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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49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

Under the 49ers’ new regime, the club has already invested more in the free-agent market than a year ago under then-general manager Trent Baalke.

Just a reminder: The free-agent signing period does not officially open until March 9.

The 49ers on Friday reached a contract agreement with veteran defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who is penciled into be a starter in the team’s new 4-3 base scheme under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

"As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released Saturday morning. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room and in our community.”

It was the first significant move under Lynch, who also signed a player with NFL experience earlier in the week.

The 49ers also added cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back for two seasons. The Browns released him before the start of last season and he was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Mitchell was available to be signed before the start of the new league year because the Miami Dolphins released him last week in a move to save the team $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell took four free-agent visits and after wrapping up his tour with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, he and the 49ers quickly agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $5.5 million of money in the first year, according to a source.

Last year, Baalke did little to improve the roster for coach Chip Kelly. The 49ers, who finished 5-11 in Jim Tomsula's one season, dropped to 2-14. Just hours after the season concluded, the 49ers announced the firings of Baalke and Kelly.

The only veteran free-agent addition who stepped on the field for the 49ers last season was offensive lineman Zane Beadles. The 49ers signed Beadles in late-March to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus. Beadles had a good season for the 49ers, starting 12 games at left guard, two games at left tackle and the final two games at center.

The 49ers have already shown more willingness to be aggressive under Lynch’s leadership.

Mitchell, 29, is a seven-year veteran who began his NFL career from 2010 to ’13 with the Houston Texans. He was a rookie in Saleh’s final season as assistant linebackers coach in Houston.

Mitchell joins DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial on the 49ers defensive line. The 49ers view Mitchell as a high-energy player who bring good character to the locker room. The signing of Mitchell could be an indication the 49ers are moving on from Glenn Dorsey, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

With 5.5 sacks in seven seasons, the 49ers do not figure to use Mitchell in passing situations. The club must try to bolster its pass rush in free agency or the draft. Last season, Buckner and Ahmad Brooks shared the team-lead with six sacks apiece. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch both led the way with 6.5 sacks.


Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned

Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers. 

The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles. 

Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.