49ers defensive player-by-player review

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49ers defensive player-by-player review

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio employed a philosophy similar to what he showed the previous week against the Arizona Cardinals.

But Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was not as confused by the coverages as was Cardinals quarterback John Skelton one week earlier. Flacco completed 15 of 23 passes for just 161 yards and one touchdown. He did not throw any interceptions, and the 49ers failed to force a turnover for only the second time this season.
And after reviewing the film, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he had no problem with the defensive approach."I thought our defense was effective with the scheme we were using," Harbaugh said.The 49ers' defense kept the ball in front of them. There were times while the Ravens converted six third downs in the second half that the 49ers missed chances to tackle a Baltimore receiver short of the sticks but failed.On Flacco's 23 pass attempts, the 49ers rushed three men on four occasions. They rushed four men 18 times. Once they brought five pass-rushers. (The 49ers also brought five on another play, and Flacco scrambled for 6 yards on a third-and-7 play.)Here is the entire defensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday:Defensive linemen
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle and played nearly 30 snaps, as the 49ers went with their base defense for most of the game. . . . He had a strong game at clogging up the inside, as he was credited with six tackles. . . He helped limit the Ravens to just 2.6 yards per rushing attempt.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end and played every defensive snap. . . He had seven tackles in the game and generally played very well. . . . Right tackle Michael Oher made a block on him that opened the hole for Ricky Williams to gain 12 yards and get into position for the final field goal - that gave the Ravens a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
93-Ian Williams: Inactive (coaches' decision). (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end, and recorded five tackles and one quarterback hurry. . . . Got blocked by left tackle Bryant McKinnie to open hole for Ray Rice on 10-yard gain on first drive.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: He saw limited action in the 49ers' base defense. He was not credited with any tackles. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)
96-Demarcus Dobbs: Saw limited action on special teams.Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: Played on all the special teams and came up with two solo tackles. (Follow on Twitter @BlakeCostanzo51)
52-Patrick Willis: Started at middle linebacker and recorded eight tackles with one for a loss and a pass broken up. . . . Closed hard to drop Rice for 1-yard gain after completion on first drive of the game. . . . Leveled Williams out of the backfield after he had already dropped ball on first drive of the game. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker and tied with Willis for team-high honors with eight tackles. . . . Went high as teammate Donte Whitner went low to stop Williams for a no gain on third-and-1 in the fourth quarter to force a punt. . . . In coverage against Rice, who picked up 17 yards on a swing pass to convert a third-and-4 on the drive that ended with the field goal that gave the Ravens a 10-point lead. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Played on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant54)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and recorded three tackles and one quarterback hurry. . . . Was in coverage against Anquan Boldin on 16-yard reception on first drive of the game. . . Diagnosed Joe Flacco's quarterback draw in second quarter and controlled right tackle Michael Oher to the point where Flacco had no options on either side of him. Flacco was dropped for no gain. . . . Got good pressure against Flacco to force incomplete pass and end Ravens' first series of the game. Ravens kicked a field goal.
56-Tavares Gooden: Played exclusively on special teams.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at right outside linebacker, and was credited with two tackles as he played on all the base downs, mostly defending Ravens run plays.
99-Aldon Smith: He played fewer than 20 plays, as he entered the game in nickel situations. . . He was credited with three tackles. . . He ran over Oher and got in Flacco's face to force a second-quarter incomplete pass to force a punt. . . . Good penetration and stacked up Flacco on QB draw at the 5-yard line in the second quarter. . . Got inside of McKinnie to stop Rice for 1-yard loss on a third-and-5 just before Ravens' final field goal. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Played exclusively on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @MadieuWilliams)
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback, and was credited with two tackles and a pass defensed. . . He gave receiver Anquan Boldin the inside on a slant that went for 22 yards on a third-down play on opening drive of the game. . . Tight coverage on Boldin to break up third-quarter pass. . .
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback and was credited with two tackles. . . . Had deep coverage on speedster Torrey Smith. He was called for pass interference for not allowing Smith to get both arms up to go for the ball. The 50-yard pass-interference penalty nullified Brown's interception in the second quarter and led to a Ravens field goal. . . Gave Smith way too much cushion on a third-and-4, allowing Smith to catch an 11-yard pass for a first down in fourth quarter.
26-Tramaine Brock: Played on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Mostly played special teams, but came in as part of the 49ers' goal-line defense. He avoided block of tight end Ed Dickson and threw Rice for a 4-yard loss on a second-and-goal from the 1. . Was called for an offside on 49ers' second kickoff of the game. . . (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Played as the 49ers third cornerback, and was credited with five tackles and one pass broken up. . . Broke up pass to Torrey Smith in the end zone at end of the third quarter. . . (Follow on Twitter @Cullyinthehouse)
30-Reggie Smith: Saw limited action as part of the 49ers dime package. He was not credited with any tackles. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety and played every snap. . . He recorded six tackles. . . On one of the 49ers' few blitzes, he came up to stop a Flacco scramble for a 6-yard gain on third-and-7. . . Made open-field tackle of Rice for a 9-yard gain to save a touchdown at the SF 6-yard line. . . Missed tackle of Lee Evans short of the sticks that turned into a third-down conversion on the opening drive of third quarter. . . . Tight end Dennis Pitta worked in front of him to catch 8-yard touchdown from Flacco on first play of the fourth quarter. . . . Went low while Bowman went high to stop Williams on a third-and-1 play to force a punt in the fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Inactive (coaches decision).
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety and recorded three tackles, but did not make any plays in the passing game. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)
43-Colin Jones: Played exclusively on special teams. . . .Called offside on opening kickoff to give the Ravens a 5-yard boost.Specialists
2-David Akers: Made field-goal attempts of 45 and 52 yards. He is now 6-for-6 on attempts beyond 50 yards this season. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: His leg was feeling good, as he averaged 57.6 yards (48.0 net) on five punts with one of his punts landing inside the 20. (Follow on Twitter @Andy4lee)
86-Brian Jennings: He handled all the long-snapping duties. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.

 

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”