49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

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49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

The 49ers had 253 yards at halftime. Frank Gore rushed for 103 yards, and Alex Smith completed 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards.It's not that the 49ers got conservative in the second half. They just didn't play as well. Smith had a chance to have a big second half. But he was off-target on some of his throws, including what would've been a big gainer to Michael Crabtree.It was a sloppy second half, which opened with receiver Braylon Edwards stepping out of bounds before receiving a short pass from Smith.The 49ers managed one first down on their first five possessions of the second half. But even when the offense looks horrible, the 49ers have rarely turned the ball over. On Sunday, it was another turnover-free day for the offense.
Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' offensive performances from their 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive.
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Started at quarterback and completed 15 of 24 attempts for 177 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. His passer rating was 98.8. He also rushed for 22 yards on four attempts. . . . Again, he did not have any turnovers. . . Showed athleticism in first quarter when he avoided pass-rusher Jabaal Sheard in the pocket about 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, scrambled right, avoided cornerback Joe Haden and dove head-first, eluding defensive tackle Phil Taylor to pick up 3 yards on a third-and-2 play. . . . Opened himself up to a big hit from safety Usama Young with a late slide at the end of a 9-yard keeper in fourth quarter. . . . On next play, overshot a wide-open Crabtree 20 yards down the left sideline.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started and played 53 of the 49ers' 64 offensive plays. He rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 31 attempts. It was his fourth consecutive game of 125 yards or more. . . . He was initially ruled to have a second touchdown but referee Bill Leavy overturned the borderline call on review. He was close to another score on three plays later, but Leavy did not rule in favor of coach Jim Harbaugh's challenge. . . Gore did not catch a pass. . . . Picked up stunt around right side to allow Smith time to throw 41-yard pass to Michael Crabtree. . . . Missed a couple snaps in third quarter with a twisted right ankle but returned to the game and is fine.
24-Anthony Dixon: Did not play on offense, but was credited with one special-teams tackle. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: The 49ers' No. 2 running back played nine snaps in the game. He gained 26 yards on three rushing attempts.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive. He has been out since sustaining a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys. Norris returned for limited practice last Thursday and Friday.
49-Bruce Miller: Started the game at fullback and played 29 snaps. He had one pass thrown his way, which deflected off his fingertips. . . . Called for a false start when the 49ers were backed up at the goal line. The half-the-distance-penalty did not cost the 49ers any yardage -- more like a foot. . . . Had a knockdown block on linebacker D'Qwell Jackson 7 yards down the field on a run in which Hunter picked up 26 yards. . . . Good lead block vs. cornerback Joe Haden on Gore's 26-yard run in second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: He played 13 snaps as a blocking back, and came up with an 18-yard pass reception late in the fourth quarter on a crucial third-and-3 play. . . . Big block on Jackson at goal line on Gore's 4-yard TD run in first quarter. . . . Missed block on linebacker Chris Gocong, who shot through a gap to stop Gore for 1 yard on a third-and-2 play in first quarter. . . .Missed another block on Gocong as Gore was stopped for 1-yard loss on goal line.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: The 49ers' No. 4 receiver played seven snaps in the game. He did not have any passes thrown his way. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at flanker and played 38 snaps in the game, the most of any of the 49ers' wideouts. He had five receptions for 54 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown of the season . . . Drew a critical pass-interference penalty on Haden on a third-and-5 play that gave the 49ers a first down on opening drive, leading to a touchdown. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Entered the game at split end on the second play and played 33 snaps in the game. He caught four passes for 42 yards. . . . After being out since Sept. 18 with a torn meniscus, he got banged around on his first play when Smith threw behind him on a quick slant. He said after that play he did not think about his knee again. . . . Held block on cornerback Sheldon Brown down the field to allow Joe Staley to pick up 17 yards on tackle-eligible play. . . . Made outstanding diving catch for 8-yard gain midway through first quarter. .. . Had block on defensive end Jayme Mitchell that allowed Smith to get to the outside for 9-yard gain on third-and-1 play in second quarter. . . . Lost track of where he was on the field and stepped out of bounds on first play of the second half on pass thrown to him. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Inactive.
19-Ted Ginn: He started at wide receiver and played 26 snaps in the game. He had one pass intended for him but it was incomplete. . . Averaged 16.5 yards on two kickoff returns, and had two punt returns for a 9-yard average. He also had two fair catches.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: The 49ers' No. 2 tight end played 27 snaps of offense. He did not have any passes thrown his way. . . Outstanding blocks on Gore's 24-yard run when the 49ers were backed up at their own goal line. He started the play with a block on safety Mike Adams and then blocked linebacker Scott Fujita to allow Gore to get past the first two levels. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: The 49ers' No. 3 tight end entered when Vernon Davis left the game in the second quarter. Peelle played eight snaps in the game. . . Good one-one-one block on defensive end Jabaal Sheard on 26-yard gain by Gore in second quarter. . . . Picked up 19 yards on a pass over the middle in second quarter for his only catch of the game. . . . Sheard tossed him aside to stop Gore for no gain in third quarter.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played 56 snaps. He caught three passes for 27 yards . . . He missed seven plays in the second quarter when he injured his right arm. He returned and played all of the second half . . . He handled right defensive end Scott Paxson to open hole for Hunter on a 26-yard run in the first quarter. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center. Had block on defensive tackle Phil Taylor to seal the backside on Hunter's 26-yard run in first quarter. . . . Got 6 yards down field to block Jackson on Gore's gain of 14 yards in second quarter. . . . Was late getting over to help Adam Snyder when Taylor got past Snyder en route to a sack of Smith. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: He did not start, but he entered the game to play a couple of snaps at right guard. Blocked defensive tackle Brian Schaefering one-on-one on pass play in which Smith hit Davis for 7 yards.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard. Switched to left guard for one play when Mike Iupati left the field briefly in the first quarter. . . . Took safety T.J. Ward to the ground to open lane for Gore on a 26-yard run in second quarter. . . . Taylor initially used a club move to get around him on way to a sack. . . . Jackson bounced off his block in third quarter to throw Gore for a 1-yard loss at end of third quarter. . . . (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle. Teamed with Iupati for a take-down double-team block on defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin on Hunter's 26-yard gain in the first quarter. . . . Started out blocking on Paxson and peeled off into the flat to catch pass from Smith for a 17-yard gain on a tackle-eligible play. . . Didn't hold block on Mitchell on sweep to left side on which Gore was thrown for 3-yard loss. . . On next play, handled Mitchell in pass protection on 19-yard pass to Davis. . . (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He did not start but he played 12 snaps of offense as an extra blocker. . . He moved Sheard out of the way to open hole for Gore on his 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. . . . Called for a false start when he remained in the game at left tackle the play after Staley caught his pass.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle. Manhandled Sheard on play in which Gore ran to his side for a 5-yard gain in first quarter. . . . He provided flawless pass protection throughout the game. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard. He got enough of Gocong to allow Gore to get into end zone on 4-yard run in first quarter. . . . Got a kickout block on Ward that provided lane for Gore to gain 24 yards when the 49ers were backed up at their own goal line in first quarter. . . . Missed one play in the first quarter when he took a shot below the belt. . . . Block on Paxon opened hole for Gore's 14-yard gain in second quarter.
78-Mike Person: Inactive.

Eric Reid embracing new role with 49ers: 'I was made for this position'

Eric Reid embracing new role with 49ers: 'I was made for this position'

SANTA CLARA – Despite recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons and being named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, Eric Reid said he believes he is now in a role that best fits his skillset.

Whereas in the past, the 49ers’ safety positions were considered interchangeable, there is a clear delineation this season under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“Even dating back to college, this is the first time there’s a distinct strong (safety) and a distinct free (safety),” Reid said. “I’ve been used to the interchangeability type of role.

“(In) some situations, certain calls where there’s a motion, we might flip. There are a couple situations where I might be in the post in the free-safety role, but it’s not nearly as much as it has been in the past.”

Reid, who is listed at 6 foot 1, 213 pounds, said he is excited to be stationed closer to the line of scrimmage for run support while free safety Jimmie Ward patrols the deep middle of the field.

The 49ers offseason program concluded Wednesday, and Reid found himself in the middle of the action with an interception on a short Brian Hoyer pass over the middle. While he will still be counted upon for coverage, his biggest impact could come to assist a run defense that last season ranked among the worst in NFL history.

“I love it, being around the ball more,” Reid said. “I anticipate making more tackles, hopefully making more plays. I feel like I was made for this position with my body type, being a bigger safety. I’m excited about this year.

“I feel like I’m using what God has blessed me with, more, which is my size and being in the box in the run game. In the past, I felt like I could do more. And being in the post, I can’t use my size as much when it comes to the run game.”

After producing seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid recorded just one interception in 26 games over the past two seasons.

As a first-round pick in 2013, the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option this season for $5.676 million. He is scheduled for unrestricted free agency at the conclusion of the season. Reid said the 49ers have not spoken to his representation about a long-term extension. That will come, he believes, if he lives up to his end of the bargain in his new, streamlined role.

“I look at it from a business standpoint,” Reid said. “I majored in business. They have me under contract. They don’t have any reason to talk to right now. I imagine if I play well in the first half of the season, they’ll reach out to me. Maybe they’ll reach out to me before training camp, I don’t know. It’s whatever route they decide to take. It’s a business. I’ll treat it as a business. I have a job to do, so I’ll do it.”

 

Mike Shanahan's official role with 49ers: Father of head coach

Mike Shanahan's official role with 49ers: Father of head coach

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan always wanted to coach football with his father. But, first, he knew he had to prove himself without any boost from his well-known dad.

Once the son established himself as one of the NFL’s respected offensive minds, the Shanahans teamed up for four up-but-mostly-down seasons with Washington.

Mike, the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach, hired his son to serve as his top offensive assistant in 2010.

“I thought we saw football similar, but we quickly realized after a few weeks that we saw it differently,” Kyle Shanahan told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “We grew together. He gave me a lot of leeway while I was there. It was fun to try a bunch of different things, having to even incorporate the zone read when we got Robert (Griffin).

“We did our deal in Washington, and I wouldn’t take that back for the world, but that was pretty much the end of it.”

Kyle Shanahan broke into the coaching ranks under Karl Dorrell at UCLA. He moved onto the NFL to work with Jon Gruden on the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Gary Kubiak with the Houston Texans. But nothing prepared him for the scrutiny he would face as offensive coordinator under his father.

Kyle Shanahan adjusted the Washington offense to take advantage of Griffin’s skills as a dual-threat quarterback as a rookie 2012. The club qualified for the playoffs with a 10-6 record.

But things blew up the following season as the Mike Shanahan-Griffin relationship soured. Shanahan and eight assistant coaches, including Kyle, were fired the morning after Washington’s 3-13 season concluded.

Mike Shanahan has remained out of coaching, though he was a finalist for the 49ers’ head-coaching job after the 2015 season. The 49ers hired Chip Kelly.

Kyle Shanahan rebuilt his career with one season as offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns and two successful seasons with the Atlanta Falcons to enable him to become CEO Jed York’s choice to replace Kelly.

There is no official role for Mike Shanahan, 64, on his son’s staff with the 49ers. But the father has attended several of the team’s practices this offseason, including both days of the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp this week. Mike has been issued his own iPad that gives him access to the 49ers playbook and coach's film. He will likely visit for an extended stay during training camp. But Kyle said he believes his dad will mostly remain home -- only a phone call away -- during the regular season.

“He’s enjoying life right now,” said Kyle, 37. “He’s got a pretty good deal in Denver, where he lives. He can help me out in other ways anyways without having to be here every day.”

Mike Shanahan does not need to be in the building every day to counsel and have influence on his son as he tries to navigate his first season as the head coach while also maintaining the responsibilities of running the team’s offense.

“You’re going 1,000 miles an hour,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Sometimes to see everything you’ve got to really slow things down and take your time to look at stuff and you don’t always have that time as a head coach.

“It’s nice when someone you know who thinks similar to you has a similar background and he just sits in a room all day and watches stuff. He doesn’t have any other responsibilities. He can see some things that I’m not always seeing and just to bring things to light that maybe I missed or other people have missed.”

Mike Shanahan was a successful NFL offensive coordinator for seven seasons. He won a Super Bowl on George Seifert’s staff with the 49ers in January 1995. His dad believes his time around the 49ers has a lasting impact.

“When I was with San Francisco, Kyle was at the 49ers training camps in Rocklin,” Mike Shanahan told Fangirl Sports Network. “He stayed with me at camp and we talked about football every night.

“He had the opportunity to experience an organization that had won four Super Bowls in nine years. He also had the opportunity to be around some great people and leaders. He still tells stories and talks about people like Steve Young, Joe Montana, Harris Barton, Tom Rathman, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Deion Sanders, and many others. What a great experience to see how these men handled themselves on and off the field.”

The Denver Broncos hired him to become head coach shortly after the 49ers’ 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. Shanahan went on to win two Super Bowls in his 14 seasons with the Broncos.

Kyle Shanahan was a wide receiver at Duke before finishing college at Texas, where he caught 14 passes for 127 yards in two seasons. He figured he would have a career in football and it would not be as a player.

“I’ve wanted to coach my whole life,” Kyle Shanahan said. “This is all I’ve known, just growing up around football. It’s almost all I’ve been into, too. Since I was little, it’s distracted me from everything I’ve done, especially school. I always tried to tell my mom, ‘Just be patient, it’ll play out for us in the long run.’ Fortunately, it did.

“Once I realized my genes were a little bit better as a coach than as a player, I pretty much locked into that – and that was about halfway through college. I haven’t looked back.”

During his short time with the 49ers, players on both sides of the ball have expressed amazement at how knowledgeable Kyle Shanahan is about the game of football. His dad told Fangirl Sports Network to succeed as a head coach he must always be dedicated to stuyding, learning and teaching the sport.

“He loves the game and knows it inside and out,” Mike Shanahan said. “My advice to him is to never lose the drive to study the game as he’s done over the last 13 years. To stay in the NFL as a head coach and have success for any length of time, you must never lose your drive to teach and stay abreast of what the top teams are doing every year: offense, defense, special teams. You must be able to coach all positions to really understand the whole game.”

Former 49ers president Carmen Policy said he remembers young Kyle serving as a ball boy during 49ers training camp in the early 1990s. Policy, who remains close to Mike Shanahan, has followed Kyle’s rise in the coaching ranks while playfully questioning the sanity of the family business.

Said Policy: “I used to tease Mike, ‘What kind of father are you to let your kid go into coaching?’ I said, ‘You should be charged with dereliction of parental duty.’ And he’d laugh and say, ‘Yeah, I tried talking to him and then my wife tried talking to him, but that’s his passion, and that’s what he wants to do, so I’m not going to dissuade him from it.’

“And, then, look at what happened. Here he is. He’s the head coach of the 49ers, and that’s just incredible.”