NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders both slip

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NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders both slip

The 49ers drop a spot during their bye week, the Bears surge, and the Raiders slip after Doug Martin runs amok.

1 (1) Atlanta Falcons (8-0) Road warriors? Dirty Birds have won four home games by total of 17 points. 2 (5) Chicago Bears (7-1) Fearsome and opportunistic defense has returned seven INTs for TDs. 3 (4) Houston Texans (7-1) As Arian Foster goes, so go the Texans. 4 (3) 49ers (6-2) Will Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith be driven by Bruce Bochy and Buster Posey in February? 5 (2) New York Giants (6-3) Now Tom Coughlin is lamenting the loss of the scab refs. 6 (6) Green Bay Packers (6-3) Lynn Dickey who? A-Rod has 22 TDs in last six games, most-ever by Packer QB in that span. 7 (7) New England Patriots (5-3) Giselle gets a pop in "Clique" from Kanye but not Tom Brady? Meh, it's a bye week. 8 (9) Denver Broncos (5-3) Peyton Manning is midseason NFL MVP. Any questions? 9 (10) Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Um, tough run D? Ravens have given up at least 100 yards rushing four straight games. 10 (13) Seattle Seahawks (5-4) Beast Mode finding groove - three straight 100-yard rushing games for Marshawn Lynch. 11 (14) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) Sharing the wealth - Big Ben hits nine different players with passes vs. Giants. 12 (15) Indianapolis Colts (5-3) Andrew Luck sets rookie record with 433 passing yards. Phil Simms looks the other way. 13 (8) Minnesota Vikings (5-4) Good news? Adrian Peterson looks phenomenal. Bad news? Christian Ponder's 37.3 rating. 14 (11) Miami Dolphins (4-4) Ryan Tannehill needs to air it out; Dolphins 4-0 with at least 30 passes. 15 (21) New Orleans Saints (3-5) Drew Brees playing like a man on a mission on national television. 16 (23) San Diego Chargers (4-4) Bolts' four wins against teams with combined record of 6-24. 17 (25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) Only man who could stop Doug Martin Sunday was his own coach. 18 (26) Detroit Lions (4-4) Matthew Stafford second-fastest to 10,000 pass yards in NFL history, behind Kurt Warner. 19 (12) Arizona Cardinals (4-5) Cards second team in NFL history to open season 4-0 then lose five straight - 1993 Eagles. 20 (16) Buffalo Bills (3-5) Why, exactly, did Mario Williams sign here again? 21 (17) Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) Sophomore slump? Andy Dalton with INT in all eight games thus far. 22 (18) New York Jets (3-5) What, no Tim Tebow "news?" It was a bye week. 23 (19) Washington (3-6) November demise? They've lost last six games immediately before Presidential election. 24 (20) St. Louis Rams (3-5) Spent bye licking wounds after London beatdown by Pats. 25 (22) Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) How did Mike Vick become a sympathetic figure? 26 (24) Dallas Cowboys (3-5) Yes, Jason Witten surpassed Michael Irvin as Cowboys' all-time leading pass catcher. 27 (30) Carolina Panthers (2-6) Seems Cam Newton took one suggestion to heart - win. 28 (27) Raiders (3-5) Those blaming Carson Palmer for Bucs loss need to stop. Like yesterday. 29 (28) Tennessee Titans (2-6) Chris Johnson breaks a long run, but also loses two fumbles for first time in career. 30 (29) Cleveland Browns (2-7) It must really pain the Dog Pound when the Ravens come to town. 31 (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) Home cooking gone bad: Jags outscored 126-34 at home this season. 32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) Romeo Crennel strips self of D-coordinator duties, so that's a start.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.