Kaepernick will enter exhibition opener as No. 2 QB


Kaepernick will enter exhibition opener as No. 2 QB

SANTA CLARA -- Colin Kaepernick, who entered training camp as the 49ers' No. 2 quarterback behind Alex Smith, still holds that role, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday."Colin Kaepernick is making some real strides," Harbaugh said. "He needs to play football games. And he'll get that opportunity to do that Friday night and this preseason. He's ahead in that regard, as it stands now as the No. 2 quarterback. And he'll be the No. 2 quarterback into the game Friday night."RELATED: Colin Kaepernicks stats splits game logs
Kaepernick is battling veteran Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien for the backup job behind Smith, the unchallenged starter. All the quarterbacks will get a lot of game action during the exhibition season, Harbaugh said. The 49ers open Friday against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park"They all need it (playing time). They're all fighting for that job, and the competition is very close," Harbaugh said. "We're at that next step to get those game reps. Colin, specifically, he needs that work. It has been a long time since he played in game action.RELATED: 49ers Camp Battle: Kaepernick vs. Johnson
"(I) kind of liken it to a golfer who plays the same course over and over and over again. It's kind of what practice can be like for a quarterback. They're getting a lot of out practice and practice tempo and things of that nature, but there's something about playing the games that makes them advance even further.Kaepernick has not played extensively since last exhibition season when he completed 24 of 50 pass attempts (48 percent) for 257 yards with five interceptions and no touchdowns.He saw limited action in three regular-season games, completing 3 of 5 attempts for 35 yards as a rookie. The 49ers selected Kaepernick in the second round of last year's draft.
Kaepernick has been inconsistent on the practice field during training camp, often showing a tendency to pull the ball down early to run. His strong arm has been inaccurate, at times. During one practice sequence on Monday, he overthrew wide open Brett Swain down the field. But on the next play, he came back with his best throw, a 20-yard rocket to tight end Konrad Reuland.

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.