49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

SANTA CLARA -- In the early afternoon Monday after the 49ers’ day-after-game meetings concluded, the players were excused for the next seven days.

Coach Chip Kelly opted to give the 49ers a week break, rather than going through a couple days of practices before providing the players with a mandatory four consecutive days off during the bye week.

The 49ers on Sunday dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there will be no extra practices to attempt to sharpen their performance.

“They’ve been at it since July 31st,” Kelly said. “They haven’t had more than one day off in a row. So I think at this point in time that’s what our whole MO has always been.

“They’ll meet with our strength and conditioning coaches. They have their lifting programs in terms of what they can do and what they have to do. And I think at this point in time we need to heal up. I think it’s a good break for them to do what they need to do and that’s the way I’ve always done it and our teams have been fresh coming out of the bye week.”

While the players will be off for a week, Kelly said the coaching staff will continue to work through Friday in an attempt to identify areas in which they can improve and snap out of their six-game losing streak on Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’ve got a lot of self-scout that we have set aside,” Kelly said. “We’ll be in here all week kind of looking at what we’ve done in the first seven games, what have our opponents done to us in the first seven games relative to what we thought going into the game based on the break downs. Did they change?

“If they were 60-percent pressure going into our game and they were only 30-percent pressure in our game, trying to delve into how people are defending us. How are people attacking us from an offensive standpoint in terms of attacking our defense and what their tendencies were going into the game and then what actually transpired in the game. So we’ve got a lot of film work and a lot of studying to do here during this week.”

Kelly reiterated on Monday that he is not looking at leaving the 49ers after this season. He said he has not heard from any schools with coaching openings or potential openings. Kelly said he has tried to remain focused on his job through the longest losing streak he has ever experienced as a coach.

“No one’s happy, so I don’t know if the word’s anguish, but I mean obviously you try to keep it consistent in terms of your approach to everything that you do,” Kelly said. “I don’t think being consistent and being even-keeled means that it doesn’t bother you or that you’re not frustrated in terms of what’s gone on.”

Kelly said the 49ers have the talent to win games. When asked why the coaches have not been able to extract more victories, Kelly placed the blame for the team’s poor play on himself and his staff.

“That’s on us,” Kelly said. “I agree 100-percent in terms of what you’re saying. But our job is to put our players in position to make plays and we’re not doing a good enough job of that right now.”

49ers vs. Packers live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 6 game

49ers vs. Packers live: Score, highlights, analysis on NFL Week 6 game

2:15 p.m.: We're three hours from kickoff at Lambeau Field, and the 49ers are having more injury problems.

Although running back Matt Breida is expected to play against the Packers, the 49ers promoted tight end Ross Dwelley from the practice squad. That could signal George Kittle might not be able to play because of a knee problem that had him listed as questionable on the injury report. Kittle leads the team in receptions (23) and receiving yards (399), so it obviously would hurt not to have him on the field.

Breida has an ankle sprain that also had him listed as questionable. If Kittle can't go, it stands to reason that Breida might have more carries than first thought.

Inactives will be released at 3:45 p.m. PT, so we'll know exactly what the 49ers' offense will look like then. Be sure to come back to this live blog often throughout the night for the latest news, analysis and highlights.

Also be sure to visit our Facebook page for "49ers First Look," with Matt Maiocco, live from Lambeau. Then flip over to NBC Sports Bay Area at 4 p.m. for "49ers Pregame Live" from Pete's Tavern in San Francisco with Laura Britt, Greg Papa, Donte Whitner and Jeff Garcia.

Hang out after the game, too, for "49ers Postgame Live."

Matt Breida expected to play vs. Packers; 49ers make roster move


Matt Breida expected to play vs. Packers; 49ers make roster move

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All indications point to 49ers running back Matt Breida playing Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.

The 49ers did not promote a running back from their practice squad by the 1 p.m. PT deadline in order to be available to suit up for the game at Lambeau Field.

The 49ers did make a transaction Monday, though, as they promoted tight end Ross Dwelley. To make room on the roster, the 49ers waived defensive lineman Ryan Delaire.

The move to promote Dwelley suggests the 49ers figure to be down a tight end for the game against the Packers. Cole Wick was on the field during workouts with the 49ers' inactive and practice squad players.

George Kittle was listed as questionable for the game with a knee injury, and he took part in limited practice throughout the week, but Kittle is expected to be available for the game. Kittle leads the 49ers with 23 receptions for 399 yards and one touchdown this season.

The 49ers would have carried another running back for the game if they determined Breida would not be available to play. The only other running backs on the team’s 53-man roster are veteran Alfred Morris and special-teams ace Raheem Mostert.

Breida did not take part in practices Thursday or Friday because of a left ankle sprain he sustained on the final play of the first quarter last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Coach Kyle Shanahan originally stated Breida would be doubtful to face the Packers. But Breida was upgraded to questionable on the team’s official injury report after going through limited practice Saturday before making the trip to Wisconsin.

Breida has rushed for a team-high 369 yards on just 49 carries. His 7.5-yard average is the best in the NFL among players with at least 20 rushing attempts.

Rookie Jeff Wilson would have been promoted from the practice squad if the 49ers felt the need to have another running back available for Monday’s game, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area. The 49ers signed Matthew Dayes, a second-year pro from North Carolina State, to their practice squad last week.

The 49ers and Packers must submit their list of seven inactive players by 3:45 p.m. PT. The 49ers will make a final determination at that point on their list of available wide receivers.

The 49ers have planned to give slot receiver Trent Taylor a week off to allow his problematic back some time to improve. Shanahan said Saturday on “49ers Game Plan” that Taylor would not play. He is listed as doubtful.

But veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon also is questionable with shoulder and knee issues. If Garçon is deactivated, the 49ers likely would have Taylor suit up for the game but plan on playing him sparingly.