Richard Sherman calls Jim Harbaugh a 'bully'


Richard Sherman calls Jim Harbaugh a 'bully'

Darin Gantt
Sherman, who made waves with his U Mad Bro? tweet of a Tom Brady picture, now has a new target Jim Harbaugh.

After the 49ers coach complained that Sherman and his secondary mates got away with too much contact, Sherman responded as only he can.

Sometimes, man, when the bully gets bullied, thats how that happens, he said via Danny ONeil of the Seattle Times. Hes the same guy who said the other guy was irrational and ignorant for talking about the refs.


Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his father


Chip Kelly: Lessons learned from his father

SANTA CLARA – San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly made his strongest statement, yet, about where he stands when it comes to seeking jobs elsewhere.

It is a view of commitment he said he learned from his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday at the age of 87. Kelly returned from his dad’s funeral in Portland, Maine, late Tuesday night.

Kelly held his typical Wednesday press briefing. Afterward, he went to the practice field, where numerous 49ers players greeted him with hugs. Just moments earlier, he guaranteed he will never leave a team while there are games remaining on the schedule.

“I will never leave my job for another job while a season is going on,” Kelly said. “I don’t think that’s fair. I didn’t do it when I was in college. I didn’t talk to anybody in the National Football League until after our bowl game was over.

“I will not leave a team with three games to go because I got a bigger, better deal. That’s not the way I’m wired. “

Kelly added, “That’s one thing I did learn from my dad. I have a commitment. They made a commitment to me. I made a commitment to them. I’m not searching around and looking for other jobs while I have a job.”

Despite stating multiple times in recent weeks he would not be returning to coach in the college ranks, Kelly’s name continued to surface in connection with the Oregon job. That possibility officially closed on Wednesday morning, as Oregon hired former South Florida coach Willie Taggart for the job.

Kelly’s father passed away on Friday night. Chip Kelly flew to the northeast to join his family, including his mother, who urged him to coach the 49ers’ game on Sunday in Chicago.

After the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears, Kelly returned to Maine to attend the services.

“I think you’re just really thankful for the time we had with him,” Kelly said. “He lived a vibrant and long life. In 87 years, he touched a lot of people in his life. It was evident to us at the funeral. A lot of people came to express their condolences. He had a huge impact. It’s difficult time. We all feel for my mom. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the times we had with him.”

Kelly described his dad as a “life-long learner” who had a “thirst for knowledge, an insatiable appetite for information.” Paul Kelly also was described as having a great sense of humor.

According to his obituary, which ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Paul Kelly taught the four Kelly rules to his kids at a young age:

Rule #1 - Have fun!
Rule #2 - Stick together!
Rule #3 - Love Mom!
Rule #4 -&%$*# Dad!

The obituary also stated Paul Kelly was “a truly devoted San Francisco 49ers fan.”

“My dad’s loyal, now,” Chip Kelly said. “He actually got buried in 49ers gear. He did not want to wear a suit in the coffin. He wore a suit for his whole career as a trial lawyer. He wanted to wear a 49ers sweatsuit.”

Sources: Giants shopping Chris Heston

Sources: Giants shopping Chris Heston

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- With an abundance of starters on their 40-man roster and in the high minors, the Giants are shopping Chris Heston, per league sources. 

Heston, 28, was the pleasant surprise of the 2015 season, starting 31 games and posting a 3.95 ERA with 12 wins, one of which was a no-hitter in New York. He was a first-half savior for a staff limited by age and injuries, but the Giants filled their rotation that winter by signing free agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Matt Moore was acquired in the middle of the summer and Ty Blach and Matt Cain are expected to compete for the fifth starter spot. The urgency to deal Heston comes because the Giants have to add Mark Melancon to the 40-man roster this week and they are currently out of open spots. 

Heston made just four appearances in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen. It was a transition that didn't quite take, and he ended up back in the minors, making 14 starts for the River Cats as he worked to regain some of the velocity that was lost when he dropped 15 pounds during offseason workouts. An oblique injury led to Heston being put on the 60-day DL in June, and ultimately ended his season. 

It was unclear if the Giants were gaining any traction in discussions Wednesday, but at least a couple of teams had reached out to see if Heston might be the right fit. In a market completely lacking starters, he could be a cost-effective option for the back end of a rotation.