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)

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.


“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.

Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.

The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.

Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.

“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.

“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”

Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.

But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.

The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.

While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.

The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.