Fangio: Great learning experience for 49ers' defense


Fangio: Great learning experience for 49ers' defense

SANTA CLARA -- A year ago, quarterback Matt Schaub diced up the 49ers for 180 yards in the first half as the Houston Texans scored 24 points on the 49ers' first-team defense in the third exhibition game.
On Sunday, the first-team defense did not offer much resistance to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.Playing without key defenders Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Chris Culliver, the 49ers had few answers for Manning, who threw for 122 yards. The Broncos scored 17 points on their three possessions against the 49ers.REWIND: 'Scary start' for 49ers defense against Broncos
"We just didn't play well enough on certain plays," 49ers defensive coordinator Fangio said. "I think it was a great learning experience for us. Some of the plays we broke down, we definitely could've played better. And in some instances, they just beat us one-on-one. We weren't able to win the one-on-one battles."This is still a great time to learn, perfect your craft (and) excel on your technique. We have to be able to do that. We weren't perfect on that the other night, by any means."With Culliver out, the 49ers turned to Tramaine Brock as the team's No. 3 cornerback. Brock sustained a broken finger a couple weeks ago, but it's nothing that is impacting his play, Fangio said.When asked for his evaluation of Brock's play, Fangio answered, "He's played better."Perrish Cox has seemingly surpassed Brock on the depth chart, and figures to find a role once the regular season begins. Cox is currently the No. 2 nickel back behind Carlos Rogers and a spare corner."The more three- and four-wide receiver teams that we see, the more he'll get to play," Fangio said. "If he keeps playing the way he's playing and becomes an expert at his craft, we'll find a way to get him in there."The 49ers might use a fourth cornerback in packages against teams that put four receivers on the field. Fangio said a third safety has yet to step up behind starters Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner, but he noted Trenton Robinson, Darcel McBath and C.J. Spillman are showing improvement. The 49ers' No. 1 defense has forced a punt on just one of their seven series in the exhibition season. The opposition has scored 26 points with four field goals and two touchdowns.Drives vs. 49ers first-team defense
6 plays, 59 yards, field goal
13 plays, 63 yards, field goalHouston
7 plays, 37 yards, field goal
3 plays, 9 yards, puntDenver
8 plays, 45 yards, field goal
9 plays, 83 yards, touchdown
4 plays, 24 yards, touchdown Tight enddefensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was seen walking through the locker room Monday on crutches with his lower left leg wrapped. He declined comment.Receiver Ted Ginn, who left Sunday's game with a right ankle sprain, wore an orthopedic boot on his foot. He was not using crutches. His status for the season opener, Sept. 9 at Green Bay, remains in question.Also, running back Brandon Jacobs is showing improvement after sustaining a left knee sprain Aug. 18 at Houston. He is no longer on crutches, but he was seen walking with a limp. The 49ers are hopeful Jacobs will be available for the season opener.

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.

And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”

On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.

“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."

The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.

The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.