The day that Montana humbled Buddy, Eagles


The day that Montana humbled Buddy, Eagles

Ray Didinger

Q. I saw you on the NFL Networks Best Comebacks episode and I totally agree with you; San Franciscos 38-28 win over the Eagles in 1989 was Joe Montana at his finest.
That game holds a special place in my heart. I was at the game and brought Montanas autobiography with me. After the game, an usher saw that I had it and let me on the bus where Joe signed it for me. I still have the autographed book.

I remember well Montana that day. He was 11 for 12 (passing) for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. I remember all of his TD passes (in particular) the 66 yarder he threw to Jerry Rice. I recall Rice going after Izel Jenkins for revenge for some extracurricular activity on a Roger Craig running play earlier.
-- Kevin Booth
A. Thats a cool story about Montana signing your book after the game. I remember that game very well. When I think back on his great career that is the game I think about first, even more than his four Super Bowl victories.

That was the fearsome Eagles defense coached by Buddy Ryan with Reggie White, Seth Joyner, Jerome Brown and Clyde Simmons. They pounded Montana that day, sacking him eight times (White had three). It got so ugly that Mike Holmgren, the 49ers offensive coordinator, wanted to pull Montana to spare him further punishment. Montana refused to come out.

He had seen some holes in the Eagles defense Jenkins being an obvious one and felt with just a tweak or two, he could take advantage. In the fourth quarter, Montana went to a spread formation -- one running back, four wide receivers -- and a three-step drop so he got rid of the ball quicker. Once he got in a rhythm, there was no stopping him.

Ryan was in shock afterwards. The Eagles led by 11 points midway through the final period. He couldnt believe that his defense, his pride and joy, could collapse so totally.

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon in the third round with the No. 66 overall pick.

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the pick at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection this year.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."