Category Archives: Podcast

RJF, Balmer fill backup roles on D-line

A year ago, the 49ers took defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer in the first round of the draft. This year, they selected Ricky Jean-Francois in the seventh round. Neither will be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, but both will be in uniform.   Today, I spoke to Jean-Francois for a podcast:  

Pashos still trying to make contribution

Rookie outside linebacker Diyral Briggs earned his spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster this week the old-fashioned way: He was promoted from the practice squad.   We join this conversation in the middle as Briggs was talking about his late start playing football. He said he thought he was the “next Michael Jordan” until he […]

Talkin’ two-minute drill with Crabtree and Raye

The 49ers’ two-minute offense against the Houston Texans was a little rough. OK, it was more than just a little rough.   Backup quarterback Alex Smith had not run a two-minute drill in practice since as far back as the third exhibition game. Those reps go to the starting QB. And Michael Crabtree was learning […]

Hill says he’s seen Smith improve over four years

Quarterback Shaun Hill was clearly disappointed Monday when he met with the media just hours after coach Mike Singletary informed him of the decision to start Alex Smith against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.   But Hill stood there and answered every question. Here is part of his interview with reporters that cover the team. […]

Smith’s improved confidence shows

Alex Smith was anointed the 49ers’ starting quarterback just five games into his rookie season. Now, he’s been promoted to the same position in the seventh game of his fifth year.     * * *

Asking questions can be hard work

A large part of my job is asking questions. Sometimes I ask good questions. However, there are times when I ask really stupid questions. I generally know it’s stupid before my voice inflection changes to produce that final verbal punctuation.   I talked to 49ers fullback Moran Norris this week. Norris is a Houston native […]

Crabtree talks football, Part 2

And here’s Part II of Michael Crabtree’s meeting today with the assembled media inside the 49ers’ locker room:     * * *

Crabtree talks football, Part I

Michael Crabtree met with the media today for the first time since we reported the likelihood that the rookie receiver could start in his NFL debut Sunday against the Texans.   Here is Part I of Crabtree’s group interview session:     * * *

Smith’s challenge is staying prepared

Alex Smith is “one snap away” and he’s been trying to remain prepared with plenty of mental reps since the beginning of the regular season. I spoke with Smith yesterday about his approach to being a backup and working during the bye week with new receiver Michael Crabtree.     * * *   Smith […]

Catching up with Jed York . . . finally

Niners president Jed York spoke with me today for a podcast about “Hammer”-ing out a deal with Michael Crabtree. I also asked him if going through this process will affect how the 49ers draft in the future. He also addressed the current 49ers season and the team’s proposed Santa Clara stadium. Also . . . on […]

Michael Robinson talks transition to RB

Niners special-teams captain Michael Robinson might see a more signficant role on offense Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, as he becomes the backup at halfback and fullback with Frank Gore out for a couple games. Robinson is the subject of today’s podcast as he discusses the changes he had to make with his eyes after […]

Question Lady wonders about contract extension

Who are the 49ers targeting for a contract extension? The Question Lady wants to know.   Such players as Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis have every reason to see what happens with the potential of an uncapped year in 2010 before agreeing to long-term extensions with the 49ers. Willis could receive guaranteed money in excess […]