49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone


49ers feel at home in Eastern time zone

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The 49ers looked as if they were adjusted to the Eastern time zone. And it didn't hurt that there was a lot of red in the stands to make them feel more at home.After a sluggish start against the Minnesota Vikings contributed to an upset loss a week earlier, the 49ers' defense on Sunday never let the New York Jets get rolling.The 49ers destroyed the Jets 34-0. It was the 49ers' first road shutout since the final game of the 2001 season, when they blasted the New Orleans Saints 38-0."It was amped and loose," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said about the pregame locker room. "Our coach told us to be free and come out and play. Don't be uptight, just have fun playing football and get back to playing football the way we know how."Said running back Frank Gore, "We told ourselves we weren't going to start the way we did (against the Vikings). We wanted to start fast."RELATED: Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 34, Jets 0
The 49ers, who practiced last week in Youngstown, Ohio, after the 24-13 loss in Minnesota, looked like a different team from the outset."It's tough to come easy and for us, it's 10 a.m.," 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said. "It's hard to have a lot of energy because it's early for us. It wasn't the same this week. Guys were jacked up. I liked it."The 49ers' energy was particularly obvious on defense. The 49ers allowed the Jets only nine first downs -- and three of them were courtesy of penalties. All three of the 49ers' sacks of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez came on third downs.By the end of the shutout victory, the 49ers' fans were about the only ones remaining."That feels good," Rogers said. "To come out and see a lot of our fans here, that's good. They travel with us. Great fans. They stuck with us. We didn't see them jumping off the bandwagon like a lot of people did. Our fans stick with us throughout. RYAN FUMES: The Jets sustained their biggest shutout home loss since falling 37-0 to Buffalo in 1989. Jets coach Rex Ryan called it as bad of a loss as he has experienced in his tenure as head coach. "Yeah, no question," Ryan said. "I can't remember getting beat the way we got beat. I don't think it's ever happened."The 49ers' 245 rushing yards were the most the Jets have surrendered since Ryan was named head coach in 2009.SPECIAL TEAMS: Backup linebacker Larry Grant recorded his first career blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Jets' 4-yard line. It led to Kendall Hunter's 1-yard touchdown run. Grant broke through to record the organization's first block since Dominique Ziegler blocked a punt against the Atlanta Falcons in October 2010.Two Alex Smith sacks pushed the 49ers back for a long field-goal attempt in the second quarter. David Akers was wide right from 55 yards out. Later, Akers also was wide right on a try from 40 yards.INJURY REPORT: The 49ers made it through the game without any apparent injuries. It's too early to tell if nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga will be available for next week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Sopoaga was out of action with left knee and ankle sprains. Also, running back Brandon Jacobs could be healthy enough to play next week. He returned to limited practice last week. He has been out since sustaining a left knee injury on Aug. 18 in an exhibition game against the Houston Texans.GINN RETURNS: Ted Ginn was active for the first time this season after sustaining a right ankle sprain in an Aug. 18 exhibition game. Ginn averaged 10.0 yards on four punt returns.NOTES: The 49ers improved to 3-1 for the second consecutive season. The last time San Francisco started 3-1 in back-to-back years was 2001 and '02. . . The 49ers are 3-0 under coach Jim Harbaugh after a defeat, and they're also 3-0 on the second leg of back-to-back road games. . . Receiver Mario Manningham had a team-high three receptions for 47 yards. He also added a 28-yard run on an end-around that helped set up the 49ers' first touchdown. . . After backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, he dropped the ball in the end zone to celebrate with his teammates. Veteran Randy Moss picked it up and handed it back to him to keep as a keepsake. Moss, who played sparingly, did not have any receptions in the game.

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals


Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.

49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?


49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?

Believe it or not, the 49ers’ offense is improved from last season.

The 49ers ranked 31st in the NFL in 2016, averaging 308.1 yards per game. Although the offense is producing just a little better (325.9 yards per game), their ranking this season has shot up to 21st in the league.

The 49ers have had a different head coach and different person running the offense in each of the past four seasons, so their continuity has been severely lacking.

Next season, the 49ers should finally have carryover from one season to the next.

The direction of the offense is one of the topics addressed on this edition of 49ers Mailbag (questions were submitted via Facebook):

Now that we have Jimmy G do you see 49ers getting an offensive coordinator or will it still be Kyle calling the plays? (Julio Orozco)
I'm not sure why the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo would have any impact on the 49ers’ offensive structure, but in any event, the answer is a resounding, “No.”

Kyle Shanahan has been hailed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL. The reason he was hired as 49ers head coach was, in large part, because of the success he achieved while designing offenses and calling plays.

Why would he give that up? It makes no sense.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN this week identified the 32 primary play-callers. There are 18 NFL head coaches with offensive backgrounds. Twelve of those coaches call their own plays.

Shanahan has a staff of assistant coaches on whom he leans. Passing game specialist Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello are closely involved in working with Shanahan on the passing game, while running game specialist Mike McDaniel, offensive line coach John Benton and running backs coach Bobby Turner spearhead the involvement in the ground game.

But, make no mistake, it is Shanahan who calls the shots. And that's the way it should be. If Shanahan stepped aside as his own offensive coordinator, he would be diminishing his biggest strength as a coach.

What do you see happing with the Hyde situation? We drafted Joe Williams and Breida seems to be a bright spot. There’s a lot of talk about Barkley from Penn State with that high 1st rounder. (Manny Hinojos)
There does not seem to be any movement toward a long-term extension for Hyde. It is getting to the point in the season where it makes a lot more sense for Hyde to play out his contract and hit the open market.

There is no question in my mind the 49ers like Hyde a lot. He has scored some major points with the organization for his performance on the field and how he has responded off the field.

GM John Lynch loved it when Hyde came to the defense of quarterback C.J. Beathard, tussled with Arizona lineman Frostee Rucker and got ejected from the game.

That said, the 49ers are not going to break the bank for Hyde. A multi-year agreement has to come at the right price. My personal feeling is that running backs are luxury pieces when the remainder of a team’s roster -- especially the offensive line -- is set.

Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, and Turner (the assistant coach who served on both of their staffs) have achieved a lot of success without investing heavily in running backs. That’s why I think the 49ers would be best-served by investing elsewhere and using another mid-round draft pick on a running back.

With Joshua Garnett coming back next season how aggressive will Lynch and Shanahan be in trying to get guards this offseason? (David Hartless)
Garnett is not a particularly good fit for this offensive scheme. The presence of Garnett can help increase the competition next offseason, but I do not believe he is being penciled in as a starter.

The 49ers will certainly be aggressive in an attempt to upgrade the guard positions. Currently, Laken Tomlinson and Brandon Fusco are the starters. Neither will be assured a starting job when the offseason begins.

The 49ers did not see enough from Garnett to determine he has a future with the organization, but he will be given the opportunity to come back healthy and prove himself.

Is Eric Reid in long-term plans? (Grant Rasmussen)
I do not believe so. I think the 49ers would like their starting safeties next season to be Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt – with Adrian Colbert as the front-runner for the No. 3 job.

The 49ers can also be expected to add a player or two in free agency, as well as the draft, to provide a competitive environment in the offseason. The 49ers seemed to telegraph their intention with Reid when they moved him to linebacker with Ward and Tartt remaining as the starting safeties.

That position change lasted about a week, as Ward’s injury prompted the team to move Reid back to safety. Reid is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It's entirely possible there will not be a big market for him, but I do not believe the 49ers are going to be ultra-competitive in retaining him on the open market.