Manningham's shoulder injury tests 49ers' depth


Manningham's shoulder injury tests 49ers' depth

ST. LOUIS -- The 49ers compensated for the losses of receiver Kyle Williams and running back Kendall Hunter with a little more Ted Ginn and Brandon Jacobs.Now, receiver Mario Manningham's status is uncertain after sustaining a shoulder injury that forced him out of action in the fourth quarter of the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss to St. Louis Rams."We won't know right away in terms of how that will affect him next week," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.Manningham has been nursing a right shoulder injury since originally being injured Oct. 14 against the New York Giants. He missed one game due to the injury.Williams (knee) and Hunter (Achilles) were placed on season-ending injured reserve last week. On Sunday, the 49ers suited up rookie A.J. Jenkins for the second time this season. But Jenkins and backup quarterback Alex Smith were the only 49ers players who did not see action. Jenkins was the 49ers' No. 5 receiver in Sunday's game.Prior to Manningham's injury, the 49ers used Manningham, Ginn and Michael Crabtree in three-receiver formations against the Rams. Crabtree had strong game with seven receptions for 101 yards. Randy Moss saw action mostly in one-receiver sets.
Ginn had one reception for 1 yard. Colin Kaepernick's option pitch sailed over Ginn's head late in the fourth quarter. The miscue led to Janoris Jenkins' 2-yard fumble return.Frank Gore found it difficult to get anywhere against the Rams' defense, as he gained just 58 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Gore appeared to be favoring his left arm after a carry in overtime. Afterward, Gore said he was all right.Jacobs took over Hunter's role as the backup and managed just 6 yards on four rushing attempts. Rookie running back LaMichael James was not one of the 49ers' 46 active players.

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“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.

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.

And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”

On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.

“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."

The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.

The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.