January 29, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Jim Harbaugh stepped to the podium, smirked a bit, and opened his first news conference as a Super Bowl coach. "We're super happy to be here," he said Sunday night as his NFC champion San Francisco 49ers arrived in the Big Easy for the big game. "I think this team has the best focus on unity and winning I've ever been a part of. " Considering that Harbaugh was an NFL quarterback for 14 seasons and a successful college coach before joining the 49ers, he knows something about winning.
February 5, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Joe Flacco is an Ordinary Joe no more. In a game that will forever be known as the Blackout Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens survived a near collapse following a 34-minute delay after the Superdome lost power, then rode their steady quarterback to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night. Flacco, the Audubon, N.J., native who has been criticized for his placid demeanor, was voted the Super Bowl's most valuable player. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns.
February 26, 2013 |
TOM BRADY agreed to a 3-year contract extension with the New England Patriots on Monday, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press. The extension is worth about $27 million and will free up nearly $15 million in salary-cap room. The 35-year-old, two-time league MVP was signed through 2014, and has said he wants to play at least 5 more years. Brady will make far less in those three seasons than the going rate for star quarterbacks. Noteworthy * The San Francisco 49ers are in talks to trade backup quarterback Alex Smith, ESPN reported, citing league sources.No NFL trades are permitted until March 12. * Star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, from Utah, expected to be drafted high in the first round in April, has a heart condition, his agent said, and will undergo more extensive testing.
February 2, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Working separately, John and Jim Harbaugh each guided their team to the Super Bowl. They will be on opposite sidelines Sunday, John as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and Jim with the San Francisco 49ers. Imagine how effective they could be if working together. At their joint news conference Friday, someone asked the brothers whether they would consider teaming up if either should be forced out of his current post. "No question about it," John said. "We've had that conversation in the past.
December 18, 2014
May 8: Eagles make Marcus Smith a surprise first-round selection with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft. April 21-June 19: Smith is introduced to outside linebacker during the Eagles' offseason program. Aug. 8: Smith plays his first preseason game against the Chicago Bears and records two tackles. He finished the preseason with eight tackles and no sacks. Sept. 7: Smith is active for the Eagles' opener against Jacksonville. He does not play. Sept. 15: Smith is inactive for a game against Indianapolis.
January 15, 2013 |
BILLICK FILE Full Name: Brian Harold Billick Born: Feb. 28, 1954 (58 years old), in Fairborn, Ohio Current position: NFL analyst for Fox Head coaching record: 80-64-0, regular season; 5-3, postseason. Last head coaching job: Baltimore Ravens (Jan. 19, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2007) Coaching highlight: Ravens beat the New York Giants, 34-7, to win Super Bowl XXXV Other coaching jobs: 1994-98, Minnesota Vikings, offensive coordinator; 1992-93, Vikings, tight ends; 1989-91, Stanford, assistant head coach (to Dennis Green)
April 4, 2013 |
FORMER EAGLES cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has agreed to a 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, his agent confirmed. According to an ESPN report, the deal could be worth up to $3 million. A source told ESPN that Asomugha picked the 49ers over the New Orleans Saints. Asomugha also collects a guaranteed $4 million from the Eagles, who released him earlier in the offseason. Noteworthy * As expected, the Arizona Cardinals acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.
January 21, 2012 |
The Norman Braman-Harry Gamble tenure of owning and running the Eagles will be remembered for many things, but their failure to reach a Super Bowl despite some talent-laden teams could be the most infamous. Now they have a chance to get there - at least by proxy - with Gamble's son and Braman's surrogate son one win away from having the team he helped build in the Super Bowl. Tom Gamble is director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers. While constructing an NFL roster is often a group effort, Gamble has been credited with picking many of the 49ers - including former Eagles kicker David Akers - who will face the New York Giants Sunday in the NFC championship game.
November 20, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears, 32-7, on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that didn't live up to the hype. Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard TD as San Francisco (7-2-1) jumped out to a big lead by scoring on each of its first four possessions - with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with five sacks.
September 22, 2012
Giants manager Bruce Bochy made his own statement Thursday in support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith: He wore a red 49ers cap in the dugout before the series finale against the Colorado Rockies. That small act of defiance came a day after Smith said the NFL had fined him $15,000 for sporting a Giants hat after Sunday's 49ers game. Although the fine was later dropped, the bitterness remained. "That's why I'm wearing this hat," Bochy said. "We're having fun with this.