49ers review vs. Giants: Offensive line

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49ers review vs. Giants: Offensive line

The 49ers were sacked six times against the New York Giants, with five of those sacks coming in the second half. At least three of those sacks were easily avoidable with protection that lasted at least 3.5 seconds.The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants continues . . .Offensive line
59-Jonathan Goodwin: He started at center and played every snap. . . He did a good enough job in pass protection and run-blocking. . . Called for false start in second quarter. .. Had a low shotgun snap that Smith dropped, picked up and then threw out of bounds in the fourth quarter.
66-Joe Looney: Was not active (coaches' decision).
67-Daniel Kilgore: He played just one snap as an extra blocker.
68-Leonard Davis: Entered as an extra blocker on a third-and-1 play in the third quarter and was called for false start. . . He finished the game at right guard when Alex Boone moved to left tackle. . . He did a good job with the limited number of run plays the 49ers called when he was in the game. . . He generally fared well in pass protection, but his mobility was an issue on two plays. He could not keep up with Mathias Kiwanuka, who went around him for a 14-yard sack in the fourth quarter.
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle, and played 37 snaps before exiting the game with a concussion. . . He made block on LB Michael Boley to enable Kendall Hunter to get to the outside for a 15-yard gain on a third-and-1 play on first drive. . . Allowed pressure around the outside to Osi Umenyiora that forced Smith to step up and into DT Linval Joseph for a sack. . . Got knocked down with a block by DB Stevie Brown after Antrel Rolle's second interception and sustained a concussion that knocked him out of the game in the middle of the third quarter. His status for Thursday's game is in question.
75-Alex Boone: Started and played the first 37 snaps at right guard. Then, he moved to left tackle for the final 24 snaps. . . He faked right and then blocked DT Linval Joseph to his left, opening hole for Gore's 10-yard gain at start of second drive. . . Joseph got between him and right tackle Anthony Davis for a third-quarter sack. . . Held up well when he moved to left tackle in place of Staley for the final 1 12 quarters.
76-Anthony Davis: Started and played the entire game at right tackle. . . He had his least-effective game of the season. . . Had good initial protection against Jason Pierre-Paul in the second quarter but did not stick with him long enough. When QB Alex Smith Smith did not get rid of the ball in time, Pierre-Paul dropped him for a 9-yard sack. . . Gave up sack to DE Adrian Tracy on 49ers' final snap of the game.
77-Mike Iupati: Started and played every snap at left guard. . . Made blocks on Pierre-Paul and LB Chase Blackburn to open hole for Gore to gain 13 yards on first drive. . . Holding penalty wiped out an 11-yard gain for Gore.

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)