49ers review: Defensive backs, specialists


49ers review: Defensive backs, specialists

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills concludes . . .Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: The 49ers' fourth corner played only six snaps. Entered as part of the team's dime package early in the third quarter and made the tackle on RB Fred Jackson for a 5-yard gain on a third-and-19 situation.
22-Carlos Rogers: He played 41 snaps, mostly in the slot, and recorded three tackles. The Bills has some success when they targeted him, as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 3 of 4 throws Rogers' way for 36 yards.
25-Tarell Brown: He played 41 snaps at right cornerback and recorded two tackles. Fitzpatrick completed 2 of 4 passes thrown with Brown in coverage for 22 yards.
26-Tramaine Brock: He played five snaps of defense late in the game after the 49ers took many of their starters off the field. He made a quick tackle of WR Stevie Johnson for no gain in the fourth quarter. . . Ran down Leodis McKelvin on 59-yard kickoff return in first quarter to save possible TD return.
27-C.J. Spillman: He played five snaps on defense and made one solo tackle. He also played 18 snaps on special teams.
28-Darcel McBath: he played five snaps of safety and also saw action on 20 plays of special teams. He was credited with one tackle on defense. He missed a tackle on McKelvin's 59-yard kickoff return.
29-Chris Culliver: He saw more action than any other player on defense with 42 snaps, as the 49ers were regularly in their nickel defense. He had another strong game with two tackles and an interception. . . He had good coverage against WR Donald Jones and made interception at the SF 2-yard line in the third quarter. Fitzgerald targeted Culliver five times, and the Bills had just one completion for 8 yards on those plays.
30-Trenton Robinson: Was not active (coaches' decision).
31-Donte Whitner: He played 41 snaps of defense and recorded three tackles. He was in coverage against TE Scott Chandler, whose 20-yard reception was the biggest Bills play in the passing game.
38-Dashon Goldson: He played 41 snaps, and made three tackles. Came crashing down on the line of scrimmage to stop RB C.J. Spiller for a 3-yard gain in the second quarter. . . Over-pursued on second-quarter play in which Spiller gained 12 yards. . . Picked up fumble late in first quarter and returned it 5 yards to set up a touchdown before the end of the half.REWIND: Defense clamps down on Bills
2-David Akers: Made a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter. He has made a field goal in each of his 21 games with the 49ers, tying the club record of Bruce Gossett. . . Six of his eight kickoffs were touchbacks.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 56.0 yards (42.0 net) on his only two punts of the game.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores just fine.

49ers' Kaepernick shoulders blame: 'I have to be better'

49ers' Kaepernick shoulders blame: 'I have to be better'

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s second start of the season played out in similar fashion to his first appearance of the season a week ago in Buffalo.

Again, Kaepernick had more success running, and the 49ers’ last-ranked pass offense came in under its season average.

“I have to be better,” Kaepernick said following the 49ers’ 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before a sparse and largely disinterested gathering at Levi's Stadium.

Kaepernick completed fewer than 50 percent of his attempts for a second week in a row. He hit on 16 of 34 attempts for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“That’s not going to win in the NFL,” Kaepernick said. “We have to be able to do better on that and ultimately, we have to string this together as a team and play well as a team for 60 minutes to get wins.”

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Kaepernick made his second start after replacing Blaine Gabbert, who started the 49ers’ first five games of the season. The club has now lost six consecutive games, the franchise’s longest losing streak since 2008.

Kaepernick rushed for a team-high 84 yards on nine attempts, but the 49ers’ offense sputtered after a strong start. The 49ers scored touchdowns on two of their first four possessions, before closing shop for the day.

“I think it was up and down,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said of Kaepernick’s performance. “I wish there was one thing that you could just put your finger on and say, ‘Hey, it’s this.’ He obviously kept some things alive and kept some drives alive with his legs.

“They were playing a little bit more man coverage than we thought. Coming into the game they hadn’t played that much man, but they started off playing a lot of man. So, obviously, he can beat them (scrambling) when they are playing man coverage and everybody is locked up and now there is nobody responsible for the quarterback.”

The 49ers opened the game with a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Later in the first quarter, the 49ers cashed in quickly after Gerald Hodges’ interception. Kaepernick found running back Shaun Draughn in the front left corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

“It comes down to execution, not shooting ourselves in the foot and making plays,” Kaepernick said. “On our two touchdown drives, we had players making plays on the field and we have to be able to continually do that throughout the game because defenses are talented. Things are going to be close and we have to be able to make those plays and that’s ultimately what’s going to be the difference in these games.”

Now, the 49ers head into the bye week with a 1-6 record. The 49ers face the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 6.

“It’s not a position we want to be in,” Kaepernick said. “We work hard every week, we go through our preparation, we’re on top of everything but we have to go out and execute better. Where our record is right now, we have a bye week coming up. We can get some corrections, get some people healthy, come back and try to make a home stretch run.”

Kelly: No changes to 49ers defensive staff after loss

Kelly: No changes to 49ers defensive staff after loss

SANTA CLARA – The search for answers will continue during the 49ers’ bye week. But coach Chip Kelly said he has already concluded he will make no changes to the defensive staff.

The 49ers surrendered 513 yards of total offense to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadiium. The Buccaneers, who entered the game with the league's 27th-ranked run game, rushed for 249 yards in their 34-17 victory over the 49ers.

Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has come under fire, but Kelly told reporters he is not looking to make any changes to his staff. Kelly said he already spends ample time with O’Neil on a weekly basis.

"We spend time together during the week," Kelly said. "We carve out time in terms of how we watch film and what we do and understand the plan as we’re moving forward. There’s good communication going on form that standpoint. It’s not like I don’t know what’s going on on the defensive side of the ball.”

Defensive players in the 49ers’ locker room expressed confidence in O’Neil’s scheme.

“I love this scheme,” safety Eric Reid said. “If everybody does their job, we shouldn’t get beat. But whenever there’s an explosive play, somebody is out of position. We just got to tighten up.”

Said defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, “We have a great scheme and we have the guys to fit the scheme that he’s trying to run for us. Everybody individually, including myself, just needs to do better.”

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who left the game in the third quarter with a high-ankle sprain, expressed a view of the team’s defensive players that was more than a bit optimistic.

“We have the team,” Lynch said. “We possibly have one of the best teams in the NFL, easily. Hands down. We need to know how to keep finishing games and work together throughout the whole game. Once we get that down, nobody’s going to be able to mess with us.”

The 49ers rank last in the NFL in rushing defense. The 49ers gave up 561 yards rushing in the past two games, the worst back-to-back weeks in franchise history.

Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers was the latest player to feast on the 49ers' defense. Rodgers rushed for a career-high 154 yards on 26 carries to become the sixth consecutive opponent to gain more than 100 yards on the 49ers.

“Of course, I am frustrated with it,” 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. “You play this game to win. When we give up points the way that we do, the way we give up yards, it is just unacceptable. It is frustrating.

“Anything is fixable. I just think that the guys that get double-teamed maybe have to do a better job at taking on the double-team. I know that is difficult, but that is what we signed up for. The guys that are getting doubled have to be able to get off those double-teams and just try to do a better job.”