Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: August 26, 2010 5:49 pm

Aubrayo Franklin to report to Niners, sign tender

Posted by Will Brinson

DT Aubrayo Franklin has missed all of the 49ers training camp after being franchised by San Francisco, but will reportedly, um, report to the Niners.

That's according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who says that Franklin will fly to San Francisco to take his physical and sign the $7.003 million tender on Saturday.

Franklin recorded 36 tackles, two sacks and a pick in 2009 -- coupled with his 46 tackle, single sack and two-forced fumble season in 2008 made him a highly-coveted free agent before the Niners franchised him.

It was pretty much assumed , by even Mike Singletary, that Franklin would end up reporting and signing his tender before the season started. Now it appears he will.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 11:09 pm

NFC West Podcast Preview (Feat. Doug Farrar)

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, so I actually recorded this NFC West podcast with the inestimable Doug Farrar -- of Football Outsiders, Shutdown Corner and Washington Post fame -- a week ago today, but because of scheduling stuff and other things, I didn't get a chance to post it in blog form until now.

However, this wouldn't be an issue for you if you were already subscribed to our iTunes feed , now would it? (I'll wait here while you fire up iTunes and get subscribed. Done? Excellent.)

Anyway, Doug, a Seahawks fan by nature and a football expert by craft, and I discuss whether Sam Bradford should start in St. Louis, whether Pete Carroll can succeed in Seattle (and who the mess he'll start at running back), if Matt Leinart is the truth in Arizona, and if it's finally San Francisco's year.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 12:28 pm

Nate Davis could be a superstar

Some say N. Davis has more talent than San Francisco QBs A. Smith and D. Carr combined (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jason Whitlock, formerly of the Kansas City Star and currently of Foxsports.com, is a controversial columnist who writes controversial columns. Today, he turns his sights on the least-heralded quarterback in the San Francisco organization.

In his column today, he says third-string 49ers QB Nate Davis has more upside than starter Alex Smith and backup David Carr combined – that’s a pretty bold statement, considering Smith and Carr are former No. 1 draft picks and Davis was a fifth-round pick in 2009. The only thing holding Davis back, asks Whitlock - who, like Davis, attended Ball State? His irresponsibility.

Writes Whitlock:

Nate Davis is embarrassingly immature. He has no clue about the kind of commitment and work necessary to be an elite level quarterback. None.

He excelled at Ball State because he had USC talent and three coaches - head coach Brady Hoke, offensive coordinator Stan Parrish and strength coach Aaron Wellman - and an older brother riding his ass year-round.

In the NFL, you can’t devote three coaches to making sure Nate Davis does the right thing. Things move too fast on and off the field. The players have far more freedom and power. Nate Davis has to want to be a great NFL player. He has to want it 12 months a year.

Partially, that criticism comes because coach Mike Singletary ripped into Davis in his latest postgame news conference.

“Right now, Nate Davis is working his tail off to try and learn this system,” Singletary told the San Francisco media. “But in the offseason, that’s when you take the time to get that done, and I’m not sure how hard he worked this offseason getting that done. So when I talk about work ethic, you just can’t turn it on and it off, and now come to training camp (and say), ‘Coach, I’m really trying. I’m really trying.’ You know what? The offseason when we were in the OTAs, the minicamps and all those things, that’s when you have to get that done.

“And that’s when you have to stay up and drive the coaches crazy and look at film and ask all the questions you possibly can. I’m not sure he did that. So right now, it’s a lot he has to get in a short amount of time. Hopefully, he can do that. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

I don’t necessarily agree that Davis is the potential savior for the San Francisco offense – Whitlock compares him to Larry Bird, and that’s kind of hard to believe. After all, Davis was a scout team WR last season, and there’s no chance, aside from an injury, that Smith doesn’t start the season as the starting QB.

But Davis does provide some interesting aspects to the 49ers with his scrambling ability and his big arm. Yet it sounds like there’s plenty of work for Davis to do on the field – and in his own head – if he wants to fulfill the potential Whitlock thinks he has.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 12:13 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 12:15 am

Great advice for Mike Iupati

Posted by Andy Benoit

This is fantastic football analysis – the type of stuff the John Maddens and Ron Jaworskis like to talk about. It comes from Randy Cross of the National Football Post:

Every time I've seen this potential annual All-Pro approach a defender, he engulfs defenders with his arms, with his hands, ending up in "hugging" position. Mike, embrace the term "within the frame of the defender's body" and get those hands on the numbers at the defender's chest at ALL times.

You've developed a bad habit over a long period and it will be hard to break but let me give you two options:

1) change this habit and become one of the NFL's most feared power blockers and dominant offensive linemen.

2) persist with your inner "Ari", get penalty flags that kill big plays and big drives (linemen who do this and don't adjust have historically short careers by the way)

As ESPN’s Mike Sando pointed out, Demetric Evans offered excellent insight on this topic in a Sacramento Bee article earlier this month. Here’s what Evans said of Iupati’s technique:

"At the NFL level, on passing downs, when we say technique we mean shuffling back from the line of scrimmage rather than being so aggressive and trying to get your hands on someone quickly. Because (defensive) guys might not look the part, but they are technically sound. They can swat your hands. They can get you on the inside. That's compared to a guy that sits back on the line of scrimmage and is more relaxed lets the play come to him. Being a rookie and coming from college, that's something he can learn. That's a learning curve. It goes back to what I said early. You can tell he used to dominate in college because his technique right now is to get his hands on a guy and just maul him. He could get away with that because he was physically stronger than those d-linemen."

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 4:11 pm

Joe Nedney's bizarre decades-long injury

J. Nedney (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

How many people suffer groin pain for 20 years? How many of those people still lead a successful career as an NFL kicker? David White of the San Francisco Chronicle has an interesting feature on 49ers kicker Joe Nedney. Nedney missed the first two-plus weeks of camp with a sore groin. White says the 15-year veteran is “decade to decade”.

Fact is, Nedney has dealt with the same groin problem since he first started kicking as a San Jose teenager 20 years ago. The torn muscle never healed right, which is why Nedney still has problems with it at age 37 - thus his lack of practice until Wednesday.

"When I was 17, I tore it learning how to kick the football," Nedney said after kicking live for the first time in training camp. "And, like a dumb kid, just kicked right through it, right through it, and it never healed.

"My body ended up calcifying the wound so now I've got a bone basically right in the middle of the muscle and I can't take it out."

Problem is, his groin issue still flares up, as it did at the start of camp this summer. Nedney has just learned how to take it easy when possible.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:10 am

Hot Routes 8.19.10: No Favre news here

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill met with GM A.J. Smith Wednesday. McNeill requested the meeting, but according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, little progress was made.

Wide receive Brandon Jones signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract with the 49ers last offseason but was released Wednesday. Jones hurt his shoulder in ’09 and fell to the bottom of the depth chart. Speculation is the current coaching staff was never taken with Jones.

Cowboys left guard Kyle Kosier sprained his knee Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Journeyman Montrae Holland will fill in. Kosier is Dallas’s prime source of mobility inside.

Chargers rookie nose tackle Cam Thomas is impressing some people early on. He seems to have good perspective, too.

The Jets are trying to trade third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Finally! Some good news for the Ravens and their cornerback situation. Fabian Washington, back from last year’s ACL injury, will play against the Redskins Saturday.

With Brent Grimes having a groin injury, the Falcons cornerback competition could be opening up.

Redskins rookie left tackle and No. 4 overall pick, Trent Williams, faces a reckless driving charge from an incident in June.

In either a marketing ploy or a sadly confused effort to beat the summer heat, the Arizona Cardinals will wear black jerseys in their next preseason home game (vs. Redskins). (Perhaps with Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are already mourning their 2010 season.)

We knew the Browns were extremely high on strong, athletic outside linebacker Marcus Benard, but is the 2009 undrafted free agent really in line for a starting job?

Maybe the NFL is right when it says fans can’t stand preseason games. Looks like a game featuring two marquee teams, the Chargers and Cowboys, could be blacked out.

Because it’s late in training camp for most teams, there’s probably four or five worthless stories out there about coaches cancelling practice and sending their players to the movies instead. To save you from the temptation of wasting two minutes of your life reading one of these stories, we won’t even provide a link.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:40 am

Westbrook happy in SF

B. Westbrook said he's happy to share the RB load with F. Gore (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brian Westbrook landed with the San Francisco 49ers today for a couple different reasons. He wants to win. He wants to get paid (I assume). And he wants somebody else to help him carry the running back load.

He told the 49ers media that he’s still an every-down back. But as he prepares for his ninth season – and his first year without the Eagles – he’s not expecting to start in place of Frank Gore. In fact, he’s OK with that. That's partially why he chose to sign with San Francisco.

“Frank’s the man,” Westbrook said during tonight’s news conference. “He’s done tremendous things in the past. I’ve respected his game from afar. I’ve studied him an awful lot. I’m going to go and push him as much as I can and help him as much as I can. Of course, he’ll be the starter, and I’ll be the guy behind him pushing him.”

The 49ers almost came out of nowhere to sign Westbrook, who actually was offered more money from the Rams. The Redskins also showed interest in securing the two-time Pro Bowler.

But ultimately he chose San Francisco.

“I add a lot of value to this football team,” Westbrook said. “Offensively, you’ve got Vernon (Davis), (Michael) Crabtree, (Ted) Ginn, Alex Smith – a young quarterback who has a lot of weapons around him. You add to that me and Frank Gore, a very talented running back, and we’re going to be a hard offense for a team to stop.”

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:11 pm

Glen Coffee shares his reasons for retirement

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A nice story here by the Mobile Press-Register’s Gentry Estes on why former 49ers RB Glen Coffee retired after only a year in the league.

His relationship with God apparently played a big, big role.

From Estes:

Coffee had been "wrestling" with the decision for a while, he said in a Saturday interview. He said he came to the conclusion that God had another plan for him other than football, and leaving the sport "was just me doing what I should have done a long time ago."

"I feel like it's His will," Coffee said. "It's something that I really felt like I shouldn't have entered the NFL in the first place. I don't know what call God has for my life, but it wasn't football."

Coffee also said he might return to school at Alabama and get his degree. Perhaps the ministry isn’t out of the question.

There’s a lot of God talk in this story, but it seems like Coffee is sincere in his reasons for leaving.

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