49ers review: Defensive player-by-player


49ers review: Defensive player-by-player

Here is the entire defensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday:Defensive linemen
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle, and had a very active game as the 49ers spent most of the game in their base defense. . . Did not get off block of center Max Unger on 18-yard run by Marshawn Lynch in the first quarter. . . Sopoaga recorded seven tackles total in the game, and was much more effective in the second half. . . Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had 83 yards rushing in the first half, and the 49ers did a better job in the second half, as Lynch finished with 107 yards.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end, and played every defensive snap. . . He finished with seven tackles and a sack. . . Blew past right guard Lemuel Jeanpierre for 10-yard sack of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in first quarter.
93-Ian Williams: Inactive (coaches' decision). (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end and recorded five tackles with two quarterback hurries. . . . Sustained left knee injury on third play of the game when he got tangled up in a pile of bodies. After checking out fine, he returned in the second quarter. . . While engaged with left tackle Paul McQuistan, Lynch ran threw his attempted arm tackle for a 10-yard gain in second quarter. . . Got a pressure and knockdown of Jackson to force incompletion late in first half. . . Looped around on a stunt to pressure Jackson for an incomplete pass to force a punt late in the third quarter.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Entered at right defensive end for injured Justin Smith for the fourth play of the game and continued in that role until the middle of the second quarter. . . He was not credited with any tackles during his time in the game. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)
96-Demarcus Dobbs: Saw play time on special teams, including running down on kickoff coverage.Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: Played on the special teams. . . Was called for what appeared to be a phantom illegal block above the waist to wipe out a nice Kyle Williams return in the third quarter. . . Made tackle of Leon Washington at 16-yard line on third-quarter kickoff. . . . Did not get enough of Heath Farwell on block to prevent blocked punt in fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @BlakeCostanzo51)
52-Patrick Willis: Inactive (hamstring). Barring a setback, he'll be healthy enough to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at the "mike" linebacker position and was credited with a game-high 12 tackles. . . . Started off in coverage, but then closed quickly to drop Jackson for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter for his first career sack. . . . Came on blitz and hit Jackson as he was throwing for a third-down incompletion in the third quarter. . . Dropped into coverage and tipped away deep pass for receiver Doug Baldwin over the middle with 18 seconds remaining. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Started at the "jack" linebacker in place of Willis for the third consecutive game. He made 11 tackles, including the big defensive play of the game. . . . . Got tied up by right tackle Breno Giacomini on 18-yard run by Lynch in first quarter. . . .Could not bring down Lynch in the backfield on play in which he scored a 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. . . Over ran Jackson deep in the backfield and nearly went to the ground, but stayed with the play to strip Jackson from behind for the key turnover that helped the 49ers preserve the victory with 1:07 remaining. . . Then, made tackle of Washington after a 24-yard punt return with :41 left. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant54)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker, and was credited with two tackles. . . He went out of the lineup briefly in the first half with an elbow injury, but returned and finished the game. . . . Got good pressure around the edge to hurry Jackson into an incomplete pass on a third down in the third quarter.
56-Tavares Gooden: Played solely on special teams. He did a good job of hanging with Washington's attempted spin move on a third-quarter kickoff. Gooden stopped him at the 15-yard line.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at left outside linebacker, and was credited with one tackle. . . Got good pressure on Jackson and hit his arm as he was throwing to force first-quarter incompletion. . . . Run blitz off the edge and avoided block of Michael Robinson to trip up Lynch in third quarter as part of a three-and-out series. . . . Allowed Lynch to get to the outside on 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
99-Aldon Smith: He played mostly defensive end in nickel situations, but also saw some action at outside linebacker. . . Entered game at outside linebacker after Ahmad Brooks left for a few plays. On his first play standing up, he avoided tight end Zach Miller block attempt and stopped running back Leon Washington on 4-yard gain. . . . He finished with four tackles. . . Used a delay pass rush move -- after first holding his ground on a play-action fake -- and quickly got past left tackle Paul McQuistan to throw Jackson for an 8-yard sack in the fourth quarter. . . . Got enough push into Jackson's face against right tackle Brent Giacomini to make him throw off-balance on final fourth-down play of the game. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Played exclusively on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @MadieuWilliams)
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback, and was credited with two tackles and one pass defensed. . . . In coverage against receiver Ricardo Lockette on 44-yard pass on second play of the game. . . . Well-covered deep ball on incomplete pass to Baldwin in the first quarter. . . . Made hit on Jackson at goal line for an exceptional play to prevent Seattle touchdown on what appeared to be a broken play in the second quarter. . . Good coverage on a high throw for Baldwin on a third down in the third quarter.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback, and was credited with one tackle . . . On Seahawks' opening drive touchdown, he tossed receiver Golden Tate aside, but then did not attempt to use his body to tackle Baldwin at the 5-yard line. Brown tried to slap the ball awa from Baldwin, who easily scored a TD on the play . . . Called for 27-yard penalty for pass interference in the third quarter as he and receiver Ben Obomanu were jostling for position down the left sideline . . . Did a good job of keeping running back Justin Forsett inbounds on swing pass as 17 seconds ticked off the clock in the final minute. (Follow on Twitter @RealTB25)
26-Tramaine Brock: Inactive (coaches' decision). (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Credited with two tackles on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Played as the 49ers third cornerback, and was credited with two tackles. (Follow on Twitter @Cullyinthehouse)
30-Reggie Smith: His play time was limited, as 49ers remained with base and nickel defensive packages. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety, and was credited with three tackles and a fumble recovery. . . Leveled receiver Deon Butler but Butler held on for a 7-yard gain on third-and-6 in the second quarter. . . Secured fumble recovery with 1:07 remaining after Grant stripped Jackson of the football to preserve the victory. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Was active for a third game in a row, but did not see much action as the 49ers stuck with their base and nickel defense.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety, and was credited with three tackles. . . Did not take great angle on 44-yard pass to Lockette on opening drive. . . Let receiver Doug Baldwin get to the outside to turn a quick hitch into a 13-yard scoring pass on first drive. . . Made immediate tackle on Obomanu for 14-yard gain on a third-and-15 to force a fourth-quarter punt. . . . As fullback on punt team, he did not account for Farwell on fourth-quarter block. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)
43-Colin Jones: Played exclusively on special teams. Although not credited with any tackles, Jones was always around the action.Specialists
2-David Akers: Set the single-season NFL record with his 39th, 40th, 41st and 42nd field goals of the season. . . Sliced a 52-yard field goal attempt wide left (and short) in the first quarter. . . He was perfect on a 53-yard attempt early in the second quarter. . . Made his biggest pressure kick of the season as he nailed a 39-yarder with 2:57 remaining for the winning points. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: Things were going along just fine until his fourth-quarter punt was blocked. That contributed to his season-worst 28.0 net average. (Follow on Twitter @Andy4lee)
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping duties without incident. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017


What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season


Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

SANTA CLARA – The two quarterbacks who finish this season with the 49ers are probably going to be the same two quarterbacks the organization carry on their 2018 roster.

So every decision coach Kyle Shanahan makes with C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo is being made to consider what is best for those two players.

Shanahan made the expected announcement this week that Beathard will make his fifth consecutive start on Sunday when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Beathard is coming off his best game as a pro. He was a major contributor to the 49ers’ first victory of the season, throwing for 288 yards, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. His performance seemingly did enough to earn him another start.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo pulled up to 49ers headquarters on Oct. 31 with no prior knowledge of Shanahan’s offensive system. Even as a rookie, Beathard has five more months of experience in the 49ers’ offense than Garoppolo, a four-year professional who made just two starts during his time with the New England Patriots.

“We’ve had C.J. in there for some time,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting more used to it, and I’m getting more used to him. The players are getting more used to him around him. It’s been nice to add a few things each week for him.”

General manager John Lynch reiterated this week he considers Garoppolo the 49ers’ quarterback of the future. Garoppolo is not under contract for next season. If the 49ers are unable to work out a multi-year extension, the club would be expected to designate him as their franchise player to retain him for the 2018 season.

Garoppolo is likely to get some playing time in the final six games of the season, but the 49ers have every reason to take their time in order to give him the best chance at success. On the first three days of the bye week, Garoppolo had a chance to go back to the beginning and learn the basics of the scheme in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and Shanahan.

Shanahan’s scheme is complex with unique verbiage and an abundance of adjustments that are required on any given play. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan took a step backward in his first season in Shanahan's scheme. The next year, Ryan was a runaway MVP winner with a career-high 38 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions.

It took Ryan a full season of experience with Shanahan to fully grasp his responsibilities, so it is unreasonable to believe Garoppolo would be able to do much more than just function if he gets onto the field for extended action.

“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He just hasn’t been here long enough, and I think he’ll get an opportunity to be better each week.

“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year because that’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely, to me, made the decision easier.”