Brent Jones: “I’m focused on where we’re going to get output offensively from our WR position.”

Brent Jones spoke on KNBR Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.

Q: Will there be anything Scott Tolzien can tell the Packers that will make a difference?

JONES: I think generally there could be a nugget or two. You know what he can do – and maybe they’ll change this up, but when you change stuff up that has been consistent, you kind of mess up your own team – (Tolzien can tell the Packers) what’s a live color, what’s a check-with-me-at-the-line-of-scrimmage. There are certain nuanced things about the way plays are called and the way you try you attack certain types of fronts that maybe he can tell. I don’t know if it’s going to make that much of a difference, but one or two little nuggets can be helpful along the way.

I’m sure Scott has more to contribute than poor Seneca Wallace.

Q: Was he just a sacrificial lamb brought in to make Colt McCoy reduce his salary?

JONES: Absolutely. He was not happy, but that’s life. He was used. I don’t know if he thinks the Packers are going to keep him – I’d be kind of surprised, but needless to say he’s on the team right now. You’ve got to let your play do the talking. He’s frustrated, but come in and show something. But maybe he didn’t get a chance.

Q: What’s a bigger concern for you if it’s a concern at all – the 49ers’ secondary or receivers?

JONES: First and foremost, I think our front seven is the best in the league. We’re going to be able to cover while our secondary starts to mesh. I thought Dashon Goldson was a fantastic safety and I thought Chris Culliver was tremendously under rated. I thought that was a big blow. Having a rookie come in and start at safety, he obviously can do some great things. He was a first round draft choice. He’s looked very good in the preseason. But there are still things that happen over the course of the regular season. People start scheming against you and people start getting you out of position or biting on play action or what have you. It’s going to take time for those guys to mesh, but I think our front seven can handle that and cover for any issues in the secondary.

I’m a little bit more focused on where we’re going to get output offensively from our wide receiver position. I’ve been a big Anquan Boldin fan over the years. With the Cardinals, I thought he was a force. But he’s not a “Hey, let me carry the team on my back, let me be an 85-catch wide receiver,” a guy that’s going to always get open over the course of the season. He’s a guy that’s going to get the ball in traffic, he’s very physical, he runs very good routes but he’s not going to be the deep threat. You always think of your No.1 guy as a guy who’s going to stretch defenses and create room for other people. He’s not necessarily going to be that guy, which puts a lot of pressure on who’s going to be the No.2

Now, the good news is Vernon Davis can be that guy. I think the 49ers early on, while we’re figuring out who the No.2 guy is, are going to need to work Vernon not only inline but maybe in motion, maybe in the slot, maybe outside. I think they’re going to want to put him in different places on the field where you have to respect his speed and you can’t have defensive backs cheating and sitting at 10 yards. That’s the worst, for a defense to compact or compress the throwing lanes. You’re going to have to have somebody that can get down the field and defenses respect their speed getting over the top so you can’t just have everybody sit at 10 or 12 yards. That’s when you start to see tipped balls and interceptions and we don’t want to see that.

I don’t want to say I’m concerned. I am focused on what we are going to do at the wide receiver position. We have some young guys that look like they can do it, but once the season starts and people start scheming and people are disguising press coverage and you’re pressed – can you get off? Can you get open? When it’s serious, it’s a completely different animal. It will be interesting to see.

I still feel good about our chances (against the Packers). I just feel like we’ve got a lot of good players on the 49ers. We should be back in the Super Bowl, but what Vegas says doesn’t always happen, so we have to earn it. We’re going to get everybody’s best every week. It’s going to be a fun season. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a long, long, long, long offseason. A couple of the injuries, especially the Crabtree injury, haven’t helped us at all.

Q: Who do you see stepping up at that No.2 receiver spot?

JONES: I’ve been a fan of Kyle Williams. The kid has a big heart. We all know what happened a couple of years ago with the punt situation. I admired how he handled adversity. He fought back and made himself a better player.

Quinton Patton I was really impressed with. You don’t see a young guy have that confidence. I like the way that he ran his routes, I like the way that he got off the line of scrimmage, in and out of his breaks, but it’s tough to rely on a young wide receiver. You don’t want to put so much pressure on him that he has to be the difference.

I think we have options. It will be interesting to see who rises to the top, or if we start rotating a little bit or if we start doing different things.

All is not lost. I’m not throwing up the red flag like hey, we’re in trouble. But we have to set the stage early. I don’t think we want people to have a bead on what we’re doing and it’s all Frank Gore and it’s all Colin Kaepernick on the read option and we don’t have receiving threats down the field. We’re going to have to get people off their mark, so to speak.

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  1. I see it the same way as Jones, Davis besides TE will be used as WR and slot and maybe even out of the backfield. That is why we retained Celek for his blocking prowess when Davis is doing other things. I think Davis is going to lead the team in receptions. I think KW will be the deap threat and AB the go to guy in third and long.

  2. And the first ever draft for the Quest4Six fantasy league is in the books. These are my picks:

    QB
    Aaron Rodgers
    Tony Romo
    Alex Smith

    RB
    Adrian Peterson
    Daryl Richardson

    WR
    Demaryius Thomas
    DeSean Jackson
    DeAndre Hopkins
    Aaron Dobson

    TE
    Vernon Davis
    Jared Cook

    W/R
    Cecil Shorts

    DEF.
    San Francisco 49ers
    Baltimore Ravens

    K
    Justin Tucker

    1. The guy is making a bunch of underneath throws and when he goes downfield there isn’t anyone within 2 yards of the receiver on most of the plays. He is not very mechanically sound and has a ways to go. It will be interesting to watch him play against some better competition as the year goes on.

      1. He is not very mechanically sound and has a ways to go.

        That’s to be expected from a freshmen QB though Jack. Overall Winston didn’t look too shabby.

      2. Winston is a red shirt freshman, meaning the coaches have already been working with him for a year.

        The QB I was most impressed with this first week was Goff at Cal. A year ago this time he was preparing for the first game of his senior year in HS. Now he is starting and playing very well against a ranked Division 1 opponent on a team that was awful last year.

        He showed good poise throughout the night and made some big throws. Unfortunately he had 2 tipped passes turn into 6 points the other way. He never lost his cool, and in comparison is very mechanically sound.

  3. I was in the questforsix fantasy league and it was disbanded. Pretty upset as I’m in Afghanistan and didn’t get told until I tried to get into the draft. Missed another league for this one. Thanks.

    1. I apologize. The problem just occurred yesterday morning. I tried to get the league back up after dissolving the first one but my computer crashed as well and I had to wait until this morning to get it back from the service tech that I took it to.
      Coffee did have another fantasy league set up but he couldn’t get enough people to join up so it was deleted.
      I did post on this blog what happened but I don’t believe many saw it. I will try and communicate the problem better in the future to the best of my abilities.
      Again, sorry for the problem that this caused.

    2. Dude. Get the Hell out of Afgahnistan. Just saying. Been to Nam & Laos; not recommended. No wonder you’re kinda edgy. Keep your head and ass down. We need you home.

    3. Matt, if you are in the military there, thank you for your service, and thanks to your comrades. May you stay safe and return home soon.

  4. Its interesting, we get a lot of talk about our receiving corp this off season, but if we put it in perspective this may be the deepest we’ve been at the position in a while. Yes we’ve always had Crabs but look who we’ve had behind him, a declining Moss, a permanently injured Edwards, a lack of talent Morgan, etc….

    Yes we’ve lost Crabs, but Crabs has never really been a deap threat. Boldin is not a 1 for 1 replacement but he is a great possesion receiver that makes the tough catches and can be relied upon. After him we have an abundance of speed, size, and youth. Not to mention that we now have a QB who has yet to find his ceiling. It may take a little time for everyone to start meshing, but it will a thing of beauty when they do.

    1. Having only watched that video of him he looks like an athletic kid that will benefit from staying in College for at least two more seasons. That first option TD was a gift from that slow to react ILB. Sometimes it looks like he has a strong arm and other times not so much. There is a lot of rotation on the ball but on some of the longer throws he appears to struggle to get it far enough but not on all of them. Oh and he definitely has “happy feet” reminds me of Garcia. Throwing into double coverage in the endzone was an arrogant pass that needed more zip to actually work.

      Are his receivers any good?

      I’m not a College sports person but I couldn’t find what they(Nevada) are ranked so I’m assuming they aren’t considered all that great.

      1. Personally, I always consider Nevada fotball to be great, but objectively, no, they are not a great team right now. There is some promise on offense (junior QB Cody Fajardo is well suited to run the pistol and had a Kaep-like year last year, although he is not as exciting to watch), but it is not as good an overall team as Kaep had in 2009 and 2010. The main weakness is defense (as should be obvious from the UCLA game). Nevada is not a good defensive team, although the defense may be better than last year (which would not take much).

    2. He’s got everything physically no doubt about it. What a QB draft this is going to be if they all play up to expectations.

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