Seifert to Shanahan: ‘second place, you’re fired’

The 49ers are in Y2Raye, the second year under offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, and with it come certain expectations. With dangerous weapons in Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, an offensive line bolstered by two highly touted rookies, and finally some continuity in play-calling, the Niners have every reason to believe they will improve upon their No. 27 ranking in total offense from a year ago.
But pressure? No. Mike Shanahan can tell you about pressure.

May 25, 2010

Spander on Franklin Mieuli

Want to get a better sense of former 49ers minority owner Franklin Mieuli, who died Sunday? Check out this story by someone who knew Mieuli well: Art Spander, who has been covering Bay Area sports since just after the 1906 earthquake. It’s a nice read.

April 28, 2010

Young, Rice are eager to help 49ers of today

Hall of Famers Steve Young and Jerry Rice both live in the Bay Area, and they said they continue to closely follow the 49ers. I asked both Hall of Famers if they were willing to share their vast knowledge with the 49ers of today.   Their answers were yes and yes.

February 7, 2010

DeBartolo accepts Rice’s request to present him at Hall of Fame

Jerry Rice was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame today, and he announced that former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo will introduce him at the induction ceremony this summer in Canton, Ohio. DeBartolo just took part in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. He addressed his thoughts about entering the Hall of Fame himself. He also said he plans to travel to the Bay Area in May to…

February 6, 2010

Rice leads list of Hall of Fame nominees

Consider this a “save the date” notice for Jerry Rice. He better not have anything planned for Saturday, Feb. 6. Because that’s the date he will be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Rice, the all-time leading receiver, and the all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, are among the 131 players, coaches and contributors who comprise the preliminary list of modern-era nominees for election into the Hall of Fame’s…

September 19, 2009