The entirety of the NFL’s offseason came and went in a blink.
There wasn’t enough to it to be anything more than a subplot to the league’s draft.
Players were there and then they were gone, locks securely back in place. However, in that single afternoon where fans were actually free to think about football again, everything about the 2011 season changed for 49ers fans. Alex Smith got a playbook. Read More
The commissioner, Roger Goodell, says the NFL Draft is one of his favorite events. “Because,” he told USA Today, “it’s all about football.” Apparently so is the honorable Susan Richard Nelson, who has decided people who play it for a living, well, ought to be able to play it for a living.
Nelson is the U.S. District judge in St. Paul, Minn., who ordered an end to the lockout declared last month by the owners against the players. Read More
When 49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with the media this week, he was asked if the 49ers will take a quarterback in the NFL draft next week. “Yes,” he said, “but I’m not sure whether it will be in round one or round seven or somewhere in between.”
I doubt that it will be as late as round seven, unless that’s the second quarterback they pick, but I also doubt they’ll go for one with their first pick, at No. 7 in the first round. Read More
The Super Bowl’s most compelling storyline is the contrasting worlds of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. The squeaky-clean Packers quarterback calls the Bible his favorite book and leads the team in pregame prayers. Roethlisberger was nearly dropped by the Steelers following accusations of sexual assault on a 20-year-old college student at a Georgia nightclub last spring. Read More
When the Green Bay Packers take the field next Sunday for Super Bowl XLV, they will be the 10th different NFC team to play in the last 10 Super Bowls. The 49ers are not on that list.
In fact, for the franchise that owned football’s biggest game for a decade and a half a generation ago, it’s been 16 seasons since the 49ers last played on football’s grandest stage. Read More
Is Aaron Rodgers now the best quarterback in football? With Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both out of the playoffs, his only competition would seem to be Ben Roethlisberger.
Rodgers has never been considered in that category because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl and, in fact, has never been to one. Roethlisberger has won two. 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
Apparently, we’ve been using the wrong type of analysis on the Raiders. Instead of measuring their physical ability, we should have been testing their emotional temperature. Read More
The 49ers and free-agent quarterback, David Carr, agreed to terms on a two-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Sunday night. Carr visited with the team Friday and Saturday, but left town without a contract. Read More
Hue Jackson has been hired by Al Davis to make an NFL quarterback out of JaMarcus Russell. Davis must be a fan of “Mission Impossible.”
Russell reminds me of Chris Washburn, whom the Warriors picked with the No. 3 overall selection in the 1986 draft. Though he’d played only one full season at North Carolina State, Washburn was regarded as a huge talent: big (6-foot-11), great jumper, good shooter, very athletic. Read More