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49ers snap count: Colbert returns to action, plays every snap

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49ers snap count: Colbert returns to action, plays every snap

CHICAGO – Safety Adrian Colbert returned to action Sunday and played every snap after missing just one game after undergoing thumb surgery during the bye week.

Colbert recorded three tackles in the 49ers’ 15-14 victory over the Chicago Bears in a game in which the offense controlled the ball and provided plenty of rest for the defense.

The 36 plays the 49ers defended – 37, including a play nullified by penalty – were the fewest snaps against the 49ers since Oct. 20, 1991, when the Detroit Lions ran 35 plays against the 49ers.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made his first start as a member of the 49ers and completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards – the most ever in franchise history for a player making his starting debut.

Garoppolo completed passes to eight different receivers, including Trent Taylor, who was required intravenous fluids after spending most of the evening and morning sick from a case of food poisoning.

Taylor made the most of his 31 snaps on offense with six receptions for 92 yards. Five of his receptions extended drives with successful third-down conversions.

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

OFFENSE
(75 plays)
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 75
Running back – Carlos Hyde 50, Kyle Juszczyk 40, Matt Breida 24
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 58, Louis Murphy 42, Trent Taylor 31, Kendrick Bourne 25, Aldrick Robinson 18
Tight end – Garrett Celek 52, George Kittle 27, Logan Paulsen 8
Offensive line – Daniel Kilgore 75, Brandon Fusco 75, Laken Tomlinson 75, Trent Brown 75, Joe Staley 75.

DEFENSE
(37 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 29, DeForest Buckner 26, Leger Douzable 23, Earl Mitchell 18, Sheldon Day 15, Elvis Dumervil 14, Ronald Blair 12, Cassius Marsh 11
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 37, Brock Coyle 29, Eli Harold 17
Cornerback – Ahkello Witherspoon 37, Dontae Johnson 32, K’Waun Williams 18, Leon Hall 10, Greg Mabin 5
Safety – Adrian Colbert 37, Eric Reid 37

SPECIAL TEAMS
(23 plays)
Dekoda Watson 15, Marsh 15, Elijah Lee 13, Dexter McCoil 13, Mark Nzeocha 13, Bradley Pinion 12, Victor Bolden 12, Mabin 12, Johnson 11, Robinson 11, Celek 10, Harold 8, Hall 8, Paulsen 8, Kyle Nelson 7, Witherspoon 7, Robbie Gould 6, Darrell Williams 5, Zane Beadles 5, Buckner 5, Colbert 5, Staley 5, Tomlinson 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Taylor 5, Thomas 5, Reid 4, Coyle 3, Foster 3, Mitchell 3, Breida 2, Dumervil 2, Juszczyk 2, Williams 2, Douzable 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB C.J. Beathard

INACTIVE
RB Jeremy McNichols
DB Antone Exum
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch
OL Tim Barnes
DL D.J. Jones
DL Tank Carradine

Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

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Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

The 49ers’ coaching staff made its feelings known to center Daniel Kilgore throughout the season.

But, in the past, that would not have necessarily meant everyone in the organization had the same thoughts about Kilgore, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The whole season, coaches and I had a good relationship,” Kilgore said Wednesday on conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Just talking and having one-on-ones with various coaches, I had a positive outlook for the future.

“But that’s just one thing. The coaches have an opinion of you, but then there’s also the front office. That’s two totally different things. And I think for the first time in a long time, our coaches and the front office are on the same page.”

Kilgore was working out back home in Tennessee on Wednesday when he signed a three-year contract to avoid hitting the free-agent market. Kilgore, 30, a seven-year NFL veteran, described the contract as a team-friendly deal.

The 49ers presented Kilgore with a contract offer during the season but negotiations did not get serious until just recently. While the 49ers expressed interest in retaining Kilgore, he said he did not know what the future held for him when he packed his belongings from the locker room on the day after the season ended.

“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys,” Kilgore said. “You just never know what will happen at any time, any given day, in the NFL. So toward the end, that last day of clearing out the locker, I didn’t know if I’d be back. I didn’t know if the Niners would want me back.”

Kilgore was named the winner of the organization’s top honor for an offensive lineman. Kilgore won the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. Kilgore started all 29 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, including a career-high 16 games last season.

"I've been here seven years and I consider the Bay Area my second home,” Kilgore said. “To be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team is heading in the right direction, I wanted to be a part of it."

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

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Matt Maiocco

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

When Jimmy Garoppolo signed a contract that could pay him up to $137.5 million over the next five years, he was asked what convinced him during his nine weeks with the organization that he wanted to be with the 49ers for the long term.

“I think it was a number of things,” Garoppolo said last week. “The team, the acceptance that they had of me when I first got here from the get-go, the coaching staff, Kyle and Rich. It was a very welcoming environment, and I really liked that. We had some success down the stretch, and you could see that pieces were falling into place. We've got a long way to go, but I think we're moving in the right direction.”

Kyle, of course, is head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rich Scagarello is the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach, and the person from whom Garoppolo spent the most time after arriving in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo earned $3.5 million in his first four NFL seasons. His new contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player, making an average of $27.5 million per season, with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.

Scangarello, appearing this week on The 49ers Insider Podcast, talked about what he learned about Garoppolo from working so closely with him to teach him Shanahan's offense. Scangarello said there is no question in his mind the money will not change Garoppolo’s approach to his work.

“That’s why it was easy for the organization and everyone to invest in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo,” Scangarello said. “I just think that’s not the kind of person he is. If you met his family, you know where he comes from, what he’s about. His brothers, his parents, are just good, solid people people. He’s made of the right stuff and I just don’t see that affecting him in that way.

“It’s just not who he is. That’s the fun part of working with somebody like that every day. When they’re really talented and they appreciate everything and they work at it, you have a chance to be a successful organization and they can be a great player. And I don’t think those things will ever affect him.”