San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Kyle Shanahan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd105.0 (16th)127.5 (31st)
Defense10th123.5 (24th)176.0 (7th)

49ers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Inside slant · Strategy and personnel

--Coach Mike Nolan would like to pay homage to NFL coaches of the past, including his father, Dick, by wearing a suit on the sideline. He said he is not alone.

Nolan said this week that several other NFL coaches would like the opportunity to wear something more dignified than the Reebok-issued gear that coaches must fashion during games. Reebok representatives will visit with Nolan in June to discuss some compromises that could be used this season.

--The 49ers offseason program has given receiver Antonio Bryant an opportunity to mesh with quarterback Alex Smith, who has just one NFL season under his belt. Bryant signed a four-year, $13.9 contract on March 14, and he began working out at the team's Santa Clara, Calif., practice facility the next week.

"We've hung out," Bryant said of his rapport with Smith. "And just getting on field, we're getting better every week. Now I think full swing of things."

Bryant said the team's recently completed minicamp gave the tandem a nice opportunity to work together because of the defensive players on the field.

"It's about working together and showing dependability," Bryant said. "If he puts the ball here, this is where I'll be."

--Tight end Vernon Davis obviously would like to report to training camp on time this summer, but his agent says in the grand scheme of things it makes little difference.

"You're always trying to avoid a holdout, but I don't think it really matters," agent Ethan Lock said. "I know (49ers chief negotiator) Paraag Marathe is one of the smartest guys in the league. We'll get something done."

Last year, Lock had a client fail to report to training camp on time because of a contract stalemate. Defensive end Erasmus James held out of Vikings training camp 10 days before reaching contract terms.

--The 49ers were rumored to have their eye on Steelers restricted free-agent cornerback Ike Taylor, who started 15 games for the Super Bowl champs. But Taylor signed his one-year tender with the club, though he would like a long-term deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2006. The 49ers say there will not be a trade.

--The 49ers will not hold another minicamp before the club reports July 27 for training camp. The 49ers' first day of training camp practice is set for July 28. The 49ers will again hold training camp at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif. Nolan prefers holding camp at a different location, so it is possible the 49ers could find a new summer home for 2007.

"He'll add something to our football team first and foremost which I'm excited about. He's an experienced guy. He's won a Super Bowl as the quarterback on that team. But his experience, I think, will be widespread as far as the people it touches on this team.

It should touch Alex (Smith)" -- 49ers coach Mike Nolan on the acquisition of veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer.

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