Lovie Smith: 49ers QB will not change Bears approach

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Lovie Smith: 49ers QB will not change Bears approach

Quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to practice on Wednesday, which appears to be a solid indication that he will be available for the 49ers on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.After all, if there were any doubt of Smith's condition after sustaining a concussion on Sunday, he would not have been cleared so soon for football activity. Smith received clearance from the 49ers team physician, Dr. Daniel Garza, as well as the NFL-mandated opinion from an independent neurologist.RELATED: Alex Smith cleared to return to practice
The Bears have their own issue with a quarterback who sustained a concussion. Jay Cutler was removed from Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans with a concussion. Jason Campbell replaced him Cutler and completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards in a 13-6 loss.RELATED: Cutler not yet cleared
The Bears are scheduled to hold their first practice later Thursday. And coach Lovie Smith did not provide any clues to the Bay Area media during a conference call Thursday morning.Can you bring us up to date on the status of Jay Cutler?
"We haven't practiced yet, haven't gone out on the football field. So there's nothing more I can tell you except for, he's getting better, which is a good thing.Will Jason Campbell be getting all the reps today?
"We haven't gone on the practice field. Of course, I'm not going to talk about much of that. I'll give you a lot more information afterward, though."How did Campbell perform when he was forced into the game Sunday?
"Going all the way back, we felt like we needed to improve our backup quarterback position in the offseason. So we felt real good about being able to convince Jason to come here and be Jay's backup. We've been with him for a while. I just love the way he prepares off the field. He's a pro at all times. And he had an excellent training camp for us. He's been very good in the limited time we've given him and being able to go against a very good defense we have here every day. We feel like he's a starting quarterback in the NFL and we have as our backup. We feel very comfortable in him leading us."What about the other side. Do you have to prepare for both Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick or does it see as if Smith is going to play?
"We're going to prepare for the quarterback position for the 49ers. Whether it's Smith or Colin, it doesn't really . . . there's a difference, of course, between the two of them but the 49ers are a running football team. We have to start with that. We have to go with our game plan and we're not going to change much based on who the quarterback will be."That's interesting you say that because they have such different styles. You'd think you'd have to prepare for more running from Colin Kaepernick.
"Colin has been playing some anyway, so we've been preparing for that anyways. Again, we don't change what we do an awful lot based on change in the quarterback. Both of those quarterbacks have played some for them."

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:

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

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.