49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declined to comment further on Monday after saying that he reached out to the NFL on Friday to voice concerns he had that the Seattle Seahawks got away with several defensive holding or illegal contact penalties that were not called during the 49ers’ 13-6 victory on Thursday night. Read More
Raiders coach Dennis Allen likes the production his team is getting out of the no-huddle offense.
The Raiders scored two touchdowns and a field goal running the no-huddle against Jacksonville on Sunday, when they overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and went on to beat the Jaguars in overtime 26-23.
It was the second game this season in which quarterback Carson Palmer has engineered a fourth-quarter comeback. Both times he did it while running the no-huddle. Read More
Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
With a running back like Darren McFadden to hand the ball to, Palmer says the Raiders would be foolish to do otherwise.
“Running the ball is what we want to do,” Palmer said Wednesday. “Obviously we want to do it better than we have and that’s why we continue to work at it. But it’s what gets the play-action game going, it’s what gets explosive plays because Darren can score from anywhere.” Read More
Niners fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.
“Seems like a long time ago, longer than two years ago, for sure,” Smith said Wednesday when reminded of some of those lower points in his career.
Things are going so well these days the quarterback got the chance to meet President Barack Obama this week — and the president had been keeping tabs on his team’s progress to boot. Read More
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The San Francisco 49ers are everything Rex Ryan wishes his New York Jets were.
San Francisco used a solid running game, a smothering defense, a little bit of the wildcat-style offense and even blocked a punt to cruise to a 34-0 victory Sunday.
That's exactly the type of team the Jets coach was hoping to build. Instead, Ryan had to watch it from the other sideline as the 49ers ran for more than 200 yards and Carlos Rogers returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown. Read More
Randy Moss raised some eyebrows during the run-up to the 49ers’ crash-back-to-earth loss last weekend by brusquely brushing off a query about his limited role in the team’s offense.
For the everything’s-hunky-dory set, it was easy to rationalize at the time. “Next question” was easy to sell as Moss merely expressing disdain for the very suggestion that there might be even the slightest hint of trouble in Jim Harbaugh’s paradise.
After that loss? “Next question” took on an entirely different feel, didn’t it? Read More
In the end, the horrible missed calls at the end of the “Monday Night Football” game was the best thing that could have happened to the NFL, because it got the attention of league owners and gamblers. Read More
Team owners, spurred by Monday night’s game-deciding controversial touchdown call by replacement officials, are having a major impact on progress toward settlement between the NFL and the locked out NFL Referee’s Association.
How much progress remained unclear Wednesday night.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that an agreement in principal is at hand and other reports said officials could be back on the job by Sunday. Read More
The NFL ruled Tuesday that the result of Seattle’s controversial 14-12 victory over Green Bay on Monday will stand, even saying it supported the ruling of the replay official who confirmed the game-winning touchdown.
The NFL’s statement elicited another round of reactions, including Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers calling the NFL’s explanation “garbage” during a radio program Tuesday, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll saying it was “cool” the league confirmed the catch. Read More
It was nothing less than stunning, given that the San Francisco 49ers already were being considered NFL royalty and the Minnesota Vikings court jesters.
But here it is: The San Francisco defense, so stout, was attacked, successfully, from the opening whistle. The Vikings defense, for two years an Achilles heel, stood tall, making stops, taking away the ball. And Christian Ponder? Well, the young Vikings quarterback was simply amazing. Read More