5:58 AM EDT, Sat May 28, 2016
Blogging The Boys 21 mins ago

Cowboys News: Cowboys Want Ezekiel Elliott To 'Earn' Starting RB Gig? Ha Ha Ha!

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys love their bell-cow running backs; why Ezekiel Elliott can't be overhyped; should the New York Jets consider Ron Leary? Cowboys want Ezekiel Elliott to 'earn' starting RB gig - Kevin Patra, NFL.comSure they do. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more. "He's going to compete," running back coach Gary Brown said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Zeke has to earn it. I think that's the best thing for our team and for those guys going forward." With all due respect to Mr. Brown, it's a load of crap to think Elliott shouldn't already be considered the...
Niners Nation 28 mins ago

Golden Nuggets: Eric Reid needs a new contract

Your San Francisco 49ers Links for Saturday, May 28th 2016 After listening to Eric Reid's press conference, I came away with two things: dude needs to show up big this season so we know he's not regressing and the San Francisco 49ers need to sign him sooner rather than later. We all know last year he wasn't at his best, but who was, really? With that coaching staff, no one could bring the best out of anyone. The year before that (his sophomore season) wasn't as impressive as his rookie season, but it was at the very least solid. Reid has been absolutely stand-up to the media and off the...
Windy City Gridiron 4 hours ago

The Weekend Bear's Den, May 28-29, 2016

The weekend is here again! Althought the Chicago Bears were not in pads this week, they were busy on the practice field working together (mostly) to build a future championship-level team. BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Weaver: Jay Cutler's Fantasy Football ceiling for 2016 - Cover32 - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not have Bennett or Forte to work with anymore, so he is unlikely to repeat 2014's numbers... Emma: Bears’ Alshon Jeffery Working Hard In Personalized Offseason Regimen - CBS Chicago - Jeffery is working on personalized workouts with renowned trainer David...
The Falcoholic 6 hours ago

Super Bowl 2019: Roger Goodell writes apology letter to New Orleans Saints after Atlanta Falcons' successful bid

Fact: Roger Goodell refuses to eat stuffed crust pizza The Atlanta Falcons are officially hosting the 2019 Super Bowl. Their successful bid was approved earlier this week. But where there's a winner, there's always a loser. In this case, winning is just a little bit sweeter. Why? Because the Falcons beat out divisional rival New Orleans Saints. Because the Saints have already hosted ten Super Bowls, I won't make this about them and I'll try not to get personal. To be frank, New Orleans is a fun place. Because it's a fun place, it's a good place to have a Super Bowl. But not this time. And...
Windy City Gridiron 9 hours ago

Chicago Bears' John Fox ranked 12th among his peers

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox is a proven winner. I already know what some of you are thinking, 'But he has yet to win the big one!' Sure, but winning a championship in any sport is a pretty exclusive club. Fox has lead two different teams to the Super Bowl, which is another pretty exclusive club. In seven of his 14 years as a head coach, he's had his team in the playoffs, that's not too shabby. Jake Delhomme, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning have been his offensive trigger-men on his playoff teams. Fox is knocked at times because of his conservative approach, but he's a defensive guy, and...
Blogging The Boys 9 hours ago

How Prepared Is Byron Jones For The Free Safety Position?

Byron Jones should face an interesting 2016 season as he makes the transition to the free safety position. The safety position may just be one of the most important positions on the defensive side of the football. Some of the best football players of all time come from the position. Think Ronnie Lott, Ed Reed, and Darren Woodson. These are just three players that have transformed defenses to elite caliber. Particularly with Rod Marinelli's defensive formation, the free safety position has so much importance. It's more than just the range and field vision, it's about a combination of...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 10 hours ago

49ers 2008 QB depth chart on list of decade's ten worst

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation has plenty of questions surrounding it midway through OTAs. Blaine Gabbert is getting first team snaps and Colin Kaepernick is rehabbing his shoulder injury. Most people point to the quarterback position before anything else in discussing the team's chances in 2016. And so, it is kind of fitting that Football Outsiders founder Aaron Schatz took a look at the worst quarterback depth charts of the past ten years. He brought up the topic in light of the New York Jets situation. They have a lot of solid skill position players, but with Ryan...
Windy City Gridiron 11 hours ago

Bears Sign Leonard Floyd

Multiple sources are reporting that the Bears have agreed to terms with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 draft. Gone are the days when Cliff Stein would hammer out contracts faster than the blink of an eye. However, the Bears never really seemed worried about this one. Leonard Floyd was at team events and he was impressing Pro-Bowler Kyle Long with his athleticism even as community members were wondering when the deal would be inked. Bears fans need not worry anymore. Leonard Floyd has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears. Specific details are still forthcoming, but most of the...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 11 hours ago

Antoine Bethea mentions Bruce Ellington as WR standing out

I'll take any positives I can get right now! The San Francisco 49ers have had two OTAs open to the media, and will have one more next week. That's three out of nine sessions, so we are only getting a fairly limited look at what is going on during the offseason workout program. That being said, the media availability can occasionally provide some useful tidbits. On Wednesday, strong safety Antoine Bethea met with the media, and was asked which wide receivers are standing out on the practice field thus far. He specifically mentioned Bruce Ellington, and also mentioned Jerome Simpson. I would...
Field Gulls 12 hours ago

Real in the Field Gulls: Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com with Seahawks OTAs notes and observations

There's not a whole lot going on in the NFL offseason at this point of May, but the good news is that Seahawks OTAs were open to the media on Thursday. Open practices provide us a relative goldmine of information, and to tell us what he saw at Seattle's open practice, Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com joined the show. Among the items we discussed: — Russell Wilson: How has he looked? — Trevone Boykin: Does his addition potentially mean that Tarvaris Jackson won't be back? — Offensive line: Bradley Sowell, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, Terry Poole were the starting-five....
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 12 hours ago

Eric Reid discussed idea of 49ers contract extension

The San Francisco 49ers have yet to extend a first round pick under the new collective bargaining agreement. Might Eric Reid be the first? Earlier this month, the San Francisco 49ers exercised the fifth year option on free safety Eric Reid. The team's 2013 first round pick signed a four-year contract with a team option for 2017. The $5,676,000 salary is guaranteed for injury, and becomes fully guaranteed if Reid is on the roster next spring. On Wednesday, Reid was one of the players available to the media (transcript), and he was asked about his contract status. He said, "I hope so," when...
Daily Norseman 12 hours ago

Some Minnesota Vikings Went To See A Man About A Horse

AND HE'S LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOSE!! (Wanted to get that out of the way early.) Yes, some members of the Minnesota Vikings organization have gotten together and purchased themselves a horse for races as the Canterbury Downs racetrack, according to WCCO. The leader of this troupe is the voice of the Minnesota Vikings. . .and, not coincidentally, of Canterbury Downs. . .Paul Allen, who put $6,000 towards the purchase of the horse. The other investors, who chipped in $2,000 each, include Vikings' offensive coordinator NORV~! Turner, his son, quarterbacks coach Scott Turner, offensive lineman...
The Falcoholic 13 hours ago

Rob Ryan described Falcons defense as something pretty foul

Hey guys, did you know the Ryan brothers have strong opinions and a foul vocabulary? Well, they do. And it came through in their interview with Jenny Vrentas of the Monday Morning Quarterback. What do two coaches who both ran very bad defenses last year have to say? They both owned up to their coaching deficiencies, and guaranteed fans they would go back to the drawing board and improve in 2016. Just kidding. Rob Ryan blamed the terrible Saints defense on everyone else. Who was responsible for the season or two of good defense? Rob Ryan. Who was responsible for when the defense fell off a...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 13 hours ago

Ahmad Brooks provides update on injury status

We still don't know what the injury is, but everyone seems pretty calm about it. The San Francisco 49ers have had outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks sideline in team activities, but there have been some updates on his status. On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil was asked about Brooks' status, and he said, “He’s just doing walk-thrus right now. We’re hoping that we can get something out of him by the end of the spring here.” On Friday, Matt Maiocco was able to get a statement from Brooks by way of the 49ers. LB Ahmad Brooks, through a #49ers spokesman, says he’s fine and...
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 14 hours ago

Buccaneers not featured on list of worst QB situations in past ten years

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some pretty terrible quarterback situations the past ten years. And yet, when Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders looked at the worst quarterback situations in the past ten years, the Buccaneers did not make any appearances. Schatz wasn't evaluating how these quarterbacks actually did during the season, just how the quarterback situation looked prior to the regular season in their statistical model. That changes the equation a little, but I'd still expect the Bucs to pop up on this list at some point. Schatz did add one Bucs team in the list of "also...
Cat Scratch Reader 14 hours ago

Spelling Bee Dominated by One Syllable Word: Dab.

The Dab game is strong at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Well... for the most part. The Carolina Panthers made several impressions last year that are sure to follow them well into the future. But perhaps the most infectious action, partricularly from a pop culture perspective, is the Dab. Often imitated, but outside the Carolinas, rarely celebrated... it would appear that this statement is going to be around for quite some time. In case you've been living under a rock... here is the master of the Dab doing his Dab gum' thing. via GIPHY Well it appears that the Dab has spread to even...
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 14 hours ago

Where does Dirk Koetter rank as a head coach?

Over at USA Today, Steven Ruiz ranked all of the NFL head coaches -- and he lumped all of the first-year head coaches together, 31-28 -- with Mike Mularkey of the Tennessee Titans being number 32. That cop-out is pretty common in head coaching rankings: no one knows quite how a first-year head coach will do, so they just refuse to make a ruling. That leaves us with an actual thought experiment: where would Dirk Koetter rank among the current head coaches? He has a long track record of success as an offensive coordinator, though he's never quite gotten stratospheric there. Early reports are...
Blogging The Boys 14 hours ago

Dallas Cowboys OTA's: Five Guys Building On Momentum For Week Two

"We're talking about practice, man." Yes, Allen Iverson, we certainly are. Still, there were some Cowboys that looked poised to build on something heading into next week. By now, everyone knows that if they want a good piece of the Cowboys' practices, they can tune into OTA's Live on the Mothership's site. Bryan Broaddus and whoever decides to hang with him will watch portions of practice and kind of give you an idea of what's going on. It's always been a great tool to get an understanding of who's looking good and who has some work ahead of them. It's just Organized Team Activities, but...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 15 hours ago

49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: DL Kaleb Ramsey

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). We move on to defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey. Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea. The San Francisco 49ers used some...

Bruce Arians ranked behind Pete Carroll among best coaches in NFL

A Seahawk is ahead of a Cardinal again. The offseason is here with all its glory -- lists and rankings and everything. It is the time of year when the NFL coaches are ranked from worst to first by USA Today. Steven Ruiz gave Bruce Arians some respect, but not quite enough to make all Arizona Cardinals fans happy. Arians comes in third. Is there a more aggressive coach in the league? Arians isn’t jumping on the dink-and-dunk trend most NFL offenses are now favoring. The Cardinals offense is going to attack defenses downfield and do it relentlessly. And that mindset has carried over to...

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