NFL owners have realized that finding the right guy on the sideline is cheaper, more stable and maybe even more impactful than the right guy under center.
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The 49ers suspended Brandon Jacobs on Monday for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away.”
It was a tough week for the Top 10, as the Niners, Giants, Ravens and Bears all lost. The Steelers, Bengals, Seahawks and Redskins are all poised and ready to crack the rankings.
Through 12 weeks, which team is the NFL’s biggest surprise? How about the Andrew Luck-led Colts, who are 7-4? The biggest disappointment? That honor goes to the dysfunctional 3-8 “Dream Team” Eagles.
It is quite startling that two teams can share a sport, a state, and even a building and still be so different, so divergent.
As Smith was preparing to leave the 49ers practice late Wednesday and go home to his family the night before Thanksgiving, he was summoned to come in and speak to Jim Harbaugh.
Those NFL waters are deep and dangerous. Anyone who plunked down their hard-earned money on the 49ers last night will remember that “bad beat” for a long time.
The reason that college quarterbacks start right away is that they are far more prepared for the NFL game. College football coaches have far more detailed and challenging offenses and game plans than they did a generation ago.
“They weren’t saying much,” Cruz said. “I mean (in) the first couple of drives we were chatting a little bit, but after I scored one and we kept them out of the end zone pretty much the whole game they didn’t have much to say in that second half.”
The Giants issued a statement of their own to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on Sunday. Maybe the rest of the NFL, too.
Harbaugh accused Gilbride on Friday of making outrageous and incendiary comments about All-Pro defensive end Justin Smith in an effort to influence officials.
As far as matching up with the Giants goes, the Niners still have to take a backseat. Here’s two good reasons: The Giants are better at the quarterback position and at the head coaching slot.
The Giants road to the playoffs is going to get tougher in the weeks to come.
Shonn Greene is going to need to carry the ball 25 to 30 times and do for the Jets’ offense what Frank Gore does for the 49ers. It may not be pretty, but the Jets have to try to slug it out with the Niners.