SAN FRANCISCO (2-1) At NEW YORK JETS (2-1)Sunday, 1 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 3 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 2-1; New York 2-1SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 9-2AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 4 (tie); Jets No. 18LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Jets 24-14, Dec. 7, 2008LAST WEEK - 49ers lost to Vikings 24-13; Jets beat Dolphins 23-20 OTSTREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers 5-1 all-time on road against Jets - but playing at MetLife Stadium for first time. ... San Francisco practiced all week at Youngstown State in eastern Ohio to avoid return trip to West Coast after playing at Minnesota last Sunday. 49ers did same thing last season after win in Cincinnati and then rallied from 20-0 deficit to stun Eagles 24-23 in Philadelphia. ... QB Alex Smith ranks third in NFL with 69.6 completion percentage. Franchise-record interception-free streak ended at 249 passes when Vikings rookie Josh Robinson picked him off with 2:18 left last Sunday. ... Vernon Davis, called best TE in NFL by Jets coach Rex Ryan, tied with Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller for most TD catches in league this season with four. ... RB Frank Gore broke Roger Craig's career record for most carries in team history last week. ... WR Randy Moss moved past Tim Brown into fourth place on NFL's all-time receiving list with 14,946 yards. ... 49ers lead league with 57.3 percent of first-down plays going for 4 or more yards. ... Defense has forced at least one turnover in eight straight games, dating to last season. ... 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was assistant on Ravens staff with Ryan from 2006-08, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman coached with Ryan from 2006-07. ... Since last December, 49ers have four turnovers, ranking second in NFL during that span. ... Game marks Ryan's first against an NFC West team since becoming Jets' coach in 2009. ... Jets playing first game since CB Darrelle Revis was lost for season with torn ligament in left knee, suffered at Miami. 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson will replace him. ... To help compensate for loss of Revis, Jets moving RB Joe McKnight to CB - position he hasn't played regularly since high school. ... Last Sunday's OT win marked 11th time in QB Mark Sanchez's career that he has led Jets to fourth-quarter comeback or OT victories - seven coming on road. ... WR Santonio Holmes had nine catches for 147 yards vs. Dolphins, first 100-yard re ceiving game since 2010. ... RG Brandon Moore leads NFL guards with 124 consecutive starts. ... Jets' secondary has produced all six of New York's takeaways, including S LaRon Landry's 18-yard INT return for TD last week. ... Jets have three sacks this season: two by LB Garrett McIntyre and one by NT Sione Po'uha, a former college teammate of 49ers' Smith at Utah.
The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.
The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.
The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.
Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.
He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.
Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.
But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.
Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.
“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.
Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.
The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.
Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.
“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.
“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”
Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.
But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.
The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.
While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.
The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.