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SANTA CLARA — Carlos Hyde still holds the title of the 49ers starting running back despite getting benched Sunday for most of the second half against the Colts, Kyle Shanahan confirmed at his Monday press conference. But Hyde and his backup, Matt Breida, may split time moving forward.

“I plan on going with Carlos early,” Shanahan said, “and I plan on spelling him with Breida regardless, whether (Hyde)’s doing good or bad. Breida had a real good week of practice. We weren’t out there as much as we wanted (against the Colts), especially early in the game, and we ended up just going with the hot hand. We felt like Breida was going better at the time. I think they ended up 35 plays (for Breida) to 33 plays (for Hyde), so it was pretty even. That’s how it played out in that game, but I think it will be a different story each week.”

The 49ers benched Hyde after their first offensive series of the second half. Coming into the third quarter, Hyde had gained just 10 yards on five carries. Then on Hyde’s first touch of the quarter, quarterback Brian Hoyer tossed him the ball, Hyde took his eyes off it, looked up before securing the catch, the ball bounced off his chest, hit the ground, Hyde jumped on it and lost 6 yards. That was second down.

On third down, Hyde stayed in the backfield to block during a pass play. The Colts blitzed, Hyde didn’t see the blitzer, linebacker Jeremiah George. So Hyde blocked no one and George sacked Hoyer.

After that play, the Niners punted and the coaches benched Hyde for three entire offensive series. They replaced him primarily with Matt Breida and occasionally with Raheem Mostert. Hyde didn’t return to the game until there were five minutes left in the fourth quarter. And when he returned, he split time evenly with Breida.

Shanahan said Hyde’s fumble and missed block both played into the decision to bench him. “It all plays into it … Hyde had a couple bad plays, but nothing to make too big a deal about. We put Breida in, and he was a shoestring away on two tackles (from scoring). We thought if we kept him, eventually he would get one. He didn’t, but we thought he was pretty close.”

After the game, Hyde objected to getting benched. “I don’t like it,” he said in the locker room, “but my boy Matt (Breida) is a good back. He did a good job going in there and making plays.”

Shanahan said he has not talked one on one with Hyde to discuss the benching or Hyde’s playing time. “Carlos is a man. I think Carlos understands it. If he didn’t, I think he would come and talk to me.”

While Hyde remains the starter in name, he may have lost standing on the depth chart. Shanahan no longer seems to prefer Hyde over Breida. “(Hyde) is bigger,” Shanahan said. “When you’re bigger and not much is there, you can carry the load a little bit more. And (Breida) is a lot faster. By no means is Breida a small guy who can’t break tackles like Hyde, and by no means is Hyde a slow guy who can’t run away and get big runs. That’s why I say it doesn’t totally matter to me too much who is in.”

ALL-EMPIRE: SMALL SCHOOL FOOTBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lucas Triplett, sr., Fort Bragg

OFFENSE

FIRST TEAM

QB: Hokulani Wickard, jr., Lower Lake

RB: Trystin Strickland, sr., Fort Bragg

RB: Dwayne Yiggins, sr., Middletown

WR: Shane Giaccani, sr., Fort Bragg

WR: Alfio Basile, sr., St. Helena

TE: Austin Cia, sr., St. Helena

OL: Gavin Bartell, jr., Clear Lake

OL: Justin Celeri, jr., Fort Bragg

OL: Aaron Teal, sr., Kelseyville

OL: Virgil Ellis, jr., Clear Lake

OL: Colton Hall, jr., Middletown

PK: Dominic Gorman, jr., Fort Bragg

SECOND TEAM

QB: Logan Barrick, jr., Kelseyville

RB: Niko Lopez, sr., St. Helena

RB: Paul Bartholow, jr., Rincon Valley Christian

RB: Tony Pardini, sr., Anderson Valley

WR: Robbie Carey, sr., Middletown

WR: Michael Davis, sr., St. Vincent

TE: Devon Ross, jr., Middletown

OL: Clayton DeForge, sr., St. Helena

OL: Alex Ybarra, sr., Fort Bragg

OL: Isaac Arnold, soph., Fort Bragg

OL: Nick Murphy, sr., St. Vincent

OL: Mitchell Hollingsworth, jr., Willits

DEFENSE

FIRST TEAM

DL: Gavin Bartell, sr., Clear Lake

DL: Cameron Ketchum, jr., Middletown

DL: Jess Cavender, sr., Fort Bragg

DL: Devon Ross, jr., Middletown

LB: Michael Cavender, sr., Fort Bragg

LB: Peerliss Brooke, jr., Lower Lake

LB: Aaron Teal, sr., Kelseyville

LB: Willie Maples, jr., Rincon Valley Christian

LB: Ty Chorjel, sr., Middletown

DB: Lucas Triplett, sr., Fort Bragg

DB: Gabe Guzman, sr., Middletown

DB: Aiden McAdon, jr., Kelseyville

DB: Marlon Jones, sr., Lower Lake

SECOND TEAM

DL: Bryan Carrillo, soph., Kelseyville

DL: Daniel Solano, sr., Fort Bragg

DL: Will Foley, jr., Cloverdale

DL: Tyler Hawkins, jr., Rincon Valley Christian

LB: Austin Cia, sr., St. Helena

LB: Bobby Gonzales, jr., Clear Lake

LB: Daniel Cook, sr., Fort Bragg

DB: Jason McCoard, jr., Fort Bragg

DB: Brian Orozco, sr., Clear Lake

DB: James Wirt, jr., DB

DB: Michael Davis, sr., St. Vincent

COACH OF THE YEAR

Roy Perkins, Fort Bragg

NOTES

Shanahan wants to reduce linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s playing time. “Our defense has been averaging about 80 plays per game,” Shanahan said. “I think that’s a little too much for him.”

The 49ers waived free safety Lorenzo Jerome and picked up strong safety Dexter McCoil off waivers. McCoil is a second-year player who appeared in 16 games and recorded 18 tackles last season with the Chargers.

The 49ers are the third team in NFL history and the first since 1994 to lose four games in a row by three points or fewer.

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