Happy weekend! Let’s get right into some San Francisco 49ers links.
Mike Singletary recalls Joe Montana’s unique style of trash talk
“He didn’t give you the pleasure of getting up and looking scared and moaning or anything like that,” Singletary told Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky. “The thing that Joe did, he got up and he said, ‘hey man, that was a nice hit. Good hit. Wow. Yeah, that was good.’ Might wipe the blood from his nose and get back in the huddle the very next play and throw a touchdown.”
Kurtenbach: A.J. Green could solve the 49ers’ biggest problem
How stunted will first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk’s development be without all the offseason practices rookies usually receive, and likely without a normal training camp this summer? It’d be presumptuous to think he could be an every-down player by Week 1, or even Week 8.
Can Jalen Hurd even play? Dante Pettis might have answered that same question last year in a negative way. And while Travis Benjamin and Trent Taylor are nice players, they are not top options in a passing game — not if you want to win a championship, at least.
Given all the question marks out wide with camp scheduled to start in a few days, the Niners’ decision to let Emmanuel Sanders walk in free agency is looking less and less shrewd.
But there could be a solution — a panacea — to the Niners’ possible shortcoming at one of the most important positions in the game: Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
Roger Goodell and the NFL can legally force out Dan Snyder. But will they?
Whether Snyder will be forced out is entirely another matter.
Although Snyder himself was not accused of any direct wrongdoing in the report against any women, he was accused in the report of belittling Dennis Greene, the team’s former president of business operations, who also happened to be among his former employees named as being abusive.
Additionally, Snyder’s team failed to provide any kind of reporting system for accusations of harassment. The team has employed one full-time human resources manager and hadn’t implemented any formal reporting protocol at what was described as a workplace that harbored “relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse.”
The one accuser named in the report, Emily Applegate, said it was implied to her and other women that reporting any type of malfeasance could result in them losing their job.
Rams’ stadium reaches 49 coronavirus cases among workers after latest wave
The count of coronavirus cases among workers at the NFL’s SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles continues to rise.
In the last week or so, 16 more workers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Nathan Fenno. That reportedly brings the total number of cases at the stadium up to 49.
Seven more workers at an adjacent construction site, the new NFL Media facility, have also reportedly tested positive.
The developers in charge of construction reportedly downplayed the cases to the Times:
Turner-AECOM Hunt, the joint venture leading the stadium project, said in a statement it has a “robust mitigation program” to combat the spread of the illness that includes close contract tracing for positive and presumed positive cases.
“To put the number of confirmed cases in perspective, over the past five months there have been in excess of 4,000 people on site,” the statement said.
The first coronavirus case arrived to SoFi Stadium at the end of March. Work on the stadium has not been halted thanks to a decision from California Gov. Gavin Newsom to exempt construction work from stay-at-home orders. Cases in Los Angeles have recently hit an all-time high.