49ers play time: Four defenders play all 94 snaps

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49ers play time: Four defenders play all 94 snaps

It was a busy evening for Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner, each of whom played all 94 snaps of defense in the 49ers' 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.

In addition, Willis, Goldson and Bowman also saw significant action on special teams.

Defensive tackle Justin Smith was limited to 44 snaps after leaving the game with a left arm injury. Smith was scheduled to undergo an MRI examination on Monday.

Receiver Randy Moss played a season-high 47 snaps on offense. He made both of his catches -- for 36 yards and a touchdown -- on the opening drive of the game. Michael Crabtree, who led the 49ers with seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns, played 43 snaps.

Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalties
68 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, C Jonathan Goodwin, QB Colin Kaepernick
67 (99%) -- TE Vernon Davis
55 (81%) -- LG Mike Iupati
53 (78%) -- RB Frank Gore
48 (71%) -- TE Delanie Walker
47 (69%) -- WR Randy Moss
43 (63%) -- WR Michael Crabtree
37 (54%) -- FB Bruce Miller
15 (22%) -- LG Leonard Davis
13 (19%) -- RB LaMichael James
9 (13%) -- TE Garrett Celek
8 (12%) -- WR A.J. Jenkins
5 (7%) -- WR Ted Ginn
4 (6%) -- FB Will Tukuafu
3 (4%) -- RB Anthony Dixon
1 (1%) -- OL Daniel Kilgore

Defensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalties
94 (100%) -- LB Patrick Willis, S Dashon Goldson, LB NaVorro Bowman, S Donte Whitner
93 (99%) -- CB Carlos Rogers
91 (97%) -- CB Tarell Brown
88 (94%) -- OLB Aldon Smith
84 (89%) -- OLB Ahmad Brooks
83 (88%) -- DT Ray McDonald
80 (85%) -- CB Chris Culliver
48 (51%) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
44 (47%) -- DT Justin Smith
20 (21%) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
7 (7%) -- CB Perrish Cox, DT Will Tukuafu
6 (6%) -- OLB Eric Bakhtiari
5 (5%) -- OLB Clark Haggans
1 (1%) -- S C.J. Spillman

Special teams
25 (64%) -- Darcel McBath
24 (62%) -- Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Larry Grant, Tramaine Brock, Michael Wilhoite
17 (44%) -- Eric Bakhtiari
15 (38%) -- David Akers, Garrett Celek
14 (36%) -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Delanie Walker, Will Tukuafu
13 (33%) -- Patrick Willis
12 (31%) -- Dashon Goldson
8 (21%) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Leonard Davis, Daniel Kilgore
7 (18%) -- Mike Iupati, NaVorro Bowman, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean Francois, Perrish Cox
6 (15%) -- LaMichael James, Ted Ginn, Isaac Sopoaga
5 (54%) -- Chris Culliver
3 (8%) -- Clark Haggans
1 (3%) -- Randy Moss

49ers announce more hires to Shanahan's staff

49ers announce more hires to Shanahan's staff

Kyle Shanahan put together some of the final pieces of his coaching staff on Tuesday.

The 49ers announced the hirings of seven coaches, including confirmation of John Benton as offensive line coach.

The team hired former NFL standout linebacker DeMeco Ryans as defensive quality control coach. He was a second-round selection of the Houston Texans in 2006 and spent 10 seasons in the league. He finished his career playing four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 49ers also hired Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, Stan Kwan as assistant special teams, Vince Oghobaase as assistant defensive line, Adam Stenavich as assistant offensive line, and Michael Clay as strength and conditioning assistant.

Benton, 53, was hired away from the Broncos after being on the job for approximately a month. Benton served as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach last season. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Benton and Shanahan worked together for four seasons with the Houston Texans.

Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.

John Lynch: 49ers will be up-front with Kaepernick

John Lynch: 49ers will be up-front with Kaepernick

The only promises new 49ers general manager John Lynch made quarterback Colin Kaepernick for this offseason are open communication and honesty.

Kaepernick has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the 49ers after being a second-round draft pick in 2011. He has started 58 of the 49ers’ past 71 regular-season games.

Kaepernick has the contractual ability to opt out of his contract in March. If he does not, it seems likely the 49ers would release him – even if they want him back – to avoid being on the hook for his scheduled $14.9 million pay for the 2017 season.

“The one thing we will do very well with Kap is we’ll communicate,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”

Lynch said he developed trust and a good rapport with Kaepernick during the time when the 49ers were among the top teams in the NFL. Lynch was a broadcaster for FOX-TV and had occasion to meet with Kaepernick multiple times during production meetings.

“Every time we talk about Kap, I think of the guy who was in the Super Bowl not too (long ago),” Lynch said. “Things happen in guys’ careers. Injuries happen. Different things happen.”

Kaepernick began last season as the backup to Blaine Gabbert. After regaining his starting role in Week 6, Kaepernick put together his best season since 2013 – his first full season as a starter.

Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 90.7, and he added 468 yards rushing.

Lynch said he and coach Kyle Shanahan have been evaluating the players on the 49ers’ roster. The other three quarterbacks on the roster – Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis – are not under contract for next season.

“Like we said we would – and like we told Kap we would – we’re assessing everything,” Lynch said. “Both Kyle and I believe wholeheartedly that position is the most-important position in football.

“From every side of this thing, we’re evaluating. And we’re continuing to watch the film. We’ll continue to work toward that until we have made a decision.”