June 30, 201149ERS NEWS 49ERS VIDEONFL PAGEReuben Frank
Is there room for a bust of Terrell Owens in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Is there room in the Halls second-floor Gallery next to Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin and Bobby Hayes for one of the most talented and most confounding players in recent NFL history?
Is T.O. a Hall of Famer?
With Owens recent knee surgery jeopardizing his 2011 season and perhaps ending his career after 15 seasons, this is a good time to explore that fascinating question.
After 15 NFL seasons, Owens has 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in NFL history in receptions, second in yards and second in touchdowns. He trails only Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Cris Carter and Tim Brown in receptions and only the incomprable Rice in yards and TD catches.
But with Owens, its about much more than the numbers. It always is. His attitude issues, his constant feuds with coaches and quarterbacks, his disappointing playoff production and his late-career instability thats seen him play for four teams in the last six years wont help his chances.
Neither will the fact that the panel that decides whos a Hall of Famer and whos not is made up of a group that in general cant stand Owens. Sports writers.
If Owens doesnt play again, hed be eligible for consideration for the 2016 enshrinement class.
Will he go in? Good question.
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The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.
And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”
On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."
The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.
The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.
The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.
Perrish Cox is reportedly heading back to the Pacific Northwest.
The former 49ers cornerback will sign with Seattle, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
He appeared in 16 games for the 49ers in 2012 and nine games the next season before being released in November 2013.
Cox signed with the Seahawks a couple of weeks later, was released after appearing in two games, and then re-signed with the 49ers right before the playoffs began.
In 2014 with San Francisco, he started 14 games and recorded five interceptions.
He appeared in 24 games (22 starts) over the last two seasons with Tennessee.
The Titans released him in late November.