Davis: 49ers, Smith should agree to part ways

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Davis: 49ers, Smith should agree to part ways

April 8, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe new 49ers' radio analyst does not envision calling quarterback Alex Smith's name throughout his inaugural season in the broadcast booth.Eric Davis, who was hired this week to replace popular Gary Plummer on the 49ers' radio network, was often critical of Smith's play while appearing regularly last season on Comcast SportsNet's 49ers programming.Davis played the first six of his 13 NFL seasons with the 49ers. He was named to two Pro Bowls and was a starter on the 49ers' Super Bowl-winning team of 1994. Now that he is back working for the 49ers, Davis has not changed his opinion or softened his stance.He said he believes the 49ers and Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, would be best-served if the union ends after six seasons."I don't see all the parties involved saying, 'This is the best situation,'" Davis said. "Jed (York), Trent (Baalke), Jim (Harbaugh) and Alex to all have to say, 'Let's give this one more shot.'"Is Alex capable of coming out and having good games? Sure. But with all the baggage, after three bad passes or two bad series, the crowd is going to go ballistic."Davis said he understands why new coach Jim Harbaugh would want to fully evaluate Smith and express a desire for the 49ers to re-sign him while the team had a sole-negotiating rights. After all, Alex Smith and Troy Smith were the only quarterbacks the 49ers could sign to an extension prior to March 3. David Carr is the only quarterback the 49ers have under contract for 2011.
Harbaugh repeatedly praised Alex Smith. Meanwhile, the 49ers did not submit a contract tender to four-year veteran Troy Smith, an obvious sign the 49ers have no intention of bringing him back.One of the advantages of re-signing Smith would've been to have him under contract before the 49ers could add players from outside the organization. Free-agent signings and trades will not be allowed until the labor dispute is settled. The first opportunity teams will likely have to add players will be the draft, scheduled for April 28-30.Davis points out that Smith's supporters often cite the constant flux he was forced to endure during his first six seasons with the 49ers. But, if Smith re-signed, he would have more dramatic changes without a full offseason program to get acclimated.
"Again, it's not 'like' or 'dislike,' there's too much baggage," Davis said. "People have complained that he hasn't had continuity. Why would that change this year? He'd have a different head coach, a different quarterbacks coach, a different coordinator, and a new offense. And this is going to be year he's going to succeed?"And how will Davis approach his job as an analyst if Smith returns to the 49ers for a seventh season?"I have nothing against Alex," Davis said. "This has to do with performance. What I'm going to do is evaluate the performance."

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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