LANDOVER, Md. -- Receiver Braylon Edwards sustained a left shoulder injury and was led off to get X-rays after the 49ers' 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins.He was bruised, but otherwise fine.But that meant he was late arriving back at his locker. When he began getting dressed, he was the only player in the room. Edwards chatted with Sgt. Dontae Skywalker, third relief commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, as he was getting dressed.Then, Edwards began talking football until he was told that coach Jim Harbaugh had already left the locker room, and he might want to hurry up to catch the bus to the airport.
Edwards caught the bus, all right. Before that, he caught two passes for 30 yards.On a third-and-4 in the fourth quarter, he gathered in a slant from quarterback Alex Smith that went for 24 yards. Toward the end of the run, he appeared to seek out DeAngelo Hall to deliver a hit to the pursuing Redskins cornerback.A wide receiver who usually tries to avoid contact appeared to go out of his way to strike Hall."It had nothing to do with it being DeAngelo Hall or anything like that," Edwards said. "I just assessed the situation. I knew that he's fast and he probably would've caught up to me. And I saw the safety coming over the top. So I didn't think I was going to get into the end zone. I knew I had the first down, so I thought, 'Let me try to inflict some punishment on somebody and see what happens after that.'"That wasn't a personal vendetta against him. It was just anybody who was there. I thought, 'Inflict pain as opposed to letting him pull me down.' " Edwards is part of the 49ers' "regular" personnel group. But the 49ers used a lot of different combinations, as Edwards, Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams were kept on their toes throughout the game as they rotated more than ever."I'd like to see us be more consistent in that, but it's something that is new," Edwards said. "I'm finally back. It's my second game back. Kyle Williams is coming along well for us. We got Ted. We got Crab, who's making plays. You can tell his foot really doesn't bother him any more because he's out there making plays."We just got to keep it going, be more consistent. I think it's something that can be special for us. We can hurt some teams with it." Edwards was asked to compare the success he experienced with the New York Jets, as opposed to what's going on with the 49ers now. He said the 49ers have room to get significantly better, as opposed to the Jets."The Jets, we were already at our potential," Edwards said. "We'd already reached our peak. We had everything in place. We had run the offense for a couple of plays, and we were at our peak. If we'd lost a game, it was because we didn't come to play that game, or we got outplayed or out-coached."We're in a situation right now where we're 7-1 and we haven't yet begun to touch the surface of what we can do."Edwards said there are a lot of moving parts with the 49ers that provides the coaching staff with a lot of options and a lot of playmakers to incorporate in the game plan.
"So now we get consistent and we get better week to week," Edwards said. "Now you're talking about being unstoppable because our defense is pretty much our cornerstone right now. We're banking on the defense and we're getting better as an offense."We're not near what we can be."
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.