Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 2:45 pm

Hall of Fame RB Joe Perry dies at age 84

Posted by Will Brinson

Hall of Fame running back Joe "The Jet" Perry, who played 16 years in the NFL, died on Monday morning at the age of 84.

Perry, who played 14 of his 16 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, became the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons and, when he retired, was the NFL's all-time leading rusher.

A member of the All-Decade team for the 1950's Perry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

"All of us here at the Pro Football Hall of Fame are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Joe Perry," commented Pro Football Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry. "Joe was not only a key figure in the history of professional football, but he was a great friend to us here at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a frequent visitor to Canton for our annual Enshrinement ceremony as well as many other Pro Football Hall of Fame events. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Donna and the entire Perry family."

Perry tallied 9,723 rushing yards in his career, made three Pro Bowls and led the 49ers in rushing for seven consecutive seasons.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:37 am

Serious flaws in Thursday night schedule

Network (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

In its nearly eight years of existence and four years of broadcasting live games, NFL Network has drawn plenty of external and internal criticism.

The external criticism has been from fans who subscribe to non-dish cable services and, for many years, have been unable to receive the channel as part of their basic programming package (the unavailability was a consequence of the NFL and cable providers – most notably Comcast – bickering about the channel’s price).

The internal criticism is less publicized but perhaps more damaging to the league. The eight-game Thursday night package is rumored to be costing the NFL hundreds of millions in lost revenue (considering the package could have been sold to another network like Versus or Turner). What’s more, many teams privately disdain having to play on a Thursday night, especially on the road.

Expect that disdain to manifest. This year’s NFL Network schedule contains three uncommonly brutal scheduling snafus.

In the Week 11 Thursday package opener, the New York Jets must fly across the country to face the Denver Broncos. Exacerbating the Jets’ travels is the fact that they host the Patriots in the Week 10 Sunday night game. The Jets players won’t even leave the Meadowlands until well after midnight Sunday night. The coaches might not leave the Meadowlands period.

In Week 11, the 49ers must fly across the country to face the Ravens on a short week. (John Harbaugh, by the way, has been privately clamoring for a primetime home game for several years; the Ravens often get stuck on the road for night games.) This isn’t an atrocious scheduling blunder, especially given that the league wants to trumpet the Harbaugh Brothers matchup on the ultimate family holiday. But a west coast to east coast trip on a short week? Iffy.

It gets worse. The Eagles host the Patriots at 4:15 in Philly in Week 12 and then travel to Seattle for a Week 13 Thursday night matchup. That’s a late start preceding a cross-country trip that is already outrageously unfair in the first place. What’s more, the Seahawks get to play at home in Week 12. In a more just world, Seattle would at least be on the road in Week 12 so that both the Seahawks and Eagles would have some sort of travel in the short time leading up to their Week 13 contest.

Instead, the Eagles will lose one of their three days of prep time to dealing with the hassles of travel and adjusting to a three-hour time zone change. The Seahawks will be comfortable at home for all three days of prep time, thus ensuring 50 percent more prep time than their opponent (two days the Eagles, three days for the Seahawks). This same issue occurs with the Ravens-Niners game, by the way.
To be fair, the NFL got it right with it’s Week 14 Thursday matchup (Cleveland @ Pittsburgh) and especially with its Week 15 matchup (Jacksonville @ Atlanta). The Jacksonville-Atlanta matchup is a.) short travel for the Jags and b.) a non-conference game, making the more difficult short week slightly less impactful on the standings.

Obviously, the league is not trying to bilk any teams. Scheduling is complex and impacted by many unseen factors (stadium availability, team requests, etc.) Certainly the league took travel concerns into consideration.

That said, to appease teams and ensure fairness, the NFL may want to consider a time zone rule with the Thursday night package (something along the lines of “no team shall have to travel more than one time zone away for a Thursday game”). Or, as the league has always done with the Thanksgiving games, ensure that any team playing on Thursday at least gets the earliest possible kickoff time for their previous week’s game on Sunday.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:05 pm

Roddy White, for some reason, rips Alex Smith

Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the last four yearsR. White (US Presswire), Roddy White might be the most improved wide receiver in all of football. Once a bust, the former first-round pick has blossomed into Atlanta’s most dynamic weapon, racking up over 80 catches and 1,150-yards-plus in each of the past four seasons.

But in the NFL, no amount of success gives a player a free pass to take a random shot at one of his peers. That’s an unwritten rule throughout the league.

Thus, it’s bizarre that White would send out this tweet on Friday afternoon: “Why is the 49ers wasting their time with Alex Smith they need to move on better yet try to get luck next year would be good for them”

Though the Falcons have played the Niners each of the past two seasons, there’s no ostensible rivalry between the wideout and the quarterback. The best guess to explain White’s criticism is that thisis a case of a man forgetting that he’s a professional football player first and a fan of professional football second.

This is not the first time White has caused a stir via Twitter. This past season, before the Falcons’ Monday night game at the Saints, White trash-tweeted New Orleans, saying, "The grace of god gave them tht championship so tht city wouldn fall apart now and now they think they hot [obscenity].”

On that one, he later apologized for taking things too far.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:33 pm

Offseason Checkup: San Francisco 49ers

Posted by Will Brinson

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The 49ers were doomed almost from the very start of last season. After all, check out their schedule for the first five games – the Seahawks, the Saints, the Chiefs, the Falcons and the Eagles (all made the playoffs and combined for a 51-29 record while knocking off the 49ers) – but two weeks after running through that gauntlet, San Francisco fell to the Panthers also. So, that’s not too good.

Neither, for that matter, was coach Mike Singletary, who was fired after Week 16, and neither was much of anybody else. The offense ranked 24th in the league – almost a miracle considering Alex Smith and Troy Smith traded off starting QB spots and RB Frank Gore missed the last five games because of a fractured hip – and though the defense was actually slightly better than average, San Francisco just couldn’t put it together under Singletary’s leadership.

Quarterback Issues

When Singletary named Troy Smith as his starting QB midway through the season, you knew neither of them were long for their respective jobs. When Singletary replaced andinjured Alex Smith with Troy Smith in Week 10 and then switched back to Alex the next week (and then continued to switch the two throughout the rest of the year), there was almost no chance San Francisco would win consistently.

Actually, the trouble began earlier in the season during that infamous Sundayy Night Football game when the San Francisco fans booed Alex Smith and demanding to see the backup QB, and Singletary thought hard about replacing him with David Carr. Smith then led a near comeback attempt vs. the Eagles. Still, not a great sequence for San Francisco.

1. Patient History
We gave the patient history of this position in the section above, so now, let’s figure out what the 49ers will do about it. They actually could keep Alex Smith – they’ve already offered him a one-year contract – but it’s unclear whether Smith will sign it. But yeah, it might make sense for San Francisco to look for quarterbacks in the draft. And remember, Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb are still out there as well.

2. Jim Harbaugh
He’s got zero NFL head coaching experience, but 49ers fans have to be excited about the possibilities (considering his success at Stanford and because his brother, John, has done such a bang-up job with the Ravens), and considering he’s getting paid $25 million over five years, he’d BETTER have more success than Singletary. And don’t forget: San Francisco also hired Trent Baalke as GM in the offseason. So, the 49ers are kind of starting over.

3. Cornerback
Nate Clements is fine at one CB spot, but Shawntae Spencer didn’t have a great year last season. Which is why it makes sense for San Francisco to grab either LSU’s Patrick Peterson or Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara with the No. 7 pick in the draft.

The defense is good enough to compete. The 49ers LB corps with Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes (and maybe Manny Lawson) is pretty darn good, and the defensive line, led by Justin Smith, does a nice job as well. The problem here is offense, and not just at QB either.

Gore is coming off a bad injury, and WR Michael Crabtree still hasn’t broken out in a big way. Assuming Harbaugh can get the respect of his team right away – something Singletary struggled with last season – San Francisco could get back to 8-8. Which means the 49ers could contend for the NFC West crown.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:44 pm

Another NFLer on way to the AFL

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might remember when I told you about Fabrizio Scaccia and his famed 68-yard field goal that was caught on film during a semipro game(see below). But if you don’t recall, yeah, I can’t really blame you (the only reason I remember him is because of his fabulous name).

Anyway, Scaccia – who was signed last year to the 49ers practice squad – made some news today, re-signing with the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers.

Scaccia is the fourth NFLer to sign with the AFL joining Browns WR Rod Windsor (a teammate of Scaccia’s last year with the Rattlers), Cowboys WR Troy Bergeron and Cardinals OL Cliff Louis as the lockout continues, and for now, he feels pretty good about it.

"Windsor did it first," Scaccia said, via CSNBayarea.com. "I did a little more investigating. I talked to my family and I see nothing but positives in joining the league."

When the lockout ends, Scaccia presumably will battle Joe Nedney for the starting kicking spot.

But for now, at least he’s got a job.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:35 pm

Hot Routes 4.11.11 kick off week with legal news

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:05 am

Report: Cowboys one of the five teams fined

Posted by Andy BenoitR. Ryan (US Presswire)

We learned earlier this week that the Miami Dolphins were one of the five teams reprimanded by the NFL for illegal contact with players this offseason (the illegal contact drew a fine rather than the usual five yards and automatic first down).

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys were one of the other teams. (It is believed that the Browns and 49ers were also in the group of five.)

Improper Contact

Dallas’ violation came not during the lockout but beforehand. Remember how several Cowboy players were talking about getting together with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and learning his scheme? Those meetings took place before the start of the new league year, i.e. during the NFL’s dead period. Coaches are not supposed to conduct structured activities with players during that time.

This is a rule that has long been fudged if not disregarded. But needless to say, circumstances are different this year.

It’s not known how much the Cowboys were fined. But given the complexity of Ryan’s system, a chance to meet with players and lay some groundwork before what could turn out to be a lost offseason . . . it was probably worth it.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:44 am

Gerald McCoy & Co. visit Africa

Posted by Andy BenoitG. McCoy

It’s not all gloomy news in the NFL these days. Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is heading to war torn African countries Uganda and Rwanda for a two-week mission with the nonprofit group Pros for Africa on Tuesday.

The organization is based in Oklahoma; McCoy is one of several Sooners (including Tommie Harris and Mark Clayton) who have been involved with it over the years. Joining McCoy on this African trip will be Santonio Holmes and Vernon Davis.

"I've always wanted to go to Africa anyway, and when I learned about what they were doing over there, I thought it was something great to get involved with," McCoy told Stephen Holder of TampaBay.com.

The players will spend part of their time in Uganda working in houses that provide shelter to hundreds of displaced women and girls abandoned by their villages because of pregnancies resulting from sexual assault.

"Having a little girl, I couldn't imagine her being kidnapped and raped," McCoy said. "I couldn't imagine losing her -- period.”

He added, "I think (volunteering will) open my eyes a lot to see there are other things outside of America. And I think it'll encourage me to encourage others to get involved and help others besides yourself."

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