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February 18, 2015 at 8:15 AM

NFC West Watch — San Francisco 49ers

The general managers of each of Seattle’s NFC West rivals are meeting the media here today at the NFL Combine.

First up today was 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke, whose endured a busy off-season with the departure of Jim Harbaugh and the hiring of Jim Tomsula as Harbaugh’s replacement.

Harbaugh’s comments in recent days that his parting was far from mutual have led to lots of stories like this one, positing that the 49ers are an organization in turmoil.

Baalke, though, tried to sidestep all of that talk today, saying repeatedly he’s focused on the future. “I have no response to that,” he said of what Harbaugh said about his departure. “Jim’s moved on, we’ve moved.”

It won’t be quite that easy to stop the conjecture, though, with the 49ers looming as one of the biggest curiosities of the 2015 NFL season — anything less than even the middling 8-8 season of 2014 will start the clock ticking quickly on Tomsula.

Baalke also denied recent stories that the job was offered first to Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, but that Gase was told he had to keep Tomula as defensive coordinator but then balked, leading to Tomusla — who had been the team’s defensive line coach — getting the job instead.

“The job was offered to one person, and one person only, and that’s Jim Tomsula,” Baalke said.

Baalke also said that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is spending the off-season working out in Arizona with former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

Among the things Kaepernick is working on is adding a little touch to his throws. Or, as Baalke put it: “Be able to take a little pace off the ball when he needs to take some pace off of it.”

Baalke also said the team hopes to re-sign running back Frank Gore, who has been with the team since 2005 and turns 32 in May. “I’ve been asked that question for five straight years now,” he said. “The last two games of the season showed that Frank still has gas left in the tank (158 yards against San Diego, 144 against Arizona). We’re going to do what we can to get Frank back as a 49er.” Baalke also told San Francisco reporters here that the team wants to keep free agent WR Michael Crabtree.

As for the team’s offensive issues last season, Baalke returned to his common mantra of not wanting to delve much on the past.

“For whatever reason, last year it just didn’t work,” Baalke said. “. … Sometimes it just doesn’t work.”

As for last season as a whole?

“Any time you finish 8-8 and not in the playoffs, there are things you have to address,” he said. “And we are in the process of addressing those.”

 

 

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