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News » San Francisco 49ers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

San Francisco 49ers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

San Francisco 49ers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary has made it known he wants his team to be a meat-and-potatoes running team this season.

He describes the 49ers' 2006 offense under Norv Turner as an approach he admired. That season, running back Frank Gore set the 49ers' franchise record with 1,695 rushing yards.

But the 49ers' first-round draft pick last month was somebody who is known a lot more for his high-flying exploits in the passing game. The 49ers selected Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree with the No. 10 overall pick.

While offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye wants the 49ers to take on a tough persona, he said the addition of Crabtree does not compromise that goal.

"We are going to incorporate him and his abilities into what we do and hopefully he gets himself involved in the competition," Raye said.

Raye said the whole notion that the 49ers want to eschew the passing game has been overblown this offseason.

"I think it's a matter of interpretation by the media and the public perception," Raye said. "But at this point, I don't see it as run-oriented or pass-oriented. What we are doing is installing both run and pass equally."

--New team president Jed York announced the 49ers and the York family have created the Edward DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has been established to recognize players, coaches and executives who have made exceptional contributions to the organization.

"As someone who was raised alongside 49ers legends, I am honored to be announcing the creation of the Edward DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame," York said. "This exclusive group will be comprised of those who have made our franchise what it is today."

Those members of the 49ers family who have had their jersey numbers already retired by the organization or have been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, have been automatically enshrined in the 49ers Hall of Fame by the organization.

Those individuals are John Brodie, Dwight Clark, Fred Dean, Jimmy Johnson, John Henry Johnson, Charlie Krueger, Ronnie Lott, Hugh McElhenny, Joe Montana, Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, Bob St. Clair, Y.A. Tittle, Bill Walsh, Dave Wilcox and Steve Young.

--The 49ers begin organized team activities on Monday, and most of the team is expected to participate. The only known players who are ineligible to participate are undrafted rookies Alex Boone, an offensive lineman from Ohio State, and Stanford defensive end Pannel Egboh. Those players are restricted because NFL rules that state players are ineligible to join their respective teams until its school's graduation ceremonies.

--The 49ers hired Mike Redlick as vice president of business development. Redlick comes to the organization after eight years with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Redlick will be responsible for business development including corporate partnerships, luxury suites, signage, broadcast and new media.

--The 49ers signed two members of their 2009 draft class -- fifth-round draft choice LB Scott McKillop and seventh-round draft choice DE Ricky Jean-Francois -- to four-year contracts. The players become the second and third 2009 draft picks to sign contracts with their NFL teams this offseason, with Lions QB Matthew Stafford having signed his contract prior to the start of the draft.

"It says a lot about these young men that they have made it a priority to get their contract negotiations out of the way early," said 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan. "Now they have the ability to focus solely on helping to make this team better and starting their professional careers off on the right foot. The cooperation we received from their agents was tremendous."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I saw the San Francisco 49ers drafted me, I knew I ran into a coach (Mike Singletary) that has the same personality as me: straight-forward. He's not going to tell you things you don't need to know. I'm going to tell you things you need to know up front" -- 49ers defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois, a seventh-round draft pick whose draft stock might have dropped because he rubs some people the wrong way.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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