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.

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.