49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

The game plan called for the 49ers to try to beat the Arizona Cardinals with their passing game.The results were not good, as there were problems of every kind area -- except interceptions.Quarterback Alex Smith didn't turn the ball over. But he also completed fewer than half of his attempts. Smith completed 18 passes, but only three of those plays went for more than 10 yards. Only eight passes produced first downs.Smith was sacked five times, and pressured throughout. But there were few one-on-one breakdowns in protection. More often than not, after a quarterback pressure, offensive linemen were looking at each other -- confirming that there were missed assignments.
Smith could've gotten rid of the ball quicker and more decisively on occasion. His receivers could've helped him out. And there should've been more quick-hitting passes to get the ball out of his hands before the blitz could get to him.What kind of day was it? Perhaps Smith's two best plays were on passes that fell incomplete.Here is the entire offensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 21-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Smith was 18 of 37 for just 175 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also sacked five times for 32 yards. Smith felt the pressure from the Cardinals' blitzes throughout. His two best individual plays resulted in incomplete passes. On the first, he made a play-action fake and his back foot slipped on the turf. He regained his balance and threw deep to Ted Ginn just as Vonnie Holliday had gotten around Mike Iupati and hit him. The pass, which traveled 52 yards in the air, landed near Ginn's feet. Ginn never saw it or he could've easily adjusted to make the catch. Then, on a fourth and 1 from the 41, Smith kept the play alive for nearly 12 seconds and threw a catchable ball to Kendall Hunter, but the rookie was unable to make the catch. And that was the ballgame.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: He started at running back, and carried for 8 yards on the first play of the game. But he took himself out of the lineup. When he returned three plays later, he gained 2 yards and took himself out again. That's the kind of day it was for Gore, who is battling a myriad of bumps and bruises. He played 39 of the 49ers' 63 offensive snaps. When he touched the ball, he was productive. Gore gained 72 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushing attempts. . . He looked just fine on a 37-yard TD run to open the second half. But he touched the ball just twice after that. For the fourth time this season, Gore did not catch a pass. . . Got across formation a little late in blitz pickup on play in which cornerback Michael Adams hit Smith's arm while throwing on a third-down incomplete pass in the fourth quarter.
24-Anthony Dixon: Did not play any offense, but he made a good solo tackle of Patrick Peterson on punt coverage for just a 3-yard return. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He played 24 snaps in the game (the third-most playing time for him in any game this season). He carried eight times for 20 yards, and caught two passes for 19 yards. . . Entered for the second play of the game after Gore removed himself. One play after losing 2 yards on a first-quarter sweep, he leaked out of the backfield to catch a 9-yard pass on a fourth-and-5 situation. . . Got both hands on the ball but could not hold onto Smith's pass on their final chance on a fourth-and-1 play with 1:57 remaining.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive (coaches decision).
49-Bruce Miller: Started at fullback and played 25 snaps. . . He caught two passes for just 5 yards, and did an acceptable job as a blocker. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: He did not play any on offense.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: For only the second time in his career, he played as many as 30 offensive snaps in the game. . . And he continues to make a bid for increased play time with four receptions for 42 yards. . . He also had a 7-yard run on a reverse. . . Made outstanding David Tyree-esque reception against his own helmet in the second quarter for an 11-yard gain. . . Caught a 15-yard pass on a third-and-12 play in the second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at flanker and played 50 snaps. He led the 49ers with seven receptions for 63 yards, but was not targeted at all when the 49ers got into the red zone. . . On a third-and-8, he worked inside of cornerback Patrick Peterson to catch a 10-yarder for a first down in the second quarter. . . Knocked down safety Rashad Johnson with a block downfield on Gore's TD run. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Returning from knee and shoulder ailments that kept him out of action for a game, Edwards was a non-factor. He played just 11 snaps and did not catch a pass. Two passes were thrown his way. . . Intended target of a back-shoulder throw in the end zone in the second quarter, but the pass was off-target. . . Later, got tied up with cornerback Richard Marshall and did not get his head around in time. The pass hit him in the back. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: Inactive (coaches decision).
19-Ted Ginn: He played 36 snaps on offense and caught two passes for 14 yards. . . . He lost track of the ball on a well-thrown deep pass in the first quarter and it fell just a couple feet away at his feet after he had beaten cornerback A.J. Jefferson. . . Made good leaping catch for a 7-yard gain on a third-and-5 late in the first half. . . On the next play, had a chance at a miraculous over-the-shoulder catch in the right corner of the end zone but couldn't hold on.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: Played 31 snaps as the 49ers' second tight end. . . He did not catch a pass. In fact, he has now gone four games without catching a pass since catching six balls for 69 yards against the N.Y. Giants on Nov. 13. . . Dropped third-down pass at the right sideline about 3 yards short of the first-down marker. With Jefferson closing in, he would've had to make him miss to pick up the first down in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: Entered as the No. 3 tight end and played four snaps from scrimmage.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played every snap. He was targeted on just three passes, and caught one for 32 yards. . . Smith found him all alone on a short crossing route, and Davis turned upfield and was brought down at the Arizona 13. . . Called for a false start on the final drive, as it went from second-and-5 to second-and-10. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center and played every snap. Did not get a big enough piece of nose tackle David Carter, who dropped Hunter for a 1-yard gain near end of first quarter. . . Looked to his right and was preoccupied long enough for nose tackle Nick Eason to get past him and guard Mike Iupati to throw Smith for an 8-yard loss on a second-quarter sack. . . Lined up at right wing on kicks. He made a nice catch of an Andy Lee pass on a fake field-goal attempt, but the play never happened as the Cardinals threw a challenge flag before the snap of the ball. . . Thoroughly controlled Eason at the line of scrimmage to allow Gore to blast through on his 37-yard TD run. . . Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett got past him in the fourth quarter for a 6-yard sack. (Follow on Twitter @Jgoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: Did not play any on offense, but made some good blocks as one of the up-men on kickoff returns.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive (coaches' decision).
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard, and played every snaps. . . He pushed Dockett into the backfield to allow Gore to gain 8 yards on first carry of the game. . . Called for false start on first drive. . . Got out front on a screen pass to Hunter to block linebacker O'Brien Schofield on a 10-yard gain. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle. He sustained a concussion on the first play of the game when he tried to cut block Calais Campbell. Staley's helmet hit Campbell's knee. He played seven more snaps before leaving the game for good. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: Entered the game at left tackle on the second series of the game when Staley sustained a concussion. He played the final 55 offensive snaps for the 49ers. . . He more than held his own, as he was not beaten one-on-one. . . He had a mix-up with Iupati on a Daryl Washington sack in the first quarter. . . Got enough of Washington to allow Gore to get through into the secondary on his 37-yard TD run.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle, played every snap, and rebounded with a solid game after struggling against Baltimore and St. Louis in back-to-back games. . . Made good block on inside linebacker Paris Lenon to enable Gore to pick up 8 yards on first play of the game. . . Called for false start in second quarter. . . Good block on Eason on a Hunter 5-yard gain in second quarter. . . Held up well in pass protection. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played the entire game. Holiday got past him to hit Smith as he was throwing on a deep incomplete pass. . . . Looked to his left and allowed Eason to get past him and Goodwin to throw Smith for an 8-yard loss on a second-quarter sack. . . Made block on Lenon on Gore's TD run in third quarter. . . Allowed penetration to Campbell, who got a hand up to deflect Smith's third-down pass on 49ers' final chance.
78-Mike Person: Inactive (coaches' decision).

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.


49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”