Steelers fall victim to '49er football'


Steelers fall victim to '49er football'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Each of the 49ers' three phases had their typical performances Monday night in a 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.The defense forced four turnovers. The offense kept a handle on the football. And when the offense stalled, punter Andy Lee flipped field position or kicker David Akers booted a field goal.This was the kind of game the Steelers feared. And here was their post-game reactions . . ."I think we need to acknowledge that was 49er football tonight. We played the game on their terms in the manner of which they play when they play winning football. They created turnovers, they got turnovers, they got us with a few concept plays, they controlled the ball offensively. We didn't do enough. They played with the lead and played how they play."
--Coach Mike Tomlin"I was probably the best 49er tonight. We drive down the field opening drive and I don't get back deep enough on the drop. I have to try to get it in there and throw it as quick as I can because (receiver) Mike Wallace is downfield and rushed it and should have held onto it. The second one was one of those high balls that I made it too hard for (tight end) Heath (Miller) and he just tips it up into the air. The last one I was just trying to take a shot down the field. It's just frustrating on my part when you feel you let the guys down and you blow it."
--Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger"Their front seven is really good and they force turnovers. If you put the ball close to their secondary they're going to make a play. They don't drop them and they get after you. If you start getting one-dimensional, they start going after the quarterback. They're a good, young front."
--Roethlisberger"This is a pretty old place, or they didn't pay their light bill."
--Linebacker James Farrior on the power outage"They need to add some wax to the candle stick. It was weird, lights going out. I have never seen anything like this, but whatever. It would have been more memorable if we would have won. It was a strange night from the get-go. Lights go out then we get out there and the lights go out again. It was just a strange evening."
--Defensive lineman Brett Keisel"We got beat by a good football team, give them credit. I think if you replay our comments from Wednesday on how they win games, it would probably sum this game up. They play good defense solid in the red zone, and they force turnovers. We didn't help ourselves with some penalties, but it was their type of game they have played all year."
--Tight end Heath Miller"They just did a great job all around, in coverage and in pressure. They did a great job up front and they took care of their assignments today. And they took care of business."
--Running back Mewelde Moore"We were driving the ball, we just made some turnovers. When we drive down against a team like this, we can't turn the ball over. We have to keep holding onto the ball and we can't keep giving it to them especially in the red zone. It is just a matter of controlling the ball. We put ourselves in bad position today and we paid for it."
--Receiver Mike Wallace"We let them convert on the third down situations. We had them good in third down situations, and we allowed them to get out of that. They continued to march the ball down the field and that is what happened."
--Linebacker LaMarr Woodley

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:

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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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.