Kaepernick to Wallace: A 49ers combo worth considering


Kaepernick to Wallace: A 49ers combo worth considering

UPDATE: Peyton Manning has decided to join the Denver Broncos. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com at this story develops.
While Peyton Manning and Alex Smith mull their options, Colin Kaepernick shows up regularly at the 49ers practice facility to work out and prepare for his big chance.Right now, Kaepernick is the only one of those three quarterbacks assured of being on the 49ers next season. And it is not far-fetched that he will be the starter -- at least at some point -- in 2012.After all, the 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 36 overall pick in last year's draft. The player chosen ahead of him, Andy Dalton, had a good rookie season in helping the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs.Dalton was considered more NFL-ready coming out of TCU, but there is no denying Kaepernick's physical tools -- as well as his smarts and work ethic. While the 49ers liked what they saw of him in practices last season, there was the belief that they would not know what kind of player Kaepernick could be until he got his chance to step onto the field in meaningful regular-season situations.If Manning goes to Denver or Tennessee, and Smith ends up in Miami, he might get that chance. And I don't believe general manager Trent Baalke would panic at the thought of Kaepernick getting a legitimate chance to win the starting job in a camp competition with, say, Matt Hasselbeck or Josh Johnson.And that leads to another interesting scenario, as first floated by Sports Illustrated's Peter King in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column.The 49ers could be a major player for Pittsburgh restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace with the money they would save without Manning or Smith on the roster.The 49ers already have Michael Crabtree and newly agreed-up addition Mario Manningham. With the structure of the contract they have with Randy Moss, he'll get what amounts to a six-month tryout before the team must determine whether he fits with the program. Of course, tight end Vernon Davis is also a weapon in the passing game.With Kaepernick and his arm strength, the 49ers would become more of a vertical passing team than a year ago with Smith at quarterback. Wallace averaged 16.6 yards per reception with Ben Roethlisberger throwing him passes last season.Again, with the money saved at the quarterback position, the 49ers could easily structure an offer sheet for Wallace that the Steelers would be unable to match. Then, the 49ers would give up the No. 30 pick in the draft as compensation to the Steelers.If Smith heads to Miami, his contract -- in the 8 million-a-year range -- could go to Wallace, who would give Kaepernick a target that is more of a fit for his style. It's another point to consider while the Manning and Smith make up their minds.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.


“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.

Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.

The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.

Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.

“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.

“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”

Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.

But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.

The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.

While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.

The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.