Solari, Drevno: Offensive line is maturing


Solari, Drevno: Offensive line is maturing

SANTA CLARA -- Here is Part II of the question-and-answer session with the 49ers offensive line coaches Mike Solari and Tim Drevno:

RELATED: The Solari-Drevno interview, Part 1
Looking at the way the offensive line has responded, there's a pretty clear line -- that Philadelphia game -- where the rushing numbers are up and the sack numbers are down. Is that a true reflection of how well the offensive line taken in the message and performed?
Solari: "I think it goes back to the whole offensive crew coming together and maturing and developing. My personal opinion is you're behind -- without knowing every team in the NFL -- I think all the offensive lines were a little behind because you didn't have the OTAs (organized team activities) and you didn't have the offseason program and the film study, so all the offensive lines were behind. As the season progressed here, Jim Harbaugh did a great job. And Greg Roman did a tremendous job. You just kept seeing the maturity of the offense coming together. It's an awesome thing how it's coming together. Not only that, but the team. And special teams. It's great. But I think the men in this room have taken pride in their work of learning the details and putting it together."Has the line been asked to do things a lot differently from last season?
Solari: "I wouldn't say a lot differently. There are things that are different -- things that are exciting. But just the thing is, this offensive line is maturing and coming together. It's a tremendous group. They work together, all of them. The young guys we brought in, the guys who were here. It's just exciting to see them develop and gain confidence. The guys around them are doing are doing a beautiful job. Frank Gore does a great job. The tight ends are doing a great job, the wide receivers. The blocking. The things you don't see in the rushing numbers, shoot, the tight ends, the receivers. The quarterback, in the sense of what he's doing. And it's exciting."What was your impression when you saw the talent that was here on the offensive line?
Drevno: "Very exciting. You turn on the film and you see guys who are athletic, physical and can run. You know, great opportunity to be successful."You saw them on film a long time before you worked with them. How did your opinions change after you started to get to know them?
Drevno: "You see it live. 'Yeah, this guy's a physical player.' Or 'This guy can move, he's got good feet, good balance, good smarts.' It became live in front of your eyes."From Year 1 with Anthony Davis . . . he had an inconsistent rookie season, and this year the last few weeks, I'm not sure they've had stronger right tackle play here in a long time. Why do you think he has taken that leap even without the offseason?
Solari: "He's maturing. As a rookie, it's very difficult in the NFL. He's maturing. His preparation is improving. His work ethic is improving. From the weight room, his work ethic is improving. And Adam Snyder has done a beautiful job. Joe Staley has done a beautiful job. The men in this room, the leadership, you just watch those guys work. Joe and Adam, and the addition of Jonathan (Goodwin). Those guys with experience, you just watch them perform. That has enhanced his performance and Mike Iupati's performance."What does it mean to have a veteran like Goodwin, somebody who has won a Super Bowl? Is he immediately looked upon as the leader?
Solari: "No, he has to earn it. When a guy comes in, he still has to earn it. And he earns it through his work ethic on the football field and his preparation off the football field. In the facility, they have to earn it."You have seven linemen up on game day, and each of those seven guys has a role. There are times when everybody is called upon. Is it important to keep everybody engaged and knowing even without an injury that they can be on the field for the next play?
Drevno: "I think they all understand that in the room, and they're all taking accountability and they're all in this thing together. They understand that their role is so, so important for us to be successful on Sunday."How has the group responded to know that on the moment's notice the backups have to get in there?
Drevno: "They love challenges, and they thrive on competition. This is a very competitive, hard-working and prideful group that takes pride in their work. It is the best group I've been around in terms of that. They're pros. They come to work every day with a hard hat and a lunch pail and they're read to go to work."In Youngstown, you guys had gotten off to a rough start and Joe Staley made the comment, "We do not suck." Did that strike a chord in this room? Was that something talked about?
Solari: "It's a group that's getting better each week, and that's the most important thing. We have to stay constant in that. Each week you're seeing that. Now, the key is to keep building those stages and we'll be where we want to be."Do you see the confidence growing?
Solari: "Yes. Confidence is fostered by success. But, yes, each week it's growing. You see that in their performance, individually and collectively as a unit. And, again, the key thing at this level is you got to stay healthy and we've been fortunate. And those seven guys are working hard. We've been fortunate, but it's also their work ethic off the field. They're doing things in the weight room to take care of their bodies, and what they're doing in their preparation, getting ready for the game."You guys put in a full day on game days. I see before games you're working with the linemen who aren't going to suit up, going through an entire practice before games. Is that unique because there are two of you?
Solari: "Not sure if it's unique. I don't know what all the teams are doing. But everybody has their different thing. But it's really helped us. Again, it keeps those other young guys ready. It's awesome thing, also, working with them because they're improving their techniques and fundamentals. They're like sponges. They want to get better. So it's exciting to be able to work with them and we taking advantage of the time to take the opportunity to make them better."How long do you work with them before the game?
Drevno: "Thirty minutes, at most."
Solari: "Most guys get a good sweat and loosen up. It's to get them a good sweat, but also to enhance their techniques, and enhance their performance for the week coming up. So it's a chance to coach them up and teach them and communicate with them. I think it's exciting."You've had experience with a couple of those guys, tackle Derek Hall and center Chase Beeler, how do you see them growing at this level?Drevno: "Tremendously. I think they're doing football all day long, so you're going to get better at it in the classroom and on the field. On the field, you're going against better football players, so you have to be better, technique-wise, maybe something you got away with in college, you can't do at this level because everybody's good. They're growing tremendously. Every day they've gotten better. And I think it's the strength coach to the coaches in the room to the players around them, the drive to be good, the chemistry."Is it a pretty good room from that standpoint?
Drevno: "Yes."Is there a lot of fun had in this room?
Solari: "When they come in here, they put their hard hats on. Joe's Joe. You know their personalities. They know when to have fun and when it's time for business."It's a young group, with the exception of Goodwin, is there a chance here to really build something special?
Solari: "With the youth, we'll see very good growth."What will be the key to that?
Solari: "Sticking together. When you look at the teams that have been very, very successful, the offensive line has been together two years. Three years is a luxury now with free agency and so forth. Three years is a luxury. But when you look back at the teams that have been successful, whether it's the New York Giants or the New Orleans Saints, the continuity is always something that's consistent there, when you look back at those lines."

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.


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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