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Vick to Kaepernick: Get your hair cut

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 04:32:11 UT

Michael Vick said there’s a simple step ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick can take to prove that he’s serious about playing again in the NFL. “Perception and image is everything,” said Vick, a retired quarterback who rehabilitated his career after serving time in jail for involvement in dogfighting. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said the team is still gathering details over Ezekiel Elliott’s involvement in an altercation at a Dallas bar, the latest off-field incident for the running back. Elliott, who already was facing a potential suspension over the NFL’s investigation of a year-old domestic case, was involved in a dispute Sunday night that led to a man getting punched in the nose and being taken to a hospital. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, declined to prosecute the Ohio State alum over a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend before Elliott’s first training camp with the Cowboys last year. Elliott, 21, also drew unwanted attention last season when he visited a legal marijuana shop before a preseason game in Seattle. Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie and helped the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a 13-3 record, can get suspended without any convictions.



Here’s how former teammates, coaches feel about Colin Kaepernick’s activism

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:12:53 UT

It seems everyone has an opinion on quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his continuing unemployment. The once-disgraced and now rehabilitated Michael Vick, who was convicted of abusing dogs, said Kaepernick needs a haircut. “I don’t think he should represent himself in that way,” Vick said talking about Kaepernick’s robust afro. “Just go clean-cut. You know why not? You’re already dealing with a lot.” Kaepernick appeared to respond to Vick’s comments in a tweet showing the definition of Stockholm syndrome, a condition in which hostages feel empathy towards their captors. While Kaepernick didn’t mention Vick by name, his subtweet was generally praised. Vick responded by saying that Kaepernick’s hairstyle is not preventing him from



Unlike Joe Montana, Steve Young is 'surprised' Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:29:00 UT

Former 49ers quarterbacks have had a lot to say about Colin Kaepernick in recent days.

On Tuesday, Joe Montana stated that Kaepernick is still unsigned because he isn't good enough as a football player.

But on Friday, Steve Young appeared to disagree with his predecessor.




Montana says Kaepernick is unsigned because he's not good enough

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:27:28 UT

Joe Montana, arguably one of the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, doesn't think Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL. It's not Kap's beliefs about social injustice, says Joe, it's how good he is.




How does the Alex Smith trade look now?

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:50:44 UT

Former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is perched at no. 81 on NFL network’s list of the top 100 NFL players. That may not seem all that high, but consider this: No 49er cracked the top 100 players this year in the poll voted on by…the players. It makes you wonder about the trade of Smith in 2013. Was it a good deal? Let’s revisit the move with the perspective of a few seasons. Smith was dealt basically because he had no more support in the 49ers building. The man who drafted him, former general manager Scot McCloughan, was gone by then, and then coach Jim Harbaugh was much more enamored with



Colin Kaepernick follows quest to find ‘personal independence’ to Ghana

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 22:40:00 UT

Colin Kaepernick is exploring the middle passage among other historical places in his trip to Africa (Ross D. Franklin/AP). Colin Kaepernick took to Instagram to discuss his genealogy and his exploration of the African Diaspora. Kaepernick traveled to Africa to investigate his roots, which took him to Ghana and other African countries. “In the quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from,” Kaepernick wrote on his Instagram account. “I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it led me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in



49ers GM on QBs of the future, Kaepernick’s desire to play

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 22:00:00 UT

49ers GM on QBs of the future, Kaepernick’s desire to play An edited transcript of an interview with 49ers general manager John Lynch: (Brian) Hoyer really seizing the opportunity or (C.J.) Beathard, who we drafted, taking his opportunity and running with it. (I told him) I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of not what you did last year, but people are wondering if this is what is most important to you at a position where the guys that succeed at it live it, breathe it. The 49ers were here before the Giants, before the A’s, before the Raiders, before the Warriors. When you make your way around the Bay Area what is one or two things that people consistently say to you? The faithful, as I have come to know them, are an incredibly strong fan base and I have been blown away with just how intensely loyal they are and how, in short order, how excited they have become because they feel the same energy we feel around here.



Ex NBA star Abdul-Rauf on Kaepernick: ‘Same thing happened to me’

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:40:28 UT

The baby face of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was still in evidence recently when he stood for the national anthem before a game in Ice Cube’s Big3 league game. However, just as he had done 21 years ago when he was an NBA player, Adul-Rauf didn’t place his hand on his heart, instead he prayed to his Muslim god. Abdul-Rauf , looking just as slender as he did two decades and now with his traditional short Afro flecked with gray, has a unique stance into what former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now going through. Abdul-Rauf protested the national anthem in 1996 as a Denver Nugget. 15 Mar 1996: Point guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf



What we learned during the 49ers’ offseason program

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:58:26 UT

This is day four of a 40-day respite before the 49ers gather for Training Camp 2018. Thus, a perfect time to review what we learned during the team’s off-season program, which ended last Thursday with a three-day minicamp. 1. The offense lags badly behind the defense. In off-season practices open to the media, the offense struggled mightily, including last Wednesday, when the offense threw three straight interceptions on consecutive drives. 2. The above is not surprising because the defense is simplified and the 49ers quarterbacks are relatively new to the system. 3. The 49ers receiving corps is improved, however, the group lacks a big receiving target. 4. Fifth-round pick Trent



Kaepernick compares police to runaway-slave patrollers

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:10:43 UT

Colin Kaepernick compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen in the wake of a jury verdict acquitting a Minnesota officer in the shooting death of a black motorist.




Heck of a honeymoon: 49ers raving about Kyle Shanahan

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:40:43 UT

Before we get to the 49ers gushing over rookie head coach Kyle Shanahan’s brilliance, let’s get this out of the way: In other words, it’s customary for athletes to initially exalt the new leader who controls their playing time. Let’s start with Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, whose first 10 years with the 49ers have included three winning seasons, seven head coaches and eight offensive coordinators. During the offseason, many players have said Shanahan has shown a savant-level grasp of the game while explaining plays during video sessions. In April, safety Eric Reid, a five-year veteran, emerged from one of Shanahan’s first meetings and told reporters he’d “learned a lot of football in 10 minutes.” Said defensive tackle Arik Armstead: “It’s kind of like genius-crazy, the stuff he does.” Said Hoyer of the video breakdowns: “If you’re really paying attention, you'll learn a lot about football and realize what he's trying to do with his scheme.” Staley said Shanahan excels at explaining what both the offense and defense are trying to accomplish on each play, and why each player’s assignment is important. Both Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have directly addressed trade rumors involving tight end Vance McDonald and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman with the players and media. When you have leadership like that, you have to raise your game. Because you know that you have to be exactly on your assignments and your techniques because he leaves no stone unturned.



Impressions from the 49ers’ last day of minicamp

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:29:35 UT

Brian Hoyer during football practice at the team’s training facility Tuesday in Santa Clara. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The 49ers conducted the last of their off-season practices on Wednesday before a 40-day break until the start of training camp on July 27. Here are some of the things that we learned during the press conferences before the team’s last mandatory minicamp practice. 1. Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster is progressing well with his shoulder recuperation and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the first-round pick should be ready for training camp. 2. Shanahan sounds as if he would consider conducting training camp off site. He said that training camp off site can



Shanahan: 49ers LB Foster should be ‘more than ready’ for training camp

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:00:11 UT

Shanahan: 49ers LB Foster should be ‘more than ready’ for training camp There should be something different about the 49ers when they return from a six-week layoff for training camp in late July: Today, head coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects the rookie inside linebacker who had shoulder surgery before the combine to be a full participant when the 49ers open camp. After the draft, there were reports that teams were leery of Foster because they thought he would require a follow-up surgery on the shoulder. The 49ers have expressed confidence that he would be ready for training camp.




Rookie DC Robert Saleh eager to prove 49ers made strong hire

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:40:55 UT

Rookie DC Robert Saleh eager to prove 49ers made strong hire The same goes for Robert Saleh, 38, their rookie defensive coordinator who first became a position coach in 2014. When I recently spoke with Saleh for a feature story that will run during training camp, I asked him about not being the top candidate for the job. After Bradley, one of his mentors, chose the Chargers over the 49ers, Saleh was ready to join his defensive staff in Los Angeles. Saleh had spent five of the previous six seasons working with Bradley, including the last three as Jacksonville’s linebackers coach. With the 49ers, Saleh inherits a defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL last year and allowed the most yards, points and rushing yards in franchise history. Given his inexperience, and the bigger names the 49ers didn’t land, is Saleh even more motivated to prove he’s the right man for the job?



49ers’ Elvis Dumervil faces old question

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:02:12 UT

Age can be a sensitive topic for anyone — especially world-class athletes. On Tuesday, the 49ers’ newly signed pass rusher met Bay Area reporters for the first time, and he stopped a reporter in mid-question after his “age” was invoked. [...] the reporter noted that’s old for an NFL player. [...] the 49ers hope Dumervil isn’t merely a mentor; they signed him last week because they believe the five-time Pro Bowl selection still can menace quarterbacks. Not surprisingly, Dumervil, who ranks seventh among active players in sacks (99), thinks he’s ready to showcase his 2014 form (17 sacks) after an Achilles tendon injury that partly explains his relatively paltry production over the past two seasons with the Ravens (nine sacks in 24 games). Dumervil could share snaps with Arik Armstead at the “Leo” defensive end position, which is reserved for the team’s most ferocious pass rusher. [...] Dumervil hopes to prove he still can do what he has done for most of his decorated NFL career. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard signed a four-year contract, making defensive lineman Solomon Thomas of Stanford the only one of the 49ers’ 10 draft picks who remains unsigned. … Thomas can join the 49ers for the final day of their mandatory minicamp Thursday, although the last day won’t include a practice. Because of an NFL rule, Thomas has been unable to participate in the offseason program since he attended rookie minicamp because he went to a school which uses the quarter system.