49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

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49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

The 49ers did not take any chances with their first-team defense. The reserves did a good job, forcing two turnovers against the San Diego Chargers' first-team offense.Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the 49ers' defense from their 35-3 win over the Chargers in the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park:Defensive line
83-Demarcus Dobbs: Did not play (left calf).
63-Tony Jerod-Eddie: He entered at left defensive end for the third series of the game and saw considerable action the rest of the way. He finished with one tackle.
71-Matthew Masifilo: Cut on Monday, he was re-signed to help out in this game. He responded with a big second half at right defensive end with four tackles and two quarterback hurries. Working against guard Stephen Schilling, he got a big hit on backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in third quarter to force incomplete pass. He worked over Schilling again in the fourth quarter to force a Jarrett Lee incompletion.
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Did not play.
91-Ray McDonald: Did not play.
92-Will Tukuafu: He started at left defensive end and was credited with one tackle. He also saw a lot of action at fullback. For the recap of his offensive performance, see upcoming report the 49ers' offense.
93-Ian Williams: Started at nose tackle and played most of the game. He was credited with four tackles.
94-Justin Smith: Did not play.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Started at right defensive end and played the first three series. He was not credited with any tackles.Linebackers
41-Kenny Rowe: Entered the game at right outside linebacker and on first play he shed block attempt of tight end Randy McMichael and stopped Le'Ron McClain for a 1-yard gain. He also had a one quarterback hurry, and made a good tackle on special teams.
44-Eric Bakhtiari: Started both halves at right outside linebacker. He recorded three tackles and a half-sack. He also made a tackle on special teams. Showed good hustle to loop around traffic and remain in pursuit Philip Rivers to force a first-quarter intentional grounding penalty when Rivers tried to throw the ball away left-handed. On next play, he kept outside leverage to force Ronnie Brown inside, where he managed to haul him down for just a 5-yard gain.
47-Ikaika Alama-Francis: He started both halves at left outside linebacker. He recorded three tackles, a half-sack and had two quarterback hurries. He also made a tackle on special teams, which could be key for his chances of making the team. Made nice fourth-quarter play to toss aside fullback Jaccob Hester and take down Edwin Baker for 1-yard gain.
50-Cam Johnson: He saw his first action of the exhibition season after missing the first three games with a knee injury. He entered at left outside linebacker for the third series of the game and was credited with two tackles and a quarterback hurry on a fourth-quarter play.
51-Joe Holland: He entered at inside linebacker in the second half and was credited with one tackle.
52-Patrick Willis: Did not play.
53-NaVorro Bowman: Did not play.
54-Larry Grant: He started at inside linebacker and played the first three series. Grant had three tackles and broke up a first-quarter pass intended for Randy McMichael.
55-Ahmad Brooks: Did not play.
56-Tavares Gooden: He started at inside linebacker and led the 49ers with six tackles. On a blitz, he improvised to loop around traffic to throw Charlie Whitehust for a 9-yard sack in the second quarter.
57-Michael Wilhoite: He saw extensive action at inside linebacker and recorded two tackles.
98-Parys Haralson: Did not play due to an undisclosed injury.
99-Aldon Smith: Did not play. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith could've played, but he was held out, along with all the other starters. Smith did not play again in the exhibition season after sustaining a right hip bruise Aug. 10 against Minnesota.Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He started at right cornerback and recorded one tackle. He was in tight coverage against Eddie Royal, who failed to hold onto a fourth-down pass in the second quarter.
22-Carlos Rogers: Did not play.
25-Tarell Brown: Did not play.
26-Tramaine Brock: He rebounded with a good game after struggling Sunday against Denver. Broke up a third-quarter pass for Micheal Spurlock. Broke up another deep pass for Mike Willie, as he played the receiver's hands and knocked the ball away without turning around.
27-C.J. Spillman: He started at safety and recorded four tackles with a forced fumble after a completion to tight end Antonio Gates. . . . Came up to hit Royal on a fourth-down pass that Royal did not hold.
29-Chris Culliver: He returned to action after missing one game with a knee injury. He started at left cornerback and recorded four tackles. He came up in run support to stop Ronnie Brown for a 4-yard gain on the opening drive.
30-Trenton Robinson: He started at safety and recorded one tackle, broke up a pass and scooped up a fumble and returned it 22 yards in the first quarter to set up a 49ers' touchdown. . . Came up to put a hit on Willie to break up a fourth-quarter pass. . . Got his hands on a Jarrett Lee pass intended to Willie in the end zone but had it wrestled away and Willie nearly turned it into a touchdown. Instead, it was just an incomplete pass.
31-Donte Whitner: Did not play.
32-Darcel McBath: He recorded an interception of Philip Rivers on his first play upon entering the game as a backup safety, as he jumped a route on a pass intended for Malcom Floyd. He returned it 19 yards. He recorded one tackle in the game.
33-Anthony Mosley: He saw extensive playing time at right cornerback and held his own in coverage. He recorded two tackles.
36-Michael Thomas: He entered as a nickel back. He made one special-teams tackle.
38-Dashon Goldson: Did not play.
43-Colin Jones: He did not play any defense. He was typically the first player down on the coverage unit and made one tackle.Specialists
2-David Akers: After kicking five field goals a week earlier, Akers kicked five extra points. He missed a 47-yard field at the end of the first half.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 38.8 yards on four punts, including two kicks inside the 20-yard line. His net average was 37.5 yards.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores.

Colin Kaepernick tops list of 49ers' offseason decisions

Colin Kaepernick tops list of 49ers' offseason decisions

When the 49ers’ next general manager and coach settle into their offices in Santa Clara, among their first decisions will be to determine which of the team’s pending free agents are worth keeping around.

Team’s executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe have a window to speak with Super Bowl-bound Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan beginning Friday evening and concluding Saturday night.

During that time frame, the 49ers hope to determine which of the team’s general manager candidates is the best fit with Shanahan to collaborate all of the organization’s football decisions. Shanahan is not allowed to be hired officially until after Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5.

The 49ers have exclusive negotiating rights with all of their scheduled free agents through March 6. The window for open negotiating for all teams with all free agents runs from March 7 at 9 a.m. until March 9 at 1 p.m. The free-agent signing period begins after that.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ scheduled free agents:

QB Colin Kaepernick: He is in a different situation. Kaepernick is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract. If he does not, it would seem likely the 49ers would release him to avoid being on the hook for his scheduled $14.9 million pay. Statistically, Kaepernick had his best season since his first full season as a starter. The question is whether a new coach and a new GM, who are given the power to tear down the roster, would want to stick with the same quarterback?

QB Blaine Gabbert: Gabbert got his opportunity to start the season, but his subpar play prompted Chip Kelly to bench him after five games. Toward the end of the season, Gabbert had sunk to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Kaepernick and Christian Ponder.

QB Christian Ponder: He turns 29 next month and has not played in an NFL regular-season game since 2014, when he attempted 44 passes for the Minnesota Vikings. There is not much evidence to support the argument for a contract offer.

QB Thad Lewis: He’s already 29. And he has not attempted a pass in an NFL regular-season game since 2013, when he appeared in six games with the Buffalo Bills. His season ended after the first exhibition game with a torn ACL.

RB Shaun Draughn: He is a good special-teams player and a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield, but Draughn averaged just 2.6 yards on 74 rushing attempts as Carlos Hyde’s primary backup. The 49ers will look to upgrade this position.

WR Quinton Patton: The 49ers need more playmakers on the outside. It’s doubtful a fresh set of eyes will come to the 49ers and place a high priority on retaining Patton, who caught 37 passes for 408 yards with no touchdowns while making 14 starts.

WR Jeremy Kerley: When slot receiver Bruce Ellington sustained a season-ending hamstring injury in the exhibition season, the 49ers responded with a trade to acquire Kerley. He turned out to be the team’s only consistent pass-catching threat with 64 receptions for 667 yards and three TDs. He was also a safe option on punt returns. Kerley is definitely worth considering for the next regime.

WR Rod Streater: The veteran receiver, who the 49ers acquired in a trade just before the start of the regular season, was underutilized. The 49ers will unquestionably consider all upgrade opportunities via free agency and the draft.

TE Jim Dray: A late-season pickup due to injuries, Dray does not figure to be a priority to re-sign.

G Andrew Gardner: Gardner came to the 49ers late in the season due to injuries because he was already familiar with Kelly’s system. When he saw significant playing time in the season finale, it was his first action since appearing in three games with the Eagles in 2015.

K Phil Dawson: He turned 42 on Monday, but he can still kick. With extra points moving back to 33 yards, accuracy is more important than ever. There should be a spot for Dawson in the NFL – if he chooses to continue his career.

NT Glenn Dorsey: He will turn 32 in August, and his body appears to be breaking down. He battled injuries throughout the season after returning from a severe knee injury in 2015. When healthy, he’s still a good player. But can he remain healthy for an extended period of time?

DL Tony Jerod-Eddie: He was near the bottom of the depth chart throughout the season, as the 49ers deactivated him for seven games. He does not figure to be a priority for a new personnel department.

DL Chris Jones: Claimed off waivers from Miami for the final six games of the season, Jones played very well in his brief stint with the team. He deserves a chance to show what he can do in training camp – with some team.

LB Michael Wilhoite: Through all the problems the 49ers had at inside linebacker, Wilhoite was unable to hold onto a starting job. This position will be one of the areas the organization must address with the uncertainty of NaVorro Bowman’s attempted return from a torn Achilles.

LB Gerald Hodges: The organization is trying to build a new culture. Hodges left the team short-handed for the game at Atlanta due to his violation of team rules.

LB Nick Bellore: He came to the 49ers because of his special-teams play. He ended up starting 10 games in place of Bowman, and things did not go well for the 49ers’ defense during that time.

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In addition, guard Andrew Tiller, running back DuJuan Harris, and defensive backs Marcus Cromartie and Chris Davis are scheduled to be restricted free agents. The 49ers can retain contract rights to those players with minimum tenders.

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.