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Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:22 am
 

'Embarrassed' McDaniels apologizes to fans, owner

Posted by Will Brinson

Anytime you get beat by 45 points, you're probably not happy. If you get beat by 45 points while giving up a franchise-record 59 to a division rival who has consistently failed to be anything even resembling mediocre, well, you're just downright embarrassed.

Like the apologetic Josh McDaniels, following Denver getting spanked -- at home, no less -- 59-14 by the Raiders on Sunday.

"Absolutely," McDaniels responded when asked if he was embarrassed. "I fail to believe that we couldn’t have put together a better performance than that. So, I take full responsibility for it. It’s not good enough – it’s not even close to good enough. I apologize to (Owner) Pat (Bowlen) and the organization, all the fans and everyone else. It was awful."

Kyle Orton also mentioned that the team has some "soul-searching" to do before they head to London. That's true, and McDaniels should be plenty concerned for his job at this point (bright side: Bowlen knows he has to convince someone to come in and take over a team that just burned a first-rounder on Tebow!) if the Broncos continue to descend into the cellar of a weakened division.

On the bright side, they get the 49ers in London -- provided that Alex Smith doesn't get really healthy really quickly, Denver's defense gets to face David Carr, the NFL equivalent of a slumpbuster.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 12:09 am
 

Singletary says playoffs, owners reportedly angry

Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers lost to the previously winless Panthers in Charlotte, 23-20, on Sunday, and with a trip to London coming up, things don't look too bright for the future of the franchise's season.

Don't tell that to Mike Singletary, though -- he thinks they can still make the playoffs!

"There's no doubt in my mind, somehow, someway, we will regroup and we will keep fighting and we will make a season of it," Singletary said. "And I still believe we can go to the playoffs. I still believe we can get those things done. We just have to get the right things in place and go from there."

Mmmm-hmmm. That's a pleasantly optimistic scenario. But as everyone's covered, they Niners are in the NFC West, and anything's kind of fair game in that division, although with the Seahawks, Cardinals and Rams all having a few more wins than anyone expected.

Plus, perhaps Singletary should delay the trip across the pond and have a little chat with the last coach (John Fox) forced to use David Carr as a starter on an extended basis -- in 2007, Carr and the Panthers appeared to have a shot at the playoffs, and they were 4-2 headed into the their bye. Then Carr turned into, well, himself, and Carolina dropped five straight and seven of their final 10 games.

Back then, though, Fox wasn't facing the same pressure as Singletary, because his job was safe. A report from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com indicates things aren't so simple on Sunday that owners John and Jed York weren't too thrilled with their coach.

"There were some grumbles from the owners about bad coaching," a source near the "inner circle" of the Yorks told Maiocco.

That's perfectly plausible, given that the Niners, a would-be playoff team, look like perhaps the worst team in the NFL relative to expectations; the Panthers showed some signs of life just as they did in 2009, the Browns flipped the defending champs at home Sunday, and at least the Bills are giving it the old college try with their depleted roster.

The Niners, on the other hand, keep getting beat (sometimes badly) by inferior opponents, and that's a clear-cut sign that their coach isn't cut out for his job.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Smith sprains shoulder, Carr at QB for Niners

Posted by Will Brinson

If you're watching the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers play, well, hope you brought a knife -- that's the only way you're cutting the irony of Alex Smith's injury on a Charles Johnson sack leading to David Carr entering the game.

After all, you may remember that Carr (a.k.a. "Mister Mittens") spent some time with the Panthers -- things did not go, um, well for him after he replaced an injured Jake Delhomme several years ago. But on the bright side, he's used to being booed at Bank of America Stadium.

Smith, on the other hand, walked off the field to the locker room clutching his left arm -- X-rays were negative but Smith has a sprained shoulder and will not return against the Panthers. 

That means the job of keeping the Panthers winless falls entirely to Carr, which suddenly makes this battle of two teams with one win combined kind of interesting, at least from a storyline standpoint.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 2:07 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.21.10 over the moon for Moss return

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


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David Garrard (concussion) was not at the team facilities again on Thursday. It’s highly unlikely he’ll play against the Chiefs.

Chris Cooley took part in a few light drills on Wednesday. Cooley suffered a concussion Sunday night against the ColtsR. Moss (US Presswire).


Randy Moss’ appearance at Lambeau Field Sunday night will be his first since the 2005 mooning celebration.


Titans cornerback Jason McCourty has been cleared for contact after rehabbing the fractured forearm suffered September 28. It could still take a little time for McCourty to return to game action, though. And when he does he may no longer have his starting job, considering how well rookie Alterraun Verner has played.


Gerald McCoy has fellow rookie Sam Bradford in his sights.


Alex Smith wouldn’t mind being left alone on the sideline a little more during games.


Kris Brown will fill in as the Chargers kicker for at least one week while Nate Kaeding nurses a groin injury.


The Cardinals are getting healthy (including at wide receiver, with Steve Breaston and Early Doucet).


Terrell Suggs keeps firing shots at Tom Brady.


We’ll keep one eye open on Kyle Boller and the Raiders quarterback situation. If healthy, Jason Campbell is expected to start. But will he finish?


The 49ers are delaying the opening of their new stadium until 2015, due to financing and labor issues. The team originally expected to open in 2014.


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Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:41 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 6

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:09 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 5:15 pm
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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.14.10: Rudy Does Dallas

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Jesse Holley, former UNC football player and winner of a Cowboys roster spot vis-a-vis Michael Irvin's reality show could end up getting called up to the actual roster soon. It's a pretty cool story, like a "Rudy Does Dallas" or some such. And Irvin is proud of him, obviously.
  • Earlier this week, Greg Jennings got pretty upset about the fact that he hasn't been seeing the number of catches/targets that you would expect from a guy who's topped 1,000 yards for two straight years. Totally understandable, ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SEETHING FANTASY OWNERS. Ahem, anyway, he apologized, but, seriously, please throw him the ball.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 8:53 pm
 

Shaun Hill makes a rather obvious point

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The thank-you-Captain-Obvious story of the day comes from Lions QB Shaun Hill, who told Newsday that he was happy that he didn’t still play for the 49ers. Hmm, who would have guessed that?

"It’s a mess out there,” Hill told Newsday, which was then linked by Comcast Sports Net. "I'm just very happy that I'm here right now."

Yeah, he should be. The 49ers are a disaster. The Lions, meanwhile, seem to be on the upswing, after Hill completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards and three TDs during Detroit’s 44-6 win against the Rams last Sunday.

Even though he knew he was going to be Matthew Stafford’s backup in Detroit, Hill thought he was making the right move anyway.

"I knew coming here, the roles and everything were completely defined and I was fine with that for sure," Hill said. "I had an opportunity to come in and try to help Matthew out a little bit if possible and, when called upon, to go out there and play. But when he's healthy I know that he's the guy.

"Out in San Francisco there was some stuff up in the air the last few years. It seemed always up in the air. So, believe it or not, I kind of welcomed just everybody having their defined roles and positions."

That’s true, but if he hadn’t left San Francisco, he would have had the chance to hear the crowd chant his name when Alex Smith mucked something up again. Alas, David Carr received that gift Sunday night. Hill had to settle for celebrating a 38-point win.

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