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Harbaugh: Jonathan Martin has “done an excellent job of getting the job done”


The 49ers’ initial 53-player roster has just seven available offensive linemen — five starters and two backups. One of those reserves is ex-Dolphin Jonathan Martin, who will back up both tackle spots and could also be asked to play guard in a pinch.

In a conference call with media on Saturday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called Martin an “example of someone who’s really earned the position” on the club’s roster.

“He’s been mainly playing tackle, but he has the ability to play guard and going forward that will be something that he’ll continue to learn and be good at,” Harbaugh said, according to an interview transcript from the club. “I feel very good about it. He’s done an excellent job of getting the job done.”

The 25-year-old Martin started seven games for Miami in 2013 before leaving the club amid allegations he had been bullied. He started all four preseason games this summer in place of right tackle Anthony Davis, who sat out the exhibition slate after spring shoulder surgery.

Harbaugh said Martin has transitioned well to life with the 49ers, who acquired him in March.

“It’s all been very good. We’re very fortunate to have him and excited about it,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh was non-committal Saturday on Davis’ status for the season opener against Dallas. Martin, who’s started all 23 NFL regular season games in which he’s played, would be the next man up. And given how last season ended for Martin, it’s a nice accomplishment to have earned a backup role for a team that had no starting offensive tackle spots available.

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39 Responses to “Harbaugh: Jonathan Martin has “done an excellent job of getting the job done””
  1. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:35 AM

    Insert Incognito joke here…..

  2. idahonick says: Aug 31, 2014 12:44 AM

    Brace yourselves, here it comes…

  3. enigma2742 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:51 AM


  4. finswins says: Aug 31, 2014 1:23 AM


  5. jinx21fan says: Aug 31, 2014 1:31 AM

    Jeez, I almost forgot about last years Michael Sam.

  6. chowface86 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:44 AM

    In other news, can you believe this Michael Sam stuff? Wow what a day.

  7. cornersss says: Aug 31, 2014 1:50 AM

    This is just a favor from a Sanford alumni to another.Niners can afford to toss a position or two away. They have done it before by selecting players that cant even play because of a health issue.

    You cant fix cowardice,at least not in a few months if not years….

  8. kylexitron says: Aug 31, 2014 1:59 AM

    He’s done an excellent job of getting the job done when the job needed doing and someone had to do the job that they were there to do the job that their job prepared them to do.

  9. drunkraider says: Aug 31, 2014 2:58 AM

    hell if anybody is a ” bully ” i would think its Harbaugh. or is he just a whiny bitch?

  10. 49ergeorge says: Aug 31, 2014 3:06 AM

    Just don’t make fun of him. No just playin. Good for you dude.

  11. billgramatica says: Aug 31, 2014 4:29 AM

    That’s for babbbbbies

  12. shakespeare22 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:18 AM

    Wait until he has to play in a game….his true colors will come out. Jon Martin is not an NFL lineman, period.

  13. mackie66 says: Aug 31, 2014 6:07 AM

    And you expect Harbaugh to say something different?

  14. briscocountyjr says: Aug 31, 2014 6:10 AM

    The job he’s been asked to job is the job we’ve asked him to do, and it’s been a great job, especially what that job calls for.

  15. fishyinalittledishy says: Aug 31, 2014 6:33 AM

    I hope Martin has learned as much from his experience with the Dolphins as I hope the Dolphins have learnt. Martin is a decent player on the field and as much as i was mad at how he went about it everybody deserves a go at getting it right. Having his old coach alongside, playing on the west coast and a different conference Miami must seem like a long time ago, it couldn’t have worked out better for him.

  16. 5trophysbythebay says: Aug 31, 2014 8:14 AM

    Way too thin at O line.

  17. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 31, 2014 8:15 AM

    True ‘coach speak’….’an excellent job of getting the job done’…huh?

  18. tannehillswife says: Aug 31, 2014 8:18 AM

    As long as Jonathan is home by 7pm every night so mommy can brush his hair, he should be fine…

  19. rodge1 says: Aug 31, 2014 8:45 AM

    Martin can be a decent OL, just don’t make a joke about him because he’ll tell his parents on you.

  20. igotgamenj says: Aug 31, 2014 9:05 AM

    Mama’s boy

  21. 700levelvet says: Aug 31, 2014 9:37 AM

    Sticks and stones may… Oh wait. Never mind

  22. ncphinsfan says: Aug 31, 2014 9:46 AM

    On a team without such a thin OLine, this Softee is Cut. The good news is the Conditional Pick they gave the Dolphins just went up because he made the 53 Roster.

  23. Scumby says: Aug 31, 2014 9:48 AM

    Harbaugh did an excellent job of saying Martin did an excellent job of getting the job done while doing his job.

  24. drtharrison says: Aug 31, 2014 9:53 AM

    No one seems to remember why this happened. Martin was moved from LT to RT because he SUCKED, and they signed McKinnies. A day or two later, he had a hissy fit in the lunchroom and ran out of the facility. He then blamed it on his teammates because his mom is a lawyer specializing in workplace complaints.

    Martin, you are just like nearly every other Jeff Ireland pick: you can’t play in the NFL. The Dolphins were on their way to having the most sacks in NFL history for any team when he was ‘moved’. We can all calm him names for quitting but the fact is that HE SUCKS.

    I am so happy Ireland is not screwing up the Phins anymore.

  25. acousticphan says: Aug 31, 2014 9:57 AM

    If his job is to be a big squishy emotional timebomb then yes, he’s nailing it.

  26. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 31, 2014 10:01 AM

    horrible jokes by the haters and lame comedians. dont quit your day jobs… if yall have any.

  27. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 31, 2014 10:08 AM

    Softer than Cottonelle.

  28. vikesr4reel says: Aug 31, 2014 10:15 AM

    This team is currently spinning in the toilet.
    Will be going down very soon!!

  29. kamthechancellor says: Aug 31, 2014 10:19 AM

    What an epic collapse coming for frisco this season. Got my popcorn…can’t wait!

  30. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 31, 2014 10:33 AM

    Martin’s success with SF speaks volumes about Miami’s coaching staff.

  31. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 31, 2014 10:34 AM

    I love you guys from Miami, Jax and my favorite Oakland.

    In all honesty, I would be more concerned with your teams. Miami, gulp there are some real concerns at QB, Jax, you choose to lose this year, Bortles to catch pine? Last but not least, oh DrunkRaiders, really? Good god where do we start with that pathetic squad. I’ll keep it simple, you guys are the New Jacksonville. Pre-season rank 32 out of 32… Well done.

  32. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 31, 2014 10:36 AM

    Maybe it was walking past THE 5 LOMBARDI TROPHIES every day that motivated Martin it improve?


  33. beachsidejames says: Aug 31, 2014 10:45 AM

    Joanathon Martin should have been a cheerleader. At least when the other cheerleaders started bullying him it would have been a fair fight.

  34. sonoco says: Aug 31, 2014 11:17 AM

    The 49er haters can’t resist coming out of the woodwork even on post about a reserve 0-lineman . . . gotta smile about that a little.

  35. bsizemore68 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:18 PM

    If you guys think that the coaching got Martin to do better then you are fools, wait until he has to replace a started, then come back and cry because he got your QB killed. Bill

  36. realfootballfan says: Aug 31, 2014 1:07 PM

    No respect for that guy. He basically used something taken out of context to get out of Miami because he lost his job.

  37. vicvinegar00 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    How long until Harbaugh has to scold he other 52 players for not inviting Jonathan to social gatherings?

  38. ivanpavlov0000 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:57 PM

    It is absolutely hilarious that the same people who say they want the Jonathan Martin story to go away can’t stop talking about Jonathan Martin.

    The claim a lot of the ^^^^ people seem to be making is that Jonathan Martin engineered becoming a backup in San Francisco because he didn’t like being a starter in Miami (when he got shifted to a different position in the starting lineup).

    Yeah, that makes sense.

    And people keep wondering why U.S. students are sliding in global rankings.

  39. miamatt says: Aug 31, 2014 9:27 PM

    Say what you will about Martin, but the above pic truly ought the first one that comes up when you google, “Big Weirdo”.

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