49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record

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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.

49ers' director of college scouting hired as Packers scout

49ers' director of college scouting hired as Packers scout

Matt Malaspina, who spent the past four years as the 49ers’ director of college scouting, has joined the Green Bay Packers’ player personnel department.

The Packers on Friday announced the hiring of Malaspina as a college scout.

Malaspina becomes the second high-ranking member of the 49ers’ scouting department to leave the organization in moves announced this week. On Wednesday, the 49ers announced assistant general manager Tom Gamble was no longer with the organization.

Malaspina spent 12 years with the 49ers after being an area scout with the Seattle Seahawks for five seasons. Before moving into the position as the 49ers’ director of college scouting, Malaspina was a national scout with the 49ers. He was responsible for cross-checking the southeast region, as well as top prospects across the country.

Shortly after being hired as 49ers general manager, John Lynch hired Adam Peters as vice president of player personnel and former Detroit GM Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive to become his top two assistants.

49ers could talk QB trades at scouting combine

49ers could talk QB trades at scouting combine

Four years ago at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the 49ers agreed to the trade that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Next week, the 49ers could have similar discussions. Only this time, they figure to be in the market to acquire a starting quarterback.

General manager John Lynch during an appearance this week on KNBR said he was excited about the talent he sees on the 49ers' offensive and defensive lines. But he made no secret of the organization’s intention to upgrade the quarterback position.

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely,” Lynch said. “And we’re committed to doing that.”

Seven weeks before the 49ers can add a quarterback in the draft, the team will have ample opportunities to find a solution in the veteran market. Free agency and the trade window open for all NFL teams on March 9.

Free-agent quarterback Matt Schaub, who had his best seasons under Kyle Shanahan with the Houston Texans, is a logical, low-price option for the 49ers to add as a backup. Schaub attempted just three passes last season as Matt Ryan’s backup with the Atlanta Falcons.

The 49ers could solve their long-term quarterback need with a blockbuster trade to acquire Washington’s Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo from New England.

Shanahan was part of the Washington regime that drafted Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. Shanahan disclosed during Super Bowl week that he had a high draft grade on Garoppolo, whom he scouted in 2014 while with the Cleveland Browns.

Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer and executive vice president of football operations, intimated this week on “The 49ers Insider Podcast” he has provided the team’s decision-makers with information on previous trades.

“Here are all the other examples of when this position was traded for, and what people gave up to trade,” Marathe said. “That would establish the range for us if we are curious about a player at that position. And then we have a discussion from there.”

Cousins will be 29 next season, while Garoppolo, who has just two NFL starts, will be 26.

Here’s a look at the significant trades in the past decade that have involved quarterbacks acquired to take on starting roles:

2016
Sam Bradford, 29, from Philadelphia to Minnesota
--2017 first-round pick (No. 14 or 15)
--2018 fourth-round pick (TBD)

2013
Alex Smith, 29, from 49ers to Kansas City
--2013 second-round pick (No. 34)
--2014 second-round pick (No. 56)

2011
Carson Palmer, 32, from Cincinnati to Oakland
--2012 first-round pick (No. 17)
--2013 second-round pick (No. 37)

Kevin Kolb, 27, from Philadelphia to Arizona
--2012 second round pick (No. 51)
--CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

2010
Donovan McNabb, 34, from Philadelphia to Washington
--2010 second-round pick (No. 37)
--2010 fourth-round pick (No. 104)

2009
Jay Cutler, 26, and 2009 fifth-round pick (No. 140) from Denver to Chicago
--2009 first-round pick (No. 18)
--2009 third-round pick (No. 84)
--2010 first-round pick (No. 11)
--QB Kyle Orton

Matt Cassel, 27, and LB Mike Vrabel from New England to Kansas City
--2009 second-round pick (No. 34)

2007
Matt Schaub, 26, and 2007 first-round pick (No. 10) from Atlanta to Houston
--2007 first-round pick (No. 8)
--2007 second-round pick (No. 39)
--2008 second-round pick (No. 48)
Source: Pro Football Reference