SANTA CLARA -- By early Monday afternoon, Dashon Goldson had yet to see a FedEx envelope in his locker telling him if he has been suspended or fined by the league for fighting with Arizona receiver Early Doucet in the 49ers' win over the Cardinals.
Goldson is not expected to be suspended for any upcoming games. Suspensions after in-game ejections are rare. But Goldson can expect to be informed in the coming days of a hefty fine.
As Goldson sat on the ground in the backfield on the play in which rookie Aldon Smith sacked quarterback Richard Bartel, Doucet came up from behind and took a swipe at Goldson. Goldson got up and retaliated by throwing a few punches. Players from both teams separated the two. Only Goldson was penalized and ejected.
Goldson apologized to his teammates, coaches and the team's ownership after the game and left without talking to reporters. But Monday, he addressed what happened from in front of his locker before the players reported to meetings to prepare for Thursday night's game in Baltimore."What happened was, he was running his route and kind of ran into each other and we both fell," Goldson explained. "I'm looking around to see if the refs saw anything and all I felt was two punches to the head, and I got up and retaliated. It wasn't a smart thing. It wasn't a smart decision on my behalf, but I kind of lost it. And that's something I can't do as a vet and as a leader on this team."After the game, Doucet told reporters Goldson took a cheap shot at him knocking him to the ground -- something Goldson refuted."I kind of figured that he might of felt that way, but it wasn't a cheap shot," Goldson said. "He was running his route and I was trying to cut back and we both fell. So, he retaliated and I did too."In a typical week, players who face disciplinary action from the league will see the orange-and-blue packet sometime around midweek. Goldson says he does not know when to expect something with the 49ers on a shortened timeline. He said he will accept his punishment. But his head coach says the situation needs more attention by the officials, specifically for any player who initiates a conflict."Dashon was punched in the back of the head and then retaliated. What I think needs to be addressed is this mindset that you can't retaliate," Jim Harbaugh said at his weekly Monday press conference. "Obviously, they're not going to see the first one. It's always the second guy that gets caught. And that's the one that's going to get flagged."Had Dashon not thrown the punch, then what we would be saying was, there would have been no flag, there would have been no fine, we would have moved on to the next play. But the first one needs to get addressed. It needs to be officiated and that needs to be a foul. Otherwise, and you wonder if people do it, as soon as the whistle's blown, 'Hey, get the first shot in.' The mindset is, it doesn't matter the first one, it's the second one. So turn your back get the first shove in or the first punch in and then turn your back and see if you can't get a 15-yard penalty. I'm sure that's not what anyone wants who watches football is even associated with the game of football, but you do see it. Not just at the pro level, but at the college level and down to the high school level."
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:
2017 49ERS COACHING STAFF
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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2016 49ERS COACHING STAFF
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
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.