49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Quarterbacks


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Quarterbacks

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.


3-Scott Tolzien: Was inactive (coaches' decision).

7-Colin Kaepernick: He played 11 snaps total, including four in the first half, to provide a spark for the offense.

The second-year quarterback entered the game on the third play of the 49ers' second series. He lined up in the shotgun formation (5 yards deep) and took the snap and ran an option with a fake inside handoff to Kendall Hunter. He had Delanie Walker available on a pitch to the left side, but Kaepernick wisely kept it for a 17-yard gain.

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Three plays later, he lined up under center and threw a pass that traveled 55 yards in the air into triple coverage for Randy Moss that fell incomplete.

He made the wrong decision to hand off to Gore on his next snap, as tight end Delanie Walker, available on the pitch, could've had a big gain around the left side.

Kaepernick gave the 49ers a 7-0 lead when he dashed around the left side for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

He forced the Jets to call a timeout when he was uncovered as a wideout with Smith under center.

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Showed great decision-making to slide at the 3-yard line late in the game at the end of a 30-yard run in the closing minutes. After two kneeldowns to run out the clock, he finished with 50 yards rushing on five attempts.

11-Alex Smith: He started and played all but 11 snaps in the game, as he exited for four plays in the first half for the Kaepernick package and again in mop-up time.

After a strong first two games, the passing game has not clicked the past two weeks. Smith completed 12 of 21 passes for 143 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Smith did not look comfortable as it appeared he had to recalibrate several times after plays intended to be quick-hitting, rhythm passes weren't there for him as designed.

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This was a product, mostly, of the Jets squatting on the short routes. There were some plays to be made down the field. But, generally, his throws outside the numbers were off the mark.

The 49ers did not run the option solely with Kaepernick. Smith ran it, too. Near the goal line, Smith elected to pitch to Kyle Williams, who gained 9 yards to the Jets' 2-yard line.

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Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.