Carroll describes Goldson, Whitner as 'ridiculous'


Carroll describes Goldson, Whitner as 'ridiculous'

Pete Carroll, a former defensive backs coach, used the word "ridiculous" to describe 49ers safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner.

Of course, he meant it as a huge compliment.

The 49ers' defense, as a whole, is a unit that has earned the admiration of the Seattle Seahawks coach -- and former 49ers defensive coordinator -- entering Sunday night's matchup.

"There's stuff they do that's very challenging," Carroll said. "They're very tough on defense. They're so aggressive in their coverage style. Their front guys all make plays. Their linebackers are fantastic. Their safeties are ridiculous. So this is a very, very difficult defense. For two years, they've just been on top of the world."

Carroll said he loves the way Goldson and Whitner go about their work at the back line of the 49ers' defense. Whitner is the 49ers' fourth-leading tackler with 106 tackles, according to the coaches' review of game film, behind NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith. Goldson ranks fifth with 103 tackles.

Whitner has forced two fumbles, including a big hit on New England's Stevan Ridley that Goldson recovered and returned 66 yards to set up a touchdown that gave the 49ers a 24-3 lead early in the third quarter Sunday night. Goldson leads the 49ers with three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Carroll also expressed admiration for the job 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell has done with the 49ers' secondary.

"They're smart. They have great range. They knock the heck out of you if you give them half a chance," Carroll said of the 49ers' safeties. "Great tacklers. Goldson is an incredible tackler. They're waiting to make something happen, and they don't make many mistakes back there. It's just a really high-powered group, and they know it. They line up and they say, 'Come on.' It's a really nice group they have."

Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson knows he has a tremendous challenge ahead of him. In the first meeting this season, Wilson completed just 9 of 23 passes for 122 yards in the 49ers' 13-6 victory at Candlestick Park. Goldson intercepted one of his passes.

"They're very experienced and they make a lot of plays," Wilson said. "Obviously, they know what they're doing. They do a great job of trusting their reads and what they're seeing. And so you really have to be smart with the football and make smart decisions and make a lot of great plays. I have so much respect for them. You really got to play your best game."

Reports: 49ers open to trading WR Torrey Smith, teams interested

Reports: 49ers open to trading WR Torrey Smith, teams interested

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.

Eagles claim former 49ers DT off waivers

Eagles claim former 49ers DT off waivers

Taylor Hart is headed back to Philadelphia.

Just two days after the 49ers waived the defensive tackle, the Eagles claimed him on Monday. Philadelphia announced the Hart acquistion in a series of roster moves.

The 49ers originally got Hart when they claimed him off waivers from the Eagles on Sept. 5.

Hart was waived on Saturday when the 49ers promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster.

The Eagles' 2014 fifth-round pick appeared in one game for the 49ers and made two tackles.