49ers play time: Moss was No. 4 receiver


49ers play time: Moss was No. 4 receiver

SAN FRANCISCO -- Randy Moss, one of the most productive players in NFL history, was the 49ers' No. 4 wide receiver Sunday night in the team's 27-19 nationally televised victory over the Detroit Lions.Mario Manningham, whom the 49ers signed to a two-year, 7.375 million contract in the offseason, moved into the team's main role in two-receiver formations to join Michael Crabtree. Crabtree played 45 of the team's 63 offensive plays (including plays that were nullified by penalties). Crabtree came up big Sunday night on the 49ers' final drive with three third-down receptions. He finished with six catches for 67 yards.RATTO: Crabtree moves the chains
Manningham played 60 percent of the 49ers' snaps, and caught three passes for 28 yards. He also had a career-long 29-yard run on an end-around on the opening drive.When the 49ers went with three wide receivers, Kyle Williams typically lined up in the slot. Williams played 22 snaps or 35 percent of the time. He did not catch a pass.
Moss, 35, a 14-year veteran, played just 16 snaps (25 percent). Quarterback Alex Smith directed two passes Moss' way, one which he caught for a 14-yard gain. Smithdirected another pass Moss' way in the end zone on the final play of the firstquarter. Lions cornerback Jacob Lacey was called for pass-interference, givingthe 49ers a first-and-goal at the 1. Frank Gore scored on the next play.In Week 1 game in Green Bay, Moss played 31 percent of the team's snaps. He caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown to become No. 2 all-time with 154 touchdown catches. Moss ranks fifth in career receiving yards (14,919) and ninth with 959 receptions.Here is how the 49ers' play time broke down on offense, defense and special teams:Offense (63)
63 -- QB Alex Smith, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, RT Alex Boone, C Jonathan Goodwin
62 -- LT Joe Staley
54 -- TE Vernon Davis
45 -- RB Frank Gore, WR Michael Crabtree
38 -- WR Mario Manningham
35 -- TE Delanie Walker
25 -- FB Bruce Miller
22 -- WR Kyle Williams
18 -- RB Kendall Hunter
16 -- WR Randy Moss
8 -- FB Will Tukuafu
5 -- OL Leonard Davis
4 -- OL Daniel Kilgore
1 -- TE Demarcus DobbsMAIOCCO: 49ers' O-line not impressed with Lions front four
Defense (65)
65 -- S Dashon Goldson, LB Patrick Willis, CB Tarell Brown, OLB Aldon Smith, LB NaVorro Bowman, CB Carlos Rogers, SS Donte Whitner, DT Justin Smith
64 -- DT Ray McDonald
60 -- OLB Ahmad Brooks
57 -- CB Chris Culliver
8-- NT Isaac Sopoaga
5 -- CB Perrish Cox
1 -- DT Ricky Jean FrancoisSpecial teams (30)
25 -- Demarcus Dobbs
23 -- Darcel McBath
19 -- Will Tukuafu
17 -- Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden
15 -- Tramaine Brock
12 -- Delanie Walker
11 -- Bruce Miller, Daniel Kilgore
9 -- Dashon Goldson, Andy Lee, Brian Jennings
7 -- Trenton Robinson
6 -- Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Kendall Hunter, Patrick Willis, Tarell Brown, Ray McDonald, Ahmad Brooks, Ricky Jean Francois
5 -- Alex Boone, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox
4 -- Kendall Hunter, Ray McDonald, Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, Ricky Jean Francois
3 -- Kyle Williams
2 -- NaVorro Bowman
1 -- Vernon Davis

Mailbag: Are 49ers trying to win or develop players?


Mailbag: Are 49ers trying to win or develop players?

After five consecutive close losses and some reason for optimism, it all came crashing down for the 49ers on Sunday.

Rookie Trent Taylor fumbled a punt just one minute into the game. Ninety seconds later, the Dallas Cowboys scored.

And it was over.

The Cowboys steamrolled the 49ers, 40-10, providing a slap across the face to anyone who believed this rebuild of the franchise was trending consistently upward without any complications.

The team appeared to be moving along harmoniously. But on Sunday, there was an incident in which Jaquiski Tartt, Ahkello Witherspoon and Ray-Ray Armstrong were seen jawing at each other. Things got heated. The optics in a home blowout loss were not good.

There are plenty of questions, and here are some of the questions from The Day After that were submitted on our Facebook page:

What is the philosophy? Are we trying to win or develop players? Cause it seems you can't do both? (Frank Vega)
The 49ers are definitely trying to develop players. They are also trying to evaluate players. They are looking to the future, and they are not deploying a win-at-all-cost approach this season. They do not want to win an extra game or two this season at the expense of possibly making the team worse for the future.

That is why the 49ers, almost invariably, went with younger players at any position in which there was competition . . . Eli Harold over Ahmad Brooks; Trent Taylor over Jeremy Kerley; Raheem Mostert over Tim Hightower; etc.

It’s why the 49ers made the decision two weeks ago to part ways with NaVorro Bowman, who had expressed dissatisfaction over his reduced role. Bowman was still the 49ers’ best linebacker at the time. But he would not have been on the team next year, so the decision was made to release Bowman now and go with the other less-accomplished players. (The Raiders, by the way, say 'Thank you.')

Rookie C.J. Beathard is now the starting quarterback. Cole Hikutini has moved into the No. 2 role at tight end behind fellow rookie George Kittle. Ahkello Witherspoon is being weaved into the action at cornerback, splitting time with Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson.

The 49ers did not want to create a mirage. They did not want to win any games this season that would be the result of a veteran rent-a-player approach. In that respect, the 49ers have succeeded. The 49ers will be picking near the top of every round in the 2018 draft.

The risk, of course, is that the young players get beaten down so badly that they lose their confidence and their edge.

What do you make of Eric Reid’s move to LB? Is his time with Niners nearing the end? (Peter Chan)
The 49ers no longer use a “nickel” defense. They go straight from their base defense to six defensive backs whenever the opposition puts more than two wide receivers on the field. It’s not a true linebacker position Reid is playing. It’s considered more of a “big nickel," designed to give the 49ers more speed on third downs to cover and run to the ball.

Reid is no longer a starter. What it shows is that the 49ers are sold on Jaquiski Tartt being a long-term answer for the 49ers secondary. The 49ers view Tartt and Jimmie Ward as the starters for 2018. All things being equal, Reid will have a chance to go somewhere else next season and be a starter.

The 49ers are not committed to re-signing him on a deal that extends beyond this season.

Is it a coincidence that the two worst teams in the NFL have the most cap space? (Gary Staebler)
That is no coincidence at all. It is the very reason the Cleveland Browns and 49ers are the only two winless teams in the NFL.

The Browns have $61.6 million in cap space. The 49ers are currently $61 million under the cap. Next year, with carryovers of unused space, the 49ers and Browns are projected to both have more than $117 million in cap room, according to Overthecap.com.

Bad teams do not draft well.

Teams that do not draft well, do not sign their draft picks to lucrative second contracts.

Therefore, teams that do not draft well cannot spend a large portion of their cap space to retain their own players because they have no good players worth retaining.

49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense


49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

Veteran safety Eric Reid returned from a knee injury that kept him out three games to discover he lost his starting job.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has continued to serve as an every-down player for the 49ers’ defense. On Sunday, Reid played 48 snaps (64 percent) as the 49ers employed six defensive backs against the Dallas Cowboys three-receiver sets.

The 49ers had to adjust their sub package after nickel back K’Waun Williams sustained a hip injury. Rookie Adrian Colbert entered the game at safety with Jimmie Ward taking over Williams’ role. Colbert played 29 snaps.

Newly signed defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel saw a lot of action in their 49ers debuts. Douzable played the third-most of any defensive lineman (behind Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner), seeing action on 47 of the team’s 75 snaps. McDaniel played 25 snaps.

On offense, the 49ers appear to be making a point to go with younger players. Rookie Cole Hikutini played 21 snaps, taking over as the No. 2 tight end over Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, another undrafted rookie, played a season-high 23 snaps. On fourth-and-4 from the Dallas 28 early in the third quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it instead of kicking a 46-yard field goal. Bourne was the intended target. But he stumbled after a spin move from the slot, and C.J. Beathard’s pass was incomplete.

“As I was throwing the ball he tripped,” Beathard said. “If he hadn’t tripped on a DB’s feet or whatever happened there, it would’ve been a big play.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

(66 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 66
Running back – Carlos Hyde 51, Matt Breida 15
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 46, Trent Taylor 46, Marquise Goodwin 39, Aldrick Robinson 30, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 31, Cole Hikutini 21, Garrett Celek 18, Logan Paulsen 11
Offensive line – Joe Staley 66, Daniel Kilgore 66, Laken Tomlinson 66, Brandon Fusco 52, Trent Brown 45, Garry Gilliam 20, Zane Beadles 14

(75 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 61, DeForest Buckner 50, Leger Douzable 47, Earl Mitchell 38, Xavier Cooper 26, D.J. Jones 25, Tony McDaniel 25, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 53, Eli Harold 31, Ray-Ray Armstrong 27, Brock Coyle 22, Dekoda Watson 9
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 63, Rashard Robinson 51, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, K’Waun Williams 20
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 75, Jimmie Ward 75, Eric Reid 48, Adrian Colbert 29

(24 plays)
Elijah Lee 21, Coyle 21, Raheem Mostert 16, Celek 15, Colbert 16, Witherspoon 15, Breida 14, Harold 12, Hikutini 12, Armstrong 10, Tartt 10, Bradley Pinion 9, Jones 8, R.Robinson 8, Ward 8, Johnson 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Paulsen 6, Reid 5, Mitchell 5, Douzable 4, A.Robinson 3, Taylor 3, Robbie Gould 2, Foster 2, Staley 2, Kilgore 2, Gilliam 2, Beadles 2, Tomlinson 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1, Dumervil 1, Watson 1, Williams 1

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Victor Bolden
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OL Erik Magnuson