49ers play time: Moss was No. 4 receiver

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49ers play time: Moss was No. 4 receiver

SAN FRANCISCO -- Randy Moss, one of the most productive players in NFL history, was the 49ers' No. 4 wide receiver Sunday night in the team's 27-19 nationally televised victory over the Detroit Lions.Mario Manningham, whom the 49ers signed to a two-year, 7.375 million contract in the offseason, moved into the team's main role in two-receiver formations to join Michael Crabtree. Crabtree played 45 of the team's 63 offensive plays (including plays that were nullified by penalties). Crabtree came up big Sunday night on the 49ers' final drive with three third-down receptions. He finished with six catches for 67 yards.RATTO: Crabtree moves the chains
Manningham played 60 percent of the 49ers' snaps, and caught three passes for 28 yards. He also had a career-long 29-yard run on an end-around on the opening drive.When the 49ers went with three wide receivers, Kyle Williams typically lined up in the slot. Williams played 22 snaps or 35 percent of the time. He did not catch a pass.
Moss, 35, a 14-year veteran, played just 16 snaps (25 percent). Quarterback Alex Smith directed two passes Moss' way, one which he caught for a 14-yard gain. Smithdirected another pass Moss' way in the end zone on the final play of the firstquarter. Lions cornerback Jacob Lacey was called for pass-interference, givingthe 49ers a first-and-goal at the 1. Frank Gore scored on the next play.In Week 1 game in Green Bay, Moss played 31 percent of the team's snaps. He caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown to become No. 2 all-time with 154 touchdown catches. Moss ranks fifth in career receiving yards (14,919) and ninth with 959 receptions.Here is how the 49ers' play time broke down on offense, defense and special teams:Offense (63)
63 -- QB Alex Smith, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, RT Alex Boone, C Jonathan Goodwin
62 -- LT Joe Staley
54 -- TE Vernon Davis
45 -- RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree
38 -- WR Mario Manningham
35 -- TE Delanie Walker
25 -- FB Bruce Miller
22 -- WR Kyle Williams
18 -- RB Kendall Hunter
16 -- WR Randy Moss
8 -- FB Will Tukuafu
5 -- OL Leonard Davis
4 -- OL Daniel Kilgore
1 -- TE Demarcus DobbsMAIOCCO: 49ers' O-line not impressed with Lions front four
Defense (65)
65 -- S Dashon Goldson, LB Patrick Willis, CB Tarell Brown, OLB Aldon Smith, LB NaVorro Bowman, CB Carlos Rogers, SS Donte Whitner, DT Justin Smith
64 -- DT Ray McDonald
60 -- OLB Ahmad Brooks
57 -- CB Chris Culliver
8-- NT Isaac Sopoaga
5 -- CB Perrish Cox
1 -- DT Ricky Jean FrancoisSpecial teams (30)
25 -- Demarcus Dobbs
23 -- Darcel McBath
19 -- Will Tukuafu
17 -- Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden
15 -- Tramaine Brock
12 -- Delanie Walker
11 -- Bruce Miller, Daniel Kilgore
9 -- Dashon Goldson, Andy Lee, Brian Jennings
7 -- Trenton Robinson
6 -- Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Kendall Hunter, Patrick Willis, Tarell Brown, Ray McDonald, Ahmad Brooks, Ricky Jean Francois
5 -- Alex Boone, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox
4 -- Kendall Hunter, Ray McDonald, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, Ricky Jean Francois
3 -- Kyle Williams
2 -- NaVorro Bowman
1 -- Vernon Davis

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.