Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl

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Harbaugh: Alex Smith deserves Pro Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO -- Players and coaches around the NFL will get together in their respective team rooms Tuesday and Wednesday to fill out Pro Bowl ballots.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh gave those around the NFC something to think about after the 49ers' 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers."A tremendous job by Alex Smith," Harbaugh said. "He was just on the money all night long. Played great. There's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. He's had that kind of season. I think he really put an exclamation point on that tonight."
Smith completed 18 of 31 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the nationally televised game.RELATED: Alex Smith 2011 game logs
Smith ranks ninth among NFC quarterbacks in yards passing, but he's sixth in passer rating. And the 49ers currently hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with an 11-3 record.Three players are named to the squad. The game takes place a week before the Super Bowl, so the quarterback from the team that advances that far will not play. Here is a list of the top candidates for NFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks. (Record in parentheses is team record, not necessarily the quarterback's record):Aaron Rodgers, Packers (13-1)
322 of 473 (68.1 percent)
4,360 yards
40 TDs
6 Ints
120.1 ratingDrew Brees, Saints (11-3)
417 of 583 (71.5 percent)
4,780 yards
37 TDs
11 Ints
109.1 ratingTony Romo, Cowboys (8-6)
317 of 483 (65.6 percent)
3,895 yards
29 TDs
9 Ints
102.6 ratingMatthew Stafford, Lions (9-5)
356 of 568 (62.7 percent)
4,145 yards
33 TDs
14 Ints
93.8 ratingEli Manning, N.Y. Giants (7-7)
326 of 529 (61.6 percent)
4,362 yards
25 TDs
15 Ints
91.7 ratingALEX SMITH, 49ERS (11-3)
239 of 389 (61.4 percent)
2,752 yards
16 TDs
5 Ints
91.1 ratingMatt Ryan, Falcons (9-5)
307 of 505 (60.8 percent)
3,698 yards
26 TDs
12 Ints
90.5 ratingCam Newton, Panthers (5-9)
283 of 475 (59.6 percent)
3,722 yards
17 TDs
16 Ints
82.3 ratingMichael Vick, Eagles (6-8)
211 of 352 (59.9 percent)
2,675 yards
13 TDs
13 Ints
80.6 rating Harbaugh says he believes Smith should be on the NFC Pro Bowl team. What do you think?

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:

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

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.