Brandon Marshall struggles to connect with Jason Campbell
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org November 19, 2012 11:30PM
Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers
Updated: January 19, 2013 2:07AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Marshall vowed he would ‘‘get on the same page quickly’’ with Jason Campbell in the latter’s first start with the Bears on Monday night. But it didn’t even look like they were reading the same book.
Marshall, who came into the game with 67 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns, was rendered invisible, with the 49ers’ defense and the Bears’ game plan sharing responsibility.
Marshall was shut out in the first half, with one pass thrown his way — a medium-range toss near the left sideline against double coverage that was not close to being completed.
Last year with the Dolphins, when Matt Moore made his first start in place of injured starter Chad Henne, Marshall had six receptions for 109 yards, more than half of Moore’s 204 passing yards in a 24-6 loss.
Corey Wootton said he was anticipating more snaps this week with Shea McClellin out, but he might have gotten more than he anticipated.
Wootton was a surprise starter at defensive end in place of Israel Idonije against the 49ers at Candlestick Park. It was his first start in three seasons with the Bears and culminated a rapid rise for a player who was an afterthought most of last season after suffering an injury early in training camp.
‘‘Corey Wootton has been really making progress,’’ coach Lovie Smith told WBBM-AM’s Jeff Joniak on the Bears pregame show.
Wootton, who has four sacks, two forced fumbles and seven quarterback hurries, has been looking forward to a bigger role.
‘‘This is what I’ve been working for all offseason — to show them I can be a contributor to the team and really help the defense out,’’ Wootton said. ‘‘But I don’t want to be content with this. I want to keep rising my game and get better every week.’’
The Wootton starting experiment appeared to end early as the 49ers dominated the first half. After Wootton played the first defensive series, Idonije played most of the remainder of the first half. But Wootton wasn’t to be denied. With the 49ers leading 17-0 and threatening in the second quarter, Wootton combined with Idonije to sack Colin Kaepernick to force the 49ers to settle for a field goal and a 20-0 lead.
Moore is less
The demotion of nickelback D.J. Moore was complete when the fourth-year cornerback was inactive against the 49ers. Kelvin Hayden, who has received the majority of the snaps in recent weeks — including all of them against the Texans — handled nickel duties against the 49ers.
As it turned out, the Bears might have missed Moore. Hayden was burned for a 57-yard pass play from Kaepernick to Kyle Williams to the Bears’ 3-yard line. It set up Kaepernick’s touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis .
Cutler stays home
Neither Jay Cutler nor McClellin, both recovering from concussions, made the trip. Smith and general manager Phil Emery said Cutler still has to be cleared by independent medical professionals before he can return to practice.
‘‘Jay Cutler is doing fine,’’ Smith said on the pregame show. ‘‘We felt like it would be better suited for him to go next week by staying [in Chicago] and getting rest.’’