49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Offensive line


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Offensive line

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco's offensive player-by-player review vs. Jets will be broken up by position. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com throughout the day for the breakdown on each position group.

The thing that stood out the most after re-watching the 49ers' offense was how well the offensive line played. The 49ers gained 249 yards rushing on 42 attempts (5.9-yard average) before the two kneeldowns at the end. And the pocket remained mostly clean for Alex Smith, as well as Colin Kaepernick on his one deep pass attempt.

Right guard Alex Boone, through four games, has shown to be a significant upgrade over the past several seasons at that position. The effort was solid all the way around, from tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, to the inside guys Boone, Mike Iupati and Jonathan Goodwin. Extra blockers Daniel Kilgore and Leonard Davis also had their moments.

Offensive line

59-Jonathan Goodwin: He played all but the final series on offense and had a very good game against the middle of the Jets' defense. The 49ers also seemed to be on the same page upfront agains the Jets' blitz packages, and that's a reflection on Goodwin

He had a one-on-one block on defensive tackle Sione Po'uha on a Gore 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.

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66-Joe Looney: Was not active (coaches' decision).

67-Daniel Kilgore: He played the final seven snaps at center. Before that, as an extra blocker, he drove Pace to the right and onto the ground to open way for Gore to pick up two yards on a third-and-1 in the fourth quarter.

68-Leonard Davis: He entered at left guard when Mike Iupati left for a couple plays in the first quarter with a helmet problem. He played 15 snaps total, including the final seven plays at right guard.

He made strong block on Harris on fourth-and-1 for Gore's 2-yard TD run.

74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and played all but the final series of the game. He had a very strong game. . . Rode his man all the way inside to open the lane for Kaepernick on a 17-yard keeper in the first quarter

Made block on outside linebacker Bryan Thomas on Hunter's 12-yard run in third quarter.

Drove defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis six yards backward on a pancake block top open way for Gore on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.

75-Alex Boone: Started at right guard and played every snap, including the final seven at left tackle. It was Boone's best performance. . . . He took out linebacker Demario Davis on Gore's 6-yard run for a first down in first quarter

Finished off Scott to allow Kaepernick easy sailing at end of his 7-yard TD.

He made a block at the line and another on Scott at the second level on Hunter's 8-yard run on a third-and-4 in the third quarter.

On fourth-and-1 in third quarter, he pulled around the left side and took out Coples, who was engaged with Walker, to enable Gore to score on a 2-yard run. . . Pulled to make block on Harris on Hunter's 1-yard TD run in fourth quarter.

76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle and played every snap, and had another impressive game. . . Made down block on Ellis to help open way for Gore's 6-yard run in first quarter. . . Took Coples out of the play to open way around the right side for Smith and Williams to run an option for a 9-yard gain in second quarter. . . Called for unnecessary roughness after the play late in the first half that backed up an Andy Lee punt 12 yards. . . . Sold a play to the other side against Pace, which enabled Kaepernick to get to the outside and gain 30 yards late in the game.

77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played all but two snaps in the first half when he left to get his helmet repaired. . . Got the second level to make a block on Po'uha on Hunter's 11-yard run on 49ers' first TD drive. . . Made block on Po'uha at goal line on Gore's 2-yard TD run in the third quarter. . . Started off on Ellis and moved on to Harris for a huge push on Gore's 11-yard run in the fourth quarter. . . Made blocks on Muhammad Wilkerson and Ellis on a pitch in which Hunter gained 9 yards in the fourth quarter. . . Took Ellis out of the play on Hunter's 1-yard TD run over left guard.

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Jim Harbaugh: I deserve a medal for lasting so long under 49ers ownership

Jim Harbaugh: I deserve a medal for lasting so long under 49ers ownership

In Kyle Shanahan’s first breath after being introduced as 49ers head coach on Feb. 9, he mentioned Jim Harbaugh, along with Bill Walsh, George Seifert and Steve Mariucci.

The head coach of Michigan was listening, and he appreciated the gesture.

“It was very flattering that he said nice things about us at his news conference, and I appreciated that,” Harbaugh said on "The TK Show," a podcast from Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group.

“Now, I don’t think I was there long enough to be compared with Bill Walsh or Coach Seifert, etc. But I think did – and correct me if I’m wrong – I think we did set a record for coaching there the longest under the present ownership, if I’m not wrong.”

That is correct.

Since John and Denise York took over control of the 49ers in 2000 from Denise’s brother, Eddie DeBartolo, the 49ers have employed eight head coaches. Mike Nolan was fired after seven games of his fourth season. The two coaches who followed Harbaugh -- Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly -- were fired after 5-11 and 2-14 seasons, respectively.

Harbaugh’s teams advanced to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance. He and the 49ers “mutually parted ways,” the club announced, immediately after the team finished with an 8-8 record in 2014.

“I take pride in that,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe there should be an endurance medal, a courage medal, for that.”

Shanahan mentioned Harbaugh during his opening remarks at the introductory press conference earlier this month:

“I’ve got to start out thanking Jed and the whole York family. Giving me this opportunity is, it’s a dream come true and it’s not just an opportunity to be a head coach, but to be a head coach at a place like this where you talk about Bill Walsh, you talk about George Seifert, Steve Mariucci, Jim Harbaugh and you can go down the line with the coaches.”

Said Harbaugh, “Just appreciated it. Appreciated it, and not just for me personally, but appreciated that for all the wonderful players we had and the wonderful coaches and the effort that was put in. People poured their hearts and souls into those years. It’s just appreciated that Kyle would make that comment.”

Harbaugh said he has deep respect for Shanahan and new 49ers general manager John Lynch, whom Harbaugh asked to speak to his Stanford teams during his four-year tenure as head coach.

“Yeah, I would’ve loved to have worked for John Lynch,” Harbaugh said. “He reminds me a lot of the athletic director we have here Warde Manuel, who’s also a former player and a teammate of mine. Common sense guys who are team guys, just the way they go about their business always speaks volumes.

“I thought John took note when they were going through the process. e didn’t want his name mentioned and I think that’s . . . I don’t know if a lot of people noticed that, but I think that’s a profound thing. I think that speaks volumes for who he is as a person. He wants to do a good job and it’s for the right reasons. He’s a competitor at the highest level, so I have great respect for that.”

Kawakami also asked Harbaugh about whether he believes quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still capable of being an NFL starter.

“There’s no doubt he can be an NFL starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said.

“I’m sure Kyle, the coaching staff there and John will meet on it, they’ll think about it, they’ll watch, much like we did when we got in there in 2011. And they’ll make the best decision they can for the team and the organization and it’ll play out the way it’s going to play out.”

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew left no room for Gamble

Lynch's hirings of Peters, Mayhew left no room for Gamble

During the month the 49ers had no general manager or head coach, Tom Gamble was the next-highest-ranking football official and was charge of the personnel department on an interim basis.

But CEO Jed York made it clear from the beginning Gamble, whom Trent Baalke promoted to assistant general manager just prior to the start of training camp last summer, would not be considered for a promotion to general manager.

John Lynch, with no front-office experience, was hired over Arizona’s Terry McDonough and Minnesota’s George Paton. Before Lynch’s introductory press conference, he hired two top lieutenants in the personnel department to usurp Gamble on the organization's power structure.

On Wednesday, the 49ers announced what had become inevitable: Gamble was leaving the organization.

“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” Gamble said in a statement. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Lynch’s first move as general manager was to hire Adam Peters away from the Denver Broncos to serve as 49ers vice president of player personnel.

Lynch worked alongside Peters when Lynch took part in Broncos meetings and prospect evaluations, which included a trip to the NFL scouting combine, prior to the 2013 draft.

“That month, month-and-a-half, I actually sat next to Adam every day,” Lynch told CSNBayArea.com. “Those are long meetings. I’d listen to him and we’d talk in between about players. I just saw way back then, he’s a guy who’s highly respected in the league. I firmly believe in two, three years, he would’ve been a GM. He was on that track, at least.”

During Lynch’s introductory press conference a week later, he announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive. Lynch and Mayhew were teammates in the secondary for Lynch’s first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mayhew spent seven seasons as Detroit Lions general manager. Mayhew should be able to provide Lynch with valuable counsel as learns on the job after spending the past eight seasons as a TV analyst on FOX.

“Martin has sat in the seat as a general manager and his experience will play an integral role in helping us locate the type of football player we want representing this organization both on the field and in the community,” Lynch said.

Gamble recently completed his 29th NFL season and his 10th with the 49ers in two stints. After he was fired as Philadelphia Eagles vice president of personnel late in the 2014 season, and came back to the 49ers in the 2015 offseason.

While with the Eagles, Gamble was one of the few individuals in the front office who worked well with Chip Kelly. Gamble played an important role in speaking up for Kelly and bringing him to the 49ers last offseason.

Kelly and Baalke were fired after the 49ers' 2-14 season, and the 49ers promoted the ability to create a fresh start when a new coach and general manager. While the 49ers were expecting Gamble to remain with the organization through the draft, his spot with the organization was going to be tenuous with a new regime.

“He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him,” Lynch said in a statement. “After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities.”