March 13, 2012 |
When you think of the San Francisco 49ers, it's hard not to think of quarterbacks. That's the kind of imprint Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young left on that franchise. But did you know that with the signing Monday of Randy Moss, four of the top five receivers in career yards have been members of the 49ers? In order, that's Jerry Rice, of course, with 22,895; Terrell Owens with 15,934; Isaac Bruce with 15,208; and Moss with 14,858. The only receiver in the top five who didn't play for San Francisco was fourth-place Tim Brown (14,934)
January 28, 2012
STEVE YOUNG began his career with the USFL's L.A. Express, then moved on to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. He eventually replaced the great Joe Montana for the 49ers, carving his legendary career. A two-time NFL most valuable player, Young directed the 49ers to victory in Super Bowl XXIX and made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He is an ESPN analyst. The quarterback position is unique. What other position do you really have to get everybody on board every time?
August 15, 2011 |
All around the NFL, coaches are looking for their quarterbacks to take some big steps backward. Only then can those players truly move forward. Teaching young NFL quarterbacks how to properly take a snap from center isn't a snap at all, coaches say, especially when those players have spent the bulk of their high school and college careers operating out of the shotgun formation. From coast to coast — from San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick to Carolina's Cam Newton — and a lot of places in between, quarterbacks are having to relearn their craft.
January 24, 2011 |
No one wanted Jay Cutler on the field as much as the former Chicago Bears linebacker considered the NFL's toughest player of all time. Yet Dick Butkus isn't among the masses of Monday morning quarterbacks skewering the Bears quarterback. Cutler left Sunday's NFC championship game at Chicago's storied Soldier Field in the third quarter because of a left knee injury that Bears Coach Lovie Smith revealed Monday to be a sprained ligament. On the sideline, Cutler maintained a mostly passionless expression as a trip to the Super Bowl evaporated with bitter rival Green Bay's 21-14 victory over the Bears.
August 7, 2010 |
Jerry Rice will stand on a podium Saturday in Canton, Ohio, and give his enshrinement speech for football immortality. Behind him will sit his two star quarterbacks, Joe Montana and Steve Young, both already members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In front of him, in the crowd of thousands, will be someone who threw him more passes with the 49ers than Montana and Young combined. You know Joe and Steve. Now, meet Ted. In his 18 seasons with the 49ers, Ted Walsh had the official title of assistant equipment manager.
June 13, 2010 |
It was billed as the San Fernando Valley Experiment, but Steve Young saw it for what it really was: an act of desperation. Twenty-five years ago this week, in an effort to attract fans and perhaps entice a potential buyer, Young and the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League vacated their cavernous Coliseum home to play their final home game of the 1985 season at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Another future Super Bowl most valuable player, Doug Williams, was quarterback of the opposition, the Arizona Outlaws, in what turned out to be the Express' final home game — period.