49ers play time: Four defenders play all 94 snaps


49ers play time: Four defenders play all 94 snaps

It was a busy evening for Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner, each of whom played all 94 snaps of defense in the 49ers' 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.

In addition, Willis, Goldson and Bowman also saw significant action on special teams.

Defensive tackle Justin Smith was limited to 44 snaps after leaving the game with a left arm injury. Smith was scheduled to undergo an MRI examination on Monday.

Receiver Randy Moss played a season-high 47 snaps on offense. He made both of his catches -- for 36 yards and a touchdown -- on the opening drive of the game. Michael Crabtree, who led the 49ers with seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns, played 43 snaps.

Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalties
68 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, C Jonathan Goodwin, QB Colin Kaepernick
67 (99%) -- TE Vernon Davis
55 (81%) -- LG Mike Iupati
53 (78%) -- RB Frank Gore
48 (71%) -- TE Delanie Walker
47 (69%) -- WR Randy Moss
43 (63%) -- WR Michael Crabtree
37 (54%) -- FB Bruce Miller
15 (22%) -- LG Leonard Davis
13 (19%) -- RB LaMichael James
9 (13%) -- TE Garrett Celek
8 (12%) -- WR A.J. Jenkins
5 (7%) -- WR Ted Ginn
4 (6%) -- FB Will Tukuafu
3 (4%) -- RB Anthony Dixon
1 (1%) -- OL Daniel Kilgore

Defensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalties
94 (100%) -- LB Patrick Willis, S Dashon Goldson, LB NaVorro Bowman, S Donte Whitner
93 (99%) -- CB Carlos Rogers
91 (97%) -- CB Tarell Brown
88 (94%) -- OLB Aldon Smith
84 (89%) -- OLB Ahmad Brooks
83 (88%) -- DT Ray McDonald
80 (85%) -- CB Chris Culliver
48 (51%) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
44 (47%) -- DT Justin Smith
20 (21%) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
7 (7%) -- CB Perrish Cox, DT Will Tukuafu
6 (6%) -- OLB Eric Bakhtiari
5 (5%) -- OLB Clark Haggans
1 (1%) -- S C.J. Spillman

Special teams
25 (64%) -- Darcel McBath
24 (62%) -- Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Larry Grant, Tramaine Brock, Michael Wilhoite
17 (44%) -- Eric Bakhtiari
15 (38%) -- David Akers, Garrett Celek
14 (36%) -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Delanie Walker, Will Tukuafu
13 (33%) -- Patrick Willis
12 (31%) -- Dashon Goldson
8 (21%) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Leonard Davis, Daniel Kilgore
7 (18%) -- Mike Iupati, NaVorro Bowman, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean Francois, Perrish Cox
6 (15%) -- LaMichael James, Ted Ginn, Isaac Sopoaga
5 (54%) -- Chris Culliver
3 (8%) -- Clark Haggans
1 (3%) -- Randy Moss

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.


“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.

Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.

The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.

Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.

“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.

“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”

Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.

But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.

The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.

While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.

The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.