For the first time in his career, quarterback Alex Smith was removed from a game because of success.
When the 49ers took over with 9:57 remaining, rookie Colin Kaepernick entered in a mop-up role with his team leading 41-3. Kaepernick completed 3 of 3 pass attempts for 35 yards.
Entering the Monday night game, Alex Smith ranks third in the NFL with a 104.1 passer rating. Aaron Rodgers (122.9) and Tom Brady (109.5) are ahead of him. Detroit's Matthew Stafford, whose team plays the Chicago Bears, is sixth at 100.3.Here are some other quick-hitters a day after the 49ers' 48-3 win Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
--For the second week in a row, the 49ers' next opponent plays on a Monday night. The Lions (4-0) are one of two unbeaten teams in the NFL, entering the game against Chicago.--Third running back Anthony Dixon did not see any snaps on offense until the final drive. He carried twice for 4 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run.--Guard Adam Snyder took over in the blocking-back position that nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga filled the previous two games. Sopoaga missed Sunday's game with a staph infection.--Receiver Michael Crabtree caught two passes for 36 yards, but he also did a fine job as a blocker. On an end-around in which Ted Ginn gained 24 yards, Crabtree knocked cornerback Ronde Barber out of the play and then got a shoulder on linebacker Dekoda Watson, knocking him to the ground. "Teddy and Josh Morgan are like my brothers," Crabtree said. "When they have the ball, I'm going to do the best I can to block and make that play go further."--Cornerback Shawntae Spencer did not play after missing most of last week's practice time with a toe injury. Rookie Chris Culliver was the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback and played -- and played well -- in all nickel situations. He recorded his first career interception.--Rookie defensive end Aldon Smith remained in his role as a nickel pass rusher, and he picked up two sacks. The No. 7 overall pick now has a team-leading 3.5 sacks -- all in the past two games.--Punter Andy Lee was used only once. Near the end of the first half, he landed a 38-yard punt at the Tampa Bay 5-yard line, where Preston Parker ill-advisedly made a fair catch.--Linebacker Patrick Willis recorded 12 tackles, which is a good sign for nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois, making his first NFL start. It demonstrates that Jean Francois was tying up enough blockers to allow Willis to make plays. RJF also added three tackles while playing every snap of base defense.--David Akers was 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts. He also made a kick from 46 yards early in the fourth quarter. But the 49ers removed those points from the board to accept a 15-yard leverage penalty on Watson, who used another player to spring higher in an attempt to block the kick. On the next play, Alex Smith hit Vernon Davis for a 14-yard touchdown.
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
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.