49ers and Jim Harbaugh Reaching End of the Road

So it’s come to this. The relationship between Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers organization has apparently deteriorated to the point that it’s become a foregone conclusion that the coach will not return for the final year of his contract in 2015. How does a coach who has won 43 regular season games (and technically counting) in less than four years get the axe? A coach who has won five playoff games (and definitely not counting) in three years will be handed his walking papers. A coach who has amassed the fourth best winning percentage in the modern era of football will be without a job (unless traded) in the very near future. The fact that Harbaugh has produced such historically successful results yet is not going to coach the 49ers next season speaks to the level of disconnect there is between Harbaugh, the front office and the players on the field. Harbaugh’s offense has hit a wall in his fourth season and the almost daily drama that’s included in the Jim Harbaugh package has become too much for the team and the organization to handle. On the surface it seems insane, but it appears that Coach Harbaugh has finally worn out his welcome in San Francisco.
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49ers Terminate Contract with DE Ray McDonald

49ers general manager Trent Baalke addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon, and revealed that the team terminated its contract with defensive lineman Ray McDonald, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports.

“We just want to inform everybody that after the recent allegations concerning Ray McDonald, we as an organization have notified him and his agent that he will be terminated, released immediately. Effective immediately,” Baalke announced.

“While this organization has a strong belief in due process and has demonstrated that over time, Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.”

McDonald is being investigated for alleged sexual assault, the San Jose Police Department reported in a statement Wednesday morning.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is active and ongoing, according to SJPD.

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – 49ers at Seahawks

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

49ers at Seahawks NFL Week 15 Game Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 4-4 Carroll: 6-5
LAST WEEK L 24-13 at Raiders W 24-14 at Eagles
LAST GAME 11/27/14: Seahawks 19 at 49ers 3. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passes for 236 yards & TD. Seahawks defense holds 49ers to 164 total net yards & CB Richard Sherman has 2 INTs.
LAST REG-SEA GAME AT SITE 9/15/13: Seahawks 29, 49ers 3. Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 98 yards & 2 TDs & adds 37 receiving yards & TD. Seahawks defense records 3 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (1:25 PM PT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 140 (SF), 85 (Sea.). XM: 85 (Sea.).


PASSING Kaepernick: 248-409-2910-16-10-85.1 Wilson: 236-372-2729-17-5-95.2
RUSHING Gore: 193-775-4.0-2 Lynch: 235-1042 (3C)-4.4-9 (T1L)
RECEIVING Boldin: 72-897-12.5-4 Baldwin: 53-616-11.6-3
OFFENSE 319.4 367.1
TAKE/GIVE +3 +9 (3C)
DEFENSE 308.5 (3L) 274.5 (1L)
SACKS Brooks, Lynch, J. Smith: 5 Bennett: 6
INTs Cox: 4 (T2C) Sherman: 3
PUNTING Lee: 47.5 (2L) Ryan: 44.2
KICKING Dawson: 94 (25/25 PAT; 23/28 FG) Hauschka: 116 (2C) (32/32 PAT; 28/31 FG)


49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has posted 100+ rating 16 times as starter (incl. playoffs) & 49ers are 15-1 (.938)…RB FRANK GORE has 2 highest single-game rushing performances in franchise history, both vs. Sea. (212 yards on 11/19/06 & 207 on 9/20/09)…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 897 rec. yards & needs 103 for 7th career 1,000-yard season. Had TD in NFC Champ. at Sea. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE is 2nd on team with 60 catches (Boldin, 72). Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS ties for 3rd in NFL with 53 rec. TDs…Rookie LB CHRIS BORLAND has 91 tackles, 2 INTs, FR & sack in past 7. Named NFL Defensive Rookie of Month for Nov. LB ALDON SMITH has 6 sacks in past 6 meetings. Had 2 sacks in last game at Sea. Rookie LB AARON LYNCH has sack in 5 of past 7. DT JUSTIN SMITH has sack in 2 of past 3. CB PERRISH COX leads club with 14 PD…SEAHAWKS: Have won 6 of past 7. Have won 22 of past 24 at home (incl. playoffs)…QB RUSSELL WILSON is 3-0 at home vs. SF (incl. NFC Champ.) & has 103.9 rating. Has 37 TDs, 11 INTs & 102.2 rating in 24 home starts (incl. playoffs)…In past 7 vs. SF (incl. NFC Champ.), RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has 704 rush yards (100.6 per game) & 8 TDs (6 rush). In 4 career games vs. SF at Sea. (incl. NFC Champ.), has 425 rush yards (106.3 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.). Has TD in 7 of past 9 home games (incl. playoffs). Has 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in those 9. Has 18 TDs in past 17 (14 rush, 4 rec.), incl. playoffs…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 6 catches for 106 yards in NFC Champ. Has 3 TDs in past 4 at home vs. SF. Had 5 catches for 97 yards & TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 35-yard TD in NFC Champ…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 2 INTs & 90-yard blocked FG return TD in past 2 regular-season meetings at home. Had 2 INTs in Week 13. Since entering in 2011, leads NFL with 23 INTs, most in 1st 4 seasons by active player. S KAM CHANCELLOR has 2 INTs, FF & FR in past 3 vs. SF at home (incl. NFC Champ.). S EARL THOMAS had INT in last regular-season home meeting.

Podcast: Reliving the Raiders Loss; Looking Ahead to Seattle

49’ers Hit Rock Bottom; Fall in Stunner To Raiders 24-13

The 49ers had visions of hoisting another Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. After Sunday they may as well start thinking about offseason vacations which can start in early January.

The Niners fell to the awful one-win Raiders Sunday, losing badly 24-13, this to a club that was shutout by the Rams 52-0 a week ago on the road.

The defense for the Niners played soft all day, unable to do much against rookie QB Derek Carr, who looked more like Ken Stabler for the Raiders.

Carr completed 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards and completely outplayed counterpart Colin Kaepernick as the Raiders (2-11) won their second straight home game.

With a second straight loss the 49ers (7-6) are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in coach Jim Harbaugh’s four-year tenure.

San Francisco is two games out of the second wild-card spot with three games remaining after making three straight NFC title games.

With all the rumors about Harbaugh getting shown the door via trade this offseason, it looks as if he will be leaving the team with his last meaningful game being the NFC Title game loss to the Seahawks.

Carr rarely faced any pressure, giving him plenty of time to find open receivers downfield.

He hit Mychal Rivera down the middle for a 27-yard gain and completed all five of his passes for 73 yards on the go-ahead drive capped by a 9-yard pass to Marcel Reece that made it 17-13.

After a three-and-out by the 49ers, Carr led the Raiders to their first consecutive TD drives of the season with a 5-yard scoring strike to Rivera, who had a career-high 109 yards receiving.

The 49ers’ chance at a comeback ended when Kaepernick was sacked on third down from the Oakland 25 and Phil Dawson missed a 47-yard field goal with 5:03 to play.

Kaepernick then threw an interception to Charles Woodson with 2:36 left to seal it.

Kaepernick finished 18 for 33 for 174 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and five sacks as San Francisco failed to score 20 points for the sixth time in seven games.

The game got off to a rough start for the 49ers. Kaepernick threw an interception to Brandian Ross on the first play from scrimmage, setting up a 57-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

The Raiders went back ahead 10-7 on a 3-yard touchdown pass to 330-pound tackle eligible Donald Penn, who bowled over Eric Reid at the goal line and then leaped into the Black Hole for a beer-doused celebration.

It was Penn’s third career TD catch and second against the Niners, having also caught one in 2010.

49ers at Raiders Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
Thursday Practice Not Complete
Wednesday CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), T Anthony Davis (concussion), TE Vance McDonald (back), DE Justin Smith (back), T Joe Staley (illness), S Raymond Ventrone (groin)
Wednesday WR Michael Crabtree (knee), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm), RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), DE Ray McDonald (finger)
Wednesday WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), WR Steve Johnson (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep)
Practice Report
Thursday Practice Not Complete
Wednesday S Jonathan Dowling (back), TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion), T Menelik Watson (ankle, foot)
Wednesday CB Tarell Brown (foot), RB Latavius Murray (concussion), CB Neiko Thorpe (hand)

49ers at Raiders NFL Week 14 Capsule



SERIES LEADER Series tied, 6-6
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 0-0 Sparano: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 19-3 vs. Seahawks L 52-0 at Rams
LAST GAME 10/17/10: Raiders 9 at 49ers 17. San Francisco RB Frank Gore rushes for 149 yards. 49ers WR Michael Crabtree catches 4 passes for 57 yards, including 32-yard TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/3/02: 49ers 23, Raiders 20. San Francisco QB Jeff Garcia completes 25 of 36 passes for 282 yards & 2 TDs. 49ers WR Terrell Owens catches 12 passes for 191 yards.
BROADCAST FOX (1:25 PM PT): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (SF), 92 (Oak.). XM: 226 (Oak.).


PASSING Kaepernick: 230-376-2736-15-8-87.8 Carr (R): 264-445-2422-14-11-74.4
RUSHING Gore: 181-712-3.9-2 McFadden: 136-449-3.3-2
RECEIVING Boldin: 68-843-12.4-4
  1. Jones: 60-578-9.6-4
OFFENSE 325.3 279.9
TAKE/GIVE +5 -18
DEFENSE 306.7 (3C) 359.4
SACKS Brooks, Lynch, J. Smith: 5
  1. Moore, Tuck: 3
INTs Cox: 4 (T1C) Woodson: 2
PUNTING Lee: 47.2 (2C) King: 45.3
KICKING Dawson: 87 (24/24 PAT; 21/25 FG) Janikowski: 56 (20/20 PAT; 12/14 FG)


49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has won 6 of 8 starts vs. AFC & has 12 total TDs (8 pass, 4 rush). In his starts with 100+ rating (incl. playoffs), team is 15-1 (.938)…RB FRANK GORE has 283 rush yards (141.5 per game) in 2 meetings & aims for 3rd 100-yard game in row vs. Oak. Has 5 rush TDs in past 5 vs. AFC…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN leads team with 68 catches & 843 rec. yards. Needs 157 yards for 7th career 1,000-yard season. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had 32-yard TD in last meeting. Boldin & Crabtree tie for club lead with 4 rec. TDs. TE VERNON DAVIS had TD catch in last game vs. Oak. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), ties for 3rd in NFL with 53 rec. TDs. In only game vs. Oak. (9/18/11 with Buf.), WR STEVIE JOHNSON had 8 catches for 96 yards & TD…Rookie LB CHRIS BORLAND has 78 tackles, 2 INTs, FR & sack in past 6. LB ALDON SMITH has 7.5 sacks in past 6 vs. AFC. S ANTOINE BETHEA had 11 tackles & INT in last game vs. Oak. (9/8/13 with Ind.). Is 2nd on team with 64 tackles. CB PERRISH COX leads club with 13 PD. Rookie LB AARON LYNCH has sack in 5 of past 6. Aims for 4th in row with sack. DT JUSTIN SMITH aims for 3rd in row with sack… RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,422) & TDs (14), both club rookie records…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY aims for 2nd in row with 100+ rushing yards (career-high 112 vs. KC). Last week, RB MARCEL REECE led team with 6 catches for 48 yards, both season-highs. RB DARREN MC FADDEN is 1 of 3 Raiders with 4,000+ rush yards (4,258) & 1,750+ receiving yards (1,763) (HOFer MARCUS ALLEN & CLEM DANIELS). In 2 meetings (with Jaguars), RB MAURICE JONES-DREW has 232 scrimmage yards (150 rush, 82 receiving). Has 68 career rush TDs, 2nd-most among active players…WR JAMES JONES leads team in catches (60) & receiving yards (578)…S CHARLES WOODSON is tied with HOFer EMMITT THOMAS (58) for No. 11 on all-time INT list & needs 1 to surpass him. In 4 career meetings, DE JUSTIN TUCK has 3.5 sacks. Had sack last week