Rogers-Cruz dance rivalry gets spicy


Rogers-Cruz dance rivalry gets spicy

SANTA CLARA -- New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz did not take kindly to Carlos Rogers mimicking his celebratory salsa dance a year ago.
And if Rogers does it again on Sunday at Candlestick Park?"It obviously won't sit well with me," Cruz told reporters who cover the 49ers on a Wednesday conference call.
And it goes beyond the fact that Rogers will likely have made a big play in order to feel compiled to perform the dance during the game. For Cruz, it's personal.
"It's something I do for my grandmother," Cruz said. "It's something that's sacred to me. Due to her passing, and even before she passed away, it was something that's dear to me. And why I do it is for her. And because she told me she loved it so much and she taught me how to do it. Knowing that, it's a little slap in the face."Rogers unveiled his version of the dance during a two-interception game against the Giants during the regular season. In his book, Out of the Blue, Cruz described the event:"With his teammates cheering him on, he did a sarcastic salsa dance over me. The Candlestick Park crowd went ballistic, but I wasn't laughing. It was a sign of disrespect. Instead of getting up and retaliating, though, I sat and watched Rogers finish his cheap Victor Cruz imitation."On Wednesday, Cruz said, "And then I brushed it off and kept it going, and made sure I did my best for the rest of the season and got a chance to play them again. And I did pretty well the second time saw each other."When the teams met again in the NFC championship game, Cruz caught eight passes for 125 yards in the first half and finished with 10 receptions for 142 yards in the Giants' 20-17 overtime victory. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Rogers indicated he would again dance, if given the opportunity on Sunday."I like the dance, actually," Rogers said. "I really can't do it as good as him, but if I make a play or get an interception on him in my mind, just do his dance."

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.