First-half hit concussed Smith


First-half hit concussed Smith

Quarterback Alex Smith most likely sustained his reported concussion in the first half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Smith played every snap in the 49ers' 27-24 overtime loss.A film review of the game revealed that Smith was knocked to the ground 11 times. Only once was he seen showing any effects from a hit to the head, and that came after the first play of the second quarter.
The 49ers had a screen pass set up to the right side on the play. Smith faked a pass to the left side, but when he turned back to the right side, Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (254 pounds) was already in his face. Spencer quickly got inside of tight end Vernon Davis before Davis released into the pattern.With Smith's momentum going backward, Spencer -- and blitzing cornerback Alan Ball -- drove Smith hard into the turf. Smith's right shoulder and head appeared to hit the ground hard for a 9-yard sack. When Smith got back to his feet, he was seen shaking his head, as if he was trying to clear his mind.Two plays later, Smith absorbed another big hit while completing a 14-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Defensive end Jason Hatcher, a 305-pounder, came through between left tackle Joe Staley and left guard Mike Iupati, who occupied blocking other Dallas players. Hatcher hit Smith high has he was releasing the pass and his right hand might have hit Smith's head. No penalty was called on the play.Smith took another big hit with 7:41 remaining in the first half while completing a 10-yard pass to Josh Morgan. Linebacker Victor Butler, a 246-pounder working against right tackle Anthony Davis, delivered a hit to the chest of Smith, who was rolling right. Smith was knocked hard to the ground, landing on his right shoulder area.Although Smith was sacked four times and tackled twice after scrambling in the second half, he did not appear to sustain any additional hits to his head.

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.

San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).

Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.

The 49ers will play at Chicago next season.

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

Source: Louis Riddick out of running for 49ers general manager

The 49ers on Tuesday began informing candidates for the team’s general manager position that they would not be brought back for second interviews, according to a team spokesman.

One of the individuals who did not make it past the first round of interviews is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, a source told

Riddick was closely associated with coach candidate Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. McDaniels removed himself from consideration for the team’s head-coaching opening on Monday. Riddick previously worked in the personnel departments of Washington and Philadelphia.

Another source told that Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III was informed he will not get a second interview for GM post, either.

“The 49ers pared down its list of general manager candidates Tuesday morning and thanked those who will not be included in the second round of interviews,” 49ers spokeman Bob Lange posted on Twitter. “Upcoming interviews will be announced as they were in the first round.”

The 49ers will seek second interviews with Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, along with Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton. Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is also still believed to be in the mix.

One source described the 49ers’ general manager search as “fluid.” The 49ers are expected to formally offer Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the head-coaching position after the Falcons’ season has concluded.

The 49ers want to match a coach and general manager. Shanahan, if he officially accepts the 49ers’ offer, would likely be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.