DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

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DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Haley were not among the six inductees into the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame class.Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf make up the 2012 inductees.The newly-elected class, announced on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Canton, Ohio.

DeBartolo oversaw the 49ers as owner from 1977 until he stepped away in December 1997 when he became a target of gambling fraud charges in Louisiana. This was the first time he had advanced to the stage of "finalist" for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The 49ers had several rough seasons after DeBartolo took over as owner of the 49ers in 1977. He made four coaching changes in his first three seasons.The 49ers were 2-14 in back-to-back seasons in 1978 and '79, the first year Walsh was in charge. DeBartolo stuck with Walsh and saw the team improve to 6-10 in 1980 before bringing home the 49ers' first Super Bowl title in 1981.Under DeBartolo's driven leadership, the 49ers won 10 or more games in each of his final 16 non-strike seasons. The 49ers won 13 NFC West titles and made failed to make the playoffs only twice during that time.The 49ers' final two Super Bowls came with George Seifert as head coach, following Walsh's resignation after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII over the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16, on Montana's last-minute touchdown pass to John Taylor.Haley holds the record with five Super Bowl titles as a player. He was a key member of two 49ers Super Bowl teams at the ends of the 1988 and '89 seasons. After he was traded to the Cowboys, he won three more championships with Dallas.
Haley held the 49ers' rookie sack record of 12 after entering the league as a fourth-round draft pick from James Madison in 1986 until Aldon Smith broke the record with 14 this season.He ranks second in 49ers history with 66.5 sacks in seven seasons. Haley was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time first-team All-Pro.After playing five seasons with the Cowboys and being out of the game for two full regular seasons, Haley returned to the 49ers for the playoffs in 1998. He played all 16 games for the 49ers in 1999 before exiting the NFL.
Doleman, who is one of the six inductees, played for the 49ers from 1996-1998. He racked up 150.5 career sacks in 15 seasons. He recorded 10 or more sacks in a season eight times, including all three years in San Francisco.

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."