Doucet: Goldson started it with a cheap shot


Doucet: Goldson started it with a cheap shot

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dashon Goldson did not offer an explanation for his actions that led to his ejection from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.But Cardinals receiver Early Doucet was talking after the scuffle that led to Goldson's ejection from the game. Doucet was neither penalized nor ejected.TV replays showed Goldson on the ground in the defensive backfield after an Aldon Smith sack. Doucet, who was standing, took a swipe at Goldson's facemask.
Goldson got up and connected with a left to Doucet's neck and missed with a right. Doucet hit Goldson's shoulder with a glancing punch. Goldson connected with another right and grazed Doucet's facemask with a left as the players were being separated.Replays did not show what occurred to prompt Doucet take his initial swipe at Goldson at the beginning of the melee. Goldson had already left the 49ers locker room before reporters were allowed to enter after the game Sunday. Doucet told his side of the story in the Cardinals locker room.
"It was during the play," Doucet said. "The ball was thrown (actually, quarterback Richard Bartel was sacked) and he (Goldson) took a cheap shot at me. I fell, then I got up. The refs didn't throw the flag. Then, I just lost my cool, and then I went after him and then we had a little scuffle."It was a pretty intense game the whole game. We were all on a pretty short fuse. It was only a matter of time before something escalated. I guess I was the one that kicked it off."Doucet added, "He kind of hit me while I wasn't looking. I just kind of lost it after that. I'm usually a fair player, and I feel like that wasn't a fair shot he took at me."When asked he was worried about a fine, Doucet answered, "No, but I'm pretty sure I am going to get one."Here are some other comments from the Cardinals locker room following their 23-7 loss to the 49ers on Sunday:"They don't like us. We don't like them. Everyone knows that. There always will be a little extra here and a little extra there. It's a rivalry. . . . That's a good football team. It's hard for me to sit here and not admit they are a good football team. There's a reason they are 9-1, a reason why they are atop the standings in the division. I usually don't give credit to anyone, especially in the division, but I give credit to them. They played a good football game, and I'm looking forward to another challenge in a few weeks."
--Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett"You have to give them credit. They played well, but we had wrong reads, bad throws, bad decisions. (Quarterback) John (Skelton) played like a rookie. . . They (the 49ers) are not making many mistakes. They're playing smart football. They didn't turn the ball over. What did we have? Five turnovers? How do you win a game when you have five turnovers in an opposing team's stadium? That's what it's about more than anything. They're a big team, physical team. But if we make our plays, we have a great chance to be in the game."--Coach Ken Whisenhunt"You're not going to beat bad teams with that many turnovers, and you definitely are not going to be good teams like this . . . Every offense and every defense comes down to physical talent across the plate. They have physically talented guys. They have a great linebacking corps. Their defensive line is one of the best in the NFL. The fact is that they play their scheme well. Nobody gets out of position. You don't see a lot of explosive plays. You don't see them making mistakes."
--Offensive guard Daryn Colledge"They got us with a few coverages, but at the same time they gave us some stuff, but I just didn't hit it. . . Alex Smith threw the ball fine in the rain, so I'm not going to use that as an excuse or anything. It's frustrating more than anything."
--Quarterback John Skelton"They were playing cover-2, cover-6, cover-3. It was pretty basic, what they were doing. They are a good football team. You have tip your hats to those guys. There is a reason they are 9-1. They are a good ball club."
--Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald"They did a good job of extending drives by moving the ball down the field. We should have kept them out of the end zone. We played our hearts out, though, and left it out on the field. But it wasn't good enough."
--Defensive end Calais Campbell

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.

LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
WR Quinton Patton (concussion)

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