49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

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49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

The 49ers did not take any chances with their first-team defense. The reserves did a good job, forcing two turnovers against the San Diego Chargers' first-team offense.Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the 49ers' defense from their 35-3 win over the Chargers in the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park:Defensive line
83-Demarcus Dobbs: Did not play (left calf).
63-Tony Jerod-Eddie: He entered at left defensive end for the third series of the game and saw considerable action the rest of the way. He finished with one tackle.
71-Matthew Masifilo: Cut on Monday, he was re-signed to help out in this game. He responded with a big second half at right defensive end with four tackles and two quarterback hurries. Working against guard Stephen Schilling, he got a big hit on backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in third quarter to force incomplete pass. He worked over Schilling again in the fourth quarter to force a Jarrett Lee incompletion.
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Did not play.
91-Ray McDonald: Did not play.
92-Will Tukuafu: He started at left defensive end and was credited with one tackle. He also saw a lot of action at fullback. For the recap of his offensive performance, see upcoming report the 49ers' offense.
93-Ian Williams: Started at nose tackle and played most of the game. He was credited with four tackles.
94-Justin Smith: Did not play.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Started at right defensive end and played the first three series. He was not credited with any tackles.Linebackers
41-Kenny Rowe: Entered the game at right outside linebacker and on first play he shed block attempt of tight end Randy McMichael and stopped Le'Ron McClain for a 1-yard gain. He also had a one quarterback hurry, and made a good tackle on special teams.
44-Eric Bakhtiari: Started both halves at right outside linebacker. He recorded three tackles and a half-sack. He also made a tackle on special teams. Showed good hustle to loop around traffic and remain in pursuit Philip Rivers to force a first-quarter intentional grounding penalty when Rivers tried to throw the ball away left-handed. On next play, he kept outside leverage to force Ronnie Brown inside, where he managed to haul him down for just a 5-yard gain.
47-Ikaika Alama-Francis: He started both halves at left outside linebacker. He recorded three tackles, a half-sack and had two quarterback hurries. He also made a tackle on special teams, which could be key for his chances of making the team. Made nice fourth-quarter play to toss aside fullback Jaccob Hester and take down Edwin Baker for 1-yard gain.
50-Cam Johnson: He saw his first action of the exhibition season after missing the first three games with a knee injury. He entered at left outside linebacker for the third series of the game and was credited with two tackles and a quarterback hurry on a fourth-quarter play.
51-Joe Holland: He entered at inside linebacker in the second half and was credited with one tackle.
52-Patrick Willis: Did not play.
53-NaVorro Bowman: Did not play.
54-Larry Grant: He started at inside linebacker and played the first three series. Grant had three tackles and broke up a first-quarter pass intended for Randy McMichael.
55-Ahmad Brooks: Did not play.
56-Tavares Gooden: He started at inside linebacker and led the 49ers with six tackles. On a blitz, he improvised to loop around traffic to throw Charlie Whitehust for a 9-yard sack in the second quarter.
57-Michael Wilhoite: He saw extensive action at inside linebacker and recorded two tackles.
98-Parys Haralson: Did not play due to an undisclosed injury.
99-Aldon Smith: Did not play. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith could've played, but he was held out, along with all the other starters. Smith did not play again in the exhibition season after sustaining a right hip bruise Aug. 10 against Minnesota.Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He started at right cornerback and recorded one tackle. He was in tight coverage against Eddie Royal, who failed to hold onto a fourth-down pass in the second quarter.
22-Carlos Rogers: Did not play.
25-Tarell Brown: Did not play.
26-Tramaine Brock: He rebounded with a good game after struggling Sunday against Denver. Broke up a third-quarter pass for Micheal Spurlock. Broke up another deep pass for Mike Willie, as he played the receiver's hands and knocked the ball away without turning around.
27-C.J. Spillman: He started at safety and recorded four tackles with a forced fumble after a completion to tight end Antonio Gates. . . . Came up to hit Royal on a fourth-down pass that Royal did not hold.
29-Chris Culliver: He returned to action after missing one game with a knee injury. He started at left cornerback and recorded four tackles. He came up in run support to stop Ronnie Brown for a 4-yard gain on the opening drive.
30-Trenton Robinson: He started at safety and recorded one tackle, broke up a pass and scooped up a fumble and returned it 22 yards in the first quarter to set up a 49ers' touchdown. . . Came up to put a hit on Willie to break up a fourth-quarter pass. . . Got his hands on a Jarrett Lee pass intended to Willie in the end zone but had it wrestled away and Willie nearly turned it into a touchdown. Instead, it was just an incomplete pass.
31-Donte Whitner: Did not play.
32-Darcel McBath: He recorded an interception of Philip Rivers on his first play upon entering the game as a backup safety, as he jumped a route on a pass intended for Malcom Floyd. He returned it 19 yards. He recorded one tackle in the game.
33-Anthony Mosley: He saw extensive playing time at right cornerback and held his own in coverage. He recorded two tackles.
36-Michael Thomas: He entered as a nickel back. He made one special-teams tackle.
38-Dashon Goldson: Did not play.
43-Colin Jones: He did not play any defense. He was typically the first player down on the coverage unit and made one tackle.Specialists
2-David Akers: After kicking five field goals a week earlier, Akers kicked five extra points. He missed a 47-yard field at the end of the first half.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 38.8 yards on four punts, including two kicks inside the 20-yard line. His net average was 37.5 yards.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores.

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."