Superlatives from the 49ers' 6-1 start


Superlatives from the 49ers' 6-1 start

The 49ers are making history through the first seven games of the season. And thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for uncovering some interesting facts.Such as . . . --The 49ers are the first team in 91 years to have a rushing touchdown in each of the first seven games while not allowing a rushing touchdown. As some of you might remember, the Buffalo All-Americans accomplished the same thing in 1920 against a schedule of non-league teams. The McKeesport Olympics, Toledo Maroons and Rochester Jeffersons were some of the opponents on Buffalo's schedule that season.

--Frank Gore joins Larry Johnson, O.J. Simpson and Terrell Davis as the only players since 1970 to gain at least 125 yards and one touchdown rushing in four consecutive games. Johnson (2005) and Simpson (1975) made it five games.--With a record of 6-1, the 49ers have tied the best start through seven games for a team that lost at least 10 games the previous season.And here are some statistics in which the 49ers rank among the tops in the NFL this season:--The 49ers lead the league in defensive points allowed at 15.3 points a game.--Alex Smith and the 49ers are the best team in the NFL with an interception percentage of 1.1 percent. (That's 1.1 interceptions for every 100 passes attempted.)--Punter Andy Lee and the coverage unit rank No. 1 with a net average of 44.2 yards.--The 49ers lead the league in run defense, allowing just 73.4 yards rushing a game.--The 49ers own the best red-zone defense. They've allowed the opposition to score touchdowns on just 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) trips inside the 49ers' 20-yard line.--Aldon Smith leads all rookies with 6.5 sacks. (He ranks seventh in the league among all players.)--Running back Frank Gore is one of four running backs with four or more opportunities to convert every third-and-1 running play.--The 49ers rank second in the NFL with a plus-10 turnover margin.
--The 49ers' return unit rank second in the league with an average starting point of the 25.4 yard line after kickoffs.
--Alex Smith is third in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 104.9.--Ted Ginn ranks third in the NFL with a 29.8 average on kickoffs.--Cornerback Carlos Rogers is tied for third in the NFL with three interceptions.--Linebacker Patrick Willis is tied for fourth in the league with two fumble recoveries.--Gore is fifth in the NFL with 675 yards rushing.

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“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.

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced Monday morning he has pulled his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coaching job.

McDaniels interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Saturday, Jan. 7, while the Patriots were on the bye week as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. McDaniels indicated he also met with Brian Hampton, the 49ers’ director of football administration and analytics.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” McDaniels added. “Again, (I’m) humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

McDaniels said his main focus would be on helping prepare the Patriots to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

McDaniels, 40, was viewed as one of the hot head-coaching candidates, along with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, this offseasons. He has served the past five seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick.

Shanahan becomes the leading candidate for the 49ers’ job. The 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday. Shanahan and Cable are the only known remaining candidates for the job to replace Chip Kelly, who was hired after a 2-14 season.

McDaniels became Denver’s head coach in 2009. He was fired after 12 games in 2010 after his teams compiled an 11-17 record. He returned to the Patriots in 2012 and has served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bill Belichick’s staff.

McDaniels, who also interviewed with the 49ers last year, also had interviews on Jan. 7 with Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone, while the Rams hired Sean McVay.

“I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for Mr. Kraft his family and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. Very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."