SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the pregame of the 49ers’ Week 5 game against the Chiefs. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
11:58 The 49ers’ inactives are QB Josh Johnson, WR Quinton Patton, CB Tramaine Brock, C Marcus Martin, T Vernon Davis, TE Anthony Davis and DT Tank Carradine.
11:59 Perrish Cox starts for Brock. Vance McDonald starts for V. Davis. Jonathan Martin starts for A. Davis.
12:00 The Chiefs’ inactives are QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, WR Donnie Avery, S Eric Berry, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and DE Damion Square.
12:02 A.J. Jenkins starts at wide receiver for Donnie Avery. Ryan Harris starts at right tackle for Donald Stephenson. Jaye Howard starts at defensive end for Vance Walker. Ron Parker starts at strong safety for Eric Berry.
12:05 The 49ers’ offense is Davis-less like it was Week 3 against the Cardinals. To compensate for the lack of Davises, Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman abandoned the base running game and mostly used a spread passing attack against the Cardinals. Do you think Harbaugh and Roman will do the same this week against the Chiefs?
12:14 I expect Harbaugh and Roman will not use much spread passing in this game. Joe Staley and Jonathan Martin have struggled in pass protection this season, and Tambi Hali and Justin Houston are two of the best pass rushers in football.
12:28 Jed York took to twitter this morning to set the record straight: “Jim is my coach. We are trying to win a SB, not a personality or popularity contest. Any more questions?”
Nope, that clears up everything.
12:39 Remember, the 49ers’ offense committed 10 penalties against the Eagles last week. The 49ers’ offense has been penalized more than any other offense this season.
12:49 Frank Gore has been popping most of his big-gainers this season on Counter Trey runs. Interested to see how the Chiefs defend that play and how the 49ers disguise it this afternoon. The past few weeks the 49ers mostly ran that play when Bruce Miller was lined up at H-back instead of fullback.
1:16 The 49ers’ offense was introduced all together as a unit. That’s new. The 49ers’ defense is being introduced player by player.