Sept. 17, 2011
The 49ers enter Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys with only two injury issues that must be addressed.Coach Jim Harbaugh said both receiver Michael Crabtree and safety Dashon Goldson will be game-time decisions. Teams must declare their seven inactive players 90 minutes prior to kickoff.If Crabtree is deemed healthy, he'll likely fill the role as the 49ers' third receiver behind Braylon Edwards and Josh Morgan. Crabtree would play the slot when the 49ers go with three wideouts.Even if Goldson is healthy, he probably will not have much of a role because he did not see a lot of action in practice this week. Goldson was a projected starter at free safety, but Madieu Williams started the season opener last week against the Seattle Seahawks. In nickel situations,Reggie Smith replaced Williams.The Cowboys have a lot more problems, as two of their top three cornerbacks have already been ruled out. Also, receiver Dez Bryant is questionable with a deep thigh bruise.Here's a look at the Cowboys' starting lineup:Defense
WR - 88 Dez Bryant (questionable, thigh). Possible starter: 85 Kevin Ogletree
LT - 68 Doug Free
LG - 61 Bill Nagy (neck) New starter: 74 Derrick Dockery
C - 67 Phil Costa (probable, knee)
RG - 63 Kyle Kosier
RT - 77 Tyron Smith (probable, knee)
TE - 82 Jason Witten
WR - 19 Miles Austin (probable, knee)
QB - 9 Tony Romo
FB - 89 John Phillips
RB - 28 Felix Jones Defense
LE - 99 Kenyon Coleman
NT - 90 Jay Ratliff
RE - 98 Marcus Spears97 Jason Hatcher
OLB - 93 Anthony Spencer (probable, shoulder)
MLB - 56 Bradie James
ILB - 51 Keith Brooking50 Sean Lee
OLB - 94 DeMarcus Ware
LCB - 41 Terence Newman (groin), 32 Orlando Scandrick (ankle). New starter: 20 Alan Ball
RCB - 21 Mike Jenkins (probable, shoulder)
FS - 43 Gerald Sensabaugh
SS - 26 Abram Elam
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.