49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs

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.

Running backs

21-Frank Gore: The Jets focused on stopping Gore, and they mostly did a decent job of that. He ran hard, and managed 62 yards on 21 rushing attempts. His 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter came on a fourth down and gave the 49ers an insurmountable 17-point lead

Gore does so many things well in other areas, too. He caught two passes for 13 yards. He made block on cornerback Kyle Wilson to allow Kaepernick to easily get into the end zone on a 7-yard run at the start of the second quarter, and he picked up safety Eric Smith on a blitz to keep a clean pocket for Alex Smith's 23-yard pass to Vernon Davis late in the first half.

23-LaMichael James: Was not active (coaches' decision).

24-Anthony Dixon: The 49ers' third-string running back got into the game for the final seven plays, gaining 16 yards on seven rushing attempts. He also played 17 snaps as one of the 49ers' core special-teamers.

32-Kendall Hunter: He played 18 snaps on offense and gained 56 yards on eight rushing attempts. He did a good job of following his blockers and making the right cuts at the right times. He ran big near the goal line when he scored on a 1-yard run between the tackles midway through the fourth quarter.

45-Brandon Jacobs: Did not play (left knee). He returned to limited practice last week, and tweeted the following Monday night:

Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's support. I will be off of twitter for the remainder of the season. Time to work!! Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) October 2, 2012

One would believe he should be available to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

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49-Bruce Miller: He played 29 snaps at fullback, and even had a career-long 5-yard gain for some tough yards from the Jets' 11 to the 6 to help set up the 49ers' second TD. He made a good down-block on linebacker Garrett McIntyre on Kaepernick's 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and made another block in the hole on linebacker Bart Scott on 12-yard run by Hunter early in third quarter.

92-Will Tukuafu: He played 12 snaps of offense to go along with three on defense and 11 plays on special teams. On a third-and-1 from the Jets' two-yard line, Tukuafu could not budge Scott as Gore was stopped for no gain. On the next play, he had a block off the left edge on safety LaRon Landry on Gore's two-yard TD run.

Scott held him when Tukuafu was intended receiver at the goal line. The penalty gave the 49ers an automatic first down at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

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Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as analyst

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as analyst

Chip Kelly is back in college football.

The former Oregon coach, who served as 49ers head coach last season, signed a multiyear deal as an ESPN analyst, the network announced Friday morning. He will work predominantly on pre-games, halftimes and in studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, was fired on the evening of the 49ers’ season finale. The 49ers went 2-14 under Kelly and set the franchise record with 13 consecutive losses. Their only victories came against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelly also auditioned with FOX for the analyst job vacated when John Lynch became 49ers general manager, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Kelly served as Oregon’s head coach from 2009 to ’12. His teams compiled a record of 46-7. Under Kelly, the Ducks advanced to the 2011 national championship game, losing to Auburn 22-19.

Kelly won the AP College Football Coach of the Year. He twice won the Pac-10 coach of the year. He left Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. After his first two NFL teams went 10-6, Kelly was fired in 2015 with one game remaining in the season. The Eagles were 6-9 at the time of Kelly's firing.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.