The process of building a stadium in Santa Clara for the 49ers took another step forward Tuesday when the Santa Clara City Council unanimously approved a 10 million expenditure to prepare the construction site.
The funds will help transform a parking lot adjacent to the Great America amusement park -- the re-routing of utilities, the addition of an access road, sidewalks and additional parking spaces.
Santa Clara will tap into voter-approved tax revenue for a portion of the project; it reportedly will borrow 6 million from the 49ers for the rest.
"This is really an exciting move, though it doesn't sound like very exciting work to prepare the site and move utilities and parking," said City Councilmember Lisa Gillmor. "It's really a great movement forward for our stadium."
Previously, voters in Santa Clara passed a measure to provide 114 million to build the stadium. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 and the facility is targeted to open in 2015.
On Monday, Jerry Rice shared some words of wisdom with the 49ers in a team meeting.
He also stuck around and went through warmup drills with 49ers receivers.
49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson engaged in some back-and-forth dialogue with the living legend.
"He was giving me a little bit of trash talk. I was giving it back to him though (laughing)," Robinson explained on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show. "If he wanted to line up with me, I was ready. And I wasn't gonna hold back.
"I kept calling him, I was like, 'I know you don't want to come out here,' But then he finally came over there and he was giving me some trash talk."
It's all but certain that Robinson will start on the outside when the 49ers host the Panthers in Week 1.
He struggled in the exhibition opener against the Chiefs last Friday night.
On the first play of the game, Tyreek Hill ran right past Robinson for a 33-year completion along the sideline.
"I didn't really think they were gonna do a deep ball," Robinson said. "I fell away from my fundamentals. That's one thing I can say ... that just boils back to having short-term memory."
Later in the drive -- on 3rd and 6 from the 49ers' 11-yard line -- he missed a tackle that resulted in a 1st and Goal at the 2-yard line.
The Chiefs scored on the next play.
"Can't really beat yourself up about it ... gotta let it go."
On Saturday morning, Katie Sowers announced that she "accepted a season-long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers."
On Wednesday morning, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was asked about having a woman as an assistant coach.
"Katie is a baller. 100 percent," Goodwin declared on KNBR 680's Murph & Mac Show. "She understands the game. She is very familiar with the game. She played in a women's league.
"It may be a little different, but she definitely has the attitude that it takes to be in that room. She brings a great vibe and she understands. I'm happy that she's on staff."
Last season, Sowers spent training camp with the Falcons.
And according to Kyle Shanahan:
“She came in and worked with the receivers and did as good of a job as anyone I've had in the internship. We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it, she has played professional football in a women's league in the United States for a while and she's passionate about it.
“Us spending a whole training camp with her, she did a great job and she ended up helping out in Atlanta in personnel throughout the year. She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here.
"There was no doubt. She does a good job and we're excited to have her.”
Does Goodwin think she will face any barriers with the 49ers?
"Not at all. Not at all because it doesn't matter what happens outside these walls," Goodwin answered. "What other people think outside, it doesn't matter.
"All that matters is what goes on in our room and in our organization."