49ers key matchup No. 2: Michael Crabtree vs. Charles Tillman


49ers key matchup No. 2: Michael Crabtree vs. Charles Tillman

Programming note: After the final gun at tonight's Bears-49ers game at Candlestick Park, change the channel to 49ers Postgame Live for analysis and interviews, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area!

This is the second part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Bears matchups to watch Monday, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNCBS 5), at Candlestick Park.

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49ers WR Michael Crabtree vs. Bears CB Charles TillmanTale of the tape
Crabtree (15): 6-foot-1, 214 pounds, fourth season, Texas Tech
Tillman (33): 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, 10th season, Louisiana-LafayetteWhen the Chicago Bears' defense is on the field, their own offensive production does not slow down.The Bears have scored eight touchdowns on defense this season. In a game that is set to feature backup quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Jason Campbell, this game could turn on turnovers.NEWS: Smith denied final clearance to play
And nobody generates turnovers as well as Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. He has scored two touchdowns on defense. Tillman has intercepted two passes and forced an amazing seven fumbles."I've never seen anybody do it better, so that's pretty good," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "And every time he does it, it seems he might not get it out, but he's definitely close to getting it out or the person carrying the ball is extremely aware of his presence."The Bears generally match up their cornerbacks to play a specific opponent, and it seems like a reasonable expectation that Tillman will be on 49ers top wide receiver Michael Crabtree most of Monday night's game.Crabtree has clearly emerged into the 49ers' top pass-catching target this season. He leads the 49ers with 44 receptions for 510 yards and four touchdowns.Tight end Vernon Davis has seen his production in the 49ers' passing offense diminish over the past four games. During that time, Davis has caught just nine passes for 101 yards and no touchdowns. In that same period, Crabtree had 17 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns.With Crabtree getting his hands on the ball more, it means he'll have to secure the ball after the catch against Tillman and the rest of the turnover-producing Bears defense."You definitely teach ball security," Roman said. "I mean, there's a technique to carrying a football."

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced Monday morning he has pulled his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coaching job.

McDaniels interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Saturday, Jan. 7, while the Patriots were on the bye week as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. McDaniels indicated he also met with Brian Hampton, the 49ers’ director of football administration and analytics.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” McDaniels added. “Again, (I’m) humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

McDaniels said his main focus would be on helping prepare the Patriots to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

McDaniels, 40, was viewed as one of the hot head-coaching candidates, along with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, this offseasons. He has served the past five seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick.

Shanahan becomes the leading candidate for the 49ers’ job. The 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday. Shanahan and Cable are the only known remaining candidates for the job to replace Chip Kelly, who was hired after a 2-14 season.

McDaniels became Denver’s head coach in 2009. He was fired after 12 games in 2010 after his teams compiled an 11-17 record. He returned to the Patriots in 2012 and has served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bill Belichick’s staff.

McDaniels, who also interviewed with the 49ers last year, also had interviews on Jan. 7 with Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone, while the Rams hired Sean McVay.

“I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for Mr. Kraft his family and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. Very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."