Pierre-Paul -- sack stud or lucky?


Pierre-Paul -- sack stud or lucky?

The New York Giants lead the league with 28 sacks, and second-year player Jason Pierre-Paul is the guy who gets to the quarterback with the most frequency.Pierre-Paul (6-foot-5, 278 pounds) is a tremendous athlete, as he proved a couple years ago when he dominated a competition with a South Florida teammate with 14 consecutive backflips.And he has shown that athleticism this season with 9.5 sacks. As I looked at each of those sacks this season, four were achieved when he beat the man assigned to block him off the snap. But the other 5.5 sacks were recorded a lengthy time after the snap because he did not give up on the play when the opposing quarterback held the ball too long."He will move around quite a bit," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "He's having a phenomenal year, he's a very good player, as are all their front seven. They'll move him around quite a bit. They move their defensive front and rotate them in and out quite a bit. So they get a fresh rotation and you really can't book who's going to be where."Pierre-Paul's sacks have come while he lined up at five different spots on the defensive line: right defensive end (4.5), right defensive tackle (two), and left defensive end, left defensive tackle and nose tackle (one apiece).Here's a look at each of Pierre-Paul's sacks this season:Game 1 at Washington (2 sacks): 1. Third quarter, second and 8, lined up at right defensive end, shoves left tackle Trent Williams backward and gets to Rex Grossman in less than 3 seconds; 2. Fourth quarter, third and 9, lined up at right defensive end, gives Williams head move to outside and went inside to sack Grossman in 3 seconds to force fumble.Game 2 vs. St. Louis (.5 sack): Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive end, with 2 minutes remaining, initially blocked well by left tackle Rodger Saffold, he manages to get around him but falls down in the process. He trips up Sam Bradford in the backfield 4.8 seconds after the snap and shares the sack with teammate Justin Tuck.Game 3 at Philadelphia (2 sacks): 1. First quarter, third and 11, lined up at right defensive end, blew past left tackle Jason Peters and attempted chip block of running back LeSean McCoy to get to Michael Vick in about 2.5 seconds. He missed the tackle, but came back and got Vick 6.3 seconds after the snap of the ball; 2. Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive tackle, shoved past rookie Jason Kelce to sack Mike Kafka in less than 3 seconds. Game 4 at Arizona: No sacks. Game 5 vs. Seattle (2 sacks): 1. Second quarter, first and 15, lined up at left defensive end, accelerated past rookie right tackle James Carpenter with an inside move to sack Tarvaris Jackson before he could get rid of the ball; 2. Second quarter, second and 4, lined up at left defensive tackle and was blocked well by rookie guard John Moffitt. Pierre-Paul's sack came 5.5 seconds after the snap when Jackson moved up toward the line of scrimmage, where he was tackled 1 yard behind the line of scrimmage.Game 6 vs. Buffalo (1 sack): Second quarter, third and 16, lined up over center Eric Wood in a three-man line, then worked a stunt, where he was picked up by rookie left tackle Chris Hairston, the play was blocked well, but Ryan Fitzpatrick held onto the ball and the sack occurred 5 seconds after the snap.Game 7 vs. Miami (1 sack): Fourth quarter, first and 10, lined up at right defensive end, Pierre-Paul never got off the line of scrimmage against tight end Anthony Fasano (granted, it looked as if he as being held). When Matt Moore ran out of bounds approximately 6 seconds after the snap, Pierre-Paul was the closest defender, thus credited with the sack.Game 8 at New England (1 sack): Second quarter, third and 7, lined up at right defensive tackle, bull-rushed forward in a pile and when backup center Ryan Wendell fell backward, Pierre-Paul came free inside. Brady initially ducked under Pierre-Paul, who scrambled back to his feet and sacked Brady 5 seconds after the snap.

Source: 49ers GM candidate Kirchner to remain with Seahawks

Source: 49ers GM candidate Kirchner to remain with Seahawks

The 49ers’ search for their next general manager has been narrowed.

Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, who interviewed with the 49ers on Monday, is remaining with the Seahawks, CSNBayArea.com confirmed on Tuesday. Kirchner was not comfortable with the working environment with the 49ers, the source said.

The NFL Network first reported Kirchner was removing himself from consideration to replace Trent Baalke, who was fired.

Kirchner and Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable were believed to be connected as the possible general manager-coach combination to fill the 49ers' vacancies. It is not known whether Cable will remove his name from consideration, too.

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is considered atop the 49ers' wish list to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired after the team's 2-14 season.

Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, interviewed with Jed York and Paraag Marathe after Kirchner met with the 49ers’ executives.

49ers general manager interviews
Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)

Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)

Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)

Monday, Jan. 9
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)

Tuesday, Jan. 10
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)

Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (GM)

Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)

49ers' Buckner selected to All-Rookie team

49ers' Buckner selected to All-Rookie team

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner on Monday was selected to the NFL's All-Rookie team in a vote of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Defensive end Joey Bosa of the Chargers was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Buckner, the 49ers’ No. 7 overall pick from Oregon, started all 15 games in which he appeared. He ranked second among all NFL defensive tackles with 73 tackles on the season. He finished with six sacks, ranking fourth in the NFL among rookies.

2016 PFWA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
2016 PFWA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
2016 PFWA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: DE Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers

QB – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
WR -- Sterling Shepard, New York Giants; Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
TE – Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
C – Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears
G – Joe Thuney, New England Patriots; Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins
T – Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans; Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions
DL – Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers; DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB – Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers; Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears; Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars
S – Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders; Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
Special Teams
PK – Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints
P – Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos
KR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
PR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
ST – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs