49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco's offensive player-by-player review vs. Jets will be broken up by position. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com throughout the day for the breakdown on each position group.

Running backs

21-Frank Gore: The Jets focused on stopping Gore, and they mostly did a decent job of that. He ran hard, and managed 62 yards on 21 rushing attempts. His 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter came on a fourth down and gave the 49ers an insurmountable 17-point lead

Gore does so many things well in other areas, too. He caught two passes for 13 yards. He made block on cornerback Kyle Wilson to allow Kaepernick to easily get into the end zone on a 7-yard run at the start of the second quarter, and he picked up safety Eric Smith on a blitz to keep a clean pocket for Alex Smith's 23-yard pass to Vernon Davis late in the first half.

23-LaMichael James: Was not active (coaches' decision).

24-Anthony Dixon: The 49ers' third-string running back got into the game for the final seven plays, gaining 16 yards on seven rushing attempts. He also played 17 snaps as one of the 49ers' core special-teamers.

32-Kendall Hunter: He played 18 snaps on offense and gained 56 yards on eight rushing attempts. He did a good job of following his blockers and making the right cuts at the right times. He ran big near the goal line when he scored on a 1-yard run between the tackles midway through the fourth quarter.

45-Brandon Jacobs: Did not play (left knee). He returned to limited practice last week, and tweeted the following Monday night:

Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's support. I will be off of twitter for the remainder of the season. Time to work!! Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) October 2, 2012

One would believe he should be available to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

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49-Bruce Miller: He played 29 snaps at fullback, and even had a career-long 5-yard gain for some tough yards from the Jets' 11 to the 6 to help set up the 49ers' second TD. He made a good down-block on linebacker Garrett McIntyre on Kaepernick's 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and made another block in the hole on linebacker Bart Scott on 12-yard run by Hunter early in third quarter.

92-Will Tukuafu: He played 12 snaps of offense to go along with three on defense and 11 plays on special teams. On a third-and-1 from the Jets' two-yard line, Tukuafu could not budge Scott as Gore was stopped for no gain. On the next play, he had a block off the left edge on safety LaRon Landry on Gore's two-yard TD run.

Scott held him when Tukuafu was intended receiver at the goal line. The penalty gave the 49ers an automatic first down at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

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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."