49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists

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49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants concludes . . .Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He played just four snaps of defense. He tracked down David Wilson to force him out of bounds at the end of a 66-yard kickoff return to open second half.
22-Carlos Rogers: He started at left cornerback and played 64 snaps. . . He had three tackles and broke up three passes, but could've had two interceptions, too. . . He was in coverage against Victor Cruz on the 6-yard TD in the second quarter. It appeared as if Donte Whitner was expected to provide inside help. . . Made a good play in coverage to hold Cruz to an 8-yard pass on a third-and-10 late in the first half. . . Dropped what should've been an easy interception in the third quarter while working against Cruz. . . Had another chance for a pick on a deep pass to Cruz, but Rogers did not go up for the ball to catch it at its highest point and Cruz broke up the pass.
25-Tarell Brown: He played all but one snap in the game and had seven tackles, but he also gave up a few plays, too. . . Peeled off his man and had chance to make a play on the ball, but went for Cruz instead. Cruz caught an 11-yard pass on a third-and-6 situation. . . Cruz created separation with a stop-and-go with a comeback for a 16-yard gain in second quarter. On the next play, he had OK coverage on Hakeem Nicks, but Eli Manning made a perfect throw for another 16-yard gain. . Nicks went up to make 26-yard pass against him. Brown was also called for pass interference on the play. . . Made move around TE Bear Pascoe off the left side to block Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt in closing seconds of first half. . . Good coverage against Hixon in end zone for incomplete pass in third quarter. . . Called for offside that gave the Giants a first down on a field-goal attempt.
26-Tramaine Brock: He did not play on defense.
27-C.J. Spillman: He played one snap on defense in a goal-line situation.
28-Darcel McBath: He did not play any defense, but contributed 21 plays on special teams.
29-Chris Culliver: He played 20 snaps of defense and had his least-effective game as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback. . . He had four tackles. . . Struggled against Giants WR Domenik Hixon, allowing a 39-yard pass on a third-and-6 in the second quarter. Three plays later Hixon had a 16-yard catch at the sideline against Culliver on a third-and-8. Also gave up catches of 9 and 14 yards to Hixon in the second quarter.
30-Trenton Robinson: Was not active (coaches' decision).
31-Donte Whitner: He recorded five tackles and had one tackle for a loss. . . Shifted to shadow Victor Cruz went in motion but bit hard on run fake on 6-yard TD pass to Cruz in second quarter.
38-Dashon Goldson: He played all but one snap in the game and recorded eight tackles, and attacked the line of scrimmage in the run game, and had one tackle for a loss. . . Missed tackle in open field on RB Ahmad Bradshaw, enabling him to pick up final 8 yards on a 23-yard carry in the fourth quarter.Specialists
2-David Akers: He missed two of his three field-goal attempts. . . Good snap and hold, but hooked 43-yard attempt wide right at end of 49ers' opening drive. . . Again, was provided a perfect snap and hold on 52-yard attempt at end of first half. He pushed that one wide left.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 49.8 yards (49.3 net) on four punts with one punt inside the 20-yard line.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores with no problems.

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich had a strong indication he would be fired as Oregon’s head coach. And he said he told Chip Kelly recently he would have no hard feelings if Kelly left the 49ers to return to coach the Ducks.

Kelly this week said he is not interested in abandoning his job with the 49ers to coach in the college ranks. Helfrich suggested during a radio interview on Friday that Kelly told him the same thing privately.

When it was suggested that Kelly hated to recruit, Helfrich did not disagree.

"That's a fact," Helfrich said in an interview on ESPN Radio's Russillo and Kanell. "I don't know hated recruiting. . . a dislike. A strong dislike. But I think Chip has that challenge in his mind right now to make it right in the NFL.

"I had some of those conversations with him a couple weeks ago when it looked like this was going south. That was a very awkward converation, but (I) just wanted to let him know that to take our personal relationship out of it in every way, shape or form if he wanted to consider this.

"But, me, reading between the lines, I think he wants to make it right in the NFL. I think he wants to win at that level. He's had a rough go of it this year, but he'll get it right."

Kelly compiled a 46-7 record in four seasons in Eugene, Ore. He left after the 2012 season to accept the head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was fired late last season and took the 49ers job two weeks later.

In Kelly’s first season with the 49ers, the club is 1-10. The 49ers are on a franchise-long 10-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Helfrich was 37-16 in his four seasons at Oregon after his promotion from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kelly said he spoke with Helfrich the morning after he was fired.

“I just felt bad for Mark. I love him like a brother,” Kelly said. “He’s a tremendous person. He’s a hell of a football coach, but he’s an even better person. Just felt for him and the rest of the guys on that staff. It’s an unfortunate thing that goes on in this profession. We all know about it when we sign up, but when it happens you’re still taken aback by it.”

Kelly said he hoped his denial of any interest in the Oregon job would end all speculation about his future. When asked if intends to remain with the 49ers, Kelly said on Wednesday, “Yep. So we're all done with that, I hope."
 

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Defensive lineman Quinton Dial, who sat out last week’s game with knee and neck issues, will return to action Sunday for the 49ers at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.

Dial was not listed on the team’s injury report after going through two limited practices this week. The 49ers had only a walk-through Friday in Orlando, Fla., but Dial was cleared to return to full activity, the team announced.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton (concussion) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) were both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Patton appears to be on pace to be cleared in the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. He has returned to non-contact football activity after sustaining a head injury last week against the Miami Dolphins.

Lynch has already missed four consecutive games with a high-ankle sprain. Lynch has appeared in only three games this season. He sat out the first four games of the year while serving a four-game suspension for violating the leageu’s policy of substances of abuse.

The Bears listed six players as questionable for the game, including outside linebackers Willie Young and rookie Leonard Floyd. Young leads Chicago with 6.5 sacks, while Floyd is second with five sacks.

Quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Matt Barkley will make his second career start.

49ERS
Questionable
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
WR Quinton Patton (concussion)

BEARS
Out
QB Jay Cutler (right shoulder)
Questionable
LB Willie Young (knee)
S Adrian Amos (foot)
WR Eddie Royal (toe)
LB Leonard Floyd (concussion)
CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle)
G Josh Sitton (ankle)