Maiocco: 49ers-Seahawks in-game blog


Maiocco: 49ers-Seahawks in-game blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco used Twitter to communicate his thoughts and observations from the Candlestick Park press box during Sunday's regular season opener between the 49ers and Seahawks.

4:49 PM
Cameraman JC tells me midfield meeting -- Harbaugh: "See you on the road." Pete Carroll: "Yep."4:31 PM
Ted Ginn -- again -- to the house ... This time punt-return TD. Have a last four minutes, Ted Ginn. It's 33-17 now.4:27 PM
Ginn had the smallest role on offense of any of the 49ers receivers, but he contributed far more than the others.4:26 PM
Ted Ginn answers w TD return, and aren't the 49ers pleased he accepted the pay cut to stick around. Now, it's 26-17.4:23 PM
Well, now, this got a lot more interesting with Doug Baldwin (Stanford) long run-after catch for TD. 49ers 19, Saehawks 17 w 3:56 left.

4:10 PM
With Akers' 19-yard field goal, it's 49ers 19-10 with 5:54 remaining.4:08 PM
And now they're back where they were . . . kicking a short field goal . . . with a couple minutes being run off the clock.4:05 PM
I''m a little surprised Harbaugh is taking the points off the board. First and goal at the 2 with 8:09 left. 49ers still lead 16-10.4:04 PM
49ers call a run play on third down from the 4. Clearly, they're content with the field goal to take a 9-point lead.4:00 PM
49ers get a break on a horse-collar penalty that wasn't. They have ball inside 5.3:54 PM
Alex Smith to Braylon Edwards for 12 yards, and the 49ers are now 1 of 10 on third downs.3:52 PM
Michael Crabtree has a towel on his head on the sideline. His helmet isn't in sight. He's standing up, though.3:48 PM
Steven Hauschka makes a 39-yard field goal, and now the 49ers might want to scrap the four-corners offense and score some points.3:44 PM
The long arm of Aldon Smith bats down a second-down screen pass. And he comes off the field on third down as 49ers go with 6 DBs.3:42 PM
Don't know about that penalty on Madieu Williams. He never made contact with the defenseless receiver's head.3:34 PM
Michael Crabtree has played just 13 snaps in the game. He has one catch for 4 yards and one drop (of a pass that would've gained 2 yards).3:33 PM
Long, long, long return by Leon Washington. But there's a flag down. It's coming back.3:29 PM
Rookie RB Kendall Hunter takes over for this 49ers' drive, which starts at the 20.3:29 PM
49ers' defense is same as it was in first half. The nickel defense consists of DE Aldon Smith and DBs Reggie Smith and Tramaine Brock.3:28 PM
MaioccoCSN Matt MaioccoComrade @RattoCSN points out teams have combined for 2-for-17 on third downs.3:22 PM
Not impressive series for 49ers. Gore stuffed and Vernon Davis heard footsteps on deep pass. Three and out.3:16 PM
Seahawks get into the end zone, and Pete Carroll kicks the PAT. My wife always says, "Never go for two unless you're in the fourth quarter."3:12 PM
Doug Baldwin catches third-down pass from Jackson for a first down. He might be catching passes from ex-Stanford teammate next season.3:08 PM
RT @goodin99 why the numbers on back of 49ers helmets? > In memory of Joe "The Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson.3:02 PM
Total net yards through one half: Seahawks 37, 49ers 128.

2:51 PM
49ers go to the locker room leading 16-0, as Tramaine Brock (one of 7 DBs on the field) picks off desperation throw on final play.2:47 PM
49ers QB Alex Smith is 9 of 11 for 82 yards four carries for 17 yards and a TD.2:46 PM
Alex Smith took chance and it paid off. If he was stopped short, time would've expired in first half. Instead Smith runs it in. 49ers 16-0.2:45 PM
49ers have ball at 1-yard line with :17 seconds left. They can't run it because they don't have any timeouts, right?2:31 PM
Akers make another short field goal (31 yards) and 49ers lead 9-0 with 2:40 left in the half.2:30 PM
Kendall Hunter gets his first career play. He runs on third-and-short and is stopped shy of the first down. Akers back out for FG attempt.2:20 PM
RT @wnykeys Snyder 4 Rachal because of injury? > Don't know, but Rachal is back in there now.2:14 PM
Through 20 minutes, you get feeling that the best chance either team has of scoring is when the other team has the ball. 49ers Seahawks2:12 PMBack to Will Tukuafu, the official ruling is a fumble recovery and not an interception. Also, Adam Snyder was in at RG for Chilo Rachal.2:11 PM
First and goal at the 9, and 49ers don't do anything with it. Akers with the field goal. The 49ers lead 6-0.2:08 PM
Haralson with the hit, Tukuafu with the interception on his FIRST CAREER PLAY FROM SCRIMMAGE.2:01 PM
Remember 49ers' "co-starting receiver" Ted Ginn? He did not see a snap on offense in the first quarter. But he had a 31-yard punt return.2:00 PM
Third-and-11, Alex Smith throws to Braylon Edwards for 7 yards. David Akers with 27 yard field goal. It's 49ers 3-0.
1:57 PM
Interesting that Alex Smith would be used as a lead blocker on a misdirection pitch. But he helped Gore gain 12 yards. Quarter ends: 0-0.

1:51 PM
Seahawks injury report: FB Michael Robinson (ankle) is doubtful to return.

1:50 PM
On first two drives, 49ers had 3rd-and-7 and 3rd-and-3. They had failed run plays both times. But Lee's had two good punts, avging 63 yards.

1:46 PM
49ers are getting some pressure on Tarvaris Jackson. Justin Smith & Ray McDonald now have sacks. They worked out a lot together this summer.

1:41 PM
The ruling on the field stands. Harbaugh's first challenge fails.

1:38 PM
Harbaugh throws challenge flag, saying that bouncing punt hit the Seahawks return man. Replay seemed to show it didn't, but we'll see.

1:36 PM
Boos for the 49ers already, as Gore gets call on draw on third-and-7. And 49ers will punt.
1:35 PM
On the second play, Michael Crabtree comes onto the field.

1:34 PM
Joshua Morgan and Braylon Edwards are 49ers' starting receivers.

1:33 PM
On third downs, 49ers replace Madieu Williams, Parys Haralson and Isaac Sopoaga with Tramaine Brock, Aldon Smith and Reggie Smith.

1:32 PM
Ray McDonald just topped his sack total for all of last year throwing Jackson for 2-yard sack on third down. Seahawks punt. 49ers take over.

1:30 PM
Going back to coin toss, yes, it looked as if Gore was indicating the 49ers wanted the ball. Ref Jeff Triplette announced 49ers deferred.

1:26 PM
But 49ers defense goes back on the field because Tavares Gooden roughs the kicker and it's a Seattle first down.

1:25 PM
Good pressure from Ray McDonald and tackle by Tarell Brown to force Seahawks punt.

1:24 PM
Aldon Smith, Reggie Smith and Tramaine Brock enter on third down.


1:15 PM
Many of the Seahawks were joining the military personnel holding the 100-yard long American flag on their side of the field.

1:15 PM
49ers captains, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis, at midfield for coin toss. Seattle won toss, 49ers defer to second half. Seattle receives KO.

1:13 PM
Around NFC West... RT @STLouisRams Injuries mounting: Rams have lost Bradford, Jackson, J.Smith, Amendola, Bartell to various ailments.

11:57 AM
49ers inactives: Tolzien, K.Williams, Goldson, Kilgore, Person, I.Williams, Dobbs. Madieu Williams starts. More on http:bit.ly9TQlwf

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Until now, Kyle Shanahan’s hiring by the San Fracisco 49ers looked great because of his two-and-a-half predecessors – the last days of Jim Harbaugh, the misplaced concept of Jim Tomsula and the couldn’t-make-chicken-marsala-out-of-old-Kleenex problems surrounding Chip Kelly.

But now, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has told us all that Shanahan has a gift we in the Bay Area know all too well. Specifically, that Shanahan took too long to call plays to the Super Bowl the Falcons vomited up to the New England Patriots.

Now who does that remind you of, over and over again?

Yes, some things are evergreen, and too many options in this overly technological age seems to be one of them. Data in is helpful, but command going out is what bells the cow. Ryan said Shanahan was, well, almost Harbaugh-tastic in his timing.

“Kyle’s play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in,” Ryan told Bleacher Report. “As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you’re talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, ‘There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.’ You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

“With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.”

And the reason this matters is because the Atlanta Shanahan had multiple good options on every play. In San Francsco, at least in the short term, he’ll be dealing with minimal options. That could speed up his choices, as in “What the hell, we don’t have Julio Jones.” But it could also mean more delays, as in, “Okay, him . . . no, maybe not . . . no, he just screwed up that play last series . . . oh, damn it, time out!”

In short, it’s growing pains season here, children. On the field, on the sidelines, and maybe even in Kyle Shanahan’s head.

49ers defense: Top training camp competitions

49ers defense: Top training camp competitions

Before starting six games as a rookie, Rashard Robinson had not played football since the 2014 season at LSU.

Yet, Robinson is the closest thing to a sure bet to win a starting job among 49ers cornerbacks.

Tramaine Brock was projected as the starting cornerback on the other side until his arrest on suspicion of a troubling domestic incident prompted the 49ers to release him more than three months ago.

The 49ers open training camp next week, and here are the top competitions for starting jobs on defense:

Keith Reaser has yet to make an NFL start while appearing in 28 games the past two seasons. The 49ers rotated cornerbacks with the first-team defense during the offseason program, and Reaser put himself in position to enter camp as the slight favorite to replace Brock.

Veterans Dontae Johnson and Will Davis will try to work their way into the picture. And the 49ers are hopeful talented rookie Ahkello Witherspoon will develop a willingness to play with more physicality. The 49ers selected Witherspoon in the third round. He has the size and all the tools to win the starting job, but there were times in college he showed an alarming lack of aggression as a tackler.

K'Waun Williams is healthy after missing last season due to an ankle injury and falling out of favor with the Cleveland Browns. Defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, one of the few holdovers from Chip Kelly’s staff, thinks highly of Williams after coaching him with the Browns. Hafley said he believes Williams can become one of the top covermen in the slot in the entire league.

Williams lined up with the first-team defense throughout the offseason program. His biggest competition could come from Will Redmond, whom the 49ers selected in the third round of the 2016 draft but did not play as a rookie due to a knee injury. Redmond has some rust to knock off, but he did not appear to show signs of the injury during the offseason program.

Arik Armstead is not the prototypical player at the “Leo” position. At 6 foot 7, Armstead does not have the low center of gravity that is typically associated with that position. But Armstead is certainly not lacking for athleticism.

The 49ers need a more consistent pass rush to assist their unproven cornerbacks, and this spot will be counted upon to provide more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Veteran Elvis Dumervil, who believes he has regained his explosion off the edge after being hampered with Achilles injury, was added last month to do what he does best. Dumervil, 33, enters the season with 99 career sacks.

Aaron Lynch is on notice as he enters his fourth NFL season. He moves from outside linebacker to defensive end in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme. Multiple competitions will be ongoing at this position, as the 49ers will look to determine the best fits for base downs, as well as passing situations.

The signing of free-agent Malcolm Smith raised a few eyebrows. It was just the offseason program, but Smith was as impressive as any player on the team during the non-padded practices. He is clearly comfortable in Robert Saleh’s scheme, which is based on the Seattle Seahawks’ defense.

The 49ers had Reuben Foster rated as their No. 3 prospect in the entire draft. They traded with the Seahawks to move up to select him at No. 31 overall. The 49ers seem thoroughly unconcerned with Foster’s shoulder. The club believes he will be medically cleared for the opening of training camp.

The 49ers might want to bring Foster along slowly, but it is clear they do not expect him to be a backup for very long.