Kolb.or palmer.which ever is cheaper keep smith at qb.at least for 2nd string.then go all out in free agency nd draft..1) p.peterson.2)von.miller.3) big red zone reciever.nd stack the rest of picks for defense.next sign nhamdi asomugha..oj otogwe.nd bob sanders..then share the load of lolb.nd rolb put in brooks nd von miller.nd laboy.keepn lawson as well.switch defensive end sopoaga to ricky jean francois.or sign shaun ellis or john henderson.if we want to act like savage beasts on the field like fangio.nd harbaugh want then we got sign nd draft known elite players.c mon shut down corners nd safetyss.with the best mlb.p.willis its a guarantee to play offs

  51. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    ASmith should be a mentor for someone like mallett.
    or….
    Mcnabb mentor for newton. (which i believe may be my most favored option).
    peterson great for first round though or v miller.
    basically defense for first two or three rounds.
    but…….

  52. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    i think harbaugh is slicker than that.
    lets not forget about ALuck………………….

  53. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    Dig it……

  54. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    harbaugh left stanford and luck stayed………..
    harbaugh brought basically his main coachingstaff with him to sf……….
    let stanford be sorry this year to take Luck off the map and snatch him up quickly in next year’s draft…..
    just making way for him this year….
    so defense is priority and o-line in this years draft and free agency…..

  55. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    smart move huh????

  56. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    I love it personally…..
    use this year just to get the shakes and giggles out….
    to get closer to the returning players and feeling out the team..
    then BAM!!!!!
    here’s luck with the old coach(es) and a new atmosphere already primed for him…..
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    SB!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    5-0 sb record????????

  58. By JMontana-JRice-$Young-BJones-RLott-MHanks on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    How’s 13-0?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Welcome back……………
    TEAM OF THE *NEW* DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. By speenoBor on Jun 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hello all! I like this forum, i set up numberless inviting people on this forum.!!!

    Large Community, good all!

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