49ers key matchup No. 3: Justin Smith vs. Kevin Boothe


49ers key matchup No. 3: Justin Smith vs. Kevin Boothe

This is the first part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Giants matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (FOX-TV), at Candlestick Park.49ers RDT Justin Smith vs. Giants LG Kevin BootheTale of the tape
Smith (94): 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, 12th season, Missouri
Boothe (77): 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, seventh season, CornellIt'll take more than one player along the New York Giants' offensive line to handle All-Pro defensive lineman Justin Smith. And that's exactly the way Smith wants it.Left guard Kevin Boothe will find himself in front of Smith most of the time. Boothe will likely receive plenty of help along the way from left tackle Will Beatty and center David Baas.And the more Giants linemen it takes to keep Smith in check, the better for the 49ers' defense.Through five games, Smith does not have a sack, but he leads the 49ers with 27 quarterback pressures. Smith's value to the 49ers' defense is that he occupies multiple blockers.And Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride questioned Thursday whether Smith does so within the rules of the game.
"Smith is a beast on the inside," Gilbride told the New York media. "He's strong. He does as good a job of grabbing ahold of offensive linenen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it, so he gets away with murder."Right outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who benefits the most from Justin Smith's presence, leads the 49ers with 4.5 sacks. And although Justin Smith's statistics are not impressive, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is not the least bit disappointed."There's nothing wrong with him," Fangio said. "He's still applying good pressure. Teams have thrown the ball quickly on us at times. I haven't felt during any of the games like, 'Damn, where's our pass rush?' And until I feel that then we don't have a problem."The 49ers own the No. 2 pass defense in the league, despite opening the season against the prolific passing attacks of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Detroit's Matthew Stafford.Justin Smith will be a focus of the Giants, especially after the teams met twice last season. Smith batted down a fourth-down pass in the closing seconds to secure a regular-season victory. And Smith was dominant in the 49ers' NFC championship game loss against Boothe and the Giants. He recorded seven tackles with one sack and delivered four hits on quarterback Eli Manning.Boothe grades out 25th in the NFL among left guards in Pro Football Focus' positional rankings that takes into account pass blocking, run blocking and penalties.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn shares past experience with Kyle Shanahan

Falcons coach Dan Quinn shares past experience with Kyle Shanahan

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn went through two years ago what his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is experiencing now.

Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator at the time, was the presumptive next coach of the Falcons while he prepared to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

One day after the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots, Quinn was announced as Falcons head coach.

The 49ers are expected to formally make an offer to Shanahan after the Falcons’ season is over, and Shanahan is “almost certain” to accept, the NFL Network reported. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

“I definitely have shared insight with him as he was going through the process for him,” Quinn said of Shanahan on Wednesday during a press conference.

But Quinn referred all other questions about Shanahan’s likely hiring as the next 49ers coach to the Bay Area. The 49ers will be able to hold a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The 49ers’ first interview with Shanahan was Jan. 5. He was allowed to interview the first time because the Falcons were on the playoff bye week as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then.

“That’s the way it’s designed from the league. You have your window and then that one closes for a while, and then there’s another one and you’re able to talk. From there, that’s why you’re able to lock back in and do what we’re doing. That’s where I am with that.”

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.

San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).

Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.

The 49ers will play at Chicago next season.