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


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.

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL


Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.