49ers Defensive player-by-player review


49ers Defensive player-by-player review

Here is the entire defensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:Defensive linemen
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle but played only about 15 snaps in the game. He rushed the passer eight times. He was not credited with any tackles.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end and was on the field the vast majority of the time. He rushed the passer 36 times, and was credited with one tackle. . . . Good penetration against right guard Rex Hadnot to force Skelton incompletion on third down in first quarter. . . . Got pressure on Skelton, forcing him to throw off-balance on ball that Goldson intercepted in third quarter.
93-Ian Williams: Inactive (coaches' decision). (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95)
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end and played nearly every snap. and was credited with no tackles and two quarterback hurries. . . . Shoved left tackle Levi Brown into the backfield to blow up play, opening door for NaVorro Bowman to stop Wells for 1-yard gain.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: He saw limited action in the 49ers' base defense. He was not credited with any tackles. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)
96-Demarcus Dobbs: He played only a couple snaps on defense. He was not credited with any tackles.Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: He made one tackle on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @BlakeCostanzo51)
52-Patrick Willis: Started at middle linebacker and recorded a team-high seven tackles. He also had an interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. . . . His forced fumble of Beanie Wells was initially ruled down by contact, but Willis urged coach Jim Harbaugh to throw the challenge flag. . . . Called for unnecessary roughness on a fourth-down play when he hit Bartel as he was sliding. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker and was credited with three tackles and one pass defensed. . . . Sniffed out a wide-receiver screen to stop Larry Fitzgerald for no gain at end of first quarter. . . . Right tackle Jeremy Bridges knocked him down as Chester Taylor gained 34 yards in the fourth quarter. . . Made hit on receiver Early Doucet short of the yard marker on fourth down late in the game. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Played on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant54)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and was credited with two tackles and one sack. . . . Working against right tackle Brandon Keith got credit for the sack when he was first to touch Skelton after he slipped. . . . Allowed 12-yard pass completion to fullback Reagan Maui'a in second quarter for Cardinals first first down of the game.
56-Tavares Gooden: Played exclusively on special teams and was credited with one tackle and a forced fumble.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at right outside linebacker, and was credited with one tackle, as he played mostly on base downs. . . . Took on block of Maui'a and tripped up Wells for no gain.
99-Aldon Smith: He recorded a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass defensed as part of the 49ers' nickel defense . . . . Taylor dropped him with a chip block, but Smith quickly got back to his feet and tracked down quarterback Richard Bartel for a fourth-quarter sack. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Inactive (coaches decision). (Follow on Twitter @MadieuWilliams)
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback and was credited with four tackles and a pass defensed. . . Followed Larry Fitzgerald out of the slot and broke up third-down pass to end Cardinals' first drive. . . . Was in the right spot but Richard Bartel's pass went through his hands and was caught by Larry Fitzgerald for a 23-yard touchdown in fourth quarter. . . . He did not properly follow receiver Andre Roberts from the slot on a play that went for 45 yards in the third quarter.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback and was credited with two passes broken up. . . . Got his hands on pass from John Skelton that was intended for Roberts, deflecting ball to Willis, who recorded the first-quarter interception. . . . Delivered big hit on Wells to break up fourth-quarter pass.
26-Tramaine Brock: Played defense in the fourth quarter as part of the 49ers' dime defense but was not credited with any tackles. . . . He had a rough day with penalties. . . . Called for holding on 49ers' first punt return of the game. . . Called for another holding penalty that was part of offsetting penalties. . . . Called for pass interference against DeMarco Simpson for a 21-yard penalty in fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Played special teams, and recorded one tackle on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Played more than 30 snaps as the 49ers' third cornerback. He recorded two tackles. (Follow on Twitter @Cullyinthehouse)
30-Reggie Smith: Saw action as the 49ers' sixth defensive back, then took over when Dashon Goldson was ejected early in the fourth quarter. . . . Was in deep zone on Fitzgerald's 23-yard touchdown catch. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety and played every snap. He recorded two tackles, an interception and two passes defensed. . Had deep coverage on Larry Fitzgerald and made interception and 48-yard return to set up 49ers' second touchdown. . . . Brown up pass in end zone for Fitzgerald in late fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Did not see action on defense, but some some time on special teams.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety and recorded two tackles and one interception. . . . Had underneath coverage on Larry Fitzgerald and made diving interception in the third quarter. . . Got a hit on Doucet as ball was skipping through his hands for an incomplete pass at the goal line in the late fourth quarter. . . . He was ejected in the fourth quarter for retaliating against Cardinals receiver Early Doucet with several punches. The NFL told CSNBayArea.com that Goldson would not be suspended, but he is subject to a 25,000 fine. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)
43-Colin Jones: Played exclusively on special teams.Specialists
2-David Akers: He had a rough day, as he missed three of his six field-goal attempts in the first half. Two of the kicks were blocked, and he hooked a 49-yarder to the right. He made field goals of 22, 43, 29 yards. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 45.3 yards (38.0 net) on just three punts.
86-Brian Jennings: Had a low snap that might have contributed to second blocked field goal. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.