Notes: Staley is questionable against Seahawks


Notes: Staley is questionable against Seahawks


SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers have a quick turnaround, and that means it's questionable whether they will have the services of their Pro Bowl left tackle.Joe Staley was forced out the lineup with a concussion in the third quarter of the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. It is the second concussion Staley has sustained in 10 months.RELATED: Staley leaves game with concussion
In mid-December, Staley had a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers played a Monday night game the following week, and Staley was cleared the day before the game to return to action.The 49ers do not have the benefit of extra rest time this week. The 49ers return to action Thursday evening against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park. Staley is required to pass a battery of tests before being cleared to return to action.With Staley out of the lineup, right guard Alex Boone shifted to left tackle. Veteran Leonard Davis entered the game in place of Boone at right guard.CRUZ, ROGERS COMMUNICATE: New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was greatly offended a year ago when Carlos Rogers intercepted a pass against the Giants and did his version of a salsa-dance celebration.Cruz said he honors his late grandmother, who taught him how to salsa, with his end-zone dance. Rogers was previously unaware of the reason for Cruz's dance until last week when a reporter from the Bay Area Newsgroup informed Rogers of the genesis of Cruz's dance."We talked about it a little bit," Cruz said after Sunday's game. "He is a standup guy. He came up to me and he understood why I do the salsa, and what it means to me. He asked me if I got the message earlier in the week and I said, "Yeah." I told him he was a real good dude for that, and we went about our way. It is always good to have a competitive game against a real good player on the other side."Cruz scored the first touchdown of the game on Sunday on a 6-yard pass from Eli Manning in the second quarter against the coverage of Rogers and safety Donte Whitner. Cruz celebrated with his dance.Cruz finished with six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game.
AGONY OF DEFEAT: Tight end Vernon Davis spoke last week of the bitter taste that remains in the mouths of the 49ers from the team's loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship game. There was additional bitterness on Sunday."It hurt," Davis said. "It hurts a lot. We expected to go out there and get the win, but we couldn't pull it off for some reason. I have to go back and look at the film, but I'm sure we made a lot of mistakes and we cost ourselves the game."Davis was not a big part of the 49ers' plan on Sunday. He caught just three passes for 37 yards. The other top players on the 49ers were contained, too. Michael Crabtree had three receptions for 26 yards.Running back Frank Gore did not get a whole lot of touches, either. He carried just eight times for 36 yards."They played good ball," Gore said. "We beat ourselves on a lot of stuff out there. We didn't play San Francisco football today. They played great ball. They came in and got a win."
MOSS MOVES UP LIST: Wide receiver Randy Moss caught two passes for 75 yards to become just the fourth player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career receiving yards. Moss now has 15,032 receiving yards, trailing only Jerry Rice (22,895), Terrell Owens (15,934) and Isaac Bruce (15,208).THIS 'N' THAT: Kyle Williams, whose two turnovers on punt returns proved costly in the 49ers' playoff loss to the Giants, was the first player to touch the ball on Sunday. Williams returned the opening kickoff from 7 yards deep in the end zone. He made it back to only the 15-yard line. "There wasn't a lot of hang time on it, so I just read it and felt like it was good to go," Williams said. He averaged 19.3 yards on six kickoff returns. Ted Ginn handled the punt returns. He averaged 11.0 yards on two returns. . . The 49ers converted four of their first five third-down opportunities. The finished the game 0-for-9 on third downs, beginning with the last play on their second drive. . . Tarell Brown blocked a Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt late in the first half. It was the first career blocked field goal of Brown's career. And it was the 49ers' first blocked field goal since Ray McDonald blocked a kick against Minnesota's Ryan Longwell on Sept. 27, 2009. . . . The Giants recorded five of their six sacks in the second half. The 49ers did not record a sack of Eli Manning on Sunday.

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.