Singletary undecided on quarterback


Singletary undecided on quarterback

Dec. 17, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- The 49ers, fresh off a pitiful performance in San Diego on Thursday, have a couple big games on Sunday.RECAP: 49ers ugly in 34-07 beating from San Diego
Scoreboard-watching has generally gone well for the 49ers this season, as the other teams in the NFC West have made it possible for a 5-9 team such as the 49ers to remain mathematically alive this late in the season.The only way the 49ers will be eliminated prior to their game against St. Louis on Sunday, Dec. 26, is if both the Rams and Seahawks win their home games. St. Louis plays Kansas City, while Seattle takes on Atlanta.Before dismissing his team until Tuesday, coach Mike Singletary stood at the lectern for his usual day-after-game press conference. Here is some of what he said:--Singletary: "Obviously, as tough a loss as it was last night for us, there is still an opportunity ahead and the thing we're going to do is focus on St. Louis and get ready to go play a tough division foe next week."My take: Yes, the 49ers still have an opportunity, but they need a lot of help along the way. The 49ers must win their final two games, and both Seattle and St. Louis would both have to lose two of three for the 49ers to advance to the playoffs.
--Singletary (on whether he'll start Alex Smith or Troy Smith at quarterback against the Rams): "I just think that right now as we look at the film and look at the things we want to do. We'll look at the Rams when we played them the first time. The Rams were a little bit different and I think we're a little bit different. There are some things that have changed since then and we'll deal with it accordingly."MAIOCCO: Singletary again weighs which Smith to play
My take: Troy Smith tore up the Rams on Nov 14, but the major thing that has changed since then is that Frank Gore is no longer around. Troy Smith was most effective when he had play-action pass as his main tool. But the 49ers are not able to have the same success with play-action with Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon in the backfield with the quarterback. Also, Singletary's decision might also change based on whether the 49ers remain alive in the division race after Sunday's games.--Singletary (on his future hinging on Sunday's games): "My future depends on the St. Louis game that we've got coming. To me, I take it one week at a time and I don't really worry about all the other things. But right now my focus is on St. Louis."My take: The question, I thought, was actually asked about the 49ers' playoff hopes being connected to the Rams and Seahawks games. But, obviously, the 49ers' fate this season is connected to Singletary's future, as well.--Singletary (on whether he saw the replay of Justin Smith's contact with an official and his thoughts on referee Clete Blakeman's comment that Smith "basically came at him," umpire Garth DeFelice, and "shoved him"): "Ummm. No, no. I did not see the replay of it. As a matter of fact, I just knew the players were saying there was something with Justin and it was possible he'd be ejected. And then the ref came over and talked about it and I asked him what happened and he basically, that's what he said. I wasn't going to go there so it was probably better I didn't see the replay. My reaction probably would've been different. I heard from several people, several of our players, about the replay. The call is what it is. As much as you'd like to protest it, as much as you'd like to go ballistic about it, it is what it is."RELATED: Smith denies intentional shove of official
My take: One of Singletary's top players got ejected from the game. I have a difficult time believing Singletary did not want to see the replay, especially considering if Blakeman's account of the events are accurate, Smith would be subject to further league discipline. But with his next answer, Singletary intimates that he's been assured Smith will not face a suspension.--Singletary: "The bottom line is I think from what I have heard is that what happened last night, that's basically it and we'll move forward from there."My take: OK, Singletary seems to have information that Smith will be subject to a fine, but not a suspension.
--Singletary (on Alex Smith's performance): "Let me just say this: I thought under the situation, under the circumstances, I thought Alex (Smith) handled himself about as well as he could."My take: We can assume that Singletary meant the dropped pass to Delanie Walker early in the game, and the fact that Smith was sacked six times and under constant pressure. Smith completed 65.5 percent of his passes (19 of 29) for 165 yards with one interception.--Singletary (on breakdowns in pass coverage): "I just think that for us, I think we have to do as a defensive staff continue to focus on the back end and make the necessary adjustments that we need to make in order for them to get better."My take: Singletary mentioned the "back end" or secondary, and that actually surprised me. I've spoken with others who believe he problem stems from a lack of a consistent pass rush. So I followed up, asking about the production of the outside linebackers.--Singletary: "I think it's a combination. I think it's a combination of things. Obviously when you're on the back end you always want there to be more pressure. When you're creating pressure, you always want there to be great coverage on the back end. So it goes hand in hand. It's a work in progress."
My take: It's not a work in progress. The 49ers have played 14 games. The 49ers have a veteran secondary, especially at the corners, and they have veteran outside pass rushers. This has been a constant theme for the 49ers. They've had just one player generate 10 or more sacks in the past 11 seasons. Andre Carter had 12.5 sacks in 2002.--Singletary (on whether he can pinpoint a reason for Michael Crabtree's lack of production): "No, I really can't. I just think we have to do a better job of including him."My take: Crabtree, the No. 10 overall pick in 2009, had three catches for 17 yards against the Chargers. He had one catch for 1 yard last week against the Seahawks. He's gone five games without achieving more than 50 yards receiving.

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

New York Giants release kicker Josh Brown

The New York Giants released placekicker Josh Brown, the team announced on Tuesday.

The NFL suspended Brown for the season opener in Dallas for violating the League’s Personal Conduct Policy.  That suspension was based on his May 22, 2015 arrest on domestic violence charges, which were dismissed approximately five days after the arrest.

Brown served his suspension, returned to the Giants on September 12, and subsequently participated in five games. 

Last Wednesday, approximately 24 hours before the Giants were to depart for London, new information was released by authorities in Washington State.  The new materials disclosed a history of alleged domestic violence by Brown.  On Thursday, the Giants announced Brown would not accompany the team to London, where they played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. 

Last Friday, the NFL, at the Giants request and citing the documents released two days earlier, placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt List. 

Today, the Giants released Brown.

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said team president John Mara. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided.  We accept that responsibility.

“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father.  We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter.  We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Statement from Josh Brown:
"The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life.  My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.  I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way.  In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic.  In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."

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49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

SANTA CLARA -- In the early afternoon Monday after the 49ers’ day-after-game meetings concluded, the players were excused for the next seven days.

Coach Chip Kelly opted to give the 49ers a week break, rather than going through a couple days of practices before providing the players with a mandatory four consecutive days off during the bye week.

The 49ers on Sunday dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there will be no extra practices to attempt to sharpen their performance.

“They’ve been at it since July 31st,” Kelly said. “They haven’t had more than one day off in a row. So I think at this point in time that’s what our whole MO has always been.

“They’ll meet with our strength and conditioning coaches. They have their lifting programs in terms of what they can do and what they have to do. And I think at this point in time we need to heal up. I think it’s a good break for them to do what they need to do and that’s the way I’ve always done it and our teams have been fresh coming out of the bye week.”

While the players will be off for a week, Kelly said the coaching staff will continue to work through Friday in an attempt to identify areas in which they can improve and snap out of their six-game losing streak on Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’ve got a lot of self-scout that we have set aside,” Kelly said. “We’ll be in here all week kind of looking at what we’ve done in the first seven games, what have our opponents done to us in the first seven games relative to what we thought going into the game based on the break downs. Did they change?

“If they were 60-percent pressure going into our game and they were only 30-percent pressure in our game, trying to delve into how people are defending us. How are people attacking us from an offensive standpoint in terms of attacking our defense and what their tendencies were going into the game and then what actually transpired in the game. So we’ve got a lot of film work and a lot of studying to do here during this week.”

Kelly reiterated on Monday that he is not looking at leaving the 49ers after this season. He said he has not heard from any schools with coaching openings or potential openings. Kelly said he has tried to remain focused on his job through the longest losing streak he has ever experienced as a coach.

“No one’s happy, so I don’t know if the word’s anguish, but I mean obviously you try to keep it consistent in terms of your approach to everything that you do,” Kelly said. “I don’t think being consistent and being even-keeled means that it doesn’t bother you or that you’re not frustrated in terms of what’s gone on.”

Kelly said the 49ers have the talent to win games. When asked why the coaches have not been able to extract more victories, Kelly placed the blame for the team’s poor play on himself and his staff.

“That’s on us,” Kelly said. “I agree 100-percent in terms of what you’re saying. But our job is to put our players in position to make plays and we’re not doing a good enough job of that right now.”