49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

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49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

The Dallas Cowboys had just pulled to within three points and the 49ers took over with 6:55 remaining in regulation.This was an opportunity for the 49ers to string some first downs together and either put the game out of reach, run out the clock or chew up enough time to make it more difficult for the Cowboys to get into position for the game-tying field goal.Instead, the 49ers experienced a complete meltdown that contributed to their eventual 27-24 overtime loss.Things started well enough. Alex Smith hit Josh Morgan for a 13-yard gain. Then, the 49ers fell apart.Backup offensive linemen Alex Boone and Adam Snyder reported as eligible receivers for a run formation. Inside the 49ers' coaches booth, they recognized that the 49ers came out in an illegal formation and they frantically got the sideline to call a timeout.The 49ers kept the same personnel on the field. This time Vernon Davis lined up on the left side to cover up tackle Joe Staley, making the formation legal. With a full timeout to prepare for this formation that included no wide receivers, the Cowboys stopped Frank Gore for 2 yards.On second and 8, the 49ers chose a strange time to leave outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware unblocked. Not only that, the play called for Smith to roll to Ware's side. What resulted was the easiest sack Ware might ever get in his career. That went for an 8-yard loss.Before the third-down play, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and coach Jim Harbaugh were late getting in the play call to Smith. The delay of game made it third-and-21.With the clock stopped, the 49ers still barely got off the next play. Smith rolled right to the short side of the field and had few options. He took the best one. He slid in-bounds to keep the clock moving. The 49ers punted the ball back to the Cowboys, who took over with 4:03 remaining.Here's the player-by-player review for the 49ers' offense:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive.
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Completed 16 of 24 passes for 179 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 99.1. He gained 21 yards on three scrambles. His best play was a perfectly thrown 12-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Williams. He also did a nice job of recognizing a mismatch and getting the ball to Delanie Walker on a 29-yard score. . . His two worst plays came back-to-back in the third quarter with the 49ers leading 14-7. On second-and-8, he missed Walker at the sideline wide open that would've been at least a 13-yard gain. Then, on the next play, he threw an interception with Vernon Davis and Josh Morgan in the vicinity. He had a clean pocket from which to throw on that play.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started at running back and played 53 of the team's 54 offensive snaps. There wasn't much room for him to operate. He gained 47 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. But do you want to know why the 49ers like him so much? His pass-protection was outstanding. He leveled blitzing safety Barry Church off the right side to allow Smith to complete a 21-yard pass to Braylon Edwards . On 49ers' second drive, cut-blocked DeMarcus Ware to the ground to allow Smith to hit Ted Ginn 14-yard gain. . . . Also caught three passes for 17 yards.
24-Anthony Dixon: He got on the field for two plays of offense, He gained 6 yards off the right side on a third-and-1 play in the on the final snap of the first quarter. . . . He was credited with one tackle on special teams.(Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He did not play any snaps on offense. But he was the up man on kickoffs. He fielded a short kickoff that deflected off Will Tukuafu's hand. He bounced it to the outside and returned it 43 yards.
44-Moran Norris: Started at fullback and played 16 snaps in the game but just four snaps in the second half. He was seen wearing an orthopedic boot Monday on his left foot. His availability for Sunday's game against Cincinnati is not known. . . . Had a pancake block on linebacker Keith Brooking to enable Gore to pick up 3 yards on a third-and-1 in the first quarter. . . . Made block on cornerback Alan Ball on third-and-1 play on which Dixon gained 6. . . . Got block on Brooking on Gore's 1-yard TD run. . . . Sean Lee tossed him aside to drop Gore for a 1-yard loss in second quarter. . . . Whiffed on third-quarter block of outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and Gore was stopped for no gain off the right side.
49-Bruce Miller: Played solely on special teams and recorded one tackle. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He entered as the 49ers' third receiver after Braylon Edwards' injury and played 16 snaps for the most extended playing time of his career, Williams' second career catch was a touchdown. He made the finger-tip grab of a 12-yard pass over Michael Jenkins and tapped both feet in-bounds for the TD. It was the only pass that came his way in the game. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Inactive with a left foot injury. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards : Started and played the first three snaps of the game before leaving with a right knee sprain. He caught a 21-yard pass from Smith, and immediately stuck his right foot in the ground to redirect up field. That's when it appeared he sustained the injury. GM Trent Baalke said Edwards is "day to day." (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
19-Ted Ginn: Entered in place of Edwards on the first drive. He caught four of the seven passes directed his way for a team-high 38 yards. Ginn played 43 snaps in the game.
84-Josh Morgan: He started and played 52 of the possible 54 snaps in the game. He caught three passes for 35 yards.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: Played 26 snaps as the 49ers' second tight end. . . He exploited his matchup against outside linebacker Anthony Spencer down the right sideline for a 29-yard scoring play late in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
85-Justin Peelle: Did not play.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played every snap. Let Spencer get past him too quickly before releasing into pattern. Spencer was on Smith for the 9-yard sack on first play of second quarter. . . . He caught just two passes for 18 yards, and was kept in to block on 10 of the 49ers' pass attempts. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center and played every snap. . . . Got out to second level to block Keith Brooking on 9-yard run for Gore in second quarter. Had a high snap that got past Smith in the second quarter. He was able to get it back and throw it into end zone, where there was a pass-interference penalty. . . . Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff beat him for a costly sack in overtime.
62-Chilo Rachal: Started at right guard and played most of the game. . . . Did not stick with Sean Lee, who angled down line of scrimmage to stop Gore for 1-yard loss on opening series.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive.
68-Adam Snyder: Entered the game at right guard for a series in the second quarter and another in the fourth quarter. . . . Got clubbed aside by Jay Ratliff, who stopped Gore for a 1-yard gain on a third-and-19 draw play in the second quarter. . . . Was used on a few second-half plays as an extra blocker. He tried to report as eligible receiver, and could be seen motioning to the umpire (not the referee) after breaking the huddle. But he was called for illegal formation to wipe out a 5-yard gain in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and drew the assignment of blocking DeMarcus Ware for most of the game. He generally did a good job on Ware, though Ware got to the outside once to drop Smith for a second-half sack. . . Got double-team block on Marcus Spears to pave way for Gore's 1-yard touchdown run. . . . Spencer got past him to drop Gore for 1-yard loss in second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He got on the field for two plays as an extra blocker, though one of those plays was nullified because of an illegal formation.
76-Anthony Davis: Started and played every snap at right tackle. . . Found himself matched in pass protection only three times against Ware, and held his own each time. His pass protection was generally very good. Defensive end Kenyon Coleman tossed him aside to stop Gore for 2-yard gain in third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played every snap. . . . Got double-team block on Spears on Gore's TD run. . . . On an early third-quarter sack, he allowed defensive end Jason Hatcher to get between him and Staley for a sack. . . . Did not get as much push as the 49ers expect from him in the run game.
78-Mike Person: Not active.

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.