Redskins: 49ers 'are beatable'

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Redskins: 49ers 'are beatable'

LANDOVER, Md. -- There was a lot of trash talk that began before the game when the Redskins were upset when some 49ers ran through their drills on the way to the locker room before the game.But it was all in the name of good competition, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said.
"It was normal," Davis said of the amount of interaction among the players on both teams. "They wanted to win the game. They competed. I can't downplay that. They had a lot of physical guys on their side. I think they played a helluva game, as far as stopping the ball and their DBs did a good job -- DeAngelo Hall and (LaRon) Landry."Here is what some members of the Redskins had to say following the 49ers' 19-11 victory on Sunday:"I thought the defense did some really good things, played well enough to win. I thought the intensity was there and I thought our players played extremely hard. But when you make that many mistakes, you have two turnovers (actually, three) on offense and eventually give up pretty good field position against a team that runs the ball extremely well, plays good rush defense, you can't have that many mistakes."
--Redskins coach Mike Shanahan"They are beatable. They came out and played their game the way they. They run the ball effectively, have a strong defense, didn't make too many mistakes of offense. We turned the ball over too much and we allowed them to run the ball. It's frustrating, but at the same time we had a chance. We gave them the (onside) kick. We have to come up with that and give our offense a chance to go out and tie the game."
--Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander"I don't think they (the 49ers) played that great. I don't think they have that dynamic of an offense. If you hold certain teams in the league to 19 points, you feel you did a great job. I don't think that's their type of offense. I think we could've played better. I think we made mistakes. They are a ball controldefensive team. They are the type of team we strive to be, and they have been doing it very well. "
--Defensive lineman Barry Cofield"We came back and looked at the photos that they gave us on the sideline. And there were a few (plays) where I could've waited a second longer and had a shot at something. I'm going off what I saw, and when you look at the pictures, there were a couple there. (Offensive coordinator) Kyle Shanahan and I were standing on the sideline and we said, 'Hey, you know what? Just wait a half-second longer and it'll get into this hole and we can shoot it there.' "
--Quarterback John Beck"I feel like I was getting open. A lot of times John would go through his reads and not come to me. But that's for coach to talk to John about. I just try to get open and make plays when it comes to me."
--Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney"We played hard. We're always going to play hard. Coach Shanahan coaches well, and we're always going to play hard. Playing hard and losing really doesn't do anything for you, so we've got to figure it out."
--Tackle Trent Williams

Why Shanahan chose Hoyer and Barkley over Kaepernick

Why Shanahan chose Hoyer and Barkley over Kaepernick

PHOENIX – Coach Kyle Shanahan walked into a position with the 49ers in which he had no quarterbacks on the roster.

On the first two days of free agency, the 49ers added Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. He determined they were better fits for the offense he would be installing over Colin Kaepernick, who started 64 regular-season and postseason games for the 49ers over the past 4 ½ seasons.

Shanahan appeared to be looking for quarterbacks who are more proficient at going through progressions and making plays from the pocket. Kaepernick was not deemed as a good fit for Shanahan's offense.

“Colin’s had a great career, and he’s done some really good things,” Shanahan said on Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings. “I think Colin has a certain skillset that you can put a specific offense to it that he can be very successful in.

“When we first looked at it, you got to look at each quarterback and what type of offense you want to put in. That wasn’t necessarily the direction I wanted to go. I wanted to put in a different type of offense.”

Kaepernick opted out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager John Lynch has confirmed the 49ers would have released Kaepernick if he had not opted out of his deal.

“The type of offense I wanted to run was somewhat different and that’s why we went that type of direction,” Shanahan said.

The 49ers’ top target in free agency was Hoyer, who enters his ninth NFL season with his sixth different team. Shanahan was offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 in Hoyer’s second and final season with the club.

Hoyer started five games with Chicago in 2016 before getting sidelined with broken left arm. Hoyer completed 67 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions in 200 attempts.

“All these questions about what I like in a quarterback, Brian is like that,” Shanahan said. “He’s obsessed with the game. He will learn your offense. He’ll be able to execute and run it. That gives other guys a chance to perform in your offense. If your quarterback can’t execute it and go through it, it doesn’t always matter what the O-line or the receivers are doing.

“With Brian, you have a very smart guy who works at it, will hang in the pocket and is fearless, will keep his eyes down the field and deliver the ball to the right spots. It gives people a chance to be successful.”

The 49ers also reached a contract agreement with Barkley, who started six games with the Bears due to injuries to Jay Cutler and Hoyer. Barkley saw the most extensive playing time of his career. He completed 59.7 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

“Just watching Matt since college, Matt’s always been a solid player, even coming out and playing at an early age at (USC),” Shanahan said. “He’s battle-tested in that way. He’s gone through the pressure of college, the pressure of the draft, being in the NFL, being with some different teams. Even watching Matt in Chicago this year, I think he played better this year than he has throughout his career. That means the guy is continuing to work at it.”

The 49ers figure to go to training camp with four quarterbacks, so the team is not finished at the quarterback position.

“We’ll look to add anyone who can really help us,” Shanahan said. “I’m very happy with the two we got. You know we’re not only going to take two to camp. So we got to see how the draft works out and then you see what else is out there.”

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”