True to Staley's words, 49ers' line doesn't suck

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True to Staley's words, 49ers' line doesn't suck

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a hallway at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley supplied a quote that was bound to be revisited throughout the season."Contrary to what everybody believes, we don't suck," Staley said at a time when the 49ers' offense ranked last in the NFL in total yards.In the two games since Staley's statement, the 49ers' offense -- and, most notably, their offensive line -- has thrived. The 49ers rallied last week from 20-points down to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.And the offensive line led the way Sunday in the 49ers' 48-3 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park.For the first time since 2006, the 49ers rushed for more than 200 yards (213, to be exact) while not allowing a sack of quarterback Alex Smith. Running back Frank Gore led the ground game with 125 yards and a touchdown on 20 rushing attempts.So is it any coincidence that Staley expresses confidence in the offensive line and then the offensive line kicks into gear?"I don't think it's a coincidence," Staley said Sunday. "I really believe what I said. I know the guys we have in our locker room. I know the guys that work with me every single day on the practice field, and all the work we're doing. I believe in every single one of those guys. It's exciting to see that come together and we're getting noticed."Right guard Adam Snyder said Staley's quote was not a rallying cry among the linemen.
"I might have looked like that, but no," Snyder said. "We know the guys in that room and the work we put in. It was only a matter of time before everybody else saw it. We got guys in that room that care about the game of football and care about their teammates. You can't ask for anything more than that."The improved line play has coincided with Adam Snyder's insertion into the starting lineup. Snyder replaced Chilo Rachal at halftime of the 49ers' 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 25.Each of the 49ers' seven active offensive linemen saw action Sunday. Rachal and Alex Boone reported into the game for several plays, with Snyder moving to a wing as a blocker from a position as an eligible receiver.So what's been the difference?"We got a better understanding of the offense," Snyder said.

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.

Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.

Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.

Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.

The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.

Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.

Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.

Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.