Skip to content

Resurgent Niners trail Giants in San Fran fervor

san-francisco-giants-victory-parade-20121031-144623-241 Getty Images

The 49ers made it to their sixth Super Bowl this year, 18 years after their last trip to the title game.  But the success of the San Francisco football team apparently hasn’t fired up the San Francisco fan base.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle explained earlier this week that the Giants seem to be the favorite sports team in the Bay Area.

She points to the fact that, during Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore was the top market in the country under the Nielsen ratings — and San Francisco was 28th, behind the likes of Dayton, Milwaukee, and Jacksonville.

That wasn’t the case during the World Series, when San Francisco and Detroit were the top markets watching the Giants and Tigers, respectively.  And so, as Killion describes it, there’s a “different vibe with the 49ers than there once was,” with a lower level of passion than the Giants generate.

The 49ers have the talent and the potential to rekindle flame.  Still, the current version of the team already can never fully compare to its predecessors, since the new Niners have lost the first Super Bowl in team history.

Permalink 27 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill, San Francisco 49ers

Peyton Manning dishes it out, takes it at Rob Lowe roast

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27:  Retired NFL player Peyton Manning speaks onstage at The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe will premiere on September 5, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The show doesn’t premiere for a week (DVR engaged), but a couple of the jokes told at the Comedy Central roast of Rob Lowe have made their way to the public eye.

Retired quarterback Peyton Manning was one of the persons who participated in the roast, which means he’ll be taking shots at Lowe and the others appearing at the roast, and that Manning will have shots taken at him. has one of each.

As to Ann Coulter (who also appeared at the event), Manning said this: “I’m not the only athlete up here,” Manning said. “As you know, earlier this year, Ann Coulter won the Kentucky Derby.”

Lowe later grabbed at the low-hanging fruit that comes from Manning’s ever-growing forehead.

“Peyton Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion and a Hall of Famer but it didn’t give him a big head,” Lowe said. “That came from years of inbreeding.”

There was surely much more that will be leaked or, as of next Monday, broadcast by Comedy Central.

Permalink 2 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Ravens start making cuts to get to 75-man limit, put two on IR

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 27: Tight end Benjamin Watson #82 of the Baltimore Ravens is helped off the field by medical staff after being injured against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter in their preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens placed a pair of players on injured reserve, as they made a series of transactions to get to the 75-man limit before Tuesday’s deadline.

Moving tight end Benjamin Watson (torn Achilles) and cornerback Kyle Arrington (concussion) cleared the first two spots.

The name of the group of released players is veteran inside linebacker Kavell Conner, who spent six years in the league with the Colts and Chargers.

They also waived guard Jarell Broxton, defensive tackle Trevon Coley, wide receiver Dobson Collins, center Anthony Fabiano, wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, outside linebacker Mario Ojemudia and wide receiver Darius White.

The Ravens still have four moves to make.

Permalink 0 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Jeff Fisher points to Rams’ “organizational philosophy” about the national anthem

Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher yells during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) AP

Anyone who is watching Hard Knocks this year (and it seems like fewer than ever are watching the same-old, cookie-cutter training-camp reality series) knows that Rams coach Jeff Fisher has explained to his players the expectations for lining up, helmet under left arm, for the national anthem.

Fisher was asked about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit for the anthem by reporters on Sunday. And while Fisher, like Bills coach Rex Ryan, was careful to note that Kaepernick was acting within his rights, Fisher also made it clear (like Ryan) that, on his team, things are done a certain way.

“I’m going to let his words speak for himself, it was his choice,” Fisher said of Kaepernick. “And I’m going to let the 49ers’ comments and their release speak for themselves. That’s a 49ers issue — I know it’s a societal issue, but I don’t feel like it’s my place to comment. I think our respect for the national anthem has been very, very well-documented and we’re going to continue to have respect for the national anthem.”

And then Fisher reminded everyone of the team’s position on the issue, in response to how he would react if a player didn’t stand.

“Again, they have every right to stand up and be heard,” Fisher said. “I would be very, very surprised if I had one of our players do that, particularly because of the respect that we have shown, not only this year, but since our time in St. Louis and my time going way back for the national anthem. I also would think that if a player had an issue – a player on our team – that he probably would come to me to discuss it before he reacted in such a fashion. I’m not being critical of ‘Kap,’ he has every right to do that, but we have an organizational philosophy that has been in place for a long time, with respect to the anthem. I think it’s a special event and it’s something that should be respected and that’s my opinion.”

Plenty of coaches surely feel the same way, which will make it even harder for Kaepernick to find a landing spot if/when the 49ers cut him. At this point, it’s hard to imagine anyone signing him.

Permalink 14 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Arian Foster disagrees with Colin Kaepernick method, not message

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster (34) runs for yardage as he tries to get around Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.) AP

Dolphins running back Arian Foster has never been shy about voicing his own opinions, willing if not eager to touch third-rail topics such as race and religion.

So it’s no surprise he has thoughts about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the National Anthem.

Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Foster said he wasn’t sure he agreed with Kaepernick’s execution, but he understood the underlying message.

“I don’t necessarily see that as a solution to anything,” Foster said. “This is me talking. This is Arian talking. If that’s what he felt, that’s his form of protest, I support his right to protest. Those are his thoughts, his opinions.”

“I understand 100 percent what he’s doing. He’s frustrated, just like me. He’s just like my brother. He’s just like my cousins out there. He’s frustrated. It’s hard seeing people get murdered and killed without repercussions.”

Kaepernick’s criticism of the police is central to his protest, and Foster recounted his fear at being pulled over when he was a teenager. And Foster was quick to admit that “Racism is still alive” in the United States. He believes that, in part, because of the number of times he’s been told to leave the country.

“What do you mean? Where can I go?,” Foster began. “African Americans are the only people in America who don’t have a heritage, because of slavery. We’re descendants of genocide, and people don’t like to talk about that. It’s the truth. We’re the descendants of genocide. So when you say, ‘You can leave,’ where to? I don’t know where my people come from. Am I from the Congo? Am I from Kenya? Am I from the Ivory Coast?

“I have no idea where my lineage comes from, and that is a huge issue as to why there’s a self-identity crisis in our neighborhoods. We’re taught to hate ourselves for generations. And people are just quick to say, ‘Get over it. Get over it. Slavery happened a long time ago.’ I grew up in a domestically violent household. There are effects that I grew up with and had to deal with emotional issues growing up with domestic violence in my house. That’s one generation removed. Now here’s 300 years of slavery, you’ve seen your people get people, have them told you aren’t anything. Written in laws that they’re three-fifths a human being for 300 years. You’re telling me there’s no psychological effects that won’t trickle down in your bloodline? Of course there are. Until this country addresses is, this will happen.”

Because of that, Foster said he respects Kaepernick’s decision to make his feelings known. Foster will continue to stand, and do other things in his community. But because of his own background, he’s not willing to stand quietly.

Permalink 24 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Brock Osweiler expects big things from Will Fuller this season

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) makes a catch for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Brandon Williams (26) defends the play during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) AP

Texans coach Bill O’Brien is pleased with the way quarterback Brock Osweiler has progressed through the preseason, which likely ended for Osweiler after he turned in a strong performance against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Among Osweiler’s 11 completions in the game were a 35-yard strike to first-round pick Will Fuller and a 26-yard touchdown a bit later in the proceedings. Osweiler expects that he and Fuller will continue to make connections during the regular season and that Fuller will emerge as a key player for the team.

“Will’s a very special football player,” Osweiler said, via the team’s website. “What people really need to know about him — obviously everybody knows about his speed, they saw him all last season, they saw him at the combine — but it’s his work ethic. That’s what really makes him special. He comes in every single day, he works extremely hard, studies hard and practices hard. We expect big things out of Will this season.”

Fuller’s speed makes him dangerous down field and this summer has shown that it can also create some space for DeAndre Hopkins to operate. Throw in rookie Braxton Miller, who Osweiler also looked to early in Sunday’s game, and the Texans have a lot of potential in their receiving corps in Osweiler’s first season with the team.

Permalink 0 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Ravens expected to lose Kenneth Dixon for four weeks with torn MCL

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon (30) cuts around Indianapolis Colts defensive end Sterling Bailey (67) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) AP

After rookie running back Kenneth Dixon hurt his knee during Saturday night’s game against the Lions, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he didn’t think it was an overly serious injury.

That’s easy to say when it isn’t your knee, but Dixon’s injury isn’t a season ender. It will keep him out of the lineup for the start of his rookie season, however.

According to multiple sources, Dixon has been diagnosed with a MCL tear that is expected to keep him off the field for at least four weeks. Dixon, who dealt with an MCL sprain earlier this summer, does not need surgery to repair the injury.

Dixon was a fourth-round choice in April and was seeing time with the first team behind Justin Forsett during the preseason. Terrance West and Buck Allen are other options on the active roster while Lorenzo Taliaferro has been on the PUP list because of a foot injury since the beginning of training camp.

Permalink 1 Comment Feed for comments Back to top

Patriots part ways with Terrance Knighton

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 29: Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton #98 of the Washington Redskins and strong safety Kyshoen Jarrett #30 of the Washington Redskins react after a play while running back Andre Williams #44 of the New York Giants lays on the field in the first quarter at FedExField on November 29, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Even though Patriots coach Bill Belichick resists terming the third preseason game a dress rehearsal for the regular season, it seemed telling that defensive tackle Terrance Knighton didn’t play in last Friday’s game against the Panthers.

On Monday, it was confirmed that pot roast won’t be on the team’s menu this season. Knighton bid farewell to the Patriots on Twitter amid reports that the team has released him.

Knighton got a $250,000 signing bonus when he agreed to a deal with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason and earned more via a workout bonus, but, like running back Donald Brown, that didn’t buy him a spot on the roster. Knighton had other interest in free agency and has been a useful player in Jacksonville, Denver and Washington so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him surface somewhere else sooner rather than later.

Permalink 15 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Colts drop four more on way to 75 players

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:   Konrad Reuland #88 of the New York Jets in action during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Colts got the ball rolling on their cuts to 75 players by parting ways with 10 players over the weekend and the process continued on Monday.

The team announced that they have released tight end Konrad Reuland and waived wide receiver Daniel Anthrop, tackle Keith Lumpkin and running back Trey Williams.

Reuland has the most NFL experience of the quartet as he has seen action in 30 games as a member of the Jets and Ravens over the last four seasons. His release leaves the Colts with four tight ends on the roster.

Williams played two games for the Colts last season, rushing twice for 12 yards, and also spent time with the Cowboys, Dolphins, Redskins and Patriots. Anthrop and Lumpkin are both undrafted rookies this season.

While the Colts have cut 14 players from their 90-man roster, they still have two more moves to make after adding running back Stevan Ridley to the team.

Permalink 2 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Kruger says Browns mishandled his release

Paul Kruger AP

Not long after his release was announced Monday morning, outside linebacker Paul Kruger released a statement in which he thanked the Browns for his three seasons there but said the team mishandled his release and will regret doing so.

“My experience has been amazing and I will miss wearing a Browns #99,” Kruger tweeted. “Although completely miss handled [sic], unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision to release me, I do wish the Browns and especially my teammate brothers great success.”

Kruger, 30, never missed a game in three seasons with the Browns. He didn’t expound upon what exactly was mishandled with his release, which was officially announced Monday morning.

Permalink 11 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Stork fails physical, trade rescinded

Stork Getty Images

One of the most complicated trades involving a conditional seventh-round pick ever has officially been rescinded.

Center Bryan Stork failed his physical with the Redskins Monday, ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. reported, meaning he won’t be joining the team the Patriots traded him to last week. Stork had contemplated retirement and the Redskins weren’t sure he would even report until last weekend.

His rights will revert back to the Patriots, and the Redskins will keep the conditional pick they agreed to send to the Patriots to acquire him.

The Patriots will likely release Stork, as they reportedly planned to do before the Redskins agreed to trade for him last week.

Permalink 45 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Browns cut veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger

Paul Kruger ,Matt Ryan AP

The Browns released veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger as part of their first wave of roster cuts Monday.

Kruger, 30, signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Browns in 2013, not long after playing on the Ravens’ Super Bowl championship team. That was four offseasons and two administrations ago, and this move probably didn’t surprise Kruger as it makes sense for the Browns to go young and look towards the future.

Kruger didn’t miss a game in three seasons with the Browns but saw his sack total drop from 11 in 2014 to 2.5 last season. He figures to draw interest from teams at a reduced rate on the open market.

The Browns also released their kicker from last season, Travis Coons, as well as backup quarterback Austin Davis, tight end E.J. Bibbs, wide receivers Josh Boyce and Ed Eagan, defensive back Sean Baker, fullback Robert Hughes, tight end David Reeves and offensive lineman Cory Tucker.

Running back Glenn Winston and defensive lineman Nike Lawrence-Stample were placed on injured reserve.

Permalink 9 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, two 2015 draft picks among Titans cuts

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 18:  Richard Matthews #18 of the Miami Dolphins catches a pass in front of Blidi Wreh-Wilson #25 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 18, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Dolphins defeated the Titans 38-10.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Titans have dropped their roster to 77 players and three of the cuts were draft picks from the years before General Manager Jon Robinson took over the personnel side of the shop.

Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson was a 2013 third-round pick who played 34 games for the team over the last three seasons. He started 14 of those games, but the addition of two free agents and two 2016 draft picks appear to have pushed him off the roster this time around.

The Titans also waived two 2015 sixth-round picks. Linebacker Deiontrez Mount, who played four games as a rookie, was dropped outright while center Andy Gallik, who made eight starts last season, was given an injury designation after having knee surgery. If Gallik is unclaimed, he will revert to the injured reserve list.

Defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, safety Lamarcus Brutus, tackle William Campbell, wide receiver Donte Foster, linebacker Amarlo Herrera, wide receiver Reece Horn, cornerback Tyler Patmon, offensive lineman Nick Ritcher and defensive end Mike Smith were also dropped from the roster.

Permalink 1 Comment Feed for comments Back to top

Marcus Gilbert says he’ll play through “significant” elbow injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Pittsburgh Steelers Getty Images

The Steelers starting offense made its first appearance of the preseason against the Saints last Friday and things went well on the scoreboard with two touchdowns in two drives before Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and others headed back to the bench until Week One.

Not all the results were great, however. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert was forced out of the game with an elbow injury that he described as “significant” on Sunday. Gilbert said that he’s heading for a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but that he plans on being on the field for the season opener even if he’ll be playing through pain.

“I’ll be there no matter what,” Gilbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If I have to wrap my arm up, it doesn’t matter. There’s no way I’m missing that first game. It’s not going to be something that’s going to keep me off the field. I’m going to rehab the [heck] out of it. It will be good for the first game of the season.”

Defensive end Cameron Heyward also got hurt on Friday, but said his sprained ankle wouldn’t stop him from playing against the Redskins on September 12.

Permalink 1 Comment Feed for comments Back to top

Report: Veteran lineman Cullen Jenkins to work out for Washington

Cullen Jenkins, Tony Romo AP

Washington may be looking for some defensive line depth, and they’re checking to see if a familiar face has any tread left on his tires.

According to former tight end Chris Cooley of ESPN 980, Washington is working out longtime defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.

The 35-year-old Jenkins played all 16 games for the Giants last year (after taking a pay cut to stay), but hasn’t been with anyone since hitting free agency this spring.

Jenkins has spent his last five seasons in the NFC East with the Giants and Eagles (where he was part of the 2011 Dream Team class of acquisitions), after his first seven years in the league with the Packers.

Permalink 4 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Eric Berry signs tender with Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 29: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs overlooks the offense at Arrowhead Stadium during the first quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills on November 29, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chiefs said goodbye to eight players on Sunday, but it was the one arrival that made for the biggest news of the day.

Safety Eric Berry reported to the team and signed his franchise tender, ending an absence from the team that started when they used the franchise tag on him this offseason. Berry and the Chiefs couldn’t agree on a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline, leaving Berry to play out this year on the $10.8 million tender.

Coach Andy Reid said it is good to have Berry back in the fold and that the safety will spend the next two weeks getting into game shape.

“I’d probably lean against playing him on Thursday,” Reid said, via the team. “Just give him time within practice to get himself ready for the opener, but he’s in great shape. It’s just a matter of getting him into football shape.”

The Chiefs open their season at home against the Chargers on September 11 and Berry should be back in his customary place in the secondary come kickoff.

Permalink 2 Comments Feed for comments Back to top