Goodwin: plenty of room for offense to improve


Goodwin: plenty of room for offense to improve

SANTA CLARA -- Center Jonathan Goodwin, the only starting player on the 49ers with a Super Bowl ring, had a high opinion of his future team while playing for the New Orleans Saints."Last year we played against them and I thought the defense was one of the most physical defenses I played against," Goodwin said. "This was the team I didn't want to play in the playoffs. I thought they had a lot of talent here."
The Saints, fresh off their Super Bowl title, met the 49ers in Week 2. Quarterback Alex Smith had one of his better games, marching the 49ers down the field for a game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.But New Orleans closed the game with a 51-yard drive in the final 1:19 to win the game on a final-play field goal."I knew they had Frank (Gore) and Vernon (Davis)," Goodwin said. "And Alex led them right down the field to tie that game. My experience against the San Francisco 49ers was always good. They played us tough last year and could've easily won that game."The 49ers brought in Goodwin, an 10-year veteran, after David Baas signed with the New York Giants after the lockout ended. Goodwin signed a three-year, 10.9 million contract with the 49ers, and has quickly earned the respect of his teammates with his play and attention to detail.
"Once I got here and started practicing with the guys, I saw a lot of potential," Goodwin said. "Hopefully that potential can keep growing and we find a way to score even more points on offense."The 49ers (8-1) lead the NFC West by five games with seven weeks remaining. The 49ers rank seventh in the league in points scored while being tied for 25th in total yards.There is plenty of room for the 49ers' offense to get better, too. The team ranks 24th in red-zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on 43.8 percent of their trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line."There's a lot we can clean up," Goodwin said. "We got to find a way to get touchdowns instead of field goals in some of those situations. Who knows, maybe then the game's not as tight at the end."But as long as we get wins, that's all that matters. You don't need style points in the NFL. It's huge that we're finding a way of finding a way to win, even though we know we're capable of playing so much better on offense."

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

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:

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

* * *

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

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

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.