Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: July 2, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 2:49 pm

Bly returns to Detroit

Bly with Denver (Getty) Returning to the team where he made his only two Pro Bowl appearances, CB Dre Bly has signed a two-year free agency deal with the Lions, the team announced today

He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2003 and 2004, and after he was traded to the Broncos in 2007, he had a nice season, snagging five interceptions. He spent last year in San Francisco, and, in at least one incident, he embarrassed himself by celebrating an interception only to lose the fumble on the same play. At the time, Denver was losing by 25 points. He only started six of 16 games.

“I feel like I played my best ball here in Detroit,” Bly told the official team web site . “I feel like it’s home and to come back and have the chance to finish my career where I played my best ball – where I feel like I’m part of the community – is a great feeling.”

Bly is just happy to be back part of a team that feels like family to him.

“I feel that when the Lions have struggled over the years, I’ve struggled as well because I feel like I’m a family member,” he said. “I’m glad to be back. Hopefully we can get things turned around and I just want to be a part of the puzzle.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:07 am

Rosenhaus captures another first-round client

Super agent Drew Rosenhaus has now added a pair of first-round rookies to his client base. Rosenhaus picked up Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick (28th pick overall) in late May. Today, Rosenhaus informed Pro Football Talk that he has acquired 49ers left tackle Anthony Davis (11th overall). Davis had previously been a client of Sanat "Sunny" Shah. Shah’s only other client is Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe, who didn’t sign until 12 days into training camp last season.

Rosenhaus’s players are famous for holding out, though the agent said Davis won’t be another Michael Crabtree situation for the Niners. Rosenhaus now represents three 2010 first-round picks (Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul hired Rosenhaus before the Draft).

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 8:57 pm

Qualcomm out? New expensive stadium in?

One of the oldest stadiums in the NFL soon might be going away if the people of San Diego are willing to set aside the money to do it. With Santa Clara residents earlier this month approving the measure to begin building a new $937 million stadium for the 49ers, the San Diego City Council unanimously decided Tuesday to set aside $550,000 to study a way perhaps to do the same in downtown San Diego.

That, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune , could help pave the way for a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium – which opened in 1967 – in the next few years.

As Matthew T. Hall writes:

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has spearheaded the team’s stadium search since 2002, called Tuesday’s San Diego City Council vote pivotal.

He called the “yes” vote a necessary step forward, but said a “no” vote would have been “a pretty clear message” — essentially a door closed in the Chargers’ face.

After years of looking elsewhere, Fabiani and Mayor Jerry Sanders support a 10-acre site downtown, bounded by 14th, 16th and K streets and Imperial Avenue. The stadium is estimated to cost up to $800 million, excluding the costs of finding a new home for a bus yard on site and cleaning up contamination once estimated to top $100 million.

The project may appear on a public ballot in 2012.

If you like artists' renderings of what the future of San Diego could look like, click here . I don’t know downtown San Diego all that well, so the drawing doesn’t mean much to me. But still, kind of cool.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:40 pm

Another chance for David Carr

David Carr was supposed to be the long-term franchise player that would lead the expansion Houston Texans to riches. They made him the No. 1 pick in the 2002 Draft, and he rewarded them by helping beat Dallas in the first regular-season game in the club’s history.

But since then, his career has spiraled upward and downward (but mostly downward). He played for some terrible Houston teams – he, of course, had something to do with that, though he also recorded some decent numbers (he led the league with a 68.3 completion percentage in 2006) – and he led the league in sacks in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

The past three seasons, he’s split his time between Carolina and the New York Giants and since leaving Houston, he’s been relegated to QB backup status. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat’s Phil Barber , Carr has accepted that role with the 49ers and has developed a much better mindset.

"Now, it's so much about just football," Carr told Barber. "All that other stuff I worried about when I was younger, how the perception was, how I came across to certain people, even my teammates... If you master your football stuff and you go out there and you play like you're supposed to, everything will take care of itself."

One problem with Houston was that the coaching staff tinkered with his unusual throwing style. That meant he, at times, was thinking more about mechanics than about letting his instincts take over. As most NFL players will tell you, if you’re thinking about your mechanics while on the football field, you’re in trouble.

So, what about the San Francisco coaches? How have they handled Carr’s anything-but-ordinary motion? Barber writes:

In San Francisco, offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson have tinkered with Carr's footwork and weight transfer. No one has said a thing about his delivery, which again has come as a relief.

"I'm 30 yrs old," Carr said. "It's not gonna change."

His receivers certainly don't care. "I mean, you're kind of told when you first become a receiver to like watch the ball leave the quarterback's hand," Josh Morgan said. "But in true game situations, you can't see the quarterback. You just got to see it when it gets there anyway."

While Alex Smith is the established starting QB for San Francisco, Carr will battle with second-year player Nate Davis for the backup role. Right now, it appears Carr has taken a lead against Davis for the right to be No. 2. Which means, if Smith can’t live up to his own top-pick status – a very real possibility – Carr could receive another chance to become the breakout star he still believes he can be.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 7:08 pm

A quick look at the 49ers

The Press-Democrat’s Phil Barber has his list of 49ers whose stock rose and fell during the offseason workouts, and one climber who might surprise you is QB Alex Smith – one of the bustiest of the latest top pick busts.

According to Barber, “it's clear that (Smith) has greater confidence and command of Jimmy Raye's offensive system,” and though we still don’t know if he’s any good, that’s a positive development.

Barber also gets off a nice line about LB Martail Burnett: “If the NFL kept stats on getting yelled at by coaches, Burnett might be among the league leaders right now.” Yikes.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:33 pm

A serene Lawson returns to work

LB Manny Lawson might want a new contract from the 49ers, and even though it appears he’d have some leverage – he was, after all, the team’s leader with 6.5 sacks last season while tying a franchise record with four forced fumbles – he actually showed up for mandatory mini-camp without a new deal in place. Considering the final year of his five-year contract pays him $630,000, he has a pretty good claim that he deserves more money.

But if a new contract isn’t forthcoming, Lawson will be ready to play anyway.

“Everybody wants a new contract,” he told reporters today. “I wanted to be here. I wanted to be a San Francisco 49er. I would like a new contract, yes.”

He said he didn’t consider skipping mini-camp, but for the first time in his career, he declined to show up for voluntary workouts.

“I wanted to get a new look,” he said. “Step outside, kind of have a vacation, but a vacation away from a vacation.”

You know, for being what I’d consider a low-paid player and for having to watch other teammates sign brand-new deals – including Ahmad Brooks, the man who’s been taking Lawson’s snaps on defense while he’s been away and who will try to take his starting spot – Lawson seems to be handling himself rather calmly.

“I'm about everybody getting what they deserve,” Lawson said.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:30 am

A Pair of Niners Skipping Minicamp

Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and outside linebacker Manny Lawson are both skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp. Franklin has not yet signed his franchise tag contract and is technically under no obligation to attend. Lawson is unhappy with his contract. He’s in the final year of his five-year rookie deal. His base salary is $700,000.

Singletary isn’t worried about either player.

"I have heard that Aubrayo will not be here, which does not bother me one bit," the head coach said. "Manny is not here — does not bother me one bit. Those guys are working. They are doing what they need to do. I'll see them when I see them."

Franklin is vital to the Niners’ 3-4 scheme. His presence inside keeps blockers off Patrick Willis and also allows tireless end Justin Smith to exploiting one-on-one matchups. Plus, Franklin himself has great lateral range as a run-stopper.

Lawson is a role player who doesn’t often get to the quarterback but is a fluid pass defender in the flats.

--Andy Benoit

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