USA TODAY’s Mark Schofield had an insightful article about what Trey Lance brings to the table for the 49ers. The title may turn some off, but Schofield captures a couple of points that I failed to consider.
“In our drop-back game, we’re more of a full-field concept team,” Hedberg said. “We don’t do a lot of half-field concept reads. It’s mainly full field. So Trey’s got a progression that he’s going through. One to two, and sometimes we’ll get to a third progression, but usually it’s the first to second progression and if need be, we can get to a third.
“And he was good at that. He was able to do that. And that’s primarily our third-down game. Because first- and second-down calls, we were gonna be quick game or we were gonna be some type of action-throwing quick game. And then the third-down game was primarily full-field concepts.”
“I know at the NFL level, in most every case, the center makes that protection call,” Hedberg said. “The quarterback has some role in that also. But in our case, our quarterbacks do all of that. They’ll change protections from one side to the other based on where they see pressure coming from and go from there.”
A judge ruled on Thursday that Hayne should be jailed for five years, nine months with a non-parole period of three years and eight months. After the sentencing was announced, Hayne was taken away by corrective services officials.
Hayne was found not guilty of the two more serious charges of aggravated sexual assault without consent inflicting actual bodily harm.
The 33-year-old Hayne had denied assaulting the woman in the bedroom of her home in Newcastle, north of Sydney, in September 2018. Court testimony said Hayne had a taxi waiting out front of the woman’s home while he was with her.
Richard Sherman could return to one of the only two NFL teams he has ever known.
According to Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee, the free-agent cornerback had “preliminary” discussions with both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks as he decides where he will ultimately sign.
“A signing is not imminent, but discussions could accelerate in the coming weeks,” Biderman wrote.
The 49ers decided to invest serious draft capital to further reinforce the line and to add much-needed depth. In the second round, the 49ers traded up five spots with the Las Vegas Raiders to grab right guard Aaron Banks from Notre Dame, with the 44th pick. At 6’5”, 325 pounds, Banks does not fit the typical physical stature as most of Shanahan’s linemen. He is an athletic, big-bodied mauler who uses raw physical power to move defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage. His size and quickness will allow the 49ers to incorporate more inside zone run concepts, while still staying true to the outside zone run. Banks was also a terrific pass blocker in college, allowing only two sacks and 19 total pressures in 443 pass sets over three seasons.
Anyone who has studied a West Coast playbook, or specifically a Shanahan playbook, knows that the terminology can be a bit…wordy. Sometimes a play call from these offenses sounds more like a Dennis Miller bit from a comedy club, one that begins with a discussion of airplane food and winds up with a deep dive into the Romanov Dynasty.
Lance, however, has a different background. As NDSU quarterback coach Randy Hedberg explained when he met with the media prior to Lance’s first pro day workout:
I would say offensively, we’re probably more West Coast type. I think we probably resemble more West Coast; our verbiage gets kind of long. And that’s one thing our quarterbacks do, is we’re able to verbalize in the huddle where most quarterbacks don’t. They aren’t in a huddle in college anymore; they’re looking at signs on the sideline and not dictating what protections are in place. We verbalize the play in the huddle, and I think that’s one thing that would be a plus for Trey at the next level. He’s done that in our system, but it does resemble more West Coast than anything.