49ers get high marks in victory over Seahawks


49ers get high marks in victory over Seahawks

It's been a busy couple days in the household, so there hasn't been much time to pick through Thursday's game.Thankfully, the good folks at Pro Football Focus do a thorough job of breaking down every player from every game with a one-of-a-kind grading system.Here are some of PFF's items that stand out from the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night:--The 49ers' offensive line was outstanding. All five starting linemen graded out very well, according to the PFF, which takes into account pass-blocking, screen blocking, run-blocking and penalties.Each of the 49ers' five offensive linemen had strong games. Center Jonathan Goodwin graded out the best of the bunch, followed closely by a tie between guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone. Left tackle Joe Staley was a shade behind, with Anthony Davis still maintaining a positive grade."A lot of times you talk about teams that can run well between the tackles," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "I've never seen a team run better between the guards than our team showed in the running game. And that was to great credit to Jonathan Goodwin and the two guards. Mike Iupati and Alex Boone had great games."The offensive line was not responsible for any sacks or quarterback hits. Staley gave up two hurries, and Davis surrendered one.--It was the best game of the season for running back Frank Gore, who gained 131 yards on 16 carries and also caught a team-high five passes for 51 yards.To prove the point that Harbaugh made in the previous item, Gore had six runs between the guards that gained 95 yards (15.8 average).--Third cornerback Chris Culliver, coming off a rough game against the New York Giants, picked up where he left off through five games. He was in coverage for 21 plays and his receiver was targeted six times. Culliver surrendered only two catches for 13 yards with two passes broken up. Golden Tate and Evan Moore had dropped passes with Culliver in coverage.--With Mario Manningham out with a shoulder injury (he said he'll be ready for the Monday, Oct. 29, game at Arizona), the 49ers ran sets with three wide receivers only 13.3 percent of the time. As a result, the 49ers kept the Seahawks' nickel defense off the field. Rookie pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin was on the field for only 12 snaps.--Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane entered the game as the second-highest rated player at his position in the league. And he graded out as the best defensive tackle in the NFL against the run.But against the 49ers, Mebane had an awful -5.7 grade, and credited with only one tackle and no stops. He had made stops on 12.9 of run plays prior to Thursday night. It was is first negative-grade game of the season and it was a big one. Oh, yeah, his defensive mates weren't much more successful against the 49ers.

Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his father


Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his father

SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly made his strongest statement, yet, about where he stands when it comes to seeking jobs elsewhere.

It is a view of commitment he said he learned from his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday at the age of 87. Kelly returned from his dad’s funeral in Portland, Maine, late Tuesday night.

Kelly held his typical Wednesday press briefing. Afterward, he went to the practice field, where numerous 49ers players greeted him with hugs. Just moments earlier, he guaranteed he will never leave a team while there are games remaining on the schedule.

“I will never leave my job for another job while a season is going on,” Kelly said. “I don’t think that’s fair. I didn’t do it when I was in college. I didn’t talk to anybody in the National Football League until after our bowl game was over.

“I will not leave a team with three games to go because I got a bigger, better deal. That’s not the way I’m wired. “

Kelly added, “That’s one thing I did learn from my dad. I have a commitment. They made a commitment to me. I made a commitment to them. I’m not searching around and looking for other jobs while I have a job.”

Despite stating multiple times in recent weeks he would not be returning to coach in the college ranks, Kelly’s name continued to surface in connection with the Oregon job. That possibility officially closed on Wednesday morning, as Oregon hired former South Florida coach Willie Taggart for the job.

Kelly’s father passed away on Friday night. Chip Kelly flew to the northeast to join his family, including his mother, who urged him to coach the 49ers’ game on Sunday in Chicago.

After the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears, Kelly returned to Maine to attend the services.

“I think you’re just really thankful for the time we had with him,” Kelly said. “He lived a vibrant and long life. In 87 years, he touched a lot of people in his life. It was evident to us at the funeral. A lot of people came to express their condolences. He had a huge impact. It’s difficult time. We all feel for my mom. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the times we had with him.”

Kelly described his dad as a “life-long learner” who had a “thirst for knowledge, an insatiable appetite for information.” Paul Kelly also was described as having a great sense of humor.

According to his obituary, which ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Paul Kelly taught the four Kelly rules to his kids at a young age:

Rule #1 - Have fun!
Rule #2 - Stick together!
Rule #3 - Love Mom!
Rule #4 -&%$*# Dad!

The obituary also stated Paul Kelly was “a truly devoted San Francisco 49ers fan.”

“My dad’s loyal, now,” Chip Kelly said. “He actually got buried in 49ers gear. He did not want to wear a suit in the coffin. He wore a suit for his whole career as a trial lawyer. He wanted to wear a 49ers sweatsuit.”

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.