Play time: James keeps Gore fresh

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Play time: James keeps Gore fresh

Running back Frank Gore played 87 percent of the snaps in a game last week that was not decided until the final 26 seconds of overtime against the St. Louis Rams.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman later said Gore's workload was too much.

On Sunday, the 49ers found some rest for Gore by mixing in rookie LaMichael James, who played 15 snaps in the 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park.

"Our offensive coordinator G-Ro did a great job of putting him in a great situation in what he's used to doing in college," Gore said. "And he kept me fresh."

James carried eight times for 30 yards. He also caught one pass for 15 yards. And he clearly earned the right to move forward as the 49ers' No. 2 running back, replacing Kendall Hunter, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury.

First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins played eight snaps in the game as the 49ers' third receiver. Jenkins did not see any passes thrown his way. Ted Ginn opened the game in two-receiver sets, along with Michael Crabtree, but he ended up playing only four snaps.

Delanie Walker, the 49ers' No. 2 tight end, and wide receiver Randy Moss saw their greatest share of play time this season with Mario Manningham out with a shoulder injury. Walker played 70 percent of the time, while Moss was on the field for 51 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps.

Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
57 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis, QB Colin Kaepernick
43 (75%) -- WR Michael Crabtree
40 (70%) -- TE Delanie Walker
39 (68%) -- RB Frank Gore
29 (51%) -- FB Bruce Miller, WR Randy Moss
15 (26%) -- RB LaMichael James
10 (18%) -- FB Will Tukuafu
8 (14%) -- WR A.J. Jenkins
4 (7%) -- WR Ted Ginn
3 (5%) -- TE Garrett Celek, RB Anthony Dixon, OL Leonard Davis
2 (4%) -- OL Daniel Kilgore

Defensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
61 (100%) -- LB Patrick Willis, S Dashon Goldson, CB Tarell Brown, LB NaVorro Bowman, CB Carlos Rogers, S Donte Whitner
59 (97%) -- OLB Aldon Smith, OLB Ahmad Brooks, DT Ray McDonald
53 (87%) -- DT Justin Smith
43 (70%) -- CB Chris Culliver
15 (25%) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
8 (13%) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
3 (5%) -- DT Demarcus Dobbs
2 (3%) -- CB Perrish Cox, OLB Clark Haggans, DT Will Tukuafu

Special teams
15 (62%) -- Will Tukuafu, Tramaine Brock, Darcel McBath
14 (58%) -- Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite
13 (54%) -- Bruce Miller
12 (50%) -- Larry Grant
10 (42%) -- David Akers, Garrett Celek
9 (38%) -- Andy Lee, Brian Jennings
7 (29%) -- Daniel Kilgore, Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, Demarcus Dobbs
6 (35%) -- Tavares Gooden
5 (21%) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Tarell Brown, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Ricky Jean Francois
4 (17%) -- LaMichael James, Delanie Walker, Leonard Davis, NaVorro Bowman, Perrish Cox
3 (12%) -- Isaac Sopoaga
2 (8%) -- Ted Ginn

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Buffalo this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.

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)