49ers review: Defensive player-by-player

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49ers review: Defensive player-by-player

The 49ers' defense gave up a lot of yards -- 513, to be exact. But the defense did not allow the Philadelphia Eagles to get into the end zone in the second half.They made the Eagles settle for field-goal attempts, and twice rookie kicker Alex Henery could not come through. Because of Henery's scatter-foot, the 49ers allowed just three second-half points as they rallied from 20-points down for a 24-23 win on Sunday.Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' defense:
Defensive linemen
78-Demarcus Dobbs: Inactive.
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle, and did another outstanding job of stacking up the inside in the run game, though he was not credited with any tackles. . . . He played eight snaps on offense as a blocker, and did another fine job. Had a block on Phillip Hunt to help open the way for Gore's 12-yard TD run late in the game.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end, and had another strong game. On Monday, when McDonald was speaking to reporters across the room, quarterback Alex Smith remarked, "They were holding him all day and it wasn't called once." McDonald nearly had a sack, but Vick ducked underneath him and found tight end Clay Harbor in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter. . . . Recorded shared sack with Aldon Smith late in third quarter. . . . Blew past center Jason Kelce into backfield to tackle Vick just as he was handing off to disrupt play that resulted in 5-yard loss.
92-Will Tukuafu: He was active as one of five defensive linemen. He saw action on the kick-return team as a blocker, and sustained an undisclosed injury that places his season in doubt. (UPDATE: Tukuafu has been placed on IR)
93-Ian Williams: Inactive. (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end, and recorded three tackles. . . . He slipped inside left tackle Jason Peters and supplied enough pressure on Vick that he couldn't step into first-quarter throw down the field that was intercepted by Carlos Rogers. . . . Made the defensive play of the game when he pursued speedster Jeremy Maclin and poked the ball out of his left hand to cause fumble with 2:06 remaining in the game. Dashon Goldson recovered the loose ball, and the Eagles never got it back.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Saw action as team's fourth defensive lineman. Batted down second-quarter pass at the line of scrimmage on the first series in which he played. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: Played exclusively on special teams.
52-Patrick Willis: Started at middle linebacker and recorded six tackles and a pass defensed. . . Had perfect coverage against tight end Brent Celek on attempted throwback intended for tight end Brent Celek on incomplete pass. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker, and had another outstanding game. . . . Made an impact on the first third down of the game with good coverage on LeSean McCoy, throwing him for a 2-yard loss on a pass in the left flat. Blitzed up middle and hit Vick as he was throwing on second-quarter incomplete pass. . . . Did not get enough depth on 27-yard pass to Harbor in second quarter. . . . Recovered lateral from Ronnie Brown at the goal line to thwart an Eagles scoring chance. . . . Brought down McCoy for 1-yard loss on third down to force second-quarter field goal. . . . Spied on Vick and dropped him for 1-yard gain with a great open-field tackle on a third-and-3 situation. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Played on special teams, and also got onto the field for a snap on the Eagles' final drive. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant59)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and had three tackles. . . . Could not wrap up Vick in backfield on play in which Vick threw to Harbor for a first-quarter touchdown. Got around Todd Herremans to throw LeSean McCoy for 5-yard loss in the third quarter. . . . Got off block from Herremans to stop McCoy for 1-yard gain in third quarter. . . . Tipped pass for incompletion to break up a receiver screen to Jackson. . . He was also called for offside.
56-Tavares Gooden: Played exclusively on special teams.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at right outside linebacker, and made some impact plays. . . He came rushing hard on Vick and was in his face on pass that ended up being short and intercepted by Rogers in the first quarter. . . . Wrapped up Eagles running back Ronnie Brown on goal line and Brown, unable to throw the designed pass, threw a lateral instead. Bowman recovered it for a huge play in the second quarter.
99-Aldon Smith: He saw extensive action in the 49ers' nickel defense and played on both sides of the formation. It was his best game, as he recorded four tackles, 1.5 sacks, a tackle for a loss and three quarterback hurries . . . Nearly got his first career sack in the second quarter but Vick escaped and gained 5 yards. Two plays later, he did get his first sack when he split right guard Kyle DeVan, who was holding, and Brown. . . . Got pressure at Vick's feet and nearly had sack. Vick threw incomplete pass instead. . . . Recorded split sack with McDonald. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Started at safety, but did not play a whole lot because the 49ers employed their nickel package for most of the game. Williams plays in the base defense, but leaves when the team goes with six defensive backs. . . . He was a step late in getting to DeSean Jackson on 45-yard pass in second quarter.
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback, and had good coverage deep to break up pass to DeSean Jackson on first play of game when Eagles went for the home run. . . . On the second series had tight coverage on Jackson again and intercepted pass. He returned it 27 yards. . . . Blitzed off right side to force incomplete pass. Forced another incomplete pass on a blitz in fourth quarter.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback. All-in-all, had an OK game with four tackles . . . . Got beaten deep for 61-yard pass, but he tripped up DeSean Jackson to prevent a touchdown. The Eagles ended up missing a field-goal attempt.
26-Tramaine Brock: Played only on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Played on special teams, and saw a snap of action as a blitzer on the final Eagles drive. (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Saw his first action on defense, as he was used at left cornerback in the 49ers' six-DB alignments. Wrapped up Celek to hold him to 2-yard gain on third-and-17 at 49ers' 17 in third quarter. . . . He was credited with four tackles in the game, and gave up no significant yardage in coverage. (Follow on Twitter @Cully_Man)
30-Reggie Smith: Entered at safety in nickel situations. He did not take a good angle on Jackson's 61-yard pass play in third quarter. But he came back a couple plays later and laid out Maclin with a huge hit for a 2-yard gain. . . . Broke up pass and couldn't hold on to interception when he jumped route on Maclin in fourth quarter. He was credited with three tackles. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Suited up, but did not play due to a hip contusion he sustained a week earlier against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Played right cornerback in nickel situations, and did a solid job in coverage, including deep on second-quarter attempt to Maclin that fell incomplete.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at strong safety, and had a big game with 10 tackles, including some big hits. . . . He leveled receiver Jason Avant to break up pass late in the second quarter. . . . Did a good job of staying under control and recovering Maclin fumble that Justin Smith poked free to end the Eagles' final drive. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)Specialists
2-David Akers: His return to Philadelphia got off to a rough start when he missed a 44-yard field goal to the right to end the 49ers' first drive. . . . His 45-yard attempt in third quarter appeared low, allowing Dunlap to block it. . . . He made a 37-yard attempt in the second quarter. . . His five kickoffs were good, as the Eagles' average starting position was the 20-yard line. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: Shanked his first punt but still managed a 37-yard net as Jackson did not have a chance for a return. His second punt was similar, a 34-yarder with no return. But, then, Lee got going. He finished the game, averaging 49.5 yards (45.3 net) on four attempts.
86-Brian Jennings: Handled the long-snapping duties. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.