Category Archives: Behind the scenes

Singletary is doing his homework on return specialists

Niners coach Mike Singletary is doing his homework in the months leading up to the draft. He was more than just a casual onlooker during the NFL Scouting Combine. Now, he is picking up the phone and getting on flights to continue to scout prospects.

Smith shares shoulder experiences with Bradford

Watching Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford sustain a separated throwing shoulder against Brigham Young early in the season conjured memories of Alex Smith’s injury, which he suffered early in the 2007 season.   I approached Smith today to ask him for his thoughts on what Bradford is experiencing. As it turns out, Smith spoke to Bradford […]

Hammer: The rest of the story

Michael Crabtree probably would have signed at some point before Nov. 17, the deadline for a rookie to get a deal done and be eligible to play this season. But one person in particular is responsible for the timing of his contract agreement with the 49ers.   This week, the 49ers and Crabtree synchronized their watches to Hammertime.

Scouting the 49ers’ scouts

When Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith had his pro day this week, the 49ers did not send a contingent of executives to watch him perform. Instead, GM Scot McCloughan relied on his area scout for the full report.

Niners, past and present, take part in community events

Niners greats Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark and Roger Craig will be among the Bay Area sports celebrities taking part Tuesday in a celebration of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration while supporting several local charities.

Off the field: Jobs lost, created in business department

The 49ers are in the process of cutting “a handful” of jobs on the business side, vice president of communications Elisabeth Lang confirmed today. However, she said there will actually be a net gain in total 49ers employees.  

Robinson takes over as 49ers’ radio play-by-play man

Ted Robinson will become the fifth radio play-by-play announcer in the 63-year history of the 49ers, the club announced this morning. Robinson replaces Joe Starkey, who announced his retirement last month.

End of an era: Starkey retires after 20 years as 49ers’ voice

The 49ers have not always played an exciting brand of football in the past few seasons. One of my neighbors, Tripper, told me last year that he did not always make a big effort to get in front of the TV to watch the games.   He found he had a lot more fun listening […]

A 49ers love story

There are few things, it seems, in my personal life that aren’t in some way connected to this job I’ve held for one-and-a-half decades. Please allow me to tell one of those stories.