Good morning everyone. Seems we’re lacking in news again, but there’s a few things that are worth checking out today. For one, there was the piece from Matt Barrows regarding Justin Smith and Frank Gore, and whether or not this could be the final season of these two players wearing a San Francisco 49ers uniform.
Source: Niners Nation
Trying to predict how the Rams offense is going to be run – at least this early in the year – would be difficult. The only thing consistent about the team’s offensive productivity – for the better part of a decade – would be it’s inconsistency. But even in early June, there’s a sense that things could be vastly different in the upcoming season.
Source: Turf Show Times
Seahawks’ sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson recently told ESPN’s Bob and Groz what he’s most concerned about improving on in year two:
“I think the biggest things are footwork and protection. Those are the two most important things in terms of playing the quarterback position. You know, how can we get protected? Learning that, understanding that as best as I can, and then also on the footwork side of it, the better your feet, the more plays you can make.”
Protection. How can we get protected?
Source: Field Gulls
Michael Crabtree had the stitches removed from his torn right Achilles’ tendon Monday.
“Obviously, it’s the atmosphere, the players, the coaching staff and the way they treat you,” Bennett said. “They treat you like a man as long as you act like a man, and I appreciate that. The game is fun here, so I love everything about this organization.”
Is this a shot at the Bucaneers organization, especially Greg Schiano?
Source: Tacoma News Tribune
More evidence the 49ers weren’t happy with their coverage units in 2012: The team today signed Ray Ventrone, a special teams standout most recently in Cleveland, to a one-year deal.
Ventrone got his NFL start with the Patriots in 2005 and played the last four seasons in Cleveland, two of them with current 49ers special teams coordinator Brad Seely. He appeared in 12 games last season and recorded seven special teams tackles. Ventrone also is familiar to newly hired 49ers consultant Eric Mangini, who has been a head coach with the Jets and Browns.
The 49ers will hire former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets coach Eric Mangini as a senior offensive consultant, a league source confirmed Saturday.
It may be a little confusing as first to read that Mangini will be an offensive consultant when his career as an assistant was spent mostly on the defensive side of the ball. He will be brought in to give a defensive perspective to the coaches as they prepare for that week’s game.
Source: Sacramento Bee