Sept. 17, 2011
The 49ers enter Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys with only two injury issues that must be addressed.Coach Jim Harbaugh said both receiver Michael Crabtree and safety Dashon Goldson will be game-time decisions. Teams must declare their seven inactive players 90 minutes prior to kickoff.If Crabtree is deemed healthy, he'll likely fill the role as the 49ers' third receiver behind Braylon Edwards and Josh Morgan. Crabtree would play the slot when the 49ers go with three wideouts.Even if Goldson is healthy, he probably will not have much of a role because he did not see a lot of action in practice this week. Goldson was a projected starter at free safety, but Madieu Williams started the season opener last week against the Seattle Seahawks. In nickel situations,Reggie Smith replaced Williams.The Cowboys have a lot more problems, as two of their top three cornerbacks have already been ruled out. Also, receiver Dez Bryant is questionable with a deep thigh bruise.Here's a look at the Cowboys' starting lineup:Defense
WR - 88 Dez Bryant (questionable, thigh). Possible starter: 85 Kevin Ogletree
LT - 68 Doug Free
LG - 61 Bill Nagy (neck) New starter: 74 Derrick Dockery
C - 67 Phil Costa (probable, knee)
RG - 63 Kyle Kosier
RT - 77 Tyron Smith (probable, knee)
TE - 82 Jason Witten
WR - 19 Miles Austin (probable, knee)
QB - 9 Tony Romo
FB - 89 John Phillips
RB - 28 Felix Jones Defense
LE - 99 Kenyon Coleman
NT - 90 Jay Ratliff
RE - 98 Marcus Spears97 Jason Hatcher
OLB - 93 Anthony Spencer (probable, shoulder)
MLB - 56 Bradie James
ILB - 51 Keith Brooking50 Sean Lee
OLB - 94 DeMarcus Ware
LCB - 41 Terence Newman (groin), 32 Orlando Scandrick (ankle). New starter: 20 Alan Ball
RCB - 21 Mike Jenkins (probable, shoulder)
FS - 43 Gerald Sensabaugh
SS - 26 Abram Elam
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.
Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.
It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.
Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.
After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.
Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.
The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.
The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.
“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”
Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.
The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.