January 2018

‘Polar Bear’ Cassius Marsh hopes he’s found a home with 49ers

‘Polar Bear’ Cassius Marsh hopes he’s found a home with 49ers You’d think a guy whose nickname is “polar bear” would be happiest with one of the NFL’s northernmost teams. Not so for defensive end Cassius Marsh, who spent most of the 2017 regular season with the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots before being released Nov. 21. “It’s a different place. I’ll just say that. It’s a different place,” Marsh

Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin opens up about Ken Norton Jr.

Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin opens up abot Ken Norton Jr. On the day the Raiders fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., linebacker Bruce Irvin tweeted a one-word, all-caps response. It was along the lines of “bullcrud.” On Friday night, dressed to the nines and occasionally dabbing away tears, Irvin put his feelings just a tad more eloquently. “I look at you not only as a coach but as a friend,

The Patriots are getting healthier with a week to go before Super Bowl LII.

The Patriots are getting healthier with a week to go before Super Bowl LII. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is on the practice field today. Gronk also was on the field yesterday, and although he hasn’t been officially cleared from the league’s concussion protocol, he seems a near certainty to get cleared in time to play in the Super Bowl. Also on the field is Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise, who is also

Panthers keeping defensive coordinator replacement in-house

Panthers keeping defensive coordinator replacement in-house The Panthers had a hunch they were losing defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. So they made plans ahead of time to replace him. Via Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers will promote defensive line coach Eric Washington to be their new coordinator. Panthers COO Tina Becker and interim General Manager Marty Hurney put together a contract for Washington two weeks ago which would promote him if

Belichick: Stephon Gilmore has played best when we’ve needed it most

Belichick: Stephon Gilmore has played best when we’ve needed it most The Patriots made a big-ticket acquisition last offseason when they signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract as a free agent. Gilmore’s early outings for the Patriots were shaky as the team started 2-2 while experiencing communication issues in the secondary. He then missed three games with a concussion, which left some to wonder how much the Patriots would get out

Vikings need a true franchise quarterback

Vikings need a true franchise quarterback As the Vikings commence the process of figuring out what to do with three veteran quarterbacks whose contracts have expired, there’s an important option that the Vikings need to include: D. None of the above. Sam Bradford with an unreliable knee. Teddy Bridgewater, who may or may not ever become the guy the Vikings thought he’d be before his own devastating knee injury. Case Keenum, who put

Are Dez Bryant’s emotional outbursts “can be a distraction”

Are Dez Bryant’s emotional outbursts “can be a distraction” The Cowboys are not going to pay Dez Bryant a $12.5 million base and take a $16.5 million cap charge next season for a wide receiver who has no 1,000-yard seasons the past three seasons, doesn’t click with quarterback Dak Prescott and occasionally blows up on the sideline. The question is: Do they want to keep Bryant, and if so, how much are they willing

Breaking news: How much is Garoppolo worth?

Breaking news: How much is Garoppolo worth? The 49ers need to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a new long-term contract before the 2018 season starts, for several reasons. But that raises a big question: How much is Garoppolo worth? After all, Jimmy G has only started seven NFL games, and while he’s undefeated in those seven starts and was as valuable as any player in the league once he took over as

Right choose for Raiders or big mistake

Right choose for Raiders or  big mistake The Oakland Raiders relieved Jack Del Rio of his coaching duties after their 30-17 Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Del Rio revealed this news to the media after the game. “[Raiders owner Mark Davis] let me know that he’s not gonna be bringing me back,” Del Rio said to the media, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “He told me he loved me and

Breaking news: ‘I’m going to call it a growing year’

Breaking news: ‘I’m going to call it a growing year’ Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been straight-forward all season about his performance on the field. Since Week 10, the first game of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension and the first of two consecutive games left tackle Tyron Smith missed because of  injuries he battled the entire season, Prescott has struggled more than he’s had success. He has