Jim Harbaugh had to go out of his way last season to keep his San Francisco 49ers focused following big wins, even inventing a fictional character to get the message across to players.
Now Freddie P. Soft is back.
Only this time, players are on the lookout. Read More
Every week, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis anxiously awaits the game plan offensive coordinator Greg Roman is conjuring up. For Davis, Roman’s creativity has stood out since his arrival as part of Jim Harbaugh’s staff prior to last season.
Davis has been particularly impressed by Roman’s acumen for taking advantage of each individual’s strengths and finding ways to keep everyone involved. Read More
The 49ers didn’t need to paint the Mona Lisa to beat the New York Jets on the road Sunday. They just needed to return to the formula that worked so well last season: run the ball, stop the run and win the so-called “turnover battle.”
Tape of this week’s 34-0 blowout win won’t be shipped off to the Louvre any time soon. But it was a textbook example of how coach Jim Harbaugh likes to win football games. Read More
They were only 2-0, and already pegged as Super Bowl favorites.
But San Francisco’s humbling pummeling last weekend in Minnesota illustrated precisely why the Lombardi Trophy isn’t awarded a mere two weeks into an NFL season.
“I think when you come off a loss,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, “you wanna get back to work and make darn sure it doesn’t happen again.” Read More
The loss of cornerback Darrelle Revis may weaken the New York Jets defense a bit for their game against the 49ers on Sunday, but it also creates more headaches for 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to try to figure out how the Jets will compensate.
Rex Ryan and his Jets defensive staff are known for the variety of looks they throw at an offense, and now they may be more unpredictable in terms of how they will alter things with Revis out. Read More
The best thing about the NFL championship games Sunday: Rex Ryan was silenced. Even Mr. Motor Mouth admitted he was speechless after the New York Jets’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Ryan embodies two traits that I hate about the NFL: trash talking and a coach taking the spotlight.There should be no room for trash talking in sports, period. The NFL should put in a rule that any player caught trash talking gets a 15-yard penalty. That would shut them up in a hurry. Read More
Brett Favre was at his dazzling best after a miserable start that put the Minnesota Vikings in a hole.
There would be no classic comeback this time, though, for the record-breaking quarterback. Read More
In response to the New York Jets’ boorish behavior toward Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz last week — led by their embarrassing buffoon of a coach, Rex Ryan — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has announced a new training program for all 32 NFL teams, educating players and coaches on proper conduct in the workplace. Following last week’s critical commentary on the Jets for their embarrassing display, I feel compelled to address the other party in this controversy. Read More