First half summary: Broncos 24, 49ers 10


First half summary: Broncos 24, 49ers 10

DENVER -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman and tight end Delanie Walker each went through pregame warmups but each was held out of the 49ers' exhibition game Sunday against the Denver Broncos.Smith (right hip), Bowman (left knee) and Walker (right knee) have been nursing minor injuries.The 49ers' first-team defense had a difficult time against Peyton Manning, as they were pursuing the Broncos offense down the field in the first quarter. Manning completed 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards with touchdown passes to Eric Decker of 10 and 5 yards. Manning played exclusively against the 49ers' first-team defense.
Caleb Hanie replaced Manning in the second quarter. Cornerback Perrish Cox, who played 2010 for the Broncos intercepted Hanie on his first possession.Alex Smith completed 5 of 7 passes for 69 yards. The offense looked out of sync throughout. The only good play was Smith's 44-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis, which came immediately following a failed onside kick.Colin Kaepernick played just the final snap of the first half. The Broncos led 24-10 at halftime.The only injury of the first half came in the second quarter when outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari left the game with a head injury. He left the field under his own power.
Offensive snaps
QB: Alex Smith 16, Colin Kaepernick 1
RB: Frank Gore 9, Bruce Miller, 7, Anthony Dixon 4, Kendall Hunter 5, Rock Cartwright 1.
WR: Michael Crabtree 9, Randy Moss 10, Kyle Williams 5, Ted Ginn 6, A.J. Jenkins 1, Brett Swain 1.
TE: Vernon Davis 14, Konrad Reuland 5, Demarcus Dobbs 4, Leonard Davis 2, Will Tukuafu 2.
LT: Joe Staley 17
LG: Mike Iupati 17
C: Jonathan Goodwin 17
RG: Alex Boone 17
RT: Anthony Davis 17First defense
LE: Ray McDonald
NT: Isaac Sopoaga
RE: Justin Smith
LOLB: Ahmad Brooks
ILB: Larry Grant
ILB: Patrick Willis
ROLB: Parys Haralson
LCB: Carlos Rogers
RCB: Tarell Brown
SS: Donte Whitner
FS: Dashon Goldson
Third corner: Tramaine BrockSecond defense
LE: Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Ian Williams
RE: Rick Jean Francois, Demarcus Dobbs
LOLB: Eric Bakhtiari. Ikaika Alama-Francis replaced Bakhtiari, who sustained head injury.
ILB: Larry Grant
ILB: Michael Wilhoite
ROLB: Parys Haralson, Kenny Rowe
LCB: Perrish Cox
RCB: Tramaine Brock
SS: C.J. Spillman
FS: Trenton Robinson
Nickel back: Michael Thomas

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.