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Report: 49ers will seek 1st-round pick for Joe Staley

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:25:55 UT

Left tackle Joe Staley will be available before the trade deadline Nov. 1 and the 49ers are hoping to receive a first-round pick for the five-time Pro Bowl selection, reported. Staley has made 95 straight starts, including playoffs, and is one of two offensive linemen in franchise to earn five straight Pro Bowl berths. Beadles played tackle at Utah and started six games at right tackle for the Broncos as a rookie in 2010.

49ers’ free fall continues in home blowout loss

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:01:20 UT

49ers’ free fall continues in home blowout loss On Tuesday, two days after the 49ers had allowed the second-most rushing yards in franchise history, defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil insisted he could see better days ahead. Perhaps O’Neil’s vision is as poor as his defense. Five days after O’Neil’s sunny message, the 49ers kept turning in the wrong direction, delivering another humiliating performance in a 34-17 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. After allowing 513 yards, tying for the sixth most they’ve surrendered since 2000, the 49ers (1-6) are on their first six-game losing streak since 2008 and their 32nd-ranked run defense continues to perform at a historically atrocious level. On Sunday, running back Jacquizz Rodgers, a backup making his seventh career start, had 100 yards in the first 23 minutes and finished with a career-high 154 yards on 26 carries. Rodgers became the sixth running back in the past six games to crack the century mark against the 49ers, who have allowed more rushing yards (561) in their past two games than the Jets have allowed (519) in seven games this season. The 49ers are on pace to surrender 2,962 rushing yards, which would be the most since the 1980 Saints, a 1-15 team best known for inspiring its fans to wear bags over the heads. [...] how do the 49ers avoid a similar fate in the final nine games of a sure-to-be losing season? “Just trying to improve on the things we’re not good at,” outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. [...] right now, on the defensive side of the ball, it’s stopping the run. Is the lead teacher — O’Neil — part of the problem? Head coach Chip Kelly said he’s not considering changes to the defensive coaching staff during the upcoming bye week. After Kelly addressed reporters, several defensive players expressed confidence in O’Neil, 37, the NFL’s second-youngest defensive coordinator. Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch said O’Neil’s defense is “perfect” for the 49ers’ personnel. Rookie defensive tackle DeForest Buckner termed O’Neil a “great coach.” “I love this scheme,” safety Eric Reid said. [...] whenever there’s an explosive play, somebody’s out of position. The 49ers couldn’t manage that against Tampa Bay (3-3), which hasn’t reached the postseason since the 2007 season and arrived ranked 23rd in yards per game (335.8) and 27th in rushing (88.6). The latest loss actually began with promise. The 49ers finished the first 15 minutes with a 14-0 lead, marking the first time they’d led by at least 14 points after the first quarter since Sept. 7, 2014. [...] that was about it for highlights: Tampa Bay outscored them 34-3 in the final 45 minutes and finished the avalanche with a 44-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber. Haven’t hear of him? “We do everything right throughout the week, but for some reason, when it comes to game time, we fall off,” Brooks said. If we can improve on Sundays, that’s taking a step forward. [...] that, of course, is also stating the obvious. Less obvious is when the 49ers will get their second win. The defense, after all, isn’t their only problem. On Sunday, they failed to gain more than 320 yards for the seventh straight game for the first time since 2007 and the special teams committed a turnover for the third straight game. Trailing 17-14 early in the third quarter, Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt when his teammate, Aaron Burbridge, crashed into him after Kerley called for a fair catch. On the 49ers’ next possession, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who completed 16 of 34 passes and posted a 56.4 passer rating, lost a fumble when he was sacked. Kelly pointed to the back-to-back turnovers as the turning point. Or the Buccaneers. Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @Eric_Branch The 49ers have lost six straight games since opening the season with a 28-0 win over the Rams. The longest single-season losing streaks in franchise history and the fina[...]

Bungled punt return shows 49ers can’t get out of their own way

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:48:26 UT

Bungled punt return shows 49ers can’t get out of their own way [...] on the ensuing punt, when Jeremy Kerley called for a fair catch, gunner Aaron Burbridge ran smack into him. [...] the Buccaneers kicked a field goal to extend their lead — and deflate the 49ers once again. The collision and turnover looked like a play from the Keystone Kops or the Three Stooges, and it summed up the afternoon: Burbridge, a rookie, wasn’t around when the 49ers’ locker room opened, but Kerley, a six-year veteran, took the blame. On the possession following the Tampa field goal to make it 20-14, Colin Kaepernick was sacked and fumbled, and the ball was recovered by the Buccaneers, who responded with a touchdown for a 27-14 lead. The day was a disaster all around, but the muffed punt was the most symbolic play.

49ers’ Kaepernick no better in more-favorable conditions

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:33:11 UT

A week after making his first 2016 start on the road amid howling winds, the 49ers quarterback completed 16 of 34 passes for 143 yards and threw a touchdown and interception in a 34-17 loss to Tampa Bay at Levi’s Stadium. Kaepernick has completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in each of his starts and his passer rating Sunday (56.4) was worse than the figure he posted (77.8) in a 45-16 loss at Buffalo. Kaepernick rushed for 84 yards, matching the third-most of his career in the regular season, and had an impressive first quarter. In the final three quarters, however, he completed 13 of 28 passes for 85 yards and telegraphed his interception, which was picked off by safety Bradley McDougal in the second quarter. Kaepernick has a frosty relationship with the 49ers’ front office, but he was greeted with a hug and kiss on the cheek by owner Denise DeBartolo York after he kneeled for the national anthem. Rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee), outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) and defensive tackle Arik Armstead didn’t finish the game after they were injured in the third quarter. Robinson, who was making his fourth career start, was carted to the locker room. Armstead, who has been playing with a shoulder harness, aggravated the injury he sustained early in training camp. The 49ers went 14-18 from 2009-10 in outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ first two seasons with the team, but they reached the Super Bowl in 2012.

49ers: This & that ... stats & facts

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:45:45 UT

Yards the 49ers’ defense has allowed in the past two games; 513 against the Bills and 491 by the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Bills and Bucs rushed for 561 yards, which is the most allowed in back-to-back games in franchise history. Of the 49ers’ remaining nine opponents, only the Jets (23rd) and Rams (30th) are ranked in the lower half of offenses in the league. The 49ers go into their bye week on a six-game losing streak — and that’s the good news. When they return on Nov. 6, they will host New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, left, and the NFL’s second-ranked offense. 49ers’ record this season in games they’ve led 14-0; they beat the Rams and lost to Dallas and Tampa Bay. Plays from the Tampa Bay offense that covered more than 30 yards (two runs, three passes). Plays from the 49ers’ offense that covered more than 20 yards (a pass on its third play of the game).

49ers DT Dorsey inactive again; CB Robinson will play

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:55:27 UT

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who is returning from an ACL tear he sustained in November, is inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium The rookie fourth-round pick played well in place of starting cornerback Jimmie Ward, who is returning today after missing the past three games with a quadriceps injury. On Saturday, the 49ers promoted running back DuJuan Harris from the practice squad.

Live game updates: 49ers take on the Bucs at home

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:57:52 UT

No one would blame you for having a hard time stomaching the 1-5 49ers at the moment. But if you’re in the mood for live game analysis and chatting/commiserating with fellow Niner fans, we’ll be hosting a live blog here. Coverage starts at 12:30 p.m., with kickoff at 1:05 p.m.

After getting buffaloed, 49ers have shot at redemption with Bucs

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:26:19 UT

After getting buffaloed, 49ers have shot at redemption with Bucs In January, on the day he was introduced as the 49ers’ head coach, Chip Kelly was asked what he wanted the identity of his new team to be. Nine months and six regular-season games later, the 49ers (1-5) are in the midst of a difficult and adversity-stuffed season that won’t end for 71 more days. There is already little doubt they won’t reach the playoffs, but this question remains: In the final 20 minutes of a 45-16 loss to Buffalo, they were outscored 28-3 and allowed 10 yards a play and 249 yards, which would translate to 747 yards over four quarters. Two days after the listless finish, defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil was asked about the 49ers’ late-game intensity and said Kelly had just finished addressing the team on the topic. “I think all of us, coaches, players, reporters, could talk about consistency in our effort and our approach,” he said. Given the 49ers’ paucity of playmakers, the offensive-minded Kelly, who is overseeing the NFL’s 32nd-ranked attack, will probably be given an incomplete grade this season for his X’s-and-O’s ability. In 2015, the Eagles lost five of Kelly’s last seven games, which included a 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers (final record: 6-10) and a 45-14 defeat to the Lions (7-9). Despite the horrid start, no player has offered even a subtle shot at the head coach, and Kelly’s strong support of quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem stance was appreciated in the locker room. In response, the Bills needed just four plays to finish a 60-yard touchdown drive. In response, the Bills, after a 22-yard pass-interference penalty, scored a touchdown one play later. Another chance for me to make a play.’ [...] he’ll face a middling defense that’s ranked 20th overall and is allowing the eighth-highest passer rating (99.5) to opposing QBs. Injuries: 49ers — RB Carlos Hyde (quadriceps) is out, and the 49ers promoted RB DuJuan Harris from the practice squad Saturday. Buccaneers — RB Doug Martin (hamstring) is out. Tampa Bay RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who was signed Sept. 13, had 101 yards on 30 carries in his starting debut with the Buccaneers in their last game, a 17-14 win at Carolina on Oct. 10. The 49ers have allowed 100-yard rushers in five straight games.

49ers running back Mike Davis prepares for increased action

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:12:02 UT

In his second NFL season, running back Mike Davis is back to his high-school weight. With Carlos Hyde out with a shoulder injury, Davis and Shaun Draughn are expected to take his carries. [...] he has yet to resemble the back who had 2,165 total yards, averaged 5.4 yards a carry and scored 22 touchdowns in his final two seasons at South Carolina. Davis, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 217 pounds, dropped weight in the offseason and says he’s stayed around 205 for the first time since he played at Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga. Davis has acknowledged that his rookie season was a wake-up call that inspired him to divorce himself from fatty foods biggest sacrifice: Said wide receiver Torrey Smith: I think the biggest difference between this year and last year, he’s grown a lot, matured a lot. Head coach Chip Kelly said his performance in those sessions prompted his promotion to No. 2 last week, although Draughn’s performance this season (55 yards, 2.1 yards per attempt) also could have played a factor. Davis has never had more than 10 carries in a game, and Kelly was asked if more snaps could help him develop a rhythm. Davis hasn’t played particularly well in the NFL, but he sounded undaunted Thursday.

49ers ready for inside linebacker rotation

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:07:38 UT

Head coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil acknowledged this week that they need to rotate inside linebackers after Bellore and Michael Wilhoite logged the majority of the snaps in the two games since Bowman suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Bellore, who had played 40 defensive snaps in his six-year career before Bowman was injured, has played all 147 defensive snaps in his first two career starts. Wilhoite has played 128 of 147 snaps as the 49ers’ 32nd-ranked defense has allowed 485 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in losses to Arizona and Buffalo. The 49ers haven’t received many contributions from the seven players they’ve drafted since 2013 who were recovering from serious knee injuries, but there remains hope that wide receiver DeAndre Smelter could still make an impact. Smelter, a 2015 fourth-round pick, was signed to the practice squad Tuesday after he was waived Sept. 3. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds, he said he weighs around 210 and spent part of the past six weeks in Dallas working with David Robinson, a wide receivers coach and speed trainer in Dallas who played at Oklahoma. After shoulder injuries derailed his baseball career at Georgia Tech in 2013, Smelter, an ex-pitcher, moved to football, a sport he hadn’t played since he was a junior in high school. Wide receiver Torrey Smith (back), defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (concussion) are questionable.

49ers coach Chip Kelly: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:09:17 UT

On Wednesday, CBS Sports reported “several coaches” in the NFL expected Kelly to leave after the season and return to college, where there could be openings at LSU, Texas, Penn State and Oregon. Rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson (concussion) returned to practice after he missed the previous two sessions. Cornerback Jimmie Ward will return Sunday after he missed the past three games with a quadriceps injury. Robinson, a fourth-round pick, assumed Ward’s starting spot when he was sidelined. Wide receiver Torrey Smith appeared on the injury report with a back injury that limited him in practice. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee) was limited in practice after he was a full participant Wednesday. Dorsey, who suffered a torn ACL in November, missed a 33-21 loss to the Cardinals on Oct. 6 because of knee issues.

Team unlikely to pass on quarterback in ’17

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:17:44 UT

Kizer (Notre Dame), Watson (Clemson) and Kelly (Mississippi) could be the top quarterbacks in the 2017 draft. The three-day event is 189 days away, but supporters of going-nowhere teams (hello, 49ers) with quarterback issues (hi, again) already have circled the dates in red ink on their calendars. “I don’t believe that there is an absolute slam-dunk franchise quarterback — at least there doesn’t appear to be — right now,” Rang said. [...] of the 2017 quarterback class, however, it would seem to be a certainty the 49ers will use a high-end pick on a position they’ve largely ignored since selecting Colin Kaepernick in the second round in 2011. The 49ers are one of four teams (Chargers, Falcons, and Panthers) that hasn’t used a top-200 pick on a quarterback in the past five drafts and their inattention to the position has contributed to their current quandary. Kaepernick, in the midst of a career free-fall, is the only quarterback on the 49ers’ roster who could be a potential answer in 2017. Kizer, a redshirt sophomore listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, is the most talented quarterback in Rang’s view and is atop his list. In Notre Dame’s past two games, losses to North Carolina State and Stanford, he completed 23 of 52 passes with no touchdowns and three interceptions. [...] Watson (6-2, 210) is a dual-threat junior who led Clemson to the national-title game last season by amassing 5,214 total yards and 47 touchdowns. Niners general manager Trent Baalke attended Clemson’s win over South Carolina State in September, a day before the 49ers visited Carolina. In an eight-month span in 2014, he was dismissed from Clemson’s team for detrimental conduct and arrested outside a nightclub where he fought with bouncers. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, didn’t begin soaring up draft boards until he impressed against big-school prospects at the Senior Bowl in January.

Charles Haley talks about his demons

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:09:04 UT

Remember when the 49ers and Cowboys once dominated the NFL landscape? It’s hard to believe that for some of us that was 20 years ago. So for those who do remember those years, or want to know more about 49ers’ history, THE key player in that rivalry was Charles Haley. He just came out with a book, “Fear no evil: Tackling quarterbacks and demons on my way to the Hall of Fame,” which tracks Haley’s struggles and triumphs during his quest for five Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and Cowboys. Swapped to the Cowboys after the 49ers tired of him in 1991, the Cowboys quickly gained the upper hand

49ers RB Carlos Hyde unlikely to play against Bucs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:27:24 UT

Running back Carlos Hyde acknowledged that he probably won’t reach his offseason goal of making 16 starts this season, but 15 remains within reach. Hyde said he expects to miss Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a shoulder injury, but he’ll be able to return after the bye when the 49ers host the Saints on Nov. 6. Before Hyde spoke with reporters, head coach Chip Kelly said it would be a “stretch” for him to play against the Buccaneers. Hyde said running backs coach Tom Rathman eventually pulled him from the game. Hyde missed 11 of 32 games in his first two NFL seasons, nine in 2015 when he suffered a foot injury. In other injury news, cornerback Jimmie Ward said he will return Sunday after missing three games with a quadriceps injury. Cornerback Rashard Robinson, who assumed Ward’s starting role, remained sidelined with a concussion. The 49ers’ offense is ranked 32nd in the NFL, their defense is ranked 27th, and their special teams aren’t doing so hot, either. The 49ers rank 30th in the league in yards per return (17.5) and they have lost fumbles in their past two games that have set up short scoring drives. Davis, who has six of the 49ers’ 13 returns, was the primary kickoff returner before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5.

Draft gaffes leave glaring roster gaps

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:15:06 UT

In Week 4, 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season. In Week 6, running back Carlos Hyde sustained a shoulder injury and head coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday it would be a “stretch” for him to play Sunday against Tampa Bay. [...] they figure to rotate running backs Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn, two men who are combining to average 2 yards a carry, if Hyde can’t play. The deficiencies at the positions at least partly explain why the 49ers (1-5) are on their first five-game losing streak since 2010 and have the NFL’s third-worst point margin (minus-58). Baalke’s decisions were questioned in April when he didn’t select an inside linebacker and waited until the sixth round to select a quarterback and running back. After the first round, in which the 49ers selected defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and guard Joshua Garnett, Baalke was asked if he considered trading up for a quarterback instead of taking Garnett. On the draft’s second day, the question persisted after Baalke used an early third-round pick (No. 68) on Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond. After Baalke selected Redmond, who hasn’t played this season because of an ACL tear he sustained in college, he was asked if he considered selecting a quarterback instead. On the draft’s final day, Baalke used a sixth-rounder on Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel, the No. 207 pick who was waived and claimed by the Bengals after posting a 33.3 preseason passer rating. Baalke also waited until the sixth round to select his first running back and wide receiver, which seemed curious because the 49ers scored the fewest points (238) in the NFL since 2012 last season. Last year, Davis, a 2015 fourth-round pick, became the sixth running back since 1970 to average less than 2.0 yards a carry with at least 35 carries in a season. Draughn and Davis rank 78th and 79th, respectively, in yards per attempt among the 82 running backs with at least 10 carries.