49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record


49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vernon Davis set the 49ers' record for most career touchdown receptions for a tight end when he caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Alex Smith in the third quarter.Davis now has 34 career touchdowns, surpassing Brent Jones' total of 33 over 11 seasons (1987-'97)."It means a lot to me," said Davis, who is in his sixth NFL season. "Any time you can make history is a good feeling. It's a great feeling. The win meant more to me today. I'm more excited about the win than anything else. I can celebrate the touchdown catch later."
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Here are some of the other notes from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:--With a 9-1 record and five-game lead in the NFC West, the 49ers can clinch their first division title since 2002 with a victory Thursday over the Baltimore Ravens and a Seattle loss to Washington on Sunday.--The 49ers won for the eighth consecutive game. Coach Jim Harbaugh's eight-game win streak is the fourth-longest by a rookie coach since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Jim Caldwell (Colts, 2009) won 14 in a row; Steve Mariucci's 1997 49ers won 11 in succession; and Ted Marchibroda (Colts, 1975) won nine in a row.--The 49ers improved to 9-1 for the first time since 1997, which was also the last season they won as many as eight games in a row.--The 49ers tied for the fourth-best start in franchise history with the 1989 team. The 1984 team was 15-1; the 49ers teams of 1990 and 1997 were 13-1 and 11-1, respectively.--Since 1981 when the stat was first tracked by Statspass, the 49ers' 44 minutes, 16 seconds of time of possession is the third-most for the 49ers. They held the ball for 45:04 in a 35-3 win over the Detroit Lions in 1991. In 2002, the 49ers' time of possession was 44:33 in an overtime game against the Raiders.--The 49ers defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 11 games, which ranks tied for second in team history. From October 1985 to September 1986, the 49ers went 13 games without allowing a rushing touchdown. The 49ers also had an 11-game streak in 1992.--The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 games, which is the longest current streak and tied for third-best in the NFL since the start of the 2000 season.--The 49ers had a plus-four in turnover differential for a plus-17 for the season. Since 2009, the 49ers are 20-2 when winning the turnover battle.--The 49ers did not allow a first down in seven of the Cardinals' 12 possessions.--The 49ers broke up 11 passes on Sunday, giving them an NFL-best 77 passes defensed for the season.--The 49ers did not allow a sack. It's the third time the opposition has failed to record a sack against the 49ers this season.--The 49ers had three interceptions to give them an interception in nine of the team's first 10 games. It's the most games in which the 49ers have registered an interception through 10 games since 1996.--With those three interceptions, the 49ers defense recorded five multi-interception games through 10 games for the first time since the 1988 season.--Linebacker Patrick Willis' four forced fumbles this season is a career-high. He has also set a single-season career-high with 11 passes defensed.--Safety Donte Whitner's 48-yard interception return was the second-longest of his career. In 2009, he had a 76-yard return for a touchdown while playing for the Buffalo Bills against Tampa Bay.--Receiver Kyle Williams recorded career-highs with five catches for 54 yards.--Pass-rusher Aldon Smith recorded a sack to give him 7.5 on the season. He ranks behind Denver's Von Miller (9.5) for the lead among rookies.--Kicker David Akers scored 11 points, giving him a league-leading 102 points on the season.

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:

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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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

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.