True to Staley's words, 49ers' line doesn't suck


True to Staley's words, 49ers' line doesn't suck

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a hallway at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley supplied a quote that was bound to be revisited throughout the season."Contrary to what everybody believes, we don't suck," Staley said at a time when the 49ers' offense ranked last in the NFL in total yards.In the two games since Staley's statement, the 49ers' offense -- and, most notably, their offensive line -- has thrived. The 49ers rallied last week from 20-points down to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.And the offensive line led the way Sunday in the 49ers' 48-3 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park.For the first time since 2006, the 49ers rushed for more than 200 yards (213, to be exact) while not allowing a sack of quarterback Alex Smith. Running back Frank Gore led the ground game with 125 yards and a touchdown on 20 rushing attempts.So is it any coincidence that Staley expresses confidence in the offensive line and then the offensive line kicks into gear?"I don't think it's a coincidence," Staley said Sunday. "I really believe what I said. I know the guys we have in our locker room. I know the guys that work with me every single day on the practice field, and all the work we're doing. I believe in every single one of those guys. It's exciting to see that come together and we're getting noticed."Right guard Adam Snyder said Staley's quote was not a rallying cry among the linemen.
"I might have looked like that, but no," Snyder said. "We know the guys in that room and the work we put in. It was only a matter of time before everybody else saw it. We got guys in that room that care about the game of football and care about their teammates. You can't ask for anything more than that."The improved line play has coincided with Adam Snyder's insertion into the starting lineup. Snyder replaced Chilo Rachal at halftime of the 49ers' 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 25.Each of the 49ers' seven active offensive linemen saw action Sunday. Rachal and Alex Boone reported into the game for several plays, with Snyder moving to a wing as a blocker from a position as an eligible receiver.So what's been the difference?"We got a better understanding of the offense," Snyder said.

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”