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Kyle Shanahan explains how 49ers messed up 'victory formation' vs. Broncos

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Kyle Shanahan explains how 49ers messed up 'victory formation' vs. Broncos

SANTA CLARA – Coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers learned some valuable lessons from their horrendous clock management at the end of Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos.

Rarely before has “victory formation” been botched in such a way to enable the opponent a final chance to pull off the victory. But that is what happened at Levi's Stadium, leaving both teams stunned that Denver still had time to run a play.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal because we won now,” Shanahan said Wedesday, three days after the 49ers’ 20-14 win over the Brocnos. “It would have been a huge deal.”

Shanahan explained what led to quarterback Nick Mullens snapping the ball on fourth down with :07 remaining on the play clock and :08 remaining on the game clock. After gaining a first down on the final play before the two-minute warning, it should have easily taken just four kneeldowns from Mullens to run out the clock. The Broncos did not have any timeouts remaining.

But things started to go wrong when Mullens snapped the ball with :08 remaining on the playclock on second down. They still should have been able to run out the clock on fourth down.

But Mullens lost track of the downs. Shanahan said he was yelling at Mullens to take a “slow knee” to enable a couple of extra seconds to run off the clock to ensure that the Broncos would not get another chance.

“The problem was when we were telling him that, he’s not thinking much and you tell him and he looked right up at the scoreboard, you can see it on tape, the scoreboard says third and 12,” Shanahan said. “It’s fourth and 12.”

Shanahan had already taken off his headset at that point and was not using the sideline-to-helmet radio signal to communicate with Mullens. He said he would never do that again.

“But it’s a good learning lesson for him that you snap it at one second no matter what, that you don’t pay attention to the scoreboard because they’re not always on it, and that your coach should never take his headset off,” Shanahan said. “So I’m going to try not to, unless we’re up a lot.”

On the Broncos’ final play, Tim Patrick caught a 20-yard pass from Case Keenum, but his attempted lateral throw intended for running back Devontae Booker skipped out of bounds to end the game.

Source: 49ers scheduled to meet with Ohio State's Nick Bosa

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Source: 49ers scheduled to meet with Ohio State's Nick Bosa

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 49ers’ traveling party that includes general manager John Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters has moved on to Ohio State.

Lynch and Peters attended Alabama’s pro day on Tuesday and met with potential No. 2 overall pick Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle.

On Wednesday, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with another possibility for the second overall selection, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, according to a source.

The 49ers and Bosa are scheduled to have dinner, reports Albert Breer of the MMQB.

Bosa is not scheduled to work out on Wednesday. The plan all along was to test well enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that any re-dos were not necessary. Bosa's marks ranked favorably against his brother, Joey, the No. 3 overall pick in three years ago.

Nick Bosa is completely healthy after his final season at Ohio State was cut short due to a core muscle injury.

Among the other top draft prospects at Ohio State are quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, and offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince.

49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

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49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

The 49ers named Dustin Little head athletic trainer Tuesday, locking in one of the final pieces of their new strength and conditioning and athletic training structure. 

After 17 players spent time on injured reserve during the 2018 season and 24 players the season prior, the 49ers sought change. The team fired longtime head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and head of strength and conditioning Ray Wright. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both identified streamlining the two programs as an offseason priority. 

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” Shanahan said after the season ended. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

“We consulted with some other teams,” Lynch said a few months ago. “Organizations in some other sports, looking for the right answers, and trying to put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. We’re just trying to get that deal right."

Hiring Ben Peterson as the head of player health and performance several weeks ago was the first step of that process. Peterson and Little will work together closely, as the 49ers model their structure after the NHL and NBA. 

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“We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group,” Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. 

“Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard.”

Little comes to Santa Clara after spending more than five years in Denver in a variety of roles, including as an assistant athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation.