I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We can use these threads to discuss just about anything you’d like. I went paddle-boarding as a getaway on Saturday. Sunday will involve a lot of couch time.
“If you have tight ends on the field who can run-block, that means you’re going to get three linebackers out there instead of two and a nickelback,” Shanahan explained Thursday on KNBR’s Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show. “And when you have those three linebackers, then you’re going to have one safety, so you’ve got four guys down.”
“But then let’s say they put a nickel on the other, where the matchup might not be quite as good, even though it’s not dead,” Shanahan continued, “now you’re in a premiere-run look. Not to mention, now I guarantee you a linebacker is on our halfback.
“So, you get all three of those guys, and one of those guys is going to get a very good matchup until they put all DBs in there, and that’s what you want. You want them to put DBs in there so we can just have it easier and run the ball, and never risk a sack or a turnover.”
“That’s the game you’re always playing, and you’re just trying to get your guys in advantageous situations,” Shanahan added, “and then they’ve got to go and do it. You try to get guys like Jordan Reed, guys like Kittle.
“That’s what we brought [Jerick McKinnon] in here for in the pass game, guys who are extremely consistent in winning one-on-one matchups in the pass game. And when you have that, it just gives you so many good options.”
George Kittle still in waiting
The long-anticipated Kittle extension is still pending. San Francisco has made it clear they’re ready to overhaul the tight end market to lock up the All-Pro long-term, but NFL Media’s Mike Silver reported in early August that the two sides are still experiencing a disconnect. There’s speculation Kittle wants to be paid like a top wide receiver. The difference between the 10th highest-paid receiver and the highest-paid tight end is about $6 million per year. Kittle is on the final year of his rookie contract and would be a free agent this offseason if he doesn’t come to an agreement with San Francisco.
Retired 49ers’ OL Mike Person reflects on ‘chaotic’ career, from start to finish
Mike Person grew up fly fishing around his small hometown of Glendive, finding peace and solitude in the rivers, streams and creeks of eastern Montana.
This summer, around Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and three young children, the 49ers’ just-retired right guard has spent time on the Mad River, the state’s best trout stream, and at Darby Creek, a prime spot for small-mouth bass.
“I’ve definitely reflected these past few months,” said Person, 32. “That’s kind of the reason why I like to get out on the water. It gives you that time to decompress and really think.”
No. 2: 49ers Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley
Sticking with the defensive backs here, third-year cornerback Emmanuel Moseley is also primed to have a breakout-kind of season in 2020.
Moseley already flashed some greatness last season, filling in as a starter for fellow corner Ahkello Witherspoon, who was both removed from the starting lineup due to injury and inconsistent production when he was available. While Moseley had some up-and-down moments of his own, including a big down one in Super Bowl LIV, the general consensus is he’s more than capable of holding his own as a starter.
Over the course of 16 games and nine starts, Moseley registered 50 tackles, an interception and eight passes broken up. Per Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks posted just an 80.2 passer rating when targeting him in coverage.
That’s pretty good. And it wasn’t as if Moseley was just asked to hold down a boundary role either, as this thread from Fourth and Nine’s Eric Crocker pointed out.
What’s beneficial for Moseley, and the prime reason why he’s an exceed-expectation candidate is that he’ll understand his role for 2020. He has the inside track to securing a starting job this season, and there won’t be the back-and-forth question whether or not he’ll be on the field.
That’s beneficial, especially for defensive backs understanding their roles, and Moseley could wind up producing quite the season this year as a result.
While Dunbar, 28, will not face charges due to insufficient evidence, Baker is facing upwards of 10 years to life in state prison for each count.
Just a day after Dunbar was not charged, the NFL removed him from the exempt list Saturday. He can join the Seahawks as early as Sunday, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Dunbar, acquired by Seattle in an offseason trade with Washington, is projected to start at cornerback for the Seahawks.
Both Baker and Dunbar were initially arrested on warrants that alleged they robbed partygoers at gunpoint before escaping in high-priced getaway vehicles. The allegations sparked a mountain of infighting between the legal sides of both parties, but while Dunbar has found resolution in exoneration, Baker will now go on trial.
The NFL released the following statement, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network: “We have been monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review.”
The charges include one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property.
The charges stem from incidents that happened earlier this year — on Feb. 14, March 13 and April 17 — in Loudoun County, where Guice lives and the team’s headquarters and practice facility is located.
The allegations against Guice were first reported in Montgomery County, where the victim lives, and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office first learned of them on July 22.
“The failure to fully investigate allegations of events, which allegedly took place months ago, is inexplicable,” said Greenspun.
Guice turned himself in and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
“Based only on the assertion of these unsubstantiated charges, the Washington Football Team released Derrius, also without any inquiry as to what did or did not take place.”
Guice’s attorney said his client was expected to be a key player for the team this season, “yet he was released without a single question as to what occurred.”