Why Smith was woofing at Saints

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Why Smith was woofing at Saints

SANTA CLARA -- Let's get this Thursday before Championship Sunday rolling with a trip to the 49ers Mailbag:After celebrating with his teammates in the end zone (following that touchdown throw to Vernon Davis) quarterback Alex Smith seemed to turn and start barking at someone on the Saints. Do you know who he was barking at, why, and the gist of what he was saying? (Patrick B. Sharp)
Despite what the 49ers might have said publicly, there was a lot of animosity because of how the Saints approached that first exhibition game.
The 49ers were installing a new offense, and their offensive line was coming together and just learning the new protection schemes. Many with the 49ers thought the Saints' decision to blitz on just about every down on Aug. 12 at the noisy Superdome was classless -- and dangerous. Smith could've been injured badly in that game.The 49ers absolutely loved the fact that the Saints went all-out to flex their muscle in a meaningless game -- perhaps feeling as if there was no chance the teams would meet again. The 49ers truly got the last laugh, and that's what Smith was expressing.
Said Smith, "There was kind of talking going on throughout the entire game, not much by me. Obviously, just a lot of emotion (with) the last touchdown there to Vernon. Yeah, just a lot going on. I couldnt remember what was actually coming out of my mouth, but obviously I was pretty jacked."Does Alex Smith seem happy in this offense? Regardless of his abilities, it doesn't seem like a system that will ever get him pro bowl elite status recognition. (Jameson Metcalf)
He is absolutely thrilled.Jim Harbaugh, Greg Roman and Geep Chryst have put him in positions to succeed for the first time in Smith's career. What's not to like about that?RELATED: Alex Smith 2011-2012 game logs
Through all of the travails of his first six NFL seasons, Smith was a model teammate and citizen. The fact that the 49ers have gone 14-3 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the New York Giants means more to him than any bloated stat sheet.How big of a boost would it be to see Delanie Walker back on the field this Sunday -- both for the game itself and morale for the team? (Michael Tavares)
Walker was the 49ers' leading receiver against the Giants on Nov. 13. He caught six passes for 69 yards. But, oddly, he then went six games without a reception before sustaining the fractured jaw on Christmas Eve.RELATED: Delanie Walker 2011 game logs
I fully expect him to be in uniform on Sunday. I'm not sure how much of a factor he can be on offense, but he can at least provide the Giants with matchup problem. Justin Peelle, who filled in as the No. 2 tight end, is more of a blocker. When Walker is on the field with Davis, the Giants have to account for him.And, yes, I think, Walker's return will mean a lot to his teammates. He is a very popular guy in the locker room. Not that the 49ers need any additional motivation, but I see nothing but a positive vibe coming from his expected return.From your 49ers & Giants Practice Report is there anyone on there that you think will not play? (Omar Zepeda)
I'd be surprised if wide receiver Ted Ginn is available for the game. I didn't think Ginn would come back from his right knee injury when he went out before halftime against the Saints.Ginn returned to action in the third quarter, played four snaps, and had to leave for good.Center Jonathan Goodwin (left calf) and safety Dashon Goldson (right ankle) both left Saturday's game but returned to action and finished the game. Neither practiced Wednesday, but I believe both will be available for Sunday's game.

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:

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

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.