Maiocco: 49ers offense -- Player-by-player review

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Maiocco: 49ers offense -- Player-by-player review

Aug. 22, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Here's a player-by-player look at every 49ers' offensive player from the team's 17-3 exhibition victory over the Raiders on Saturday night:

Quarterback (5)
1-McLeod Bethel-Thompson: Did not play.
3-Jeremiah Masoli: Entered the game with 2:20 remaining. He handed off three times to running back Xavier Omon and then took a knee twice to run out the clock and end the game.
7-Colin Kaepernick: He took the final snap of the first half, and played most of the second half. . . Made an excellent throw to receiver Kyle Williams in a tight window on his first attempt of the game, going for 12 yards. . . . Completed 6 of 8 passes for 52 yards, and looked much more relaxed than a week earlier in his debut. He was sacked twice for 15 yards, and did not attempt to run. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
9-Josh McCown: Did not play.
11-Alex Smith: Started and played the first three possessions, amounting to 32 snaps. . . . He hung in and made an accurate throw right before getting drilled by defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. The pass went for a 32-yard gain to Josh Morgan late in the first quarter. . . . A few plays later, he misread the Raiders' defense and threw an easy interception to defensive end Matt Schaughnessy, who had dropped into coverage. . . . Overall, a lot of progress from the opener, but not great. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 126 yards. Two of his three series got inside the Raiders' 20-yard line but failed to get into the end zone. Both drives stalled when the 49ers called third-down run plays instead of allowing Smith to throw for touchdowns.Running backs (8)
21-Frank Gore: Started at running back and played eight snaps on the first series before retiring to the sideline for the rest of the game. . . . He finished with four carries for 21 yards.
24-Anthony Dixon: He played 16 snaps in the first half and finished with 53 yards rushing on 12 attempts. . . . Had two third-down rushing attempts deep in Raiders territory. He was stopped for no gain from the 2-yard line, and gained nothing on a draw play from the shotgun formation at the 5. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
26-Seth Smith: Did not play on offense.
32-Kendall Hunter: It was an outstanding all-around game for the rookie. . . . He got to the left sideline and weaved his way through traffic for a 16-yard gain in the second in the quarter. . . . Got some good blocking at the line of scrimmage, then did a nice job of making safeties Stevie Brown and Jerome Boyd miss tackles en route to his 53-yard TD run early in the third quarter. . . . On the next series, he flipped blitzing safety Matt Giordano with a block to provide time for Kaepernick to hit Reuland for 13 yards. . . . He finished with 105 yards on nine carries.
33-Xavier Omon: He played the final 20 offensive snaps of the game, and gained 62 yards and a touchdown on 14 rushing attempts as the 49ers set out to run out the clock late in the game.
43-Jack Corcoran: Entered the game at fullback in the middle of the fourth quarter and played 20 snaps. . . . He took linebacker Bruce Davis to the ground with a lead block on a play which Omon gained 6 yards.
44-Moran Norris: Played 14 snaps over the first three series of the game. . . . Safety Tyvon Branch bounced off his block on the outside to stop Dixon for a 1-yard gain. . . . Overall, he did not have a productive night, but he did lock up linebacker Quentin Groves to help open a hole for Dixon's 15-yard gain in the second quarter.
49-Bruce Miller: Interestingly, he was the first fullback in the game, as he entered on the second play from scrimmage. . . . Made a block on linebacker Jon Condo on Hunter's long TD run. . . . Another good block on Bruce Davis to open a hole for Hunter on an 11-yard gain. . . . And on another 11-yard gain, Miller took care of defensive end Jarvis Moss. . . . On a third-and-3, caught short pass from Kaepernick and turned up field for a 9-yard gain in the fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)NEWS: Gore-49ers situation described as 'volatile'
Wide receivers (12)
2-Chris Hogan: Sustained left ankle sprain Aug. 5, and has not practiced since. He did not suit up.
6-Tyler Beiler: Played just one snap from scrimmage on the final drive. (Follow on Twitter @MrBeiler)
9-Dontavia Bogan: Placed on injured reserve after sustaining torn ACL in right knee on July 31. He does not count against roster limit. (Follow on Twitter @DontaviaBogan)
10-Kyle Williams: Saw action on 25 plays in the second half, and had another nice game. . . . Made a leaping catch over cornerback Joe Porter to gain 13 yards on a third-and-3 situation in the fourth quarter. He finished with two catches for 25 yards. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
13-Joe Hastings: He entered the game with 2:20 remaining and played five snaps from scrimmage -- all run plays.
14-Kevin Jurovich: He played only three snaps in the game and did not see any action come his way.
15-Michael Crabtree: Remains on physically-unable-to-perform list (left foot). (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Dominique Zeigler: Remains on physically-unable-to-perform list (left knee). (Follow on Twitter @DZeigler17)
18-Lance Long: He saw action on 23 snaps in the second half, and caught two passes for 5 yards. . . He occupied cornerback Chimidi Chekwa enough to allow Omon to get to the pylon for a 5-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
19-Ted Ginn: He started the game and played 17 snaps from scrimmage. He caught a 6-yard pass. . . . He took the opening kickoff 26 yards, and he returned one punt for 1 yard.
81-Braylon Edwards: He played 16 snaps in the game, and had two receptions for 46 yards. . . . Against the tight coverage of cornerback Walter McFadden, Edwards made a remarkable 32-yard one-handed reception along the left sideline to set up the 49ers' first field goal. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
84-Joshua Morgan: He started and played 25 snaps . . . He caught two passes for 40 yards, including a 32-yarder from Alex Smith.
88-Ronald Johnson: He played just two snaps from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, and saw no action come his way. (Follow on Twitter @TrojanRojoTight ends (5)
46-Delanie Walker: Started the game in a two-TE formation and played 22 of the team's 33 offensive snaps in the first half. . . He one pass directed his way, but he lost his footing and could not make the reception. . . His blocking looked much-improved.(Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
48-Konrad Reuland: Entered the game as the 49ers' third tight end played as much as anybody on offense with 38 snaps from scrimmage. . . . Made catch and held onto the ball despite big hit from Raiders safety Jerome Boyd for 15-yard gain. Finished with two catches for 25 yards.
82-Nate Byham: Out for the season after sustaining torn ACL in left knee on July 30.
83-Colin Cloherty: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @COLmestalku)
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played the 49ers' first two series of the game. . . . Had a 14-yard reception on a third-and-11 on the first drive. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen (15)
60-Nick Howell: Got into the game for three plays in the fourth quarter when he briefly replaced Derek Hall at right guard. . . . While he was in, he performed a double-team block with Tony Wragge on defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie that paved the way for Omon to gain 6 yards. . . . Played the final five snaps at left guard.
61-Chase Beeler: Entered the game at center for the 49ers' final series with 2:20 remaining.
62-Chilo Rachal: Started at right guard and played the first three series. . . . Did a good job of running defensive tackle Tommy Kelly into a double-team, then coming off him to pick up defensive end Richard Seymour on a stunt to give Alex Smith time to hit Vernon Davis for a third-down conversion. . . . Got to the outside and got enough of safety Jerome Boyd to allow Dixon to get around the corner for 12 yards on the first drive.
63-Donovan Edwards: Got into the game at left tackle for the 49ers' final five plays, two of which were kneel-downs. (Follow on Twitter @DonovanEdwards)
65-Kenny Wiggins: Entered the game at right tackle for the final series, which began with 2:20 remaining.
66-Jonathan Goodwin: Entered the game at center for the third series of the game. . . . Mostly, he did a good job, but he was beaten badly by defensive tackle Desmond Bryant for a sack late in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @jgoody76)
67-Daniel Kilgore: Entered as the second-string left guard, and provided a nice block on Cumbie to help spring Hunter on his 53-yard TD run. . . Did a good job of getting to the second level to make blocks on linebackers, too.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at center and played first two series. . . . He got out to the second level to block linebacker Rolando McClain on a play in which Hunter gained 7 yards. . . . There were no issues with snaps, and his play was clearly a lot better in this game than in the exhibition opener. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
69-Tony Wragge: Entered the game at right guard with the second-team line. . . . Did his part on Hunter's 53-yard TD run, as he completely mauled defensive end Tommie Hill out of the picture. . . . Moved to center with 12 minutes left in the game. (Follow on Twitter @tnywragge)
71-Derek Hall: Entered the game at right guard with 12 minutes left in the game. . . . On a third-and-1 in the fourth quarter, he drove Cumbie back 6 yards, where he made the tackle on Omon.
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and played the first three series. . . Got to the outside and made a nice cut block on safety Tyvon Branch to enable Gore to get to the outside for an 11-yard gain on the first drive. . . . Ran Moss into left guard Mike Iupati, then got out to block linebacker Travis Goethel on a 15-yard gain by Dixon in the second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: Played almost the entire second half at left tackle. . . . Had a key block to ride Moss out of the way on Omon's 5-yard touchdown run. . . . He held up well in pass protection, too.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle and played the first 32 snaps of the game. . . . He had a false start on the 49ers' third play from scrimmage. . . . Kelly got past him to put a big hit on Alex Smith, as Smith was throwing to Morgan for a big first-quarter gain. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played the first 32 snaps of the game. . . His holding penalty wiped out a 16-yard gain for Hunter at the end of the first quarter. . . . Pushed the pile to allow Hunter to gain 5 yards and a first down in the second quarter.
78-Mike Person: Entered at right tackle with the second-team offense, and did his part on Hunter's long run with a double-team block on Hill and then peeled off to get Goethal at the second level. . . . Tied up defensive end Mason Brodine so Omon could gain 2 yards over the right side on a third-and-1.

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.