49ers key matchup No. 3: Rogers vs. Amendola


49ers key matchup No. 3: Rogers vs. Amendola

Editor's note: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Rams matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (FOX) at Candlestick Park
49ers CB Carlos Rogers vs. Rams WR Danny AmendolaTale of the tape
Rogers (22): 6-foot, 192 pounds, eight season, Auburn
Amendola (16): 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, fourth season, Texas TechDespite missing the past 3 12 games with a collarbone injury, wide receiver Danny Amendola still ranks as the St. Louis Rams' leading receiver.Amendola is expected to be back in action Sunday when the Rams face the 49ers at Candlestick Park, so cornerback Carlos Rogers figures a lot of action will be coming his way."He's their main target," Rogers said. "Any time he's on the field, and he's moving, they're trying to get him the ball."Amendola leads the Rams with 32 receptions for 395 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than four games this season after missing most of last year with a dislocated elbow. He caught 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns in 2010, quarterback Sam Bradford's rookie season."Amendola is by far one of his favorite guys to throw to," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "He's their slot receiver when they go to three wide receivers. He's a really good slot receiver, very similar to Wes Welker (New England). Real quick, real shifty, tough and runs good."Rogers starts at left cornerback, but he will move inside to take the slot receiver when the Rams go with three wide receivers. The Rams have discovered a deep threat, rookie Chris Givens, but their best hope on Sunday might be to put together long drives with Amendola and Bradford hooking up in the short-passing game."He's a guy they use in the slot," said Rogers, who compared Amendola to Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. "I'll be facing him a lot. He's a quick guy. Not very fast, but explosive. He can get in and out of his cuts. If they have a drive of 14 plays, they're going throw him the ball at least seven times."

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.