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The San Francisco 49ers have the day off today. They’ll return to practice on Wednesday, and so will Deebo Samuel for the first time this season.

Katie Sowers’ sister accuses 49ers of disrespect regarding plane seat

While the 49ers have been at the forefront of equality in hiring, Katie’s twin sister, Liz, spoke out on Instagram regarding alleged inequitable treatment of Katie as an employee.

According to Liz’s post, Sowers was seated in economy on the 49ers’ chartered flight back to California following team’s win over the Giants in New York.

While that would normally not be anything to raise concern, according to Liz, her sister was the only full-time coach who was not given a seat in first class.

There are no other examples of inequality on Liz’s post, but she does accuse the team of disrespect.

Illinois college football coach leaves ‘All Lives Matter’ note, quits team

Kurt Beathard, who was the Redbirds’ offensive coordinator, told The Pantagraph he left a note that said “All Lives Matter to Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ” before he left. Officials told the newspaper Wednesday he was no longer a part of the team and declined to comment on why he abruptly left.

His departure apparently followed an incident involving a “Black Lives Matter” poster in the locker room. Sources told The Pantagraph that the poster was taken down from the Illinois State locker room in the school’s football building. Beathard denied any involvement in the locker room saying that someone put a sign on his door and that he took that down.

“That locker room crap is wrong. I took the sign down somebody put on my door. That’s it,” Beathard told the newspaper. “I didn’t take anything off that wasn’t put on my door. I wrote the message.”

‘Kudos & Wet Willies:’ Giants destroyed by the faux 49ers edition

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Everything about the offense except Jones’ running — Three turnovers. Only 13 first downs. Only 20:16 worth of possession to 49:44 for San Francisco. Only 17 yards on 10 carries by running backs.

Third-down defense — San Francisco converted 8 of 12 third-down opportunities. Six of those conversions were third-and-long. You just can’t win that way.

Giants’ kickoff returnCorey Ballentine tried, but there was no place to go. Ballentine averaged 17.3 yards on three returns, and didn’t get any of them out to the 20-yard line.

Overall defense — The 49ers held the ball for 39:44. San Francisco missed a field goal and had the clock run out to end the game on their final possession. The 49ers scored on their other seven possessions.

Nick Mullens’ efficient play vs. Giants had Kyle Shanahan ‘very impressed’

“He was very efficient,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday. “He made all the plays that were there and made a number of plays that weren’t there, extended a few, had a few big third downs, a few big second-and-longs.”

“He kept us on the field for a while, played tough, and I was very impressed with him,” Shanahan said. “Each time I watch it, I feel stronger about that.”

49ers Minutia Minute: Jerick McKinnon’s busy day and Jason Verrett’s solid debut

Verrett lasted just four snaps when he made his 2019 debut. He played the first 45 on Sunday, giving way to Webster on the final Giants drive. According to Pro Football Focus, Verrett was targeted four times and he gave up two catches for 9 yards.

Verrett was the so-called field cornerback (wide side of the field) against the Giants, which had been Richard Sherman and then Ahkello Witherspoon’s spot in the first two games. Verrett’s skills, especially his ability in press coverage, would seem to be a better fit as the boundary cornerback. Perhaps that’s what the 49ers have in mind later in the season: Using Sherman on the field side and Verrett on the boundary.