Michigan has contacted the
"As long as it's handled correctly, [it's OK], and I think the University of Michigan, in reaching out, did handle it correctly," the Detroit Free press quoted 49ers GM Trent Baalke as saying in his weekly appearance on a San Francisco radio show. "As I look at it, it's very simple: He's the head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers. You read reports, not just on [Harbaugh] but on a lot of coaches. . . . We heard the same thing last year, with the University of Texas and USC and a couple others making overtures to him. He's a good football coach, and people want good football coaches."
Harbaugh refused Monday to address speculation about whether Michigan, his alma mater, had connected with the 49ers about his status. The
San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged that he visited
Raiola appeal denied
A humbled Manziel
Johnny Manziel said he'd been humbled by his rough rookie season, and promised to be a more committed quarterback. "I'm not the guy that I've always been," said Manziel, who will miss the
Manziel would not acknowledge that his well-chronicled fast-paced off-season lifestyle might have affected his readiness to play. But he said he may have misjudged how difficult it would be to transition from college to the pros, and that after 13 games as a backup and two starts in which he seemed overwhelmed and unprepared, he realized he must change. "This is a job for me now and I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first," he said.
Seattle re-signed former USC safety Dion Bailey to its practice squad, five days after releasing him.
San Diego quarterback
The Detroit at Green Bay and Carolina at Atlanta division title-deciding games were moved to late-afternoon time slots (1:15 p.m. PST), and