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49ers offensive review: Kaepernick managed the game

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49ers offensive review: Kaepernick managed the game

It was probably the most thorough 49ers performance against a good team this season, as they had their way in a 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night.The 49ers had standout play on offense, defense and special teams.Let's start with the offense. And let's kick if off with a look at the performance of Colin Kaepernick, who tied a 49ers record for most yards passing in a first start. Jeff Garcia had 243 yards in his 1999 debut, a 24-22 win against the Tennessee Titans.MAIOCCO: Harbaugh considers Kaepernick's 'hot hand'
--Kaepernick threw the ball with accuracy, considering the level of difficulty of some of his throws. He completed 16 of 23 attempts. Kaepernick also did a very good job of being a game manager. And, trust me, that term is not being used in a derogatory manner.According to Pro Football Focus, Kaepernick completed 3 of 4 attempts 20 yards or more down the field for 111 yards. While being blitzed, Kaepernick was 7 of 10 with one touchdown and a 144.6 rating.He had a clean pocket from which to throw for most of the game. On his 57-yard pass to Kyle Williams in the first quarter, Right tackle Anthony Davis handled Israel Idonije and left tackle Joe Staley guided Corey Wooten to the outside to allow Kaepernick plenty of room to make the throw. And Kaepernick's throw to Williams was absolutely perfect.RATTO: 49ers' fan base proclaims Kaepernick the Baby Jesus
--Kaepernick appeared to do a good job at the line of scrimmage with his decisions in situations in which he received two play calls in the huddle. Kaepernick appeared to receive some help from Frank Gore late in the first quarter to kill a play, which resulted in 12-yard completion to Randy Moss.On the first play of the second half, Kaepernick made two adjustments with his presnap read and Gore gained 11 yards around left end.--Kaepernick enabled tight end Vernon Davis to have his best game in a while. He made a couple of throws that Davis would not ordinarily see go his way. The best example of that was in the fourth quarter. It was a third-and-12, and the Bears showed an all-out blitz. Idonije and Brian Urlacher backed off into coverage at the snap of the ball, but that left Lance Briggs coming inside on a blitz. Kaepernick threw to Davis in a window between Idonije and Urlacher, and in front of safety Major Wright. The play went for 11 yards and failed to pick up a first down, but Kaepernick's throw rightfully impressed Davis, who compared it to something he'd see from Tom Brady.--Kaepernick also showed a lot on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree in which he looked right, scanned the middle of the field, slid to the right and found Crabtree working his way back across the end zone.--Crabtree made a great individual effort on a third-and-11 in the second quarter when Kaepernick hit in him stride on a slant pattern. He broke the tackle attempt of Wright at the 25-yard line and carried cornerback Tim Jennings for another 7 yards to pick up the first down on 20-yard play to the 11-yard line.--Kaepernick put a pass to Mario Manningham on a third-quarter slant in a perfect spot. He appeared to underthrow Manningham by design to direct him away from the teeth of the Bears defense. Manningham caught the pass, stopped and made a pivot away from three Bears defenders to gain 28 yards after the catch with a run down the left sideline.RATTO: For the 49ers, it's a full-blown QB controversy
--The 49ers' pass protection was very good. Of course, the offensive line had a very strong game, but Gore was also very good in pass protection. Gore got enough of Julius Peppers to slow him up on the first play of the game, an 8-yard pass to Manningham.--Gore leveled Briggs on a blitz on Kaepernick's 3-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis. Also on that play, fullback Will Tukuafu picked up Urlacher up the middle.--Right guard Alex Boone and Staley graded out highly in PFF's rating system. Boone gave up no quarterback disruptions. Fullback Bruce Miller and tight end Delanie Walker also had good games as blockers.--Right tackle Anthony Davis pushed Peppers inside to open a lane for Gore to pick up 13 yards near the end of the first quarter. --Walker had a big block on nose tackle Stephen Paea to create a hole for Gore to gain 14 yards up the middle. Walker was again inconsistent catching the football. He bobbled a perfectly thrown pass early in the game but still gained 9 yards. Later, he dropped a pass from Kaepernick inside the 5-yard line.--Center Jonathan Goodwin got bested on an inside move from Paea to stop Gore for a 6-yard loss. But Goodwin had a good game from that point on, as he repeatedly got to the second level. He made good blocks on Briggs on plays that gained 13 and 14 yards up the middle.--Kendall Hunter played only 11 offensive snaps, but he made the most of them with 27 yards and a touchdown on five rushing attempts. He got off to a good start when he broke through Urlacher at the line of scrimmage around the right side to pick up 6 yards.--Hunter scored on a 14-yard TD run in the second quarter, as Kaepernick gave him on the ball on a read option. Staley did a good job on defensive tackle Henry Melton down the field, and Hunter broke through Wooten tackle attempt at the 10-yard line.--The Bears picked up two sacks. One came on an odd play call in which Hunter was dropped on apparent halfback pass attempt. The other sack came when Wooten beat Anthony Davis to the outside and Idonije got past Mike Iupati and Gore's chip attempt.

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch received the text message Wednesday from Dr. Tim McAdams that might have come as a surprise to many of the teams that passed on linebacker Reuben Foster during the draft.

The 49ers’ team physician declared Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to play football. The 49ers are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Friday, and Foster will be a full participant.

“We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here,” Lynch said on Thursday, as the 49ers reported to training camp. “Our trainer, Jeff Ferguson, is as good as there is in the league. Dr. McAdams, world-renowned. He has the Stanford name behind him.

“We challenged him numerous times. From his observation, the shoulder was good.”

Foster’s tumble to the back end of the first round was widely blamed on his shoulder condition. The 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. Almost immediately, the 49ers were scrutinized for making the selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some teams did not even consider drafting Foster. One “well-placed source with knowledge of the injury” told Schefter that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”

The 49ers’ willingness to clear Foster for the first day of camp is a reality that appears to be in stark contrast to the opinions around the league that Foster’s shoulder would require additional surgery. The 49ers expect Foster to be ready Sunday for the first padded, contact practice of training camp.

“We pride ourselves in doing all of our due diligence, not afterward, but before we make the decisions,” Lynch said. “We’d done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster in a lot of different areas. Medically was one area.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he the nature of Foster’s injury convinced him that even the worst-case scenario, in the big picture, was not so bad. Foster sustained a torn rotator cuff in Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington and played the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

“I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinion about what they felt,” Shanahan said. “They feel it is healed, and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that. They went against the norm on that, and that isn’t always easy.

“(I’m) pretty confident when it is a shoulder injury, if it doesn’t heal the right way or it’s done wrong, you have to re-do a surgery, yes, it’s time, but it’s not going to affect the guy we saw on tape.”

John Lynch concerned about 49ers' top pick Thomas

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John Lynch concerned about 49ers' top pick Thomas

On April 27, the 49ers selected Solomon Thomas with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

As of Thursday afternoon, he remains unsigned.

49ers general manager John Lynch addressed the media on Thursday and was asked about the defensive lineman's status.

Thomas missed most of the 49ers' offseason program because NFL rules stipulate that rookies who have not completed their undergraduate degrees are ineligible to join on a full-time basis until after their schools' final classes of the spring semester.

Stanford's late schedule put Thomas a little behind schedule.

“We have our iPads, so I’ll be able to watch film from that,” Thomas said in mid-May. “I talk to Josh (Garnett) quite a bit, and he’ll give me advice on how to go through this process – how to stay in touch, just keep learning along the way and keep progressing along the way.”