Kaepernick to Wallace: A 49ers combo worth considering


Kaepernick to Wallace: A 49ers combo worth considering

UPDATE: Peyton Manning has decided to join the Denver Broncos. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com at this story develops.
While Peyton Manning and Alex Smith mull their options, Colin Kaepernick shows up regularly at the 49ers practice facility to work out and prepare for his big chance.Right now, Kaepernick is the only one of those three quarterbacks assured of being on the 49ers next season. And it is not far-fetched that he will be the starter -- at least at some point -- in 2012.After all, the 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 36 overall pick in last year's draft. The player chosen ahead of him, Andy Dalton, had a good rookie season in helping the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs.Dalton was considered more NFL-ready coming out of TCU, but there is no denying Kaepernick's physical tools -- as well as his smarts and work ethic. While the 49ers liked what they saw of him in practices last season, there was the belief that they would not know what kind of player Kaepernick could be until he got his chance to step onto the field in meaningful regular-season situations.If Manning goes to Denver or Tennessee, and Smith ends up in Miami, he might get that chance. And I don't believe general manager Trent Baalke would panic at the thought of Kaepernick getting a legitimate chance to win the starting job in a camp competition with, say, Matt Hasselbeck or Josh Johnson.And that leads to another interesting scenario, as first floated by Sports Illustrated's Peter King in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column.The 49ers could be a major player for Pittsburgh restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace with the money they would save without Manning or Smith on the roster.The 49ers already have Michael Crabtree and newly agreed-up addition Mario Manningham. With the structure of the contract they have with Randy Moss, he'll get what amounts to a six-month tryout before the team must determine whether he fits with the program. Of course, tight end Vernon Davis is also a weapon in the passing game.With Kaepernick and his arm strength, the 49ers would become more of a vertical passing team than a year ago with Smith at quarterback. Wallace averaged 16.6 yards per reception with Ben Roethlisberger throwing him passes last season.Again, with the money saved at the quarterback position, the 49ers could easily structure an offer sheet for Wallace that the Steelers would be unable to match. Then, the 49ers would give up the No. 30 pick in the draft as compensation to the Steelers.If Smith heads to Miami, his contract -- in the 8 million-a-year range -- could go to Wallace, who would give Kaepernick a target that is more of a fit for his style. It's another point to consider while the Manning and Smith make up their minds.

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:

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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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.