Defense, again, leads way for the 49ers

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Defense, again, leads way for the 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even while the 49ers' offense was going nowhere in the second half, their lead remained safe.The 49ers' defense made things difficult for second-year quarterback Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns' non-existent run game on Sunday at Candlestick Park. The defense powered the way to the 49ers' 20-10 victory."I thought the effort that our guys play with is evident to me to the guys on our team," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Ahmad Brooks, down after down, he's just giving it everything he has. Same with Justin Smith."Looked up and down the defensive roster and you see them come off the field and they're just pouring everything out of their bucket. They're giving everything they've got."The Browns only points came on Phil Dawson's 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half and on McCoy's 45-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cribbs with 6 minutes remaining.The 49ers are 6-1 for the first time since 1998, and their five-game win streak is the franchise's best since 2001.
"It feels good," said 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who recorded a team-high 11 tackles. "We just wanted to come into this game and pick up where we left off. A lot of teams are getting complacent after their bye weeks and we didn't want to be that team. We wanted to separate ourselves and I think we did that."Browns running back Peyton Hillis did not suit up for the game due to a hamstring injury. Montario Hardesty started but managed just 6 yards on two carries before leaving the game with a calf injury.Cleveland managed just 66 yards rushing on 23 carries, as the 49ers have now gone an NFL-best 29 games without allowing an individual to gain 100 yards on the ground against them.There were plenty of defensive highlights:--Brooks recorded two sacks in the game, including a strip of McCoy on the second play of the game. Isaac Sopoaga recovered the ball at the Cleveland 20-yard line, leading to the first touchdown of the game. Brooks did it all without his helmet."My helmet came off during the pass rush and I was just going to lay my shoulder on the quarterback and make sure he was down and maybe even strip the ball," Brooks said. "But right when I was going to do that, I saw Justin Smith somehow come into the play and I just ran into the quarterback head first."After the play, I was kind of dizzy. I was bleeding and leaking as if I just got into a fight and lost. But the thing thing about it is I got the sack. It was well worth it."--Rookie Aldon Smith recorded a sack for the fourth consecutive game. He has recorded each of his team-leading 6.5 sacks in those games. Smith already ranks third in franchise history for sacks from a rookie. Charles Haley had 12 sacks in 1986, and Dana Stubblefield recorded 10.5 sacks in 1993.--Outside linebacker Parys Haralson forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. He is tied for the NFL lead with three forced fumbles on the season.--Safety Dashon Goldson intercepted a McCoy pass in the end zone in the third quarter. It was his sixth career interception and his first since December of last season against the Seattle Seahawks.--Linebacker Patrick Willis recorded seven tackles and picked up his first sack of the season.

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”