Chip Kelly: 'There’s good depth' on 49ers offense


Chip Kelly: 'There’s good depth' on 49ers offense

Chip Kelly’s offenses with the Philadelphia Eagles ranked in the top-five in total yardage and scoring in his first two seasons.

Even while the Eagles dropped to 6-9 under Kelly last season before his firing, the Philadelphia offense ranked 13th in total offense and 13th in scoring.

When asked last week at the NFL owners meetings about the offensive talent he inherits with the 49ers, he did nothing to soften expectations for the 2016 season. The 49ers ranked 31st in total yards and 32nd in points per game. But to hear Kelly talk, it seems he has set the bar high for a dramatic improvement.

“There’s good depth there, without seeing them all run around physically,” Kelly said.

While it might be true that the 49ers have a lot of players -- and some with potential -- the 49ers are lacking individuals who have been productive in the NFL. Left tackle Joe Staley is the team's most-decorated offensive player. Newly added guard Zane Beadles is the only other offensive player who has been selected to a Pro Bowl (2012).

The 49ers will enter the offseason program with most starting spots on offense completely unsettled.

Running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Torrey Smith, Staley and Beadles are virtually assured starting jobs. Center Daniel Kilgore appears to be in good shape to reclaim his job.

Every starting and backup position, including quarterback, appears to be wide open.

“Obviously, you look at what Carlos Hyde can do,” Kelly said. “He’s one of the really good young running backs. There’s a bunch of guys at receiver, led by Torrey, and Torrey really has a skillset because he can run. He’s kind of a matchup problem for people."

The 49ers have shown no urgency in re-signing Anquan Boldin. The list of receivers on the roster includes Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, Jerome Simpson, Eric Rogers, DeAndre Smelter and DeAndrew White. 

“There are four quality tight ends that have played, so that will be a fun group to work with, in terms of how you disperse them and try to figure out what’s going on," Kelly said, referring to Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell. The 49ers do not have a fourth tight end who has caught a pass in the NFL. Busta Anderson and Je'Ron Hamm are the other tight ends on the roster.

The 49ers have lost starting offensive linemen Mike Iupati, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis the past two seasons. The 49ers drafted seven offensive linemen over the past four years. Four of those players – Marcus Martin, Brandon Thomas, Ian Silberman and Trent Brown -- remain with the organization to compete for spots.

The offensive line was considered one of the 49ers’ biggest weaknesses last season, but Kelly did not lead on that he is concerned with that unit. The 49ers replaced free-agent departure of Boone with the signing of Beadles.

“Obviously, the O-line, led by Joe Staley, there’s a lot of talent there, too,” Kelly said. “I think it’s a good group.”

Davis has guaranteed for months on social media that he plans to make a comeback this season. But with the 49ers’ offseason program set to begin on Monday, Davis has yet to officially file for reinstatement off the reserve/retired list.

The 49ers are not banking on Davis’ return or if he will be committed or in sufficient physical condition even if he does decide to attempt to play again.

With the 49ers’ new up-tempo offense, there will be new requirements from their offensive linemen. Kelly said Staley, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, is perfect for his system.

“Joe Staley is one of the most fit, athletic big people you ever want,” Kelly said. “I met Joe about a week ago. He came in. He fits perfect. It (the offense) fits to his skillset set. I’ve always been a big fan of big people. Somebody once told me, ‘Big people beat up little people.’ I think we fit philosophically.”

Jimmy Garoppolo becomes first 49ers QB to win Player of the Week since 2012


Jimmy Garoppolo becomes first 49ers QB to win Player of the Week since 2012

Jimmy Garoppolo, who was at the center of the 49ers’ emotional 48-46 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Garoppolo becomes the 49ers’ first NFC Offensive Player of the Week since Week 1 of the 2013 season when wide receiver Anquan Boldin won the award. He is the first 49ers quarterback to win since Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick both were honored during the 2012 season.

The 49ers have been recognized three times as winner of the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Nick Bosa won it twice (Weeks 5 and 8), and Fred Warner (Week 12) was honored for his game against Green Bay.

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In Week 14, Garoppolo completed 26 of 35 pass attempts for 349 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 131.7. He also picked up a key first down in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard scramble.

“Jimmy is a baller,” 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “You can look at him and see what kind of player he is. He works hard. When you’ve got somebody like Jimmy with the personality that he has, in the clutch moments he’s not going to fold because of all the hard work that he’s put in.”

The biggest play of the game came in the final minute of the fourth quarter, when Garoppolo completed a pass to tight end George Kittle on a fourth-and-2 situation to get the first down. Then, Kittle did the rest by himself, dragging defenders for a 39-yard gain. A facemask penalty put the 49ers in position for Robbie Gould’s game-winning 30-yard kick as time expired.

The 49ers lead the NFC West and own the top record in the NFC at 11-2.

Garoppolo is heating up for the 49ers at the right time. He has produced passer ratings of 110 or better in six of his past seven games. In the past seven games, Garoppolo completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 1,931 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.

The Saints pressured Garoppolo on 34.2 percent of his dropbacks, the second-highest pressure rate he has faced this season, according to Zebra Technology, the official on-field tracking technology of the NFL. He completed six of eight passes for two touchdowns on passes of 10 yards or more in the air for a passer rating of 156.3.

It did not come easy, either. Garoppolo also threw into tight windows on 22.9 percent of his throws, according to Zebra, which is significantly higher than his season average of 15.5 percent of throws to receivers who are well-covered.

49ers place receiver Marquise Goodwin on season-ending injured reserve


49ers place receiver Marquise Goodwin on season-ending injured reserve

The 49ers placed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and, possibly, his time with the organization.

Goodwin did not play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints after being listed as questionable with knee and foot issues.

“He’s dealing with some chronic stuff,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “We’re evaluating treatment options right now.”

Goodwin, 29, appeared in nine games this season with six starts. He had just 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown.

The 49ers signed Goodwin on the first day of free agency in 2017. After four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin had a breakout season in his first season with the club. Goodwin posted career-best numbers with 56 catches for 962 yards and two touchdowns.

Goodwin appeared in 36 games with the 49ers over the past three seasons, catching 91 passes for 1,543 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Goodwin is signed through the 2021 season, but it appears unlikely the club will bring him back next season due to his contract, which has exceeded his production. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in salary and bonuses. Goodwin has also stated his intention of trying to qualify for the Olympics next year in the long jump.

After winning the U.S. Olympic trials in 2012, Goodwin competed in the 2012 London Olympics. He placed 10th after heading into the final as the No. 1 qualifier. Injuries derailed his bid for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Brazil.