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Sack numbers belie effectiveness of pass rush

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Sack numbers belie effectiveness of pass rush

The 49ers defense sent Matthew Stafford to the turf five times during the teams 25-19 win and introduced Colt McCoy to the Candlestick grass four times in a 20-10 victory the following week.

But over the two ensuing games, opposing quarterbacks have mostly evaded the takedown. Ahmad Brooks and Patrick Willis have recorded one sack each in the last two games with tackles of John Beck and Eli Manning respectively, and thats it.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio says the defenses sack numbers may be down, but they are not indicative of the effectiveness of the 49ers the pass rush.

I think our rush last week had been basically like it was during most of the season, Fangio said. Eli Manning was a quarterback that was going to get it out quicker. Going back to the Washington game, Washington, if you remember, came off that game where they had nine or ten sacks against them. And anytime that happens its a red alert that thats gotta get fixed.

Fangio noted that Washington addressed that trend by having Beck get the ball out quicker in the game against them than he had in previous games.

Thats one of the reasons that quarterback threw so many check downs in that game, Fangio noted.

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"