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49ers snap count: Tomlinson provides upgrade over Beadles

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49ers snap count: Tomlinson provides upgrade over Beadles

SEATTLE – The 49ers’ defense got a lot of work on Sunday, and now it must bounce back on a short week to face the Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers’ defense was on the field for 82 plays, including penalties, and 38 minutes of the team’s 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The 49ers return to action Thursday night to face teh Rams at Levi's Stadium.

Defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner both played 67 snaps or 82 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps. Defensive backs Dontae Johnson, Rashard Robinson and Jaquiski Tartt played every every snap.

Guard Laken Tomlinson made his first start after being acquired in an Aug. 31 trade from the Detroit Lions. He allowed two quarterback hurries to provide the 49ers with an improvement over Zane Beadles, who ranked last in the NFL among guards after Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus.

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

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 49
Running back – Carlos Hyde 40, Kyle Juszczyk 17, Matt Breida 9
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 42, Pierre Garçon 39, Trent Taylor 21, Aldrick Robinson 12, Victor Bolden 1
Tight end – George Kittle 43, Garrett Celek 16, Logan Paulsen 5
Offensive line – Joe Staley 49, Trent Brown 49, Daniel Kilgore 49, Brandon Fusco 49, Laken Tomlinson 48, Garry Gilliam 1

DEFENSE
Defensive line – Arik Armstead 67, DeForest Buckner 67, Earl Mitchell 50, Solomon Thomas 48, Aaron Lynch 30, D.J. Jones 23, Elvis Dumervil 22, Tank Carradine 21
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 81, Ray-Ray Armstrong 68, Eli Harold 28, Brock Coyle 6, Dekoda Watson 1
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 82, Rashard Robinson 82, K’Waun Williams 54
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 82, Eric Reid 52, Jimmie Ward 38

SPECIAL TEAMS
Coyle 25, Watson 25, Mostert 22, Adrian Colbert 21, Elijah Lee 19, Celek 18, Asa Jackson 16, Bradley Pinion 14, Harold 14, Johnson 13, Robinson 11, Tartt 11, Breida 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Armstrong 10, Bolden 8, Paulsen 7, Taylor 7, Juszczyk 7, Reid 5, Zane Beadles 3, Robbie Gould 3, Staley 3, Brown 3, Kilgore 3, Fusco 3, Gilliam 3, Buckner 3, Armstead 3, Carradine 3, Mitchell 3, Ward 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB C.J. Beathard

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Lorenzo Jerome, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster (ankle), OL Erik Magnuson, DL Xavier Cooper

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.”