49ers review: Defensive player-by-player

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49ers review: Defensive player-by-player

Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' defensive performances from their 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday:Defensive linemen
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle and, of course, played both ways. See offensive review for his recap on offense. He recorded one tackle for a loss in the game, while playing most of the downs as part of the 49ers' base defense. . . . Dropped into coverage on the second play of the game and alertly recovered fumble on Ahmad Brooks' sack of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end and played 2 12 quarters before leaving with a left hamstring strain. . . . Injured his hamstring as he was pressuring McCoy for an incomplete pass in the second quarter.
93-Ian Williams: Inactive. (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95)
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end and played all but two snaps on defense. . . He was credited with four tackles and one quarterback hurry. . . . Held up left guard Jason Pinkston to stuff the middle on running back Chris Ogbonnaya's 2-yard gain in first quarter. . . . He played every snap through the middle of the fourth quarter. On the second play on which he was not on the field, the Browns hit a 45-yard touchdown pass. . . . Called for roughing the passer late in fourth quarter.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Entered the game at nose tackle at the beginning of the second quarter to give a rest to Sopoaga, who had been playing a lot of offense. . . . Jean Francois played a lot of left defensive end in place of McDonald for the final 2 12 quarters. . . As part of the nickel package, he got pressure on McCoy, forcing him to throw in complete pass late in second quarter. . . . Immediately recognized screen pass and was right there to along with Patrick Willis to throw receiver Greg Little for an 8-yard loss. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)
96-Demarcus Dobbs: Played seven snaps of defense in the second half after McDonald's injury. . . He was not credited with any tackles. . . Entered in the fourth quarter on a nickel down and stood over the center and clogged up middle to allow Aldon Smith to loop around him on a stunt to pick up a sack.Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: Played solely on special teams, where he recorded a tackle. (Follow on Twitter @BlakeCostanzo51)
52-Patrick Willis: Started at middle linebacker and was credited with seven tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss while playing every defensive snap in the game. . . . Read a wide receiver screen and threw Little for an 8-yard loss early in the third quarter. . . . Timed blitz perfectly and made McCoy escape pocket and throw on the move on a pass Dashon Goldson intercepted in the end zone. . . . Beat block attempt of Ogbannaya to sack McCoy for 3-yard loss late in game. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker, played every snap and was credited with a game-high 11 tackles . . . Came up rapidly to drop Ogbonnaya for 4-yard gain on completion over the middle in first quarter. . . . Surrendered 29-yard pass to tight end Ben Watson in third quarter. . . . Wrapped up Ogbonnaya for 2-yard loss in fourth quarter on short pass. . . . He also added a tackle on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Played on special teams but was not credited with any tackles. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant54)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and played most of the game. He recorded three tackles and two sacks, along with a forced fumble. . . . Ducked inside of right tackle Tony Pashos, who knocked his helmet off, and sacked McCoy to force a fumble on the second play of the game. . . . Powered through blitz-pickup attempt of Ogbonnaya to drop McCoy for a 6-yard sack in third quarter.
56-Tavares Gooden: Had a good game on special teams with two tackles.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at right outside linebacker and played all 25 of the team's base downs. . . He was credited with three tackles. . . Avoided block of tight end Alex Smith to stop Ogbonnaya for 1-yard gain in second quarter. . . . Shoved to the ground by Pashos, he reached up and stripped McCoy of the football on next-to-last play of the game. McCoy picked it up and threw a short completition.
99-Aldon Smith: Played 26 snaps in the game as a defensive end in nickel situations and registered two tackles and a sack in the fourth consecutive game. . . . Shed the block to stop Ogbannaya for a 3-yard gain in first quarter. . . . Got his fingertips on a McCoy pass to force incompletion on a third-and-7 pass in first quarter. . . . Looped around on a stunt to throw McCoy for a 7-yard loss on a fourth-quarter sack. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Played solely on special teams, registering one tackle. (Follow on Twitter @MadieuWilliams)
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback and played every snap. He had three tackles and broke up one pass. . . . Went low on attempted tackle of tight end Smith, who avoided tackle and ended up gaining 20 yards for a first down on a third-and-10 play in the third quarter. . . . Closed quickly on Little to stop him for 3-yard gain in third quarter. . . . Failed to wrap up and stop McCoy from gaining first down on a third-quarter scramble. . . Upended Ogbonnaya to break up pass on third-and-2 situation late in third quarter.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback and played every snap. He recorded three tackles and broke up one pass. . . . Had good coverage in end zone on Little on play in which Dashon Goldson intercepted McCoy's pass. . . Playing cover-2, Brown tried unsuccessfully to get a hand on the pass to Cribbs for a 45-yard touchdown.
26-Tramaine Brock: Inactive (hand). (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Played on special teams and was credited with one tackle. (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Entered game as 49ers' third cornerback and played 35 snaps. He had another good showing in coverage and he broke up one pass and recorded five tackles. . . . Had good coverage on pass intended for Little on third down down in first quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Cullyinthehouse)
30-Reggie Smith: Played nine snaps on defense when the 49ers went with six defensive backs at the end of each half. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety and played every snap in the game. He was credited with three tackles and a quarterback hurry. . . He and Goldson hit Ogbonnaya simultaneously to force fumble that jarred ball back 7 yards for a net 1-yard gain. . . . Came on blitz in third quarter that pressured McCoy into incomplete pass. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Did not play.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety. He and Whitner hit Ogonnaya at same time to force fumble in second quarter. . . . Penalized 15 yards for a blow to the head that helped the Browns get into position for field goal at end of the first half. . . . Had perfect deep coverage of Little in the end zone and intercepted McCoy's third-quarter pass. . . . While in Cover-2 defense, he took a poor angle toward sideline and was not there to prevent Cribbs' 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)
43-Colin Jones: Played exclusively on special teams.Specialists
2-David Akers: The Browns' average starting point on their five kickoffs was the 23-yard line. Akers had one touchback. He also made both of his field-goal attempts, connecting from 29 and 26 yards out. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: He had another outstanding game after not attempting a punt in the first half. Lee averaged 53.6 yards (42.8 net) on five punts, including two he landed inside the 20-yard line.
86-Brian Jennings: Handled the long-snapping duties with no problems. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

General manager John Lynch and the 49ers have created the desired intrigue about what the club will do with the No. 2 overall pick in this week’s NFL draft.

The team remains “open for business,” in the words of Lynch, to trade the second pick. If the 49ers are unable to find a trade partner, the team can do any number of different ways with that pick. The first round of the draft is scheduled for Thursday evening.

After edge-rusher Myles Garrett, widely projected to go to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick, there does not seem to be much separating the next dozen prospects on the board at a number of different positions.

Now, there is buzz the 49ers could go with a quarterback – likely, Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina – with the No. 2 pick. That possibility gained steam Monday morning with a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, citing “several sources,” that the 49ers are “strongly considering” selecting a quarterback with the second pick.

One league source last week told NBC Sports Bay Area some around the league believe the 49ers would draft Trubisky or Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

“If the 49ers are waiting on Kirk Cousins, just remember that Trubisky is a better prospect now than Cousins was coming out of the 2012 draft,” the source said.

Cousins, who is set to play his second consecutive year as Washington’s franchise player, was a fourth-round selection under then-coach Mike Shanahan, New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was his father’s offensive coordinator when Washington drafted Cousins.

Lynch has been open in his scouting and praise of this year’s draft class. He has attended workouts of top quarterback prospects: Trubisky, Deshaun Watson (Clemson), DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) and Davis Webb (Cal).

"I think most of this quarterback class should be later down the line, whether it's first round or second round,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said recently. ESPN’s Mel Kipier and Todd McShay had Trubisky as the first quarterback selected by the Browns at No. 12 overall.

“I think these guys are somewhat getting a bad rap,” Lynch said at the NFL scouting combine. “You turn on the film, and there’s a lot to like.”

The 49ers head into this week’s draft with Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as the only two quarterbacks on the roster.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing any of the top three quarterbacks on the team’s roster last season: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. Each of those players remains unsigned.

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.