James, Dixon take over for injured Hunter, disgruntled Jacobs

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James, Dixon take over for injured Hunter, disgruntled Jacobs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Disgruntled veteran running back Brandon Jacobs, who has written on Twitter and Instagram that he hates playing for the 49ers, spent another game on the sideline.

He might not see the field again this season, as it appears the 49ers have found a way to compensate for Kendall Hunter's season-ending injury.

Jacobs was inactive for the 10th time in 13 games. Instead, the 49ers went with rookie LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon as the backups to starter Frank Gore.

James got his first chance to play this season, and he responded with 30 yards on eight rushing attempts.

"I'm happy for (James)," Gore said. "I saw LaMichael when he first got here. The offense was kind of rough for him. Camp was going kind of rough. He wasn't used to playing in small spaces, but he did a hell of a job. Our offensive coordinator G-Ro (Greg Roman) did a great job of putting him in a great situation in what he's used to doing in college. And he kept me fresh."

Dixon carried twice for 9 yards. He had an 8-yard gain to set up Gore's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Then, Dixon entered after Gore gained 19 yards to the 1-yard line. Dixon responded with a 1-yard scoring plunge.

"I feel like we have the best backfield in the league," Dixon said. "We have a lot of talent. We are super deep. I know coach has a hard time trying to figure out what to do with all of us. It's a good problem. We just try to feed off each other."

James' value to the 49ers appears to be in running the zone read play with Kaepernick. Both players are familiar with that style of running game from their college days. Kaepernick ran the pistol offense at Nevada, while James thrived in Oregon's spread attack.

"I think it's something we're both comfortable with, so it doesn't take a whole lot for us to practice that," Kaepernick said.

Jacobs was not among the 49ers' 46 players active for Sunday's game. He was also the first to leave the locker room and head to the players' parking lot after Harbaugh's post-game speech to the team.

In recent days, Jacobs posted numerous photos of himself while with the New York Giants. In response to one followers question whether he hates playing for the 49ers, Jacobs responded, "Yes I do, and for good reason."

INJURY REPORT: Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs, one of the 49ers' top special-teams players, is expected to miss time with a right knee injury. Coach Jim Harbaugh suggested the injury is not expected to sideline Dobbs for the rest of season.

"We might have dodged a bullet," Harbaugh said. "He may miss some time."

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.