Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

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Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

SANTA CLARA -- During Jim Harbaugh's press conference on Monday, he was asked about the lack of contributions from the 49ers' top two draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James.Here's is that portion of the Q&A:Jim, you talked in July about how A.J. Jenkins is going to be outstanding. Yet, there's an injury (to Kyle Williams) and he doesn't get on the field. And Mario (Manningham) got injured yesterday and A.J. still doesn't get on the field. Why hasn't he been playing?
"Well, there's, we talk about Michael (Crabtree), Randy (Moss), Mario have all been playing at a high level. We're working toward it. He was active and he dressed for the game. And he's being integrated now into the plan."Right now, Ted Ginn was in on the three-wide receiver sets, which obviously means Ted Ginn is ahead of him on the depth chart, too?
"He has been, yes."Do you see that changing?
"Anything's possible there. That's the way it has been."The second-round pick, LaMichael, who seems to be more out of the Kendall Hunter mold than Brandon Jacobs, is there a role for LaMichael James with Kaepernick in those read options?
"Yeah, there's a possibility of that."Why wasn't that the case yesterday?
"It wasn't part of the plan yesterday. But that doesn't mean that it won't be going forward." --Harbaugh said had no update on Manningham, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.--Demarcus Dobbs, a core special-teams player, is expected to be back with the team for Sunday's game against the Miami, Harbaugh said.Dobbs did not travel with the 49ers to St. Louis after he was arrested early Friday morning, on his 25th birthday, for marijuana possession and suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Harbaugh said the team would keep any further discipline internal. Here is the amount of play time from each 49ers player on offense, defense and special teams (Jenkins and Alex Smith were the only players on the 46-man active list who did not play):
Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
76 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis, QB Colin Kaepernick
66 (87) -- RB Frank Gore
47 (62) -- WR Michael Crabtree
46 (61) -- FB Bruce Miller
39 (51) -- TE Delanie Walker
31 (41) -- WR Randy Moss
27 (36) -- WR Mario Manningham
14 (18) -- WR Ted Ginn
10 (13) -- FB Will Tukuafu
8 (11) -- RB Brandon Jacobs
7 (9) -- OL Daniel Kilgore
6 (8) -- OL Leonard Davis
3 (4) -- TE Garrett CelekDefensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
73 (100) -- S Dashon Goldson, CB Tarell Brown, OLB Aldon Smith, CB Carlos Rogers, S Donte Whitner
71 (97) -- LB NaVorro Bowman
70 (96) -- LB Patrick Willis
69 (95) -- OLB Ahmad Brooks, DT Ray McDonald, DT Justin Smith
46 (63) -- CB Chris Culliver
23 (32) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
10 (14) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
8 (11) -- CB Perrish Cox
2 (3) -- DT Will Tukuafu
1 (1) -- OLB Clark HaggansSpecial teams
22 (73) -- Tramaine Brock
20 (67) -- Will Tukuafu, Darcel McBath
19 (63) -- Bruce Miller, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite
17 (57) -- Larry Grant
11 (37) -- Ted Ginn, Andy Lee
10 (63) -- Brian Jennings
9 (30) -- Dashon Goldson, Chris Culliver, David Akers
7 (23) -- Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois
6 (20) -- Daniel Kilgore, Garrett Celek, NaVorro Bowman
4 (13) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Perrish Cox
2 (7) -- Brandon Jacobs

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.