CSNPhilly.com: Why Eagles are like 1994 49ers


CSNPhilly.com: Why Eagles are like 1994 49ers

Aug. 6, 2011

Ray DidingerCSNPhilly.com
Amid all the excitement surrounding the Eagles, Craig Nussbaum has a worry. A loyal reader of CSNPhilly.com, Craig looks at all the glossy new additions and wonders what the front office has wrought.

Most Eagles fans see a Super Bowl, but Craig sees the Washington Redskins.

I have laughed at owner Dan Snyders Redskins for years now, trying to put every high-priced super ego free agent together to win, Craig wrote in an e-mail. They havent done anything. I love all the Eagles moves, but Im worried with the short off-season and not much player leadership, were going to be a huge bust.

Talk me down, please.

OK, Craig, Ill give it a try.

When I see what is happening with the Eagles, Im reminded of another team, but it is not the perpetually underachieving Redskins. Rather, it is the 1994 San Francisco 49ers who won Super Bowl XXIX.

Those were the post-Montana 49ers. Steve Young was the quarterback and while the team was winning big in the regular season, it could not get over the hump in the postseason, much like the Eagles. Two years in a row, the 49ers were smacked down in the NFC championship game by Dallas.

So in 1994, the 49ers let it be known they were going all-out to win the Super Bowl. They sent a powerful message by signing cornerback Deion Sanders as a free agent. Then they stole linebacker Ken Norton, Jr., away from the Cowboys. Soon, other players were at the door, asking if they could join the party. Linebackers Gary Plummer and Rickey Jackson and defensive ends Richard Dent and Charles Mann all signed with the 49ers.


49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

49ers CB Rashard Robinson details his trash talk with Jerry Rice

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."

Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers


Goodwin gives ringing endorsement of 49ers assistant Katie Sowers

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."