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Snap count: Hyde's hip kept him from heavy workload in 49ers' OT loss

Snap count: Hyde's hip kept him from heavy workload in 49ers' OT loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Running back Carlos Hyde, who was limited in practice due to a hip contusion, saw a reduction in playing time in the 49ers’ 18-15 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“He wasn’t on a pitch count, but we knew he was banged up all week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “So we wanted to make sure to keep him fresh. We planned on getting (Matt) Breida in there, but by no means did we limit the numbers.”

Hyde carried 16 times for 68 yards, while Breida gained just 16 yards on nine rushing attempts. Hyde is the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher with 321 yards on the season.

Hyde said he felt as if he was not 100 percent due to hip, which he injured early in the 49ers’ loss last week to the Los Angeles Rams. Hyde played 58 of the 49ers' 84 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.

“I felt all right,” he said. “I didn’t feel like myself all the way. But I felt like I could still be effective. I had to manage it a little bit, just taking a breather.

“I felt it a little bit in the game, but it didn’t slow me down, so well see how I feel (Monday).”

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

OFFENSE
(84 plays)
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 83, C.J. Beathard 1
Running back – Carlos Hyde 58, Matt Breida 26, Kyle Juszczyk 24
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 74, Aldrick Robinson 73, Trent Taylor 47, Victor Bolden 12, Marquise Goodwin 9
Tight end – George Kittle 75, Garrett Celek 21, Logan Paulsen 1
Offensive line – Joe Staley 84, Trent Brown 84, Daniel Kilgore 84, Brandon Fusco 84, Laken Tomlinson 84

DEFENSE
(86 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 69, Solomon Thomas 69, Arik Armstead 57, Earl Mitchell 40, Elvis Dumervil 28, Aaron Lynch 25, Xavier Cooper 17, D.J. Jones 16
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 83, Ray-Ray Armstrong 64, Eli Harold 27, Dekoda Watson 13, Brock Coyle 3
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 86, Rashard Robinson 85, K’Waun Williams 69, Asa Jackson 1
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 86, Jimmie Ward 86, Lorenzo Jerome 22

SPECIAL TEAMS
(35 plays)
Coyle 29, Raheem Mostert 25, Elijah Lee 25, Celek 25, Jackson 23, Harold 20, Watson 19, Bradley Pinion 18, Paulsen 16, Bolden 13, Johnson 13, Kyle Nelson 12, Jerome 12, R.Robinson 11, Breida 10, Adrian Colbert 9, Armstrong 9, Jones 7, Tartt 6, Juszczyk 7, Taylor 6, Ward 6, Zane Beadles 5, Robbie Gould 5, Garry Gilliam 5, Buckner 5, Thomas 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Armstead 4, Mitchell 4, A.Robinson 2, Bowman 1, Williams, Dumervil 1

DID NOT PLAY
None

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Eric Reid (knee), LB Mark Nzeocha, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster (ankle), OL Erik Magnuson

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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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.”