First half: 49ers 21, Chargers 0


First half: 49ers 21, Chargers 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- The entire 49ers defense and most of the team's offensive skill players got the night off.Quarterback Alex Smith got the start and played five snaps. He handed off five times and then exited without attempting a pass.And then he handed things off to backup Colin Kaepernick.Those who used their tickets to attend the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park witnessed Kaepernick's best performance since he traded in his Nevada uniform for the 49ers' threads.Kaepernick threw his first two touchdown passes in his seven career exhibition games in an impressive first half of action. Kaepernick completed 12 of 18 attempts in the first half for 158 yards.
Demonstrating his extraordinary arm strength, Kaepernick rolled left and threw a dart for a 32-yard touchown pass to Delanie Walker in the first quarter. And in the second quarter, moving to his right, he hit rookie A.J. Jenkins with a 12-yard scoring pass.Running back Anthony Dixon opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run behind a block by fullback Will Tukuafu.The 49ers led 21-0 at the half.Here's the unofficial snap-by-snap breakdown on offense and defense (players are listed by order in which they came into the game at a particular position):Offense
QB: Alex Smith 5, Colin Kaepernick 28.
RB: Kendall Hunter 7, Bruce Miller 2, LaMichael James 17, Anthony Dixon, 9, Will Tukuafu 10, Rock Cartwright 2.
WR: Brett Swain 30, A.J. Jenkins 28, Nathan Palmer 11, Chris Owusu 2.
TE: Vernon Davis 3, Delanie Walker 7, Konrad Reuland 14, Garrett Celek 16.
LT: Joe Staley 11, Mike Person 22.
LG: Mike Iupati 11, Joe Looney 22.
C: Jonathan Goodwin 11, Daniel Kilgore 22.
RG: Alex Boone 11, Leonard Davis 22.
RT: Anthony Davis 11, Kenny Wiggins 22.Defense
The 49ers' second-team defense started and played two series. Here's a list of the defenders who saw action in the first half:
LE: Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Ian Williams
RE: Ricky Jean Francois, Tony Jerod-Eddie
LOLB: Ikaika Alama-Francis, Cam Johnson
ILB: Larry Grant, Michael Wilhoite
ILB: Tavares Gooden
ROLB: Eric Bakhtiari, Kenny Rowe
LCB: Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock
RCB: Perrish Cox, Anthony Mosley
SS: C.J. Spillman, Darcel McBath
FS: Trenton Robinson
Nickel: Perrish Cox, Michael Thomas

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“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.

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced Monday morning he has pulled his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coaching job.

McDaniels interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Saturday, Jan. 7, while the Patriots were on the bye week as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. McDaniels indicated he also met with Brian Hampton, the 49ers’ director of football administration and analytics.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” McDaniels added. “Again, (I’m) humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

McDaniels said his main focus would be on helping prepare the Patriots to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

McDaniels, 40, was viewed as one of the hot head-coaching candidates, along with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, this offseasons. He has served the past five seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick.

Shanahan becomes the leading candidate for the 49ers’ job. The 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday. Shanahan and Cable are the only known remaining candidates for the job to replace Chip Kelly, who was hired after a 2-14 season.

McDaniels became Denver’s head coach in 2009. He was fired after 12 games in 2010 after his teams compiled an 11-17 record. He returned to the Patriots in 2012 and has served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bill Belichick’s staff.

McDaniels, who also interviewed with the 49ers last year, also had interviews on Jan. 7 with Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone, while the Rams hired Sean McVay.

“I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for Mr. Kraft his family and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. Very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."