Gore, Staley to start; Jacobs not active

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Gore, Staley to start; Jacobs not active

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Running back Brandon Jacobs is off the injury report, but he can't find his way onto the active list.Jacobs is one of the 49ers' seven inactive players for the Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals. Clearly, the 49ers are confident that starter Frank Gore is fine after missing the last part of the 49ers' Oct. 18 game against the Seattle Seahawks with a ribs bruise.Also, left tackle Joe Staley will play Monday night after being listed on the injury report as questionable. Staley had pneumonia for five days, he told CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach prior to warmups. Staley did not practice Thursday and was limited Friday and Saturday.For the Cardinals, right guard Adam Snyder, who played his first seven NFL seasons with the 49ers, is inactive with a thigh contusion. Rich Ohrnberger will start in Snyder's place.49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
WR A.J. Jenkins
RB LaMichael James
S Trenton Robinson
RB Brandon Jacobs
G Joe Looney
NT Ian WilliamsCardinals inactives
QB Kevin Kolb
G Adam Snyder
TE Todd Heap
CB Greg Toler
G Senio Kelemete
LB Jamaal Westerman
WR LaRon Byrd

Falcons coach Quinn: 49ers' offense, defense in good hands

Falcons coach Quinn: 49ers' offense, defense in good hands

INDIANAPOLIS – Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn believes the 49ers’ offense and defense have capable people charge.

Quinn, speaking Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, has worked on the same staffs with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who will run the team’s offense, and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Saleh, who served as Jacksonville’s linebackers coach the past three season, spent one season on the Seattle staff when Quinn was defensive coordinator.

“He has a really good and rock-solid understanding of the principles of playing three-deep and man-to-man,” Quinn said of Saleh. “He’s an excellent teacher. And, I think, as a coordinator that’s a really important thing, especially when you’re first putting the whole thing together so everyone has a real clear understanding and they’re all on the same page. So I think he’ll do a fantastic job.”

Shanahan did not hire an assistant to serve under the title of offensive coordinator. Instead, he will assume those duties with the 49ers while also overseeing the entire operation as head coach. Shanahan has been an NFL offensive coordinator for eight seasons, including the past two under Quinn with the Falcons.

“He is one of the few coaches who has a full understanding – run game, offensive line, quarterback play, receiver play,” Quinn said of Shanahan. “You could put him into any spot on the offense, and he’ll be able to coach that position. That’s a rare trait. There are some guys who are sto strong in one area. It might be in the run game or so strong in the pass game. But he has a really clear understanding how to do the whole thing.

“I never like to see anybody leave the staff, but what I can appreciate is a guy taking a risk to say, ‘Hey, I want to give this a shot and go battle for it.’ So I’m excited for him and the opportunity he has there.”

Report: Kaepernick's new agents inform teams he will opt out

Report: Kaepernick's new agents inform teams he will opt out

INDIANAPOLIS – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will become a free agent for the first time in his six-year NFL career.

Kaepernick’s new agents, Jeff Nalley and Sean Kiernan, informed all 32 teams on Tuesday that he will, as expected, opt out of his contract to become a free agent, the NFL Network reported.

Kaepernick was scheduled to make $14.9 million in salary and bonuses for the 2017 season. If he did not opt out, the 49ers were expected to release him to avoid being on the hook for his scheduled pay.

The 49ers do not have a quarterback under contract for the upcoming season. Kaepernick is coming off his best season since 2013 – his first full season as the starter. Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Quarterback ranks as the team's top need for the upcoming season.

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said on KNBR last week. “And we’re committed to doing that.”

Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis are also scheduled to be free agents.