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.

Free-agent Mitchell scheduled to meet with 49ers

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Free-agent Mitchell scheduled to meet with 49ers

Veteran free-agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is scheduled to travel to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening and spend most of Wednesday with 49ers officials and coaches.

The 49ers will be Mitchell’s second visit on a four-city free-agent tour, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Mitchell is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday before traveling to the Bay Area. After meeting with the 49ers, Mitchell is set to fly to Denver, where he will meet with the Broncos on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Then, he will travel to Atlanta to visit with Falcons officials and coaches Thursday evening and Friday.

Mitchell became a free agent last week when the Miami Dolphins cut him to avoid paying his scheduled $4.5 million salary for the 2017 season. The move saved Miami $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell (6 foot 3, 310 pounds) is a seven-year veteran who could fit into the 49ers’ new 4-3 defense under new coordinator Robert Saleh. Mitchell played the first four seasons of his NFL career in Houston, where Saleh was a defensive quality control coach during Mitchell’s rookie season.

Mitchell appeared in just nine games last season for the Dolphins after serving a stint on injured reserve early in the season with a calf injury. He has appeared in 100 games in his career with 38 starts.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

2017 49ERS COACHING STAFF
Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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2016 49ERS COACHING STAFF
Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama