49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' offensive performances from their 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive.
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: He started at quarterback and played very well. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. His passer rating was 109.7. He also was sacked twice, including a devastating blind-side hit from Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan but still managed to hold onto the ball. Took big hit on first-drive sack because he tried to extend the play. Ryan Kerrigan's sack occurred 5.5 second after the snap. Smith did well just to keep from fumbling. . . . There were a couple dropped passes that could've added another 40-plus yards to his numbers.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started and played 45 of the 49ers' 58 offensive snaps. . . He rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries to become the first player in franchise history with 100 yards rushing in five consecutive games. He remained in the game despite sustaining left ankle sprain in the second quarter. He caught one pass for 7 yards, and also dropped an easy pass on third-and-14, a play in which he might have been able to pick up the necessary yards in the first quarter. . . . Did not get all of London Fletcher in blitz pickup, but Smith escaped and gained 8 yards on the scramble.
24-Anthony Dixon: Did not play on offense. Appeared as if he had a chance to recover a muffed punt in fourth quarter. He did not get the handle on it and the Redskins retained possession. But he was called for ineligible downfield, anyway. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He played 12 snaps in the game. . . He carried eight times for 25 yards. . . Picked up blitz of safety LaRon Landry to allow Smith time to hit Michael Crabtree for 21-yard gain in first quarter.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive. He has not suited up since sustaining a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys.
49-Bruce Miller: He played nine of the 49ers' 26 snaps in the first half, and 15 of 32 plays in the second half at fullback. . . Recorded his first career touchdown with a 30-yard reception on a wheel route in the second quarter. He also was in on two tackles on special teams. . . . The converted defensive end ran a perfect route and looked the ball into his hands on his 30-yard TD reception late in the first half. . . . Was offside on a fourth-quarter kickoff. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Entered for just two snaps on offense. Delay of game penalty was called on 49ers' first drive because it took 15 seconds from the time he first tried to motion to officials that he was reporting as an eligible receiver to the point that referee Gene Steratore finished backing away from line of scrimmage after making the announcement.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played 15 snaps at receiver. . . Caught one pass for 12 yards. He was the intended target of two passing attempts. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at flanker and played 40 snaps in the game. . . . Smith targeted him five times, and he made receptions on each of the five passes for 51 yards. . . Ran interference for Gore down the field on cornerback DeAngelo Hall to allow Gore to pick up another 15 yards on a 27-yard rush. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: He played half of the 49ers' snaps in the game and saw three passes go his way. He caught two of them for 30 yards. . . . On a third-and-4 in the fourth quarter, he took a slant, bounced off linebacker Rocky McIntosh and then sought contact to put a hit on Hall while picking up 24 yards. He landed hard on his left shoulder on the play. X-rays after the game were negative. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Inactive.
19-Ted Ginn: He played 15 snaps, as the 49ers shuttled in each of their four wideouts into the game. . . He caught one pass for 14 yards. He also averaged 9.4 yards on five punt returns. He had one kickoff return for 20 yards. . . . Ran an inside route that allowed Bruce Miller to run past McIntosh on a wheel route for a 30-yard touchdown late in the first half. . . . Called for offensive pass interference in fourth quarter.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He started as a second tight end and played 40 of the team's 58 offensive snaps. . . He had two passes come his way, and he made both catches for 15 yards. He also had a tackle on special teams. . . . Made a strong block on Kerrigan to seal the right side, allowing Gore to get outside for a 27-yard gain in the second quarter. . . . Led way on sweep and knocked cornerback DeAngelo Hall out of bounds as Hunter picked up 8 yards. . . .Good block on safety LaRon Landry on play in which Kyle Williams picked up 12 yards on a receiver screen. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: He played five snaps as the 49ers' third tight end. . . He was not the intended target on any of the team's pass attempts. . . . He did what he was coached to do when he shifted off the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-1 play. But he was called for a false start -- simulating a snap.
85-Vernon Davis: He played all but one snap of offense in the game. . . He caught four passes for 41 yards, but also failed to make grabs of a couple catchable passes. . . . Made block at second level on linebacker London Fletcher to enable Gore to pick up 27 yards. . . . Failed to make deep catch of beautifully thrown 30-yard over-the-shoulder pass in the third quarter. . . . Hall stripped him of the football after 4-yard gain in the fourth quarter for the 49ers' only turnover of the game. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center and played every snap. . . . Pulled and made block on Hall to enable Gore to pick up 13 yards in second quarter. . . . Called for holding to wipe out a 9-yard gain for Gore in fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: Did not play on offense, but saw some action on special teams.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard and played every snap. . . . Pulled to the left and sealed the edge against Brian Orakpo to allow Gore to pick up 13 yards. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and played every snap. Mauled defensive end Stephen Bowen to open way for Gore's 9-yard gain at end of first quarter. . . . Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo pushed him back into Alex Smith to pick up a third-quarter sack. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He did not start but he played four snaps as an extra blocker.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle, and had another strong showing. He did an outstanding job of holding his block against Adam Carriker to enable Gore to pick through his hole for a 12-yard gain on 49ers' first offensive play. . . . Had pancake block on Carriker on Gore's 27-yard gain in second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard. He walled off Bowen and Gore found his way through for a 12-yard gain in first quarter. . . . Allowed defensive end Kedric Golston to penetrate on play in which Gore was thrown for a 1-yard loss in first quarter. . . . Steered Bowen out of the way for Gore to pick up 5 yards in second quarter.
78-Mike Person: Inactive.

Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills


Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.

And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.

Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan


Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51.

The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers.

Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one.

The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the plays – presumably checking out of called pass plays to run the ball.

Here’s what Ryan told Prisco:

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

The 49ers can point to mismanagement of the clock for their own Super Bowl heartbreak. The 49ers’ offense had the perfect play call at the perfect time against the Baltimore Ravens late in Super Bowl XLVII.

But with the play clock striking :00, coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to call a timeout from the sideline. A split-second later, the ball was snapped and it appeared the quarterback run would have easily ended up with Colin Kaepernick in the end zone.

Much like after the 49ers’ loss, the Falcons left plenty of room for second-guessing.

Two of Shanahan’s plays calls, which directly led to the collapse, will forever be scrutinized.

The first came with 8:31 remaining in regulation and the Falcons holding a 28-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Atlanta 36, Shanahan did not remain conservative with an expected run play. He swung for the fence.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson, whom the 49ers added this offseason as a free-agent pickup, was breaking free past the Patriots secondary for what could have been a touchdown. But just as Ryan was unloading, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower hit him and forced the fumble. Running back Devonta Freeman whiffed on blitz pickup, which would have provided Ryan with enough time to target Robinson deep.

Ryan’s explanation does not appear applicable on this play, though. In watching the replay, the Falcons broke the huddle with more than 25 seconds remaining on the play clock and the snap occurred with :15 to spare.

The other questionable sequence came after the Falcons – leading by eight points -- got to the New England 22-yard line with less than five minutes to play. The Falcons lost 1 yard on a run play on first down.

On second down, Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss. Before that play, the Falcons broke the huddle with :19 on the play clock. The snap occurred with :04 remaining. The game clock was running, so the Falcons had reason to attempt to burn as much clock as possible.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons never seemed rushed to get off a play. The closest they came to delay-of-game penalties were when they snapped the ball with :04 on the one play and :03 another time. The majority of their snaps occurred with :10 or more seconds to spare.

If the Falcons were guilty of anything when it came to the play clock, it was that the offense did not waste more time. After New England pulled to within 28-9 late in the third quarter, the Falcons ran only six offensive plays while the game clock was running.

On those six plays, the Falcons snapped the ball with :13, :09, :14, :20, :13 and :04 remaining on the play clock. If they’d snapped the ball with one second remaining each time, they could have shortened the game by 1 minute, 7 seconds. The Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown with :57 remaining in regulation.