Posts Tagged ‘49ers’

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL…

Ian Rapoport‘s weekly report is back after a brief hiatus. This Sunday his nine notes begin with a conversation with Falcons coach Mike Smith, who is sticking to his fourth-down strategy.

Live from Tahoe: What does 49ers QB Alex Smith think of his new weapons? “Love it, love it.”

While racing around the golf course in South Lake Tahoe yesterday, I ran into San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith. So, while he walked from the 18th green to the first tee (making the turn), we caught up on the 49ers offseason. In between signing autographs and dodging stray carts, Smith came off as a guy pumped to get going. Considering his team added weapons like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, I can’t blame him. “Love it, love it,” Smith told me when I asked what he thought of the new additions. “We had a great offseason, a lot of new faces came in, really fit in. But this is the time when real football starts, put the pads on and […]

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL…

As we do once a week (and in celebration of my 10-year Columbia University reunion being over), let’s take a brief swing through nine things going on around the NFL.

Understanding what you are watching when WR Randy Moss practices…

Randy Moss has a reputation for being a player who doesn’t go hard in practice. I’m not sure why this is. Maybe there were times when he didn’t finish drills, but I watched him for two training camps and that wasn’t the case. Teammates say he works. In particular, what the veteran receiver does is make catches. Some ridiculous catches. I remember when Moss posterized Jets CB Darrelle Revis in 2010 with the sickest catch I’ve ever seen in person — a one-handed touchdown. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick shrugged. “We’ve seen that play in practice probably a dozen times,” Belichick said two years ago. He’s right. In training camp (the practices open to the media), Moss impresses. I’ve seen […]

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