How the 49ers' play time was divided


How the 49ers' play time was divided

One of the questions surrounding the 49ers' offense was how much play time would coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman give each of the running backs and wide receivers.

INSTANT REPLAY: 49ers 30, Packers 22
As it turned out, the 49ers deactivated rookie LaMichael James, and Brandon Jacobs (left knee) was injured. So the play time among the running backs was about the same as a year ago. However, the 49ers used fullback Bruce Miller a lot more than usual.At wide receiver, the 49ers constantly shuttled four wideouts into the game. There's no question Michael Crabtree is the team's No. 1 wide receiver. And, actually, Mario Manningham played a higher percentage of the snaps than Randy Moss. Kyle Williams started alongside Crabtree but saw the least action among the four wide receivers who got on the field.MAIOCCO: Moss makes most of his first-half chances
Based on 67 offensive plays (including penalties that nullified the plays), 72 plays on defense, and 30 plays on special teams, here is how much everyone played:Offense (67)
67 -- RT Anthony Davis, LT Joe Staley, LG Mike Iupati, RT Alex Boone, C Jonathan Goodwin
66 -- QB Alex Smith
65 -- TE Vernon Davis
50 -- RB Frank Gore
45 -- WR Michael Crabtree
37 -- FB Bruce Miller
34 -- TE Delanie Walker
29 -- WR Mario Manningham
21 -- WR Randy Moss
16 -- WR Kyle Williams
15 -- RB Kendall Hunter
12 -- OL Leonard Davis
6 -- FB Will Tukuafu
5 -- OL Daniel Kilgore
1 -- QB Colin KaepernickRELATED: Smith outshines Rodgers in 49ers' victory
Defense (72)
72 -- S Dashon Goldson, DL Ray McDonald, S Donte Whitner
71 -- CB Tarell Brown, CB Carlos Rogers
70 -- OLB Aldon Smith, DL Justin Smith
65 -- CB Chris Culliver
59 -- LB NaVorro Bowman
56 -- OLB Ahmad Brooks
55 -- CB Perrish Cox
48 -- LB Patrick Willis
7 -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
2 -- DL Demarcus Dobbs
1 -- S C.J. Spillman, DL Ricky Jean FrancoisSpecial teams (30)
25 -- Demarcus Dobbs
24 -- Darcel McBath
20 -- C.J. Spillman, Anthony Dixon, Tavares Gooden
19 -- Tramaine Brock
16 -- Larry Grant
15 -- Trenton Robinson
14 -- Will Tukuafu
12 -- David Akers
11 -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings
10 -- Delanie Walker, Daniel Kilgore
9 -- Bruce Miller, Perrish Cox
8 -- Chris Culliver
7 -- Kyle Williams, Dashon Goldson
6 -- Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis
5 -- Alex Boone, NaVorro Bowman
4 -- Kendall Hunter, Ray McDonald, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, Ricky Jean Francois
1 -- Jonathan Goodwin

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.


49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”