49ers top Redskins 19-11 for sixth staight win


49ers top Redskins 19-11 for sixth staight win


LANDOVER, Md. -- The 49ers remained unbeaten away from home and extended their win streak to six games with a 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.The 49ers improved to 7-1 for the first time since 1997, which is also the last time the 49ers had a six-game win streak. The 49ers have won their first four road games for the first time since the 1992 season.Record-setting Gore: Running back Frank Gore became the first player in franchise history to gain more than 100 yards in five consecutive games. Gore finished with 107 yards on 19 carries. In 1998, Garrison Hearst gained 100 yards in four straight games.Early starters: The win was the first time the 49ers have won at least four games in a season with a 10 a.m. (PT) start time since 1990. The 49ers went 5-0 in early starts that season.Harbaugh makes history: Coach Jim Harbaugh is the third coach in 49ers history to begin his career with a 7-1 record, joining George Seifert (1989) and Steve Mariucci (1997). Harbaugh became the first 49ers first-year head coach to begin the season 7-1 with a 49ers team who held a losing record the previous season.More about Harbaugh: The 49ers' coach joins Jim Mora (2004 with Falcons) as the only rookie head coaches to lead their team to a five-game improvement from the previous season through eight games since 1970. The 49ers opened last season with a 2-6 record.Bruuuuuce: Rookie fullback Bruce Miller, a converted college defensive end, tasted the end zone for the first time in his career. He ran past the coverage of Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh to catch a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith. Miller scored a touchdown last season at Central Florida when he returned a fumble for a score against Houston.Playing takeway: Linebacker Patrick Willis jarred the ball loose from Redskins running back Roy Helu. Safety Donte Whitner recovered the fumble late in the first half to set the table for Miller's touchdown reception. Willis also forced another fumble in the fourth quarter.
Just kickin' it: David Akers continues to be one of the 49ers' top free-agent pickups off the offseason. He made all four field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. Akers is 4-for-4 from beyond 50 yards this season, making kicks of 52, 53 and twice from 55.Sack man: Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks recorded a sack, giving him five on the season with four of them coming in the past three games.Spreadin' it around: Alex Smith completed passes to eight different receivers, tying a 49ers season-high. Smith had another efficient game, completing 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.