The "Official 2008 San Francisco 49ers Thread"

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 10 years ago '05        #61
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Mike Nolan on KNBR Radio (Ralph & Tom)
 10 years ago '05        #62
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man...that receiver article put sh*t in perspective...we need to get an impact receiver...badly...probably need to draft one or trade for one...Chad isnt too happy and we definately have the money to make that work...dont know why we havent tried to go at him..
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 lakersboy03 said:
man...that receiver article put sh*t in perspective...we need to get an impact receiver...badly...probably need to draft one or trade for one...Chad isnt too happy and we definately have the money to make that work...dont know why we havent tried to go at him..
No chance we bring in Chad with Nolan as our coach...

Should be drafting a WR in the first 4 rounds...

For those that missed ESPN SC "On The Clock" for the Niners...
 03-21-2008, 11:58 AM         #64
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Also, Mike Nolan was on NFL network for "State of the Franchise." Just click the videos on the right...

 03-23-2008, 11:58 AM         #65
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Could Holmgren get a Parcells-like job in San Francisco?

Mike Holmgren didn't even want to talk about a new contract to coach the Seattle Seahawks and will be a lame duck this season before he is replaced by Jim Mora in 2009 the New York Daily News reported.

Is he done with the NFL? One source says, "He's enamored with what Parcells is doing in Miami. I can see San Francisco getting to that point."

If Mike Nolan doesn't win this year, he will get fired. He already lost his GM responsibilities. The next step for the Niners is starting over, and although Holmgren didn't distinguish himself as the Seahawks' GM, it might have been because he was coaching, too.

Source: New York Daily News
 03-23-2008, 12:00 PM         #66
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Strickland is back (though he never left) and other stuff

The 49ers announced the signing of cornerback Donald Strickland this morning. Strickland signed a one-year, $800,000 contract.

The six-year veteran has played 16 games with the 49ers over the past two seasons. His biggest impact with the 49ers came last season against the Cardinals.

His new teammate, Bryant Johnson, beat him for a long gain down the right sideline late in the game. Strickland (5-10, 187) saved the day on the next play when he broke up a fade to Johnson (6-3, 213) in the end zone. The Cardinals settled for the game-tying field goal, and the 49ers won in overtime.

Strickland, 27, recently took a visit to meet with the New York Jets. Ultimately, he decided to remain with his hometown team. He is a native San Franciscan who grew up in the shadow of Candlestick Park. He attended Archbishop Riordan High.

Strickland will be battling for playing time behind starters Nate Clements and Walt Harris. The other reserve cornerbacks on the roster are Shawntae Spencer, Marcus Hudson, Tarell Brown, Markus Curry and Allen Rossum (who is really a return specialist).

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Oh, my goodness!

Isaac Bruce will be wearing Jerry Rice's old number, after all. Can you believe it?

That's right. Bruce has been issued No. 88. That's the number Jerry wore at Mississippi Valley State.

The other numbers for the new players: RB DeShaun Foster No. 29, WR Bryant Johnson No. 82, OL Qasim Mitchell No. 61, QB J.T. O'Sullivan No. 10, CB/RS Allen Rossum (No. 20), DE Justin Smith No. 94 and LB Dontarrious Thomas No. 51.

* * *

Did you know that Mitchell's offensive line coach with the Bears in 2004 was current 49ers tight ends coach Pete Hoener?

* * *

Got many a catcalls when I walked into the Warriors media room last night.

"Hey, what are you doing here? Is there a football game tonight."

"You might notice something a little different: The ball is round."

"Just a warning: When these guys make field goals, they don't use their feet."

And on and on and on . . .


Anyway, it was a rare NBA game for me. The Rockets beat the Warriors 109-106. Somehow, I made it through my article for today's Press Democrat without any references to Mike Nolan or the upcoming draft.
 10 years ago '05        #67
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Spikes Not Spiked Yet

There's a wee bit of news on the Takeo Spikes front. The team is unconcerned about the middle linebacker's ability to recover from shoulder surgery and the 49ers believe he'd be ready by training camp. When Spikes did visit, the parameters of a deal were discussed and Spikes believes he might get a richer contract elsewhere.

Two teams have shown interest and one of them is New England. If no team steps up with a better offer, Spikes would likely sign with San Francisco and be the team's "ted" linebacker next season.
Getting someone to play along side P-Willie could be a draft prority.

The 49ers also have their eye on a "ted" linebacker in the draft. The team has been bent on getting one since Patrick Willis pounced on the scene last year. Oklahoma's Curtis Lofton could probably be available to them in the second round. Lofton shares Willis's passion for the game. The Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year notched double-digit tackles in each of his games last year.

However, Lofton ran a 4.77 40-yard dash at the combine and a 4.67 40 at his pro day. He supposedly plays much faster on the field. Also, he doesn't pass the eyeball test in shorts and a tee-shirt.

Great catch by Marcos, noticing on NFLdraftscout.com that 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan attended Auburn defensive end/linebacker's Quinten Groves's pro day. Imagine if the 49ers plucked Groves in the first round and Lofton in the second and signed Takeo Spikes with Mike Nolan and the well-regarded Mike Manusky putting all the pieces together.

Renoberger could be right and Isaac Sopoaga could start as the left defensive end in the 3-4, but if they played a game tomorrow it would be Ronald Fields. Both are likely to get plenty of playing time.

By the way, Manny Lawson typically plays on the strong side, with Tully Banta-Cain rushing over the open side. That changed somewhat last year after Lawson tore a knee ligament in September.

Many bloggers seem impressed with 40-yard dash times and wonderlic numbers. Both metrics are unreliable predictors of NFL success. Frank Gore and Julian Peterson all had low wonderlics and have become terrific players.

The highest wonderlic scores for recent 49ers include Alex Smith and converted tight end to tackle Patrick Estes. Smith hasn't reached stardom for a variety of reasons, and Estes is clinging to the NFL with all his might.

I recently did an running back analysis for another publication and many of the combine studs fizzled in the NFL. Derrick Blaylock, Tatum Bell and particularly Michael Bennett should be amassing Hall of Fame credentials by now. Bennett even clocked a 4.13 at his pro day in Wisconsin, supposedly the fastest time ever for an NFL player. He went over 1,200 yards as a rookie and has bounced around the league since.
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Goodell: Niners guilty of tampering, lose fifth-round pick
The 49ers, a team that said it plans to build through the draft, have lost a fifth-round pick because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell determined the club tampered with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

*The 49ers will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2008 draft.

*The 49ers and Bears will switch third-round selections in the 2008 draft. The Bears now pick seventh in the third round, while the 49ers will have the No. 12 selection in the third round.


Goodell determined the 49ers violated the anti-tampering policy by contacting Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, during the 2007 season without the Bears' permission. The Bears had filed tampering charges against the 49ers to initiate the proceeding, the NFL said in a statement.

The Bears re-signed Briggs, and the 49ers never made any attempt to sign him once the free-agent signing period began.

Goodell noted that both clubs fully cooperated with the investigation and hearing.

There's no reaction yet from teh 49ers. But the thing that is mind-boggling is that the 49ers would lose a draft pick over a player such as Briggs -- a guy who doesn't even fit into what the team should've been trying to build on defense.

(See the attachment below for the official release from the league office).

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This is what 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan had to say:

"The 49ers organization respects Commissioner Goodell's ruling today, however we do disagree with it. This was not a malicious act; we believe that our intent was within the NFL guidelines. Going forward, we will take the necessary steps to ensure we are in compliance with the NFL's interpretation."

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The 49ers were found guilty of tampering during the season, which is probably an important distinction to make. There is probably the feeling around the league that tampering is commonplace once the season is over and free agency is approaching. But apparently Goodell is ruling that tampering during the season, causing a distraction to the player and undermining the player's current team, is crossing the line.
 03-24-2008, 09:51 PM         #69
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:finger: Goodell...
 10 years ago '05        #70
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fu*k goodell.. his bi*ch a.ss
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League's evidence: Two '20-second' phone calls?
This is a situation that has been mystifying from the beginning. Why would the 49ers want to pay a ton of money to somebody who essentially plays the same position as Patrick Willis? And, certainly, why would they break the rules to expedite the process of over-paying somebody who would throw the club's entire salary structure out of whack?

Very little is known about the NFL's investigation and the hearing that took place last Monday in New York. But I heard essentially the same thing from two different league sources today.

From what I can gather, the only solid evidence against the 49ers during the hearing was a phone record of two calls the club placed to agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

One story is that there were two "missed calls" with no voice messages. The second version - essentially corroborating the first report - was that there were two "20-second" phone calls. In other words, a 20-second phone call is a "missed call."

When I asked league spokesman Randall Liu for a comment about the evidence against the 49ers, he responded, "The statement is all we are saying regarding this matter."

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Here is the statement from the league office to which he referred:

"Following a detailed investigation and a hearing, Commissioner Roger Goodell has determined that the San Francisco 49ers violated the NFL Anti-Tampering Policy by contacting the agent for Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs during the 2007 season without the Bears' permission.
"The Bears had filed tampering charges against the 49ers to initiate the proceeding. The Bears re-signed Lance Briggs at the beginning of this year's veteran free agency signing period.
"Commissioner Goodell decided on the following disciplinary action to resolve the matter:

"--San Francisco will forfeit its fifth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

"--Chicago and San Francisco will switch third-round selections in the 2008 Draft. As a result, Chicago now will have the seventh selection of the third round and San Francisco will have the 12th selection of the third round.

"Commissioner Goodell noted that both the 49ers and Bears fully cooperated with his investigation and hearing."

* * *

Rosenhaus did not participate in the hearing. He was not obligated to participate. Why would he? He would have to take sides in such an investigation, and that would not be good for business.

Several weeks ago, I learned that the 49ers do not hold Rosenhaus responsible for any of this mess. The 49ers believe the Bears are solely to blame. But if the Bears truly believed the 49ers were trying to undermine them during the season to get a head start on acquiring Briggs through free agency, you can't blame them for being upset. After all, the 49ers were prohibited from signing Briggs to a contract extension during the season because he was the Bears' franchise player.

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Goodell is obviously taking this tampering stuff seriously. It's logical to think that he wanted to show the rest of the league that he means business.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell recently sent out a memo in which he instructed the members of the competition committee to review all the league's rules, including those that prohibit contact between teams and players under contract to other clubs.

Hey, look, we all know that tampering takes place after the season. But there is no reason for any club to complain because they all do it. Most of the time a player reaches the open market, he is not going to return to his original club, anyway.

In the past handful of years, I might have had some knowledge of tampering. One year, a free-agent-to-be told me off the record a couple days before free agency exactly which teams were courting him. Another time, a player said privately, "I know where I'm going but I just can say."

Players make cross-country flights on the first day of free agency every year. They board planes just hours after the official start of the free-agent signing period. Heck, some people pointed to my report within the first 30 minutes of free agency that Justin Smiley had agreed to terms with the Dolphins as proof of tampering. Is that proof? No. Theoretically, the Dolphins could've called the moment free agency opened, offered a big deal that it knew Smiley would not turn down.

But you won't see the 49ers complain because they knew they would not be competitive with any contract he was offered. Complaining would serve no benefit. What goes around, comes around.

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So why did the Bears push the issue?

It is my understanding the Bears complained to the league office during the season. They might have thought that it's one thing to tamper after the season but another thing when it can cause a distraction to a player and an entire team.

But there's also word floating around that the Bears started asking some prominent players in the locker room how it would be received if the club were to trade Briggs during the season. The Bears spoke to the 49ers about a trade. It is not known how serious the talks got. Personally, I don't think the 49ers were ever all that intent on acquiring Briggs. I remember one off-the-cuff exchange I had with 49ers coach Mike Nolan after the report of the trade talks.

I made some wisecrack to Nolan about looking forward to meeting Briggs on the first-day of free agency. Nolan sort of shook his head and said something along the lines of, "I wouldn't put all your eggs in that basket, if I were you."

Reading Nolan's body language -- remember, I deal with this man almost every day for five months -- and factoring in the context of our conversation, I quickly deduced that the 49ers were not as interested in him as everyone believed.

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According to the NFL, the Bears never gave the 49ers permission to speak with Rosenhaus. And, from what I've learned, the 49ers never did speak with Rosenhaus. Just two missed calls. It seems the 49ers are being punished for the intent to speak with Rosenhaus.

During the 2006 season, I remember when Frank Gore switched agents. He hired Rosenhaus. I talked to Scot McCloughan one day and suggested that Rosenhaus' arrival on the scene might be bad news for the 49ers. McCloughan disagreed. He said Rosenhaus is nothing like his public persona. He said he is a good agent with whom to deal. A couple months later, Gore and the 49ers signed a contract extension that appeared to be fair for both sides.

So why were the 49ers calling Rosenhaus? Was it to talk numbers regarding Briggs? Or did they want to touch base to speak about some of Rosenhaus' other clients, such as Gore, Jason Hill or Moran Norris? One source offered that the 49ers might have wanted a quick update on what was going on with Taylor Jacobs, whom the 49ers had recently released. Jacobs is also a Rosenhaus client.

* * *

This is the third time this decade the 49ers have forfeited a draft pick. The club gave up a fifth-round pick in 2001 and a third-round pick in 2002 as part of a settlement for alleged salary-cap improprieties. Moreover, the 49ers were fined $300,000, while former club executives Carmen Policy and Dwight Clark were fined, $400,000 and $200,000 respectively.

* * *

After today's rulings, here are the 49ers 2008 draft selections (the exact picks after the third round will be determined after the league a.ssigns compensatory picks; the 49ers will not receive any compensatory selections):

Round 1, No. 29, Overall 29 (from Colts)

Round 2, No. 8, Overall 39

Round 3, No. 12, Overall 75 (formerly Bears' pick)

Round 4, No. 8

Round 6, No. 8

Round 7, No. 7


at two missed phone calls that dont even verify if its even about Briggs being conclusive solid evidence...
 03-29-2008, 01:34 AM         #72
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Smith says he and Nolan are 'both better than that'

Quarterback Alex Smith resurfaced today after keeping a pretty low profile since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on Dec. 13.

Oh, sure he made a cameo at the Super Bowl, but I did not see him. He also participated in a crab-cracking exhibition on the second day of free agency, but I was too busy trying to track down Justin Smith to make the trek into San Francisco.

Today was the first day I've heard his voice in several months. Smith took part in a conference call with several reporters who wished to speak with him for a state-of-the-quarterback update.

For the first time, Smith addressed the rift that developed last season involving himself and coach Mike Nolan. Here is what he had to say on the topic:

"I think we're both looking forward to putting last year behind us," Smith said. "I've talked to him several times and we're both excited about it. I know I definitely am. Because I know that's not a reflection on either of us. We're both better than that, and I think we're looking forward to erasing that and proving to people, not only in this building but everywhere, that we're definitely going to move on."

Smith and Nolan did not seem to communicate very well last season. Smith said they spoken openly to each other.

"We talked, and we continue to talk about it and understand what happened last year and we're moving on," Smith said. "We both understand each other. There were things I look back at and wish I could have over again. (The) thing to do is to learn from it and not let it happen again and letting coach Nolan know that he can expect different from last year."

Smith was asked if Nolan has also apologized for the way he handled the situation last season.

"We both feel the same way," Smith said. "It was such a crazy situation last year. At the same time, we're both excited to move on from it."

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Here are some of the things he talked about:

--Smith was in a sling for about six weeks. He has gotten to the point where he is lifting "almost full-go." He still can't do overhead lifting with a lot of weight. And he's following a pretty regimented throwing schedule, a lot like a pitcher's schedule, he said.

--Currently, he is throwing three times this week and will continue to pick it up. He is still in a toss and playing-catch phase. "I'm just trying to work my arm back into throwing shape," he said. The projected goal is to take another month to get it where it needs to be.

--The last time he threw, he was tossing a football 40 yards. That's from a warmup and progressing up to 40 yards and then back down. "They're decent (throws)," he said. "I'm not out there gunning these things. To throw the ball 40 yards, you have to be throwing." He estimates he's throwing anywhere from 60 to 80 passes during a session.

--The forearm hasn't been a problem. (Because of overzealous work in the weight room last season, Smith forearm developed tendinitis and it bothered him as much as his shoulder.)

--There is no difference in his throwing motion, he said. "There's definitely not a lot of the clicking and different things that were going on before," he said. "From having surgery and being in the sling, the main thing was to work out that tightness. I'm still tight in some areas, so I have to loosen that back up."

--New O.C. Mike Martz has not work with Smith on his throwing mechanics, but he has worked with Smith in meetings and on his drops.

--As far as learning the system: "It's still early, but it's definitely started." Coaches were off this week, but the week prior, they worked on some things. It's started with QB coach Ted Tollner and coach Martz - "at least the initiation of installing all of this stuff. And what's going to be expected of us and what to expect. We're in that installation phase right now."

--Smith said he is excited about the chance to work with Martz as his offensive coordinator. After all, Martz is "a guy who understands quarterbacks and the fundamentals of the position. To pick his brain, gain that knowledge, and have him coach us is a big opportunity."

--Is this a make-or-break year for Smith? "It's definitely important, absolutely, without a doubt," Smith said. "Especially for me, coming off last year and really looking forward to this year and trying to put everything into it. Every year is a big year. But this one, because it's the only one in front of me, is the biggest."

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From today's Press Democrat, "Smith and Nolan moving forward."

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 04-01-2008, 01:36 AM         #73
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Talkin' 49ers draft with Mel Kiper Jr.
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. was on a national conference call this morning. We're at the stage in the process where the individual workouts are wrapping up. Kiper said not a lot is going to change between now and April 26, the first day of the draft.

"The ratings are going to be pretty firm right now," Kiper said.

Kiper has been ESPN's top draft analyst since 1984. He is the president of Kiper Enterprises, which he founded in 1981 as a college student.

* * *

But, first, the 49ers will have their local combine at the team's Santa Clara practice facility on April 18. This is when they can bring in some of draft-eligible players from the local colleges, as well as players who grew up in the area and went away to college.

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In last year's draft, the 49ers traded up to No. 28 to select offensive tackle Joe Staley. They gave the Patriots a first-round pick in 2008 (No. 7 overall) and a fourth-round pick (No. 110), which turned out to be defensive back John Bowie, whom the Raiders acquired through New England.

Then, the 49ers traded their second-round pick (No. 42) to the Colts, who used it to select left tackle Tony Ugoh. The 49ers received the Colts' first-round pick in 2008 (No. 29), along with the Colts' fourth-round pick (No. 126), which the 49ers used to select safety Dashon Goldson.

One year in, it looks as if those trades have worked out well for both the 49ers and Colts. We don't know anything about how it's going to work out for the Patriots because right now all they have is a draft slot.

Here's what Kiper had to say about it:

"Everybody criticizing San Francisco for Joe Staley and losing the seventh pick overall to New England, I would argue that Joe Staley is going to be a pretty doggone good left tackle as well. And in this draft, what left tackle would be equal to Joe Staley at that point? Ryan Clady? Chris Williams? I mean Joe Staley is pretty good. So would you rather have Joe Staley last year when he's already transitioned into the league and already had a season under his belt? Or would you rather draft a left tackle fresh that you'd have to pay that kind of money to as a seventh pick. Joe Staley was a late pick in the first round. I don't have any issues with that. They identified a guy they wanted.

As far as the Colts losing the No. 29 pick this year . . . "At that point you'd be hard-pressed to find a left tackle equal to Ugoh. Carl Nicks at Nebraska? I'd rather have Ugoh. You look at some of the other guys at that particular juncture, Oniel Cousins at UTEP? No way. Ugoh is much better. He's definitely significantly better than any left tackle who would be on the board at that point."

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Here are a couple questions the staff here at Instant 49ers asked Mr. Kiper . . .

Instant 49ers: Toward the end of the first round which offensive linemen will be in the discussion? Where do you see the 49ers going with that No. 29 pick?

Kiper: "If you're asking. 'Who's the best offensive tackle on the board at that point?' It's probably Gosder Cherilus from Boston College. And I say that because he was a left tackle at B.C., and he's not going to be a left tackle in the NFL. He's going to be a right tackle. (The 49ers) have Joe Staley to be your left tackle. Now you have Cherilus at right tackle.

"He did struggle some at left tackle, but I thought he got better late in the year. But he did struggle. He's a right tackle. He had a great year as a right tackle as a junior. He looked to be one of the top-15 seniors coming into this season based on how he played at right tackle. If he would've translated that to left tackle, he would've been a top-10 pick. That didn't happen. That's why people say he's a right tackle. Obviously as a right tackle, he drops down a bit. That's why he maybe gets into the late first round. I'd say a Cherilus at that point would be a guy you'd have to consider."

Instant 49ers: Who are the guys who could start off at guard and eventually move to tackle?

Kiper: "Cherilus is a guy you'd want to be your right tackle. Nobody else I see at that point . . . I wouldn't see Carl Nicks of Nebraska that high. Nobody has the versatility at that particular juncture.

"I'm going to give you a guy. I'm only saying this personally because I don't think a lot of people feel the way I do, and we'll see how this turns out three or four years from now. But I think Chilo Rachal from USC is a guy . . . and I'm not saying he'd go there (No. 29), if you traded early-to-mid-second - I think that's where most people think he'll come off the board. I say that because he was a guard at USC who played a little right tackle early in his career, at least worked at that position. At 6-5, 315, with very good feet, strong, tough kid, he could be a right tackle. Here's a guard who could be a right tackle.

"If you're asking who I think the better player is, he or Cherilus? I think he's a better player than Cherilus, but he's a guard. He can play right tackle. If you want to roll the dice there, you could take him. That would be another option, and a kid I'm very high on. Outside of the league, I don't think many observers have Rachal as highly rated as I do."

Instant 49ers: Of those outside linebacker/defensive ends who only have value to 3-4 teams, how many of those guys can step in and make an immediate impact?

Kiper: "The guy who'll have the biggest impact is (Vernon) Gholston, but he'll be long gone (when the 49ers pick). After Gholston, you'd be looking at probably Cliff Avril from Purdue, you'd be looking at Bruce Davis from UCLA, Quentin Groves from Auburn. If you want another guy. Marcus Howard from Georgia could be a fourth- or fifth-round guy. I mention him for the Colts because he's the kind of guy they want.

"But I'd say for the 49ers, I'd look at Davis, Avril or Groves to kind of fit what they're looking for. . . . I wanted to give you one other guy, Curtis Johnson, a defensive end/outside linebacker from Clark in Atlanta. He is another kid who fits the mold and would be ideally suited to be that 3-4 outside linebacker."
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You guys already know who I want...

Groves - Spikes (hopefully he signs) - Willis - Lawson >>>>

Hopefully hes there at 29...

But Gosder Cherilus would be a good pick like Kiper said...


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 04-03-2008, 09:30 PM         #75
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You have questions, I have (some) answers, Part 1

Here is Part 1 of the Q&A with you, the fans. Thanks for all your questions.

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Question: Will the 49ers win the Superbowl this year? If no, what is holding them back? Simran San Francisco

INSTANT 49ERS: Highly unlikely. What's holding them back in 2008, among many other things, is that there are 31 other organizations filled with people whose lives are devoted to the same task. (Only a lot of those other organizations are blessed with better teams at this stage.)

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Question: whats the status on takeo spikes? thanks for all the good work. Xl, location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Spikes is mulling his options. His age (31) and physical condition (season-ending surgery on torn rotator cuff) have teams concerned about offering much more than minimum-type deals. The 49ers should be extra-leery of signing Spikes. First, there's no guarantee he'll hold up and contribute to the team. Also, it is widely known that a lot of older players want to finish their careers with California teams. This state has some of the most employee-friendly workers comp benefits. So any players who finish their careers with a California team - even if it's just for a few weeks during the offseason - gets all the benefits of the state law.

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Question: Nice to be back-Matt... I'm convinced Jordy Nelson is going to be a star in the NFL and is just the kind of standup character we need on our club -any indication of Niner interest of late!? Buzz, S.F.

INSTANT 49ERS: No indication one way or the other. But I could probably answer that way about every player in the draft.

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Question: any draft pick trade rumors, like trading #29 and moving back into early 2nd round + extra picks?? Dave, Seattle

INSTANT 49ERS: Haven't heard anything, unless you're planning on starting the rumor.

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Question: I read somewhere that Goddell picked on the Niners for the tampering issue because San Francisco is "a fairly irrelevant team that wouldn't f!ght it". I wonder what is your take on this statement. Dominic, Montreal

INSTANT 49ERS: That was a quote in Tuesday's San Fran Chronicle from "a high-ranking NFL executive." My take was, "Wow."

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Question: Hey Matt, What do you think are the chances we go after Jason Taylor and if we do, how much do you think he'll cost us (draft pickwise)? Ian, San Jose

INSTANT 49ERS: The Dolphins have repeatedly said that he's not on the trade block.

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Question: Matt, Scot M. tipped his hand last year when he mentioned the quality of the Texas defensive backs prior to us drafting Tarell Brown, have you heard any interesting Questions about any specific college players or teams this year? Jeff, L.A.

INSTANT 49ERS: I don't remember that Question last year. After the fact, I think I heard him say that Brown compared favorably with Aaron Ross and Michael Griffin, a couple Texas DBs taken in the first round. McCloughan usually doesn't do a lot of talking this time of year, other than the annual pre-draft luncheon with the media that'll probably be coming up in a couple weeks.

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Question: What's your take on Nolan. Do you feel he has the right tools to be a good HC or is he really just a great DC that might be in a little over his head? Bret, Pleasant Hill

INSTANT 49ERS: I think Mike Nolan is bright, well-organized and has a good football mind. The things that are difficult to quantify are his in-game decisions. Does he make bad decisions? Or do his decisions turn out bad because the players aren't skilled enough to execute? Last season was very difficult for him on a personal and professional level. In my mind, his biggest misstep was the handling of the Alex Smith situation last season. We'll see how he fares this season now that he's not responsible for every little aspect of the organization.

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Question: Any chance the Niners go back to their 80's throwbacks full-time next season? Nolan's been paying lip service to it for a while now... Steve Young, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: If, by next season, you mean 2009, yes, I'd say there's a strong chance.

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Question: Matt, Have you heard any word from the Niners on Quentin Groves? Do they like him? Slothrop, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Scot McCloughan made the trek to watch him work out several weeks ago. Heck, McCloughan even passed up dinner with the dwindling media corps that covers the team to watch Groves. I'd a.ssume they like him, but that doesn't mean they'll definitely grab him if he's on the board. (By the way, we went to a place called Paolo's in downtown San Jose and the service was atrocious, so he didn't miss much.)

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Question: Locking up young talent before they get too expensive is a huge key to building a consistent winner. Which players do you think might get extensions in the next few months? Bad-example, San Jose

INSTANT 49ERS: Delanie Walker is certainly on the radar screen. They've approached Parys Haralson but it didn't get very far. I'd expect them to take another run at him. Also, David Baas is somebody the have to lock up to a long-term deal.

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Question: Hey Matt, can you mock day one of the 49ers draft and what you think is going to happen? Also who do you think is going to have a breakout year in '08 for the 49ers? Thanks Matt. Matt, Santa Rosa

INSTANT 49ERS: I can see the 49ers taking two linemen on the first day of the draft - one on offense and one on defense. I think they will be very interested in defensive lineman Trevor Laws of Notre Dame. He was a one-gap defensive tackle in college, but he could be a very good left defensive end. He is a high-character guy who greatly impressed the coaching staff at the Senior Bowl. Maybe they don't take him at No. 29, but at 39, he would be difficult to pass up. At No. 29, right now, I'm thinking tackle Jeff Otah of Pitt. If he's not there (and many think he won't be), they could shift their focus to linebacker (Quentin Groves) and then use later picks to address their need of depth on the offensive line.

As far as the breakout year, I'm thinking Joe Staley, David Baas and Manny Lawson have a chance to really put things together.

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Question: Matt - If you can ask your IT group to filter out all the "First" posts from the adolescents that troll this blog, then having Questions will serve us just fine. Secondly, I noticed on the NFL Live draft ticker that our #29 will be Jerod Mayo - LB from Tennessee. One of many pundits, but I find it a reach taking an LB since it's a lower priority position of need. Parker, San Diego

INSTANT 49ERS: The people who run this blog are in Tampa. I have to go through about five layers of people to get a message out that the darn thing is broken. Plus, I'm the one who started the "first" thing a long time ago as a way to try to reward folks loyal to my blog. I sent out a couple books, the "first" thing ended, and yet there are those who continue to play the game.

Mel Kiper had the 49ers taking Gosder Cherilus with his mock draft up until this week. Then, he decided Cherilus would be gone to the Chargers before the 49ers pick. I disagree about your comment about a "reach." A reach is when a team takes a player too early because they need a person at that spot. If GM Scot McCloughan is serious when he says they're going to take the best-available player, it could come at just about any position - other than QB, RB and TE.

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Question: Matt the same day you reported Dilfer being cut, I think it was March 13 you said the NFL will be releasing its schedule April 3. Has that changed because it doesn't look like its on the NFL Network guide anymore? Any updates? Global Nomad, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: The league says the schedule will not be released on April 3, like originally planned. Look for it a week or two later.

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Question: As a veteran 49er season ticket holder, I believe the 49ers are going to fire Mike Nolan at the end of the 2008 season. Do you think the York's would seriously be interested in hiring Mike Holmgren? If yes, do you think Mike Holmgren would be interested in the 49ers head coaching job under York's ownership? Brian, Lafayette Ca

INSTANT 49ERS: Hey, neighbor, I think Holmgren would be interested in re-joining the 49ers and moving back to the Bay Area. But in what capacity? Does he still want to coach or is he looking for a Parcells-esque role?

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Question: will 49er fans ever be happy? Marcus, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: They should've been happy for two consecutive decades. I've always believed going through a down time is good for a fan base. It makes people appreciate the good times a little more, rather than viewing success as a birthright.

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Question: i know there was an april fools joke about it but! what are the odds we can get jason taylor !? Joel, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Not good. The Dolphins have no plan to get rid of him.

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Question: Does the bonus that Harylson got from the NFL count against the 49er's cap? Bryan, Stockton

INSTANT 49ERS: No. It comes out of a overall league salary cap fund.

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Question: Hey Matt, is there any reason why Alex Smith doesn't consistently do post-game interviews like Manning, Brady, and even Leinart? Joseph, San Jose

INSTANT 49ERS: Alex Smith has never failed to take part in a post-game interview.

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Question: Matt, why are fellow niner fans so hard on Alex Smith. the guy is only 23 years old? Josh, Idaho

INSTANT 49ERS: I don't sense the fans are hard on him -- at least not the fans who pay money and go to games. I'm at every game. Sure, there are moans and groans when the offense fails, but I don't think the fans have been particularly tough on him through this point in his career. For the most part, I feel as if the fans at the Candlestick have shown remarkable patience with the club.

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Question: Matt, I can understand Goodell punishing the Niners for tampering and using them as an example, just as he did with the Pats. If he's going to keep harping on it, and use the Niners as the whipping boy, why don't the Niners salvage their reputation at least marginally by pressing the Dolphin/Smiley thing? Robert, Tucson

INSTANT 49ERS: By turning the tables on another team, the 49ers would not salvage their reputation; instead, they would be seen as the most petty team in sports and the damage they'd do with that act would be irreparable. After all, the 49ers had no plan to re-sign Smiley. And what's the only evidence that the Dolphins tampered? The date stamp on my blog entry on the opening night of free agency. Heck, I'd probably be called to testify in front of the commissioner, and I can a.ssure you that I'd be about as helpful as Drew Rosenhaus. This is a can of worms no team in the NFL wants to open unless they don't mind their own practices being thoroughly scrutinized.

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Question: Has Scot made any intentions known regarding the loss of the 5th Rd pick and whether it changes his plans for stacking the board or player selection order? Also, is OT Brandon Keith due to visit? Marc, NJ49er

INSTANT 49ERS: The loss of a fifth-round pick shouldn't affect the team's strategy. No word on Keith.

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Question: What happened to our possible compensatory picks? Did we have other acquisitions that nulled them out, or did the NFL not want to give picks to us so quickly after they took them away? Denkc, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: The 49ers were never going to receive compensatory picks for 2008. (Remember the bounty of free agents they signed last year: Clements, Lewis, Banta-Cain, Lelie, Franklin?) Perhaps you're thinking of the picks they believe they have coming in 2009.

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Question: Do you know if there is going to be a draft party this year? If there is, can you find out when they are going to give out the tickets or any kind of info on it please. Thanks Matt. Luis C., Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Don't know if a draft party is planned. Might not be too exciting if they trade out of the first round. Keep checking 49ers.com. I'm sure they'll have the details there.

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Question: Hey Matt, Do you find it odd that the Bears got a draft pick switch with the niners and the Jets didn't anything from the Patriots for a worse act? Mac, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: I didn't expect the Bears to prosper from this, but there were no previous cases to provide a blue print of what the commissioner would rule. With the Patriots-Jets case, remember it wasn't just the Jets. The Pats were ruled to have illegally videotaped a half-dozen games.

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Question: has there been any indication that alex smith's arm will be 100% this season...i think he'll get it done if it is... Harshan, Lodi

INSTANT 49ERS: Smith expects to be near full strength for the full-squad minicamp next month. He certainly expects to be 100 percent for the start of training camp.
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 04-03-2008, 09:33 PM         #77
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49ers answers, Part 2 of 2

Question: I see you reported the 49ers play the Bears in the pre-season. Will the 49ers be extra filed up to win that game? Will there be some cheapshots on Briggs? Steve, Augusta, Maine

INSTANT 49ERS: I doubt the players on either side will be caught up in anything of that nature. Here's a dirty little secret of the NFL: If most players on current NFL rosters had their druthers, they would like to see their teams forfeit every draft pick. New players coming to a team means more competition, which means less job security for those players already on the team. Only the very top players for each team can get excited about the influx of new, young talent.

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Question: What's the deal with Jonas Jennings? Big Jim, Reno

INSTANT 49ERS: Jennings is slated to start at right tackle, with Joe Staley moving to the left side. A difficult family situation is the reason he is spending a lot of time this offseason in Georgia. When he's not working out in Santa Clara, he is following a team-prescribed program at home. We'd like to wish Jonas and his family all the best.

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Question: Matt, love your work. Have you had the chance to speak with Deshaun Foster and/or Frank Gore? If so, does it appear that that they are hitting it off well. It seemed to me that Foster would be very supportive of Gore as he described his job would be "spotting Frank". Matt M., Menlo Park

INSTANT 49ERS: I have not spoken with either man since the beginning of the offseason conditioning program. Both arrived on the scene this week, so I doubt they've gotten to know each other all that well.

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Question: Matt, I read on this website that was written on April 1st that Gore has a hip injury that could end his career in the next few years. Is this true or is this some kind of joke? Andrew, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: It's a good thing it's a leap year or that site would have to be renamed "realfootball364." I don't know anyone who works there (they don't have anyone covering the team; they re-write news reports published elsewhere), but I can't believe they put a lot of thought into their April Fools "joke." Writing a false report on a trade is one thing; writing something about a career-ending injury to a player is crossing the line.

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Question: Seeing that Bruce Tollner is Brennan's agent, and our QB coach Ted Tollner has been training him. Do you see 9ers drafting him in the 6th or 7th round?? Kolohe, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: I'm not 100-percent sure that Brennan will get drafted. Maybe they give him a look if he's available as an undrafted free agent. Brennan very well might end up on somebody's practice squad as a rookie. Right now, I don't see him cracking the top three of Smith, Hill and O'Sullivan. (Drew Olson is scheduled to go to camp as the No. 4 QB.)

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Question: In an earlier response you referred to the "dwindling media corps" covering the Niners. Is it dwindling because the print media business has fallen on hard times, or because the Niners have been so bad of late, or some combination of the two? Jerry, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Thank you for the question. When I first started writing articles about the 49ers, the following daily papers had reporters who regularly covered the team: Press Democrat, Marin Independent Journal, Oakland Tribune, Hayward Daily Review, San Mateo Times, Peninsula Times Tribune, Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento Union.

Now, the only daily newspaper organizations that cover the team are Press Democrat, Sac Bee, SF Chronicle and MediaNews. Some of those other papers have folded or downsized. The big blow to Bay Area newspapers occurred when MediaNews took ownership of the Mercury News and CC Times. It already owned the Oakland Tribune, Marin I-J, Hayward Daily Review and many other smaller papers. All the 49ers stories in those papers are generated by one reporter. In the past year-and-a-half, three good friends who covered the 49ers (Roger Phillips, Kevin Lynch and Dennis Georgatos) have been laid off. It has been a difficult time in this area for our line of work.

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Question: Any chance the 49ers go after Chris Henry? Ryan, Newton, Mass.

INSTANT 49ERS: Commissioner Goodell and law-enforcement officials are the only ones who'll be going after Henry for the foreseeable future.

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Question: Matt you mentioned earlier that you weren't a 49er fan, my question is, "What football team, if any, are you a fan of?". Giovanni Carmazzi, New York

INSTANT 49ERS: I like to see Cal do well. I also follow Oregon a little because my wife is an alum. I cover the NFL, so it would be impractical to root for or against any team. Still, I'm human and I do like to see certain individuals succeed.

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Question: Matt, I have heard rumors that Alex Smith's issures go beyond his poor play on the field, in that he is not a leader on the field and not respected in the locker room by his teammates. Any truth to this rumor? Mschmitt, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Several offensive players were frustrated last season with his shortcomings after returning from the injury - no question. I also believe many players were afraid to come out and publicly support Alex because they were afraid that would be seen as siding with him, and not the head coach. Smith has a whole new set of obstacles this season to becoming a good player. He has to regain the confidence of his teammates, as well as regain his own confidence. I don't believe it goes any deeper than that. There is nothing personal going on.

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Question: Matt: a.ssume that one year from now you are summarizing the niners season and that they went 12-4 and lost in the NFC championship game. Describe a scenario where that could actually occur. Second question: a.ssume that the niners went 2-14 and have the first pick in the draft, and Nolan as well as the entire front office staff has been fired. Describe a scenario that that could occur. Ddmur, Location unkown

INSTANT 49ERS: Both scenarios involve the quarterback position, Mike Martz and luck. If the 49ers go 12-4 it will because of a dramatic improvement in production from the offense, especially the quarterback, and everything going exactly as hoped. If they go 2-14, it'll likely be the offense's fault - coupled probably with some bad breaks along the way.
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Question: Hi Matt. Have the niners actually said where Justin Smith will play? That addition has been very puzzling. Is our big need at DE or OLB. Which one of those position will Justin play? I haven't seen anyone come out and say either or. Makes it tough on mock drafts and projecting next years depth chart. Thanks. Gene V, Unknown location

INSTANT 49ERS: Smith will be the team's right defensive end, but the 49ers have said that they'll also line him up all over the place to take advantage of his skills. I've seen a lot of people who say that Smith had a bad season last year because he has only two sacks. In the games I saw, he did not record a sack, but he still was a defensive force. Based on what I saw from Smith last season, he would've been the best 49ers' defensive lineman since Bryant Young, pre-broken leg.

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Question: What's up Matt. I understand that Coach Nolan wants to stick with the 3-4 defense,so why aren't we targeting a hybrid NT/DE in the first round. Franklin & Fields are ok, but what do you think of these players: Kentwan Balmer, Red Bryant & Dre Moore? They are huge guys with big play potential! Also, do you see any other players that would fit the mold? Thanks. Gene V, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: I don't think there's much doubt that they'd like to add at least one defensive lineman in this draft. Trevor Laws is another player to keep in mind.

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Question: Hey Matt, Could you tell us a little bit about T. Brown. Does this guy really have 2nd round coverage talent? Do you seem him starting soon, or even in the future? Scott, Lake Oswego OR

INSTANT 49ERS: Tarell Brown has a chance to be a pretty good player. I think he has a chance to start in the future - perhaps eventually taking Walt Harris' spot. Shawntae Spencer might have something to say about that, though. Of course, Brown slipped in last year's draft because of the character issue. In his first year with the 49ers, he seemed to have his act together. The only time there was any issue was when Trent Dilfer scuffled with him at practice. In that case, I'm told Dilfer was the instigator.

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Question: Hey Matt, i keep hearing people say this draft is one of the deepest drafts at the offensive tackle position. My Question is this, if its so freaking deep why in the world would we waste our first pick selecting a bookend for the line when we could find similar talent in the second day? Joe, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: I don't think you can ever waste a pick on a bookend for the line. The question that might confront the 49ers is whether they want to take their, say, fourth-rated offensive lineman or settle later for their eighth or 12th or 15th. The higher you take an offensive lineman, the higher the success rate. After all, you can almost always find a spot for a lineman. If he doesn't pan out at tackle, in many cases he can be moved inside to guard and still contribute.

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Question: Hi Matt, Chrissy Mauck wrote about Coach Tomsula having a surgery on his hip. How long has he recovered? Have you seen Jim and how is he coaching. Greetings to Jim and everybody from Germany and all the best. foreveryoung49ers, Duesseldorf

INSTANT 49ERS: From what I understand, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula is getting around much better after his offseason surgery. He'll be happy to know he's getting well-wishes from Germany. Thanks.

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Question: Hey Matt, A question was asked about why the niners did not push going after the Dolpins for tampering in the Justin Smiley deal. Your answer was that it would make the niners seem petty and would hurt there reputation. It also would also put them under the microscope for future violations. That answer got me to thinking. What about the bears? Do people in the league view them as petty for going after the Niners especally since they were never in danger of losing Briggs anyway, and will the Bears be put under the microscope for any misdeeds given the above? Dllas Niner Fan, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: Again, the Briggs/49ers and Smiley/Dolphins examples are apples and oranges. The Dolphins did nothing to stand in the way of the 49ers re-signing Smiley. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Bill Parcells called Mike Nolan to ask him about Smiley. Remember, the 49ers were not at all competitive in their desire to re-sign Smiley. Meanwhile, the Bears were in danger of losing Briggs. Very few people thought he would re-sign with them. I'm not going to get into the evidence and who was right and who was wrong, but if the 49ers felt another team was tampering DURING THE SEASON with one of their key players, you better believe they would press the issue. The whole Smiley/Dolphins thing is a different story altogether. As far as anybody knows, the Dolphins offered him a contract at the moment it was legal. All it takes is a couple minutes for one side to fax a proposal, another side to say, "Yes," and there's an agreement. Smiley told me within 30 minutes of the start of free agency that he agreed to terms. He had not yet signed anything. The Dolphins did not announce the deal as official for a couple days. Let's remember that there were all kinds of rumors prior to the start of free agency about the 49ers' interest in Justin Smith. Heck, I heard a couple days prior to the start of free agency that Alan Faneca and the Jets had pretty much agreed to terms. This stuff happens a lot. The distinction is that it happens a couple months AFTER the season.

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Question: Matt, from a personal standpoint how well do you think the team will do on the field this year? Do you believe Alex will learn the system in time and that Martz can turn this offense around so that Nolan can punch his ticket to stay next year? Thanks!!! Haig, El Cerrito

INSTANT 49ERS: I will say this: A year ago, I thought everybody was going overboard with the expectations. I think there's a chance this season that the expectations will be so low that the 49ers could surprise some people.

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Question: I have been waiting for somthing like this. Could you do an answer session once a Norcal niner, Location unknown

INSTANT 49ERS: That would get repetitive. After all, most of these questions have been asked and answered previously. As it is, I try to answer questions before they're asked. Also, I answer a large quantity of questions in the comments section. Maybe something like this when things are extremely slow.

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Question: Hey Matt, Is there any chance you'll be doing the 49ers pick for the NFL.com mock draft? "NFL.com has gathered writers from around the country to play GM for a day for the NFL team that they cover on a daily basis. Each writer will be "on the clock" to select their first-round pick." Andy, H.B.

INSTANT 49ERS: They haven't contacted me, so I'd a.ssume that's a no. But I am scheduled to speak via telephone on ESPNews on Friday at around 5:30 p.m. (PT). They are breaking down each division and looking ahead to the draft.

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The 49ers 2008 Preseason Schedule is as follows:
Week 1 - at Oakland (CBS5, KNBR 1050 and The Bone)
Week 2 - home vs Green Bay (CBS5, KNBR 1050 and The Bone)
Week 3 - at Chicago (Thurs 8/21, FOX)
Week 4 - home vs SD (Fri 8/29, CBS5, KNBR 1050 and The Bone)
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Looking for Jay Moore at outside linebacker

Heading into the 2008 season, Jay Moore is an unknown quantity at a critical position. The 49ers didn’t get much production – especially pass-rushing production – from their outside linebackers last season and many believe they must take an outside linebacker (QG?) with one of their first picks in the draft. I caught up with Moore today after he finished his morning workouts and found out three big things happened to him this offseason: He got married, he fully recovered from a vicious high-ankle sprain and he lost a little weight. If you’ll remember, Moore showed up last season at 272 pounds after playing defensive end at Nebraska. Right now he’s a 259-pound outside linebacker.

Moore said his primary focus this offseason has been getting leaner and quicker. He says he feels comfortable with his weight, which he remembers was painfully hard to pile on while in college. “Back then you would have protein shakes, an extra burger – anything to add weight,” he said. “I made myself eat as much as I could. It’s a lot easier now. It’s not as stressful. Now I can eat like a normal person.”

Moore’s rookie season ended when he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve. The term “high-ankle sprain” sounds innocuous, but Moore says he suffered ligament, cartilage and even bone damage, and that doctors told him he would have been better off breaking his ankle. He didn’t start running until Week 12 and didn’t really test it out – making cuts, change of direction – until the offseason. It’s back to normal now, and Moore has been participating fully in the team’s offseason program.

So what will be Moore’s role in 2008? It’s hard to say at this point. He started out last season playing the Sam linebacker position behind Manny Lawson and figures he’ll begin the May minicamp in the same spot. But the 49ers want all of their outside linebackers to be able to play both the Sam and Will (rush) positions. Not only would that make their chameleon defense less prone to injuries, it would keep opposing offenses on their toes. So if the new, slimmed down Moore shows the pass-rush burst the 49ers have been missing – who knows – maybe he’ll appear opposite Lawson instead of behind Lawson.
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