While things remain warm and fuzzy in the Arizona desert for our World Series champions, the forecast has turned stormy on the offseason horizon for our can’t-get-a-break 49ers.
Without boring everybody about who’s right or what’s what in football labor speak, the consensus says the rest of this NFL offseason is going to be one wild scramble. And it appears like the 49ers wind up on the short end of the lockout stick. Read More
It would be a cruel joke on San Francisco 49ers fans if NFL owners locked out players just as the 49ers appear to be getting their house in order.Newly appointed general manager Trent Baalke seems to be organizing the front office well. Read More
Forgive the fan of the 49ers who is skeptical.
It’s been so long since anything worked for this franchise that when anything appears to go right, a certain percentage of the faithful are looking for a banana peel.
In 2005, Mike Nolan rode in as the answer. He arrived with an impressive resume, heralded as one of the game’s most-highly regarded defensive coordinators. Sadly, Nolan slowly disintegrated into a quirky, questionable figure who raised eyebrows at every turn. Read More
There have been many invocations of the Bill Walsh legacy with the signing of Jim Harbaugh as the 49ers’ coach, and the comparisons are legitimate.
Walsh knew how important assistant coaches are to an NFL team. In college, recruiting is the most important factor and the successful coaches are the ones who bring in blue-chip recruits. In the pros, teams start with a relatively even playing field, so coaching the players well is vital. Read More
Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback coach who seemingly doesn’t have a quarterback now that he’s come to the 49ers. He might want to talk to Alex Smith and get him to stay.
I know, I know, many 49ers fans would be outraged by that. One of my readers said the 49ers should cut all three of their quarterbacks — Alex Smith, Troy Smith and David Carr — and get a quarterback in the draft. Read More
Congratulations are most certainly in order to the 49ers for landing the biggest fish in the coaching sea, but before Jed York calls his taxidermist to discuss mounting fees, he just might want to remember one thing: More often than not, trophies plucked from college football waters end up being thrown back.In other words, University of Michigan fans, keep your chins up. Your future savior may be just three underwhelming 49ers seasons away. Read More
The Stanford duo of quarterback Andrew Luck and coach Jim Harbaugh has captured the imagination of sports fans, who want to know what their future will be.
From my personal observation, I had expected that Luck would stay at Stanford, and he made that announcement Thursday. Luck is much more than an outstanding football player. He is very intelligent, with a 3.5 GPA at Stanford, and a very well-balanced young man who is serious about his education. Read More
Funny isn’t it. If Jim Harbaugh remains at Stanford, he could be coaching a better quarterback than he likely would with the 49ers or Broncos. Then again, if Harbaugh leaves the Cardinal for his suitors in San Francisco or Denver, Andrew Luck may very well jump to the NFL too. Read More
A little of this, and a lot of that — gridiron edition:
- I don’t have a vote — and if there were any justice at all in the college football world, neither would anyone else — but it says here that the best one-loss team in America plays at Stanford Stadium. Read More
Coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Andrew Luck are Stanford’s dynamic duo, but neither one will be there much longer.
But sorry, 49ers fans: Neither one is likely to show up at Candlestick Park, either.
Harbaugh has a year left on his Stanford contract, but that wouldn’t stop him from leaving for a pro job after this season. Read More