Sept. 18, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tight end Vernon Davis was not the forgotten man in the 49ers' offense on Sunday, after all.The 49ers' offensive game plan called for him to have an active role -- as a blocker in front of Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. That was one of the elements of the 49ers' 27-24 overtime loss that surprised Davis, he said.Davis caught just two passes for 18 yards. And those were the only two Alex Smith passes that came his way. After the game, Davis made a plea to get spread the ball around.
"I thought we played well, but we still got to get everybody involved -- all the playmakers," Davis said. "In order to win games, everything we have has to be involved?Did Davis feel involved?"Yeah, I did all I can do to help my team win," Davis said. "I did everything the coaches asked me to do. I played my role. They asked me to block, I did it."Davis, the team's leading receiver the past two seasons, seemed to be involved more as a blocker against the Cowboys' dominating sack artist."I didn't think that was going to happen," Davis said. "I thought I'd be out in the route. I thought I'd be running a lot of routes, especially because their secondary is banged up. I thought we could take advantage of it from that aspect."But that's up to the coaches each week to decide what they want to do. No, I did not think I'd be up against Ware like that."Davis said he was also surprised that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did not take points off the board after David Akers' 55-yard field goal with 11:12 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the 49ers' a 24-14 lead. The 49ers could've had a first down at the Cowboys' 22-yard line. But Harbaugh decided to keep the points on the board and have the penalty assessed on the kickoff.
"I was surprised, but I just had that belief no matter what happened that we'd still come out with a victory," Davis said.The Cowboys scored a touchdown and field goal on their final two possessions of regulation to send the game into overtime. Then, receiver Jesse Holley's 77-yard field goal set up Dan Bailey's 19-yard field goal in overtime to send the 49ers (1-1) to defeat.
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn went through two years ago what his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is experiencing now.
Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator at the time, was the presumptive next coach of the Falcons while he prepared to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
One day after the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots, Quinn was announced as Falcons head coach.
The 49ers are expected to formally make an offer to Shanahan after the Falcons’ season is over, and Shanahan is “almost certain” to accept, the NFL Network reported. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
“I definitely have shared insight with him as he was going through the process for him,” Quinn said of Shanahan on Wednesday during a press conference.
But Quinn referred all other questions about Shanahan’s likely hiring as the next 49ers coach to the Bay Area. The 49ers will be able to hold a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The 49ers’ first interview with Shanahan was Jan. 5. He was allowed to interview the first time because the Falcons were on the playoff bye week as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then.
“That’s the way it’s designed from the league. You have your window and then that one closes for a while, and then there’s another one and you’re able to talk. From there, that’s why you’re able to lock back in and do what we’re doing. That’s where I am with that.”
It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.
San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).
Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.
The 49ers will play at Chicago next season.