If you read Ian Rapoport’s tweet when he said it’s a two-horse race at QB for the 49ers, he left a lot of room for interpretation. The more reports that surface, the more it’s evident that nobody has a clue what is going on.
arbaugh called Kaepernick, who lived 90 minutes from the Niners’ facility in Turlock, Calif., and offered to meet him the next day a halfway point between Santa Clara and Turlock, so they could talk and strategize about the future. “Coach, I’m only 90 minutes away,” Kaepernick told him. “I can come over right now.” And so he did. By 6:30 that evening, he was inside the building, grinning widely.
“Whether it’s checkers or the Super Bowl,” Kaepernick told me, “I’ve got to win. We had such a good time when coach Harbaugh came to work me out at Nevada. His energy is what got to me. I thought, I’d really like to play for this guy. The first thing we did was throw the ball to each other, and he made it a contest . . . Who could throw five perfect spirals in a row? Then who can throw the ball through the goal posts from difficult angles? He just wanted to compete with me and see how I would react.”
Sometimes, 10 years seems like a very, very long time.
“I didn’t realise how big it was until that media night,” says Sowers, reflecting on her time in the spotlight. “I was wondering why everyone was swarming around me and not talking to some of these other guys!
“But it was that idea of how important it is to be visible.”
Now back in her home state, she is discussing her career at a special Q&A event being held by the LGBT+@Sky and Women@Sky network groups in advance of Lesbian Visibility Day. Sowers came out publicly in 2017, meaning her Miami milestone was also a breakthrough for the LGBTQ+ community in sports. In her early 20s, she once experienced an incident of discrimination due to her sexuality.
The rejection strengthened her resolve, igniting authenticity in the trail she would go on to blaze.
The notable absence from the report is Ohio State’s Justin Fields. He is more experienced than both the other two and has a big arm, a ton of athleticism, and a track record of excellent productivity in two years as the starter for the Buckeyes. He is in a similar mold to Lance as big, power-armed quarterbacks with enough athleticism to force teams to defend them on the ground.
It’ll be intriguing to find out the specific explanation for why the 49ers would eliminate Fields from the running. He may be the most pro-ready of the three quarterbacks, and he has experience working with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
An old draft night clip of Rodgers sending a clear message to the 49ers has gone viral on Twitter. Rodgers was asked by a TV host if he’s disappointed to not go No. 1 overall to San Francisco.
Rodgers had a perfect response.
“Not as disappointed as the 49ers will be that they didn’t draft me,” Rodgers said.
But there is only one person who is fully qualified to make the decision, Silver said.
“When it comes to the quarterback of Kyle Shanahan’s offense, presumably for the next decade-plus, I don’t think if there is a disagreement it should go any other way than Kyle’s (decision), and I don’t think it will,” Silver said.
“I believe the reason John Lynch will agree with Kyle Shanahan about the quarterback is because John Lynch smartly believes in his heart Kyle should pick this quarterback because Kyle is awesome when it comes to having a system and coaching up a quarterback to run it.”