Top rookies inactive for 49ers


Top rookies inactive for 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers first two draft picks, A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James, were among the 49ers' seven declared inactive players for Sunday night's game against the Detroit Lions.As expected, running back Brandon Jacobs (left knee) and receiverreturn man Ted Ginn were among the 49ers' seven inactive players. Jacobs and Ginn were also inactive for the Week 1 game against Green Bay.Second-year quarterback Scott Tolzien will suit up for his first career NFL regular-season game. This is the first time the 49ers have activated three quarterbacks since the new rules regarding inactive players went into effect last year.One 49ers injury that deserves some mention is punter Andy Lee's thumb on his left hand. He declined comment on his injury, which he sustained a week ago when he tried unsuccessfully to tackle Green Bay's Randall Cobb.Lee is also the holder on David Akers' kicks, which explains why Tolzien is active for the game Sunday. Tolzien is the 49ers' emergency holder. He spent a lot of time during warmups holding. So the 49ers are taking no chances.
Lee might require a painkilling injection prior to the game, and his ability to catch long snaps from Brian Jennings might not be a sure thing. And that includes field goals and PATs, too.
So Tolzien is active, and the 49ers' draft picks in each of the first two rounds are sitting this one out. The only 49ers rookie who saw action in Week 1 was safety Trenton Robinson, chosen in the sixth round. He did not play on defense, but he saw 15 snaps on special teams. Jenkins was active for the opener, but he did not play.
When I asked coach Jim Harbaugh on Friday whether he considered it a luxury that the 49ers does not need the rookies to contribute immediately, he answered, "Well, we certainly feel like we need them, and they are coming along. The situation hasn't presented itself yet. But they're both coming."49ers inactives
WR A.J. Jenkins
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
RB LaMichael James
RB Brandon Jacobs
G Joe Looney
TE Garrett Celek
NT Ian WilliamsLions inactives
QB Kellen Moore
CB Chris Houston
S Louis Delmas
CB Bill Bentley
LB Travis Lewis
T Jason Fox
T Corey HilliardThe Lions will play Sunday without three-quarters of their starting defensive backfield. Drayton Florence starts at cornerback for Houston; Jacob Lacey starts at the other cornerback for Bentley; and John Wendling takes over at safety for Louis Delmas The 49ers enter Sunday night's game with a streak of 26 regular-season quarters without committing a turnover. That is a 49ers record, and the team is four quarters shy of the NFL record record set by the New England Patriots (2010). Replacement referee Matt Nicks is assigned to Sunday's game. He most recently worked Mid-South Conference (NAIA) and Tennessee high school games. His crew called a combined nine penalties for 91 yards while working the Cincinnati-Baltimore game Monday night. Among the penalties called were a 20-yard pass interference call on Bengals cornerback Nate Clements in the end zone, and a 15-yard personal foul for Taylor Mays' helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson. The NFL later fined Mays 21,000 for the illegal hit.

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.