1. Never heard, read Grant say before that Pete Carroll is a better
        coach than Harbaugh. Where did that come from? Was that
        just for radio or for real? Your blog readers need to know.

        1. I agree with Midwest, Carroll won a Super Bowl and a NCAA championship. Harbaugh is not even the best coach in his family.

      2. Wonder if the Yorks would have brought someone like Pete Carroll in, when/if he
        had been available. Seems as if they’re more comfortable with those grunting
        Midwest, Woody Hayes/Bo Schlembecher types like Baalke/Harbaugh. Pete Carroll may be too Marin-like for their tastes.

  1. I will listen to it later Grant good for you, I really don’t understand why the station has no zero ratings, the hosts are mostly better then KNBR and they have outstanding guests. It all comes down to the Giants and the Niners, to be quest honest, I don’t think I can name 3 A’s players.

    1. The Game has a weak signal up here in Healdsburg. Gets bled over by other stations. Would help if they could amp up the wattage.

    2. The station has zero ratings for a few obvious reasons: signal, teams, and promotion. The Game’s signal is garbage unless you’re in SF. Now while the A’s have recently become relevant again, the Giants are far more popular with their 2 recent titles and sewage-free ballpark by the bay. For football, would you rather be the flagship for the team that’s been in the NFC championship game the last 3 seasons or the team that hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade? Lastly, you have a stunning lack of promotion. In the last year, I’ve been to several college and pro games at almost every local venue. I don’t remember seeing anything about 95.7 at any of those games.

      As for debating the quality of hosts, that’s subjective just like music or TV, etc… However, if the hosts and quality of programming were superior to KNBR in any way, it would stand to reason the ratings would have improved over the last 2 years they’ve been on the air. They haven’t.

    3. Grant, Good job. I just listened to it, other then the grades, I can’t say I disagree with you too much. But who really cares if CK gets a B or a C +, all that manners is a Super Bowl.

      1. “What’s your take on his description of Lattimores’ walk?”

        It got a chuckle out of me. The only thing that can give you hope is Lattimore won’t be walking on the field. ; )

  2. If I’m Baalke and I am looking for a replacement for Boldin, then I go out and grab Jacoby Ford to stretch the field. I think he can be brought in on the cheap…. He’s still young and he’s blazing fast. Question is, can he stay healthy.

      1. Boldin has durability, something that Ford might not be able to do. Also probably last season for Crabs, he is not a top 10 receiver, although he will want to be paid as one.

        1. I didn’ t mean draft Boldin’s replacement for this year. Draft the guy that will take over for Boldin the following year. In Harbaugh’s system players seem to have to marinate for a year.
          Hoping that that marinating makes watching V Mac more tolerable this next season.

        2. Patton may end up being Crabtree’s replacement. We need to draft a big possession guy this year who will ultimately be Boldin’s replacement. Doesn’t solve the fact that we still need a speed guy. My suggestion to look at Ford was solely to fill that field stretching role. The guy runs a 4.28 40.
          I think he can play the slot and outside and I don’t see him commanding much money.

          1. I can definately see us making this move Bay…

            Baalke seems to have made a name a name for himself with low-priced free agents especially for WRs like MM, Moss, Braylon Edwards. And I’m definately on the same page as you as far as speed. IMO speed needs to be a priority. It seems so counter-intuitive to have a QB with one of the strongest arms in the league, and pair him with the slowest receiving corp in the league.

            So you’re thinking Crabs/Ford/Patton/Draft pick?

            I think a dark horse also is Baldwin, the guy has all the physical attributes you want, it would be great to see him develop.

    1. Bay, I think you’ve been channelling your inner Al Davis… replacing Boldin with Jacoby Ford, yikes…

  3. Grant, nice you are on The Game. Is this a new permanent slot for you?

    I can’t dial-in that station here, but I’ll DL the podcast when it becomes available.

  4. Good job Grant. I like you better on the radio than here. They need to give you a weekly segment to talk football.
    P.s. we beat Seattle at home with proper officiating.

  5. I agree Grant..Harbaugh is gonna have to change his philosophy in order for the team to take the next step…I disagree tho…We play that game at Candlestick..We would have won..

    1. If Anything…the good I take from the nfc championship game..I feel better bout the team playing up there going forward..We gotta fix this offense.We know fangio is gonna do his thang on the defensive side..Offense needs to be fixed

      1. Well thats a your correct and incorrect. Correct on Vic having a good scheme tolet the D do their thing, but incorrect on fangio letting certain players play that get burnedon big plays often. (Rodgers).. This offense isint perfect, but it did way more than enough to win that game. Yes fix the offense to movetoward touchdowns and not just field goals but we did WAY more than enough to win.

        1. This offense isint perfect, but it did way more than enough to win that game.

          You mean besides those three 4th quarter turnovers, right?

        2. Steel you are correct. We said that Whitner was a liability in coverage last year. We said it all year. Then in the superbowl he gave up a TD to Boldin. This year he was better I must say, but in the end his mistake in the NFC Championship game is what changed the tide of the game. To say otherwise is lazy. And to your point regarding Rogers, I believe Rogers is out there on reputation at this point and to justify that he is one of the top ten paid CB’s in the game. But from a performance perspective he would not touch the field again if this were my team. Not at any price.

          1. Claude im shaking my head as well, but like i said, we had a good lead all game. We field goal it up they scored touchdowns on bone headed plays might i add. They didn’t work for their scores like we do all the time (work for field goals) they had explosive plays. Plays their d didn’t giv. up to us. I ununderstand the turnovers ,and im not saysaying kap is bullit proof, but i am saying giving up 40yd td on 4th down in man coverage doesn’t help either. And i stand by my, we did more than enough on offense to win that game

          2. Steelematic:

            The 4th quarter fumble gave Seattle the ball on the 49ers 6. The defense responded by giving up zero points on that possession. Then, after Kaep’s first interception put the defense back into the position of defending another short field, it held Seattle to a field goal.

            As for Seattle’s two TDs, why is it so hard to accept the fact that Wilson and Lynch simply made plays? It’s not like they both hadn’t done so multiple times this past season. I think you’re setting the bar unreasonably high to expect that the 49ers’ defense was going to shut them out all game. As it was, the defense held Seattle under its scoring average, even with the two turnovers on the 49ers’ side of the field. And it gave the offense the ball at the Seattle 15 on the very first play of the game.

            Although it may have given up a couple of big plays, the defense wasn’t solely responsible, or even primarily responsible, for that loss.

          3. Claude, thats my point, im notssaying the d cost us the game, im saying the o did enough for us to win. Just like your point with lynch and wilson, kap n company have made pkays all year as well. The difference in this game, our d let lynch and wilson have those big plays. Kap caused our big plays by running most of the time. But he did give us a lead, and he did give us a chance to win. The blame goes all around. But our o still did enough to win that game.

          4. All 3 phases played their part in the loss. You can’t single out one area. The offense couldn’t run the ball, and Kap turned it over in the 4th quarter. The defense gave up big plays for TD’s and couldn’t contain Lynch in the second half. The coverage team allowed a big KO return right after the Niners had taken a 17-10 lead to gift wrap points for Seattle. It’s a team game and they lost as a team.

          5. rocket:

            If you insist on being balanced and reasonable like that, then I’m not sure you belong in this discussion or any discussion about the NFCCG loss.

          6. Claude,

            While I agree with you about the effect or the 4th quarter TOs, It’s undeniable that Whitner losing track of Baldwin, Rogers not being able to defend the pass to Kearse, ST allowing the long KO and punt returns by Tate, and / or the extreme lack of gap discipline during Lynch’s TD run were all serious breakdowns, each of which could’ve turned the game.

            I also agree the defense / ST played very well, but that doesn’t mean the 49ers had to have those breakdowns listed above.

            The sad thing is, the 49ers were so close to beating the Seahawks at the Clink and simply failed to execute on a handful of plays (those listed above and the TOs). Change any one of those plays and the 49ers probably win the game (good god, am I sounding like Grant? Take away Gore’s long runs…).

            Not to mention the ref blowing the roughing the kicker call. I realize there are those who will say you can’t look at the refs. If it’s an obvious blown call that had a huge impact on the game, why not? Of course, the 49ers could’ve taken care of business and won the game despite that horrible non-call, but it was a game changer.

            I do believe the 49ers showed they are, at a minimum, the equal of the Seahawks.

          7. exgolfer:

            If my comments led you to believe that I pin zero responsibility for the loss on the defense, then I wrote them poorly. Every unit shares some blame for the loss.

            However, no one deserves more blame than Jim Harbaugh. It’s been documented that chasing chickens around a farm is the best way to prepare for a championship battle, especially when you’re going up against your biggest foe. We all know that, but the 49ers didn’t visit one farm or have Kaepernick chase one chicken the entire week leading up to the NFCCG. Harbaugh needs to get it together; he’s costing Kaepernick the chance to put up big numbers the 49ers the chance to win multiple titles.

          8. Claude,

            I gotcha. I was pretty sure that’s where you were at. I had intended on writing a brief reply and spun into loss rehash mode.

            While I’m not win-it-all-or-the-season-was-wasted guy, looking back at how close the 49ers were in each of the last three years pretty frustrating.

            Yes, I think all the skill position players should’ve been chasing chickens around. Every day during OTAs and training camp, then a scaled back regimen during the season (maybe chasing chickens on Tuesday – banged up players may be excused- and Thursday-with the Thursday chicken chasing sessions going a long way to determining if injured players are fit to play on Sunday (Pappa Bear Halas was known to say, “Show me a man who isn’t fit to chase a chicken, and I’ll show you a man who is fit to play on Sunday.” Halas may not have been much of wordsmith, but there’s still a lot of truth in that quote.)).

            I think the linemen and LBs should each be given a calf at the beginning of training camp to carry on their backs during conditioning and selected position drills. As the calf grows the player’s strength and stamina grows along with it.

        3. Idk steele..who made the call to let Rogers play instead of cox and or wright? Was it harbaugh or fangio?

          1. Deezy… I have no idea, but i would assume fangio. Since he is the one who has had rodgers back since day one. But i really have no idea

          2. Brandon jacobs,lamichael,keep putting kyle Williams in.. sending us to our doom..That’s what ticks me off about that 2011 nfc game..Why would u keep putting kyle out there..he was diving for balls in the rain,mishandling on a reverse I believe..

          3. He just got beat. It happens. The timing couldn’t be worse. One explanation/excuse on the throw to Kearse: Wilson gets a lot of air under the ball, maybe more than any other QB, and this changes the timing of the play. If this was a one off that would be one thing, but watch Wilson throughout the year and you see them make these types of plays quite often.

            He was in perfect position, and just missed the ball. Very similar to Earl Thomas earlier in the game in the same area of the field.

          4. Rogers didn’t have a bad game at all imo. Everybody is pointing to the 4th down play but he had good coverage on it. Just mistimed his attempt to knock the ball down by a fraction of a second. That’s Football. It’s not like they were burning the guy all game.

          5. Jack,

            Earl Thomas was at the apex of his jump, fully extended and still couldn’t get enough of the ball to knock it down. He either was trying to bait CK into throwing the ball, thinking he could pick it off, or simply didn’t have good enough coverage to defend the pass. Either way, while Thomas didn’t have terrible coverage on Boldin, it wasn’t comparable to that of Rogers on Kearse. Rogers was in Kearse’s f*&(#!g jersey, and couldn’t bat the ball down (yes, I’m completely over the 49ers losing the NFCCG, right as rain…).

            Interesting take on the amount of air under the ball messing with Rogers’ timing, though. I’m not sure I buy it, but it’s possible.

          6. Rocket,

            I realize you can’t pin the loss on Rogers exclusively, but I do believe that had he made that play, the 49ers would SB champs.

            Of course, there are a number of plays that I feel the same way about, each with different (mostly) goats.

            That’s what drove me nuts about that game. Had the 49ers executed on any one of four plays (or had the ref standing ten yards from Lee, with a perfect view, would’ve called roughing, instead of running into, the kicker) the 49ers would’ve won the game. None of those plays required anything out of the ordinary, either. Just solid fulfillment of assignments.

        4. Steelematic, I completely agree with you that if thd defense did not allow even one of the big chunk plays for tds we would have won despite of three turnovers. But it appears that offense is the only topic of discussion.

    2. Grant was decent up until that point of the interview. Dizzy I agree with you, on a neutral field, especially at Candlestick we would have won that game. We had already won it had the refs not slanted it a bit in Seattle’s favor.

      Grant was better on radio than he was on TV. Although he’ll become more comfortable on TV as time goes on. More enjoyable to listen to him than to read his stuff. If he tried to throw some of his slants on air that he writes on this blog he’d get called out in a second. There’s no room for that there, so what we got was enjoyable feedback on our team.

      I’ll say this though, he was pressed about Kaep’s regression and he stuck to his guns. You make your bed and you lie in it. Next year while some guys are interviewing Harbaugh and Kaep during the season, you’ll see Grant having to interview the likes Celek or Looney. One pass away from the superbowl and he regressed lol. SMDH…

      1. Yeah bay..that’s why I can’t concede that the hawks were better than us..If they had of blew us out like week 2 and the season before..Then u can make that argument..but I can’t really say they are…I will say their defense just played better than ours..If only our defense could’ve held them to a couple field goals..the fourth and seven and the lynch td run..We’re in the superbowl..We needed a few more stops..

        1. You said it all! Only if. Man we were so close again. We truly should had won three Super Bowls in the row

      2. Im with you BAY. If that game is in candlestick, we would have won. I also disagree, the better team didn’t win, the other team jjust made a few more plays than we did. I guess im in the minority, but i still dont think they are better than us. But i do agree that harbaugh, altho a great coach, is to conservative for his own good. Just saying

      3. Good point at the end bay…

        I think the same can be said about his critique of Harbs. Are you really giving a B- to a guy who coached his team to one play away from the SB. And he seems to base his logic off one play. Forgetting all the adversaties he overcame. As I’m typing it really does seem more and more ridiculous.

        1. Leo, it pure silly talk when a coach takes a team deep into the playoffs three years in the row and his players play hard every game! Of course Jim is playing conservative but regardless he would be blamed. He was aggressive on the last drive and then people say why he did not call a to! He called a to in the Super Bowl and people were saying the play call was wrong. Well we have a young QB and maybe he does not feel comfortable to unleash at this point.

  6. Grant and others….. Question? Would our offense be more explosive ig our D wasn’t so great? Meaning, Harbaugh seems to play for the field goal alot. Its his M.O, but what if our D was ranked in the bottom 15? Would he have the guts to attempt more touchdown drives as apposd to point grabbing drives, i.e field goals?

  7. I think that Harbaugh should’ve used the time outs remaining at the end of the game he over thought it and bit him, but I also think that Roman has to call a better game plan through out the whole game not just a couple qtrs.Whitner which love his aggression, has been a liability on pass plays, if they re-sign him, maybe on passing down they bring in a coverage safety or even a CB that plays the ball better in the air than him.

    Go 9ers!!!

    1. There’s other high ranking Generals on the sideline with him that could have strongly suggested taking a timeout. I wouldn’t put it all on Harbaugh, but ultimately, the buck stops with him as the head coach….

  8. Even in the off-season, Over Reaction Monday! LOL! I’m referring to all the bloviating about Michael Sam coming out. Some dude actually said he’ll go undrafted because of it. Not.

    1. Distraction with media is the only issue I see dropping him because of it. Maybe he goes to Buffalo where the media is minimal. lol

    2. I think he may have even helped is draft status bit… teams can’t buy that sort of good publicity by being the team that drafted the first homosexual that came out and has established himself as somewhat of an embassador for the culture

      1. Good publicity? For what? Football teams are not in the business of employing ambassadors for the gay culture. That’s pretty silly. If the guy can play then draft him. If not, then don’t draft him. This entire discussion borders on idiotic.

        If you want an ambassador to get “good publicity” then draft someone who beat cancer, or helps kids, or is the smartest student athlete in the country. Improving someone draft stock because they are gay is imbecillic.

        1. Houston…

          Though your comments seem a bit brash I completely agree with you. I’m definately not a supporter of the culture. I was just stating my opinion of what I think the medias take will be on the topic. I think its a story that we will continually hear leading to the draft….

          100% agree with your last paragraph.

          1. Sorry if it came across too harshly. I could not possibly care less what this guys lifestyle is or what he does in his spare time. I’m sick of the media ramrodding these stories as if they actually matter in the least. If he can help the team win then draft him. If not, then don’t draft him. The media at all levels glorifies these guys who come out as gay as hero’s when they haven’t done anything remotely heroic. The guy stated a personal fact about himself. Big deal. I find the wall to wall coverage of this stupidity to be sickening. The media’s coverage of this is nothing more than aggressive political correctness run amok. There is a very strong likelihood this is a calculated move by this guy to gain notariety because he knew the media would celebrate his “bravery.” Perhaps he just wants a phone call from Obama. This is a total non-story that the media will blow out of proportion for the next few months. It’s truly idiotic.

          2. Agree again. I really am sick of getting this stuff force fed to us by the media. I’m all for the freedoms we have in this country from religion to lifestyles, but let us decide for ourselves.

            But yes this stuff needs to be kept seperate from the sport of football. Lets just play the game, its exciting enough as it is.

          3. Houston,

            I was agreeing with you until you said Sam hadn’t done anything heroic.

            Assuming he gets drafted and makes a roster, he is going to be the first openly gay football player in the NFL. He is going to take some heat for that. It’s likely to cost him money, at least until he proves he can play in the NFL, if he actually can. Certainly he knows that. It would be much easier for him to just follow the don’t ask, don’t tell model.

            Disclaimer about the next paragraph: I’m not saying Sam is going to face anything close to the garbage that Jackie Robinson faced, but …

            It’s the same kind of thing (watered down by a factor of 10, or 20, or more). Whether or not you want to recognize it, he’s doing a brave and good thing. How brave or good is another discussion, but I just don’t see how you can say Sam coming out didn’t take courage.

            You said all Sam did is bring to light something that is nothing more than a personal fact about himself. Are you saying there will be no reprecussions for Sam resulting from coming out?

            Yes, he stated a personal fact about himself, but he knew full well in doing so, he was going to bring a whole heap of other crap down on himself, along with simply making a personal fact about himself known.

            You talk about it as if he said that he likes pepsi over coke, or that he’s a vegetarian, or that he likes to go to rodeos, or any other mundane personal fact about himself. No, this was anything but that. He took a stand, he’s the first, and it was heroic. It remains to be seen how heroic, but it was heroic, nevertheless.

            Ironically, it would be nice if things were so that you’re correct in saying Sam’s coming out wasn’t heroic.

          4. It shouldn’t be anything heroic. The fact that it is able to generate such publicity and be labelled as heroic is a sad indictment on the current taboo attitude towards gay athletes in the NFL. But, because of the current attitudes it is a brave thing he has done. It takes these sorts of actions to change attitudes and perceptions.

          5. I totally disagree exgolfer. There is a perception that “coming out” is heroic because the media builds it up to make it heroic so they can get hits on websites and sell newspapers. The fact of the matter is that people are accepted all the time for whatever reason if they can play football and it doesn’t hurt their wallet in the least. In fact, this particular player has some personal history that confirms the fact that he would be accepted. He came out to his team in college before last years football season and he had no issues whatsoever. There is absolutely nothing heroic in discussing sexual orientation. If you know any former NFL players why don’t you ask them if they had any gay players on their team. I know several former NFL players and many of them knew they had gay players on their team and it was no big deal. No discussion was needed. Nobody cared. If you really want to see heroic, a player should come out as a Republican or an atheist and see how that is accepted in an NFL locker room. Sexual orientation is blown way out of proportion because of the politically correct society we live in.

          6. Houston:

            Matthew Shepard would like to tell you that your comments on this subject reek of willful ignorance, but he can’t because he’s, you know, dead.

            You are correct that there are plenty of places in this country where people can be open about their sexual orientation without repercussion, but let’s not pretend like that’s true for 100% of the country. There are still plenty of places and plenty of professions where a gay man would risk negative consequences if he didn’t hide his sexuality. That’s why there is a perception that, in certain situations, coming out is heroic. It’s not just a media creation.

            And while I am sure that there have been numerous gay players in the NFL before, and that their sexual orientation was known to some of their teammates, it can’t have escaped your notice that none of those players’ sexual orientation was known to the general public. Why do you think that is? If it’s no big deal, then why was it not until 2014 that any gay player felt comfortable/safe enough to let his sexuality be known? Chris Kluwe lost his job last year for merely advocating for gay rights; do you really think that a gay player should expect zero problems to arise from his coming out?

            Yes, the media may be going overboard in lauding Sam for his heroism, but I find the overuse of the term “heroic” less objectionable than the willfully ignorant claim that bigotry and intolerance towards gays doesn’t exist.

          7. Seriously, Claude? Comparing Sams to Shephard is idiotic bordering on imbecillic. Why not just compare Sams to Gandhi, or Martin Luther King, or Nathan Hale. Sams has been widely accepted at every stop and he will continue to be accepted. You can’t possibly use Matthew Shephard in your example and then say people aren’t comfortable coming out. Shephard lived an openly gay lifestyle on his college campus. Perhaps, just perhaps, people value their privacy and don’t come out because their sexuality is no one’s business but their own. The Chris Kluwe story is just another example of someone using an excuse to become a victim. Kluwe had competition and he was a pain the neck to those around him so they cut him. He can use his political advocacy as an excuse to get sympathy but the fact of the matter is that he was cut because they found someone better who was less of a disruption to the team. Obviously, this won’t sink in because you’ve bought into the politically correct cause du jour.

          8. Houston:

            That’s a nice straw man you set up there, but I never compared Michael Sam to Matthew Shepard. I mentioned Shepard to counter your blanket statement that announcing one’s sexual orientation is no big deal and to suggest that in some parts of this country, it can have negative consequences.

            I am sorry if I confused you. Perhaps I should have written, “Chris Culliver says you don’t know what you are talking about,” but I didn’t want to crap on a 49er.

            As for Chris Kluwe, your response ignores the comments made to him by his coaches prior to his being cut. It also ignores the fact that his gross and net average in 2012 exceeded that of his 2013 replacement. But don’t let a little thing like facts get in the way of your opinion.

            All in all, that was a nice dodge.

          9. A nice dodge is throwing out Mathew Shephard in your first sentence to make a point about Michael Sams and then denying you compared the 2. You don’t use Ellen Degeneres as an example or Rosie O’Donnel, or Neil Patrick Harris, or Rupert Everett. You go to the most extreme example of a grotesque murder to make some point about the bigotry faced by gays. Sexual orientation is absolutely no big deal. All of the stars who still enjoy thriving careers that I mentioned are proof of that fact. That you think sexual orientation is a big deal says more about you than anything. Do people face potential bias and prejudice if they come out? Sure do. So what? White people face bias and prejudice in certain places. Black people face bias and prejudice in certain places. Red headed people face bias and prejudice in certain places. Atheists face bias and prejudice in certain places. Christians face bias and prejudice in certain places. Jews face bias and prejudice in certain places. Being who you are is not heroic. Standing up for your beliefs in the face of tyranny and oppression is heroic. Living an openly gay lifestyle in America does not require courage or bravery. Gay people are widely accepted throughout all areas in our society.

          10. Houston:

            Gay people are widely accepted throughout all areas in our society.

            Not in professional sports they aren’t. Not in every part of the country they aren’t.

            You keep making ridiculous, willfully ignorant statements. Would you like a shovel to help you dig that hole?

          11. The only ignorance here is yours. This is your hangup and no one elses. Gay people are accepted in every facet of society including in sports. If you can’t accept that then shame on you.

            Are you seriously suggesting that NFL teams have not had gay players in the past that were known to teammates and widely accepted? Michael Sams is not the first gay player to be open with teammates. Michael Sams may be the first gay player to make an issue of it in a public forum for political reasons or some sort of ambition but he hasn’t broken any ground and he hasn’t acted heroically.

            http://deadspin.com/the-houston-oilers-had-two-mostly-openly-gay-players-1490007001

          12. Houston:

            The only ignorance here is yours. This is your hangup and no one elses. Gay people are accepted in every facet of society including in sports. If you can’t accept that then shame on you.

            Yeah, I’m the one with the hangup, not you, the guy complaining about the media agenda in giving too much positive attention to Sam. And if it’s just my hangup, then why are so many people talking about it right now? Oh, that’s right; it’s a big media creation.

            Your claim that gay people have been accepted in every facet of society is laughable, especially when it comes to sports. I’ll wait while you list all the openly gay players in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

            How about government? How many openly gay men are there in the Texas legislature? In the executive branch? On the bench? How about in any of the southern states? How many openly gay men have been elected to Congress from southern states or as governor in any state? Have there been any openly gay cabinet members in any administration? I’d say that you were engaging in wishful thinking, but somehow I doubt that universal acceptance of gays is high on your wish list. And that whole Defense of Marriage Act thing was just a goof, huh?

            Smh.

            Are you seriously suggesting that NFL teams have not had gay players in the past that were known to teammates and widely accepted?

            That’s not what I said. I said NFL teams have not had any openly gay players, i.e., players whose sexual orientation was a matter of public knowledge. Maybe you should try actually reading what I write before responding. It might stop you from looking foolish. Well, it might, but I doubt it.

            Michael Sams may be the first gay player to make an issue of it in a public forum for political reasons or some sort of ambition but he hasn’t broken any ground and he hasn’t acted heroically.

            I don’t suppose you have any basis for your assertion about Sam’s motivations, do you? Did you get that from the same source who told you that gays are universally accepted in every facet of American society?

          1. Lowell has a column on the PD today about Sam that sums things up fairly well, IMO. But since I’ve been focused on the draft I noted something, a shoe that has yet to drop. Yesterday some pundits were calling him a 4/5 Round talent, then others a 3rd, but they ALL were saying “should he drop it will be an indictment on the NFL” in typical media hyperbole; even LC mentioned it. So my take is that those throwing around draft position are mostly doing so casually and setting up the future for a big “You see?” false media moment later if he gets drafted after the third round. It prepares the ground for more stories later. Sigh.
            I will agree that it is bigger than just a Sports or NFL moment, it’s a cultural one; the networks and even PBS New Hour featured the story last night. As Scooter said, it needn’t be.
            Final thought: If SF drafts the guy, everybody everywhere will say:
            “Well,……yeah.” ; >)

        2. Houston your list of groups that still experience bias is absolutley the truth but i believe that gay people are the only ones left in the US who experience legal govermentally sanctioned bias. I think gay marriage is still illegal in something like 35 states and goverment benifits are still not available to legally married spouses in many states. so no offense intended in just not the same as other groups experiencing bias in this country. imho

      2. Wow Claude, does your ignorance and bigotry know no bounds? I see you conveniently ignored my link that shows gay players have been open with teammates in the past and it was no big deal. And then you throw in your hatred toward the South. Around here we call that geographic bigotry. In the South, gay people are accepted and yes elected to public office. I’ve had a family friend for nearly a dozen years that is openly gay and wildly popular. Look up Annise Parker. She is not the first gay politician to be elected here and she won’t be the last. It sounds like you think 90% of govt officials are gay but terrified of coming out. With each post you expose your ridiculous ignorance and bigotry so you should probably stop now.

        1. Houston,

          Firstly, what Claude said.

          Just because many/most on the coasts and metropolitan areas of the country accept gay people, doesn’t mean that acceptance extends to everyone.

          It’s great that you and circle include gays and lesbians, but if you’re going to try to tell me that there aren’t parts of Texas where your better off being quiet about being gay, you’re BSing the wrong guy. I’ve spent a lot of time in Texas and met a lot of people who are extremely anti-gay. Same with Florida and Georgia. Hell, it’s the same everywhere. It’s just like any other kind of bigotry. It may be fading, but it still exists.

          Just recently an openly gay theather critic was beaten on the streets of NY city for, wait for it, JUST BEING GAY. I’m sorry, but you just don’t hear about people being beaten because they are straight. Thankfully, you don’t hear as much about this kind of crime, but it’s still an issue.

          Secondly, yes I know several former NFL players and have met many others and they have a pretty different take on a gay player coming out than your friends.

          An openly gay player in the NFL may not be the issue now that it would’ve been twenty years ago, but it’s still an issue. Sam coming out will help it become less of an issue. So will the next gay player and the next after him. Until it finally really won’t be an issue any more. Won’t that be nice?

          1. exgolfer, you are wrong. claude is wrong. my personal experience in the South is that there is much less bigotry here than in most other places in the country. I believe its a generational effect where younger people are disgusted by the actions and beliefs of prior generations. BY FAR the most overtly racist place I’ve ever had the misfortune of visiting is Boston. It’s not close. You can claim metropolitan areas and the coasts are advanced but it’s simply not true.

            Yes I’m sure gay people face violence and discrimination just as black people do, white people do, Christians do, Jews do, etc. Bigotry exists and I’ve never denied that. It’s part of the human condition. I’m saying someone coming out as a football player is not heroic. The backlash any person would face for discriminating against or even criticizing Sams in public would be severe. Sams will enjoy full acceptance whether it’s forced on people or voluntary.

          2. @ claude,

            You said,
            “I said that that there are still places and professions in this country where gays aren’t widely accepted and that your continuing blanket denial of that fact was willful ignorance. It’s not that subtle a difference.”

            I said,
            “Do people face potential bias and prejudice if they come out? Sure do. So what? White people face bias and prejudice in certain places. Black people face bias and prejudice in certain places. Red headed people face bias and prejudice in certain places. Atheists face bias and prejudice in certain places. Christians face bias and prejudice in certain places. Jews face bias and prejudice in certain places.”

            and I said,
            “Yes I’m sure gay people face violence and discrimination just as black people do, white people do, Christians do, Jews do, etc. Bigotry exists and I’ve never denied that. It’s part of the human condition.”

            I directly addressed everything you wrote but you pulled your usual delta bravo move and ignored my arguments to fuel your hateful post. You are simply wrong so have a coke and a smile and just move along now.

        2. Houston:

          Again with the straw man. Your link wasn’t about gay NFL players coming out publicly. It was about a couple of players on one team 20 years ago whose sexuality was known to some of their teammates, but not to the general public. Did you notice that the article didn’t mention those players by name? That pretty much proves my point, don’t you thin pretty much proves my point.

          Did you even bother to read the Houston Chronicle piece? I doubt it because it contains this statement:

          In April, NBA center Jason Collins became the first active athlete in any of the four major pro sports to declare he was gay. Collins is a free agent and hasn’t played for a team since the 2013-14 season began. No NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL athlete has ever publicly declared being gay while playing for a team.

          But you’re right that Michael Sam hasn’t broken any new ground here; this is just a media creation. Smh.

          I also doubt that you read the Deadspin piece because it undermines your point. Here, let me help you:

          So there you go. Football players can be gay and function perfectly well within an NFL locker room. Now would someone mind telling the NFL? [links to story about how the NFL isn't ready for an openly gay player]

          As I noted yesterday, Chris Culliver agrees with me that you don’t know what you are talking about. So does Karlos Dansby. But the two guys you know wouldn’t have a problem with a gay teammate, so I guess that means no one will.

          Your ability to name only one openly gay elected official in the South proves my point pretty conclusively. Thanks for playing.

          Look, I’m tired of beating my head against the rock that is your refusal to admit that you don’t know what you are talking about. Keep telling yourself that gay people are accepted everywhere in America, particularly in the south and in NFL, but don’t expect me, or anyone who can read, to buy it.

          1. Poor Claude. You can’t see the forest for the trees. Don’t worry though. My sincere hope for you is that some day you will get over the bitterness and hatred and see that society isn’t all that evil. That the vast majority of people are generally reasonable and fair minded. I hope some day you’ll follow Michael Sams’ example and not let the bias and prejudice of the few hateful people become your problem. Let go of the rage and despair, claude. It will do your mental health some good.

          2. I never said that society was evil. I said that that there are still places and professions in this country where gays aren’t widely accepted and that your continuing blanket denial of that fact was willful ignorance. It’s not that subtle a difference.

            You keep responding to arguments that I didn’t make, which isn’t surprising since you have been unable to respond to the arguments that I actually made.

          3. Houston i agree with you in regards to people being generally fair minded and reasonable but in the case of how people perceive gays all reason goes out the window when it comes to organized religion. When you have a large sement of society saying who you choose to love makes you a pervert and that you will burn in hell for it ,it just not as simple an issue as you are trying to make it. imho

        3. Houston,

          When I mentioned metro areas being more accepting, I wasn’t excluding those in Texas, or anywhere in the south. You’re right about parts of Boston, btw. I’m not interested in which part of the country is more bigoted than another. My point was, and still is, Sam will bear a hardship as the consequence of coming out, and his coming out will benefit others. In my book, that’s heroic. As I said in my initial response, I don’t know how heroic sam’s coming out was, that remains be seen. But he is the first and if his actions lead others to feel they can live their lives openly, don’t you think that’s a good thing? If not, why not?

          1. Houston, my only point in mentioning my experiences in Texas and the south was in regponse to you implying that gays and lesbians are welcomed everywhere in Texas and south with open arms. I happen to know that’s not true, so I said so.

  9. Harbaugh is left with so many more questions than answers. Who are we as an offense is his biggest question.
    Power running team? Mmmm, not so much. Not consistently anyway. You guys jumped all over Grant when he mentioned the famous, “take away his one big run”. However Grant has a point. If you are averaging 2 yards a pop, that doesn’t help consistently move the chains. While the one big run is nice, it only helps that particular drive. Wilson gets to play more pressure free than Kaep because his run game nets more consistent yardage than ours. Is it Gore or is it the offensive line? If someone else gets half the reps next year that question should get answered.

    Vertical passing team? Not even close. We don’t even have a vertical threat at WR. Vernon is our only playmaker on offense. We are hurting so badly in this department that we require our QB to run even though we want him to become better in the pocket. See the hypocrisy?

    The conclusion that I’ve come to is that the 49ers have some dangerous pieces on offense. You have to look at what they do well and what they don’t do well AT THIS POINT. My opinion is that if Harbaugh needs to slightly shift his offensive philosophy. He needs to attack more especially early to avoid the close game. Harbaugh is never going to go away from the running attack. And that isn’t what I’m stating, but he is going to have to attack more.

    Grant made a good point in the interview. We got the turnover early in Seattle and we never took a shot at the end zone. Harbaugh basically told everone in that sequence that he was ok with taking a field goal. Throw a slant to VD, throw a corner fade but not to Crabtree, to V-Mac who is 6-5.

    Im getting away from my original point. We need to find an identity. Rocky had been boxing toe to toe as a SLUGGER with a losing record all his career. When Mickey got the rematch with Apolo he knew that to beat him, they had to switch tactics. He made Rocky chase chickens, get faster and he made him box instead of slug. I wish Mickey could talk to Harbaugh but unfortunately Mickey is dead. The solution to our problem is to get Harbaugh to watch Rocky 1, 2 and 3. Change the identity.

    1. I think it comes down to what i’ve mentioned before. If Harbs is all in on Kap than we need to start building this team around him. Like I’ve said it makes absolutely no sense to have a QB with one of strongest arm in the league and above average deep ball accuracy and pair him with one of the slowest receiving corps in the league. But I think they made an attempt to resolve this when they drafted AJ but were unsuccessful. Speed has to be the a focus for us. I think that’s the next step for this team. Everything else is in place, the run game is solid and hopefully can get better, we have a great possesion receiver in Crabs, a rare great deep threat at TE, and a solid o-line, we just need those key playmakers to make this offense take really take off.

      So i agree, its not a change in philosophy, its just some additions we need to make to truly make this team the best in football.

      Also I think Rocky IV was very under-rated, one of my favorites for sure.

      1. Like I’ve said it makes absolutely no sense to have a QB with one of strongest arm in the league and above average deep ball accuracy and pair him with one of the slowest receiving corps in the league.

        The problem is that those types of receivers are the ones that Kaep trusts the most.

        1. Because he options have been very limited with a speedy WR that can be trust worthy! AJ could not get open and kW did not workout!

    2. I wish Mickey could talk to Harbaugh but unfortunately Mickey is a fictional character.

      Fixed it for you.

      So, what you’re saying is that the key to beating Seattle isn’t to avoid making the killer turnovers, but to have Kaepernick chase chickens around the barn? That’s certainly a unique suggestion.

    3. True MW, as it should be. We all know Boldin has become one of the best possesion receivers in the leage. IMO Crabs has pretty much established himself as a glorified possession receiver. He’s kind of on the edge of a possession reveiver and a true #1. These are the guys Kap looks to in pressure situations because they have earned his trust by making the big time catches. However it still doesn’t take away from the fact that we are truly lacking deep threats in our WR corp. Adding some big time playmakers to this passing game would do wonders for our running game as well.

    4. What is it with birds around here?

      Losing to the Ravens and Seahawks in big games will do that to a fanbase.

  10. Finally was able to listen to this. Great interview Grant, although I do disagree on there not any good CB options past Dennard and Gilbert.

  11. I agree with mostly everything you said Grant. From the redone problems. To harbaugh being content for fg’s. BUT…… You are on drugs if you think Seattle would have come to sf and beat the Niners last year. 2 points or 20 doesn’t matter. In fact the 49ers were blown out the last two times they went up there and wasn’t in the nfccg. Meaningless. Seattle can’t win in SF either. No way they would have this year either.

    1. md ..
      that much is true …

      reminds me of the rivalry we used to have
      with the then L.A. Lambs ..

      Back in the Eric Dickerson / John Robinson days ..
      it seemed we split the two games most every year ..

      Now .. the biggest rivalry in the NFL is the Niners &
      SeaChickens …
      (and rest assured the NFL will milk it for every penny, too)

      and .. it seems, also, that even though the Niners have
      a bug-a-boo about playing in that acoustically engineered
      stadium .. The SeaChickens
      have the same bug-a-boo about the Stick ..

      I remember attending a game .. and .. Alex Smith
      (through out the loud boo-ing) …
      … actually beat the SeaChickens ..
      (no kidding !)

  12. Good interview Grant! I don’t agree on most of what you’ve said, but you sounded professional and stuck to your belief.

  13. Congrats on the interview Grant. As someone said earlier, you sounded very professional and well prepared.

  14. Grant,

    Really nice interview.
    Unfortunately, for the team, I am in agreement with your observations.
    As a side light Grant, you have grown, I’m one of the old guys, into top notch sports journalist .

  15. Anyone have any insight on any later round (4th-6th) wide receiver prospects that may be overlooked in this draft???

    I hear a lot of the top15 WR’s but not much after that… I know there’s always that late round pick that comes out of nowhere and makes an immediate impact.

    Did the formatting get worse? For some reason you can only reply to the original comment, also the side-windows at the top are blocking some of the comments.

      1. Pretty good prospect, Grant ..
        reminds me a little of Crabtree …
        but faster ..

        One thing he’s gotta realize, though ..

        If the Niners take him …

        He won’t be able to keep his number ..

          1. Teams played a lot of soft man to man with no safety help. Interesting to see how he does against press man. Did he go to the a Senior Bowl?

            1. He was invited but didn’t go because he was injured. Baylor wide receivers have a pretty good track record in the NFL the past few years.

    1. Brandon Coleman is projected as a 4-5 round pickup, but he’s classified as a lumbering raw project that should have stayed at Rutgers for another year. That could cause teams to pass on him until the sixth or seventh round where he would be a great steal. His NFL comparison is as good as A lshon Jeffery and as bad as Jon Baldwin with some including Josh Gordon in the comparisons.
      http://withthefirstpick.com/2014/02/02/2014-nfl-draft-scouting-report-brandon-coleman-wr-rutgers/

    1. Nothing really surprising in that article. I got all that info from reading the scouting reports and then watching their highlights.

    2. I find those stats very interesting. I like looking at the WR stats too. They don’t tell the whole story, but they can confirm some things you see on film.

      The really interesting one is Dennard. He was targeted far more often than I expected, but yet didn’t give up much. Clearly a lot of that was deep, and he did well defending the deep ball.

      Verrett also shows up well with such a low target ratio. QBs stayed away from him. When they did target him it was often in the intermediate area, and he had a pretty low completion %.

      Gilbert on the other hand has pretty damning stats. Might need to re-watch the film on him.

      1. I don’t think so Big. He lost his starting spot last season. He could be an option as a #3 WR though.

      1. That would be a waste of money. I’m telling you Jacoby Ford as our field stretcher. He can also do punt returns. He’s still young enough and has some experience behind him. He’s never had a QB like Kaep or a coach like Harb. Ford could flourish on this team.

        1. Jacoby Ford as the #4 WR, and kick/ punt returner I could possibly see. Jacoby Ford as Boldin’s replacement as you mentioned previously (i.e., the #2 WR) and 49ers are in big trouble. He’s fast. That’s what he brings. Not much else. The Raiders weren’t even suiting him up at the end of last season when he was healthy, and he isn’t healthy very often.

          If you are bringing in a guy as a #4 WR and kick/ punt returner why sign Ford when the draft is full of talented, speedy WRs? They are better of drafting Beckham, Cooks, Ellington or Herron.

          1. You guys misinterpreted what I said. I didn’t say Jacoby to take Boldin’s spot. I said, go with Boldin and Crabs, Ford and Patton. Draft Boldin’s replacement so that he can begin marinating on the bench for a year.

            I see Ford as a shiftier, faster, smarter and more athletic version of Kyle Williams.

        2. i’ve said it before, i really like the Ford idea and I don’t think its going out on a limb to say he’s likely on Baalke’s radar…. look at the WR acquisitions we’ve made since Baalke/Harbs combo Braylon, Moss, MM. Like Bay said he could definately take the top off a defense with that speed, plus he has solid game experience. Bring him on, along with a solid draft pick (1st-3rd round), preferrably another speed guy, then our line up for 2014 is Crabs/Boldin/Patton/Ford/Rookie… I’m not sure if i’m comfortable letting Boldin go though even with Ford.

          Plus with him doing returns we can go ahead and Cut/Trade LMJ and clear some cap.

          1. Now you got it…. Now here’s one that’s a bit out there and it’s all predicated on getting him on the cheap. If we release Dixon and LMJ, how about if we brought in McFadden. And the toughest move of all is, we need to cut ties with Gore. Not going to be a popular move, but ask yourself this. If Walsh were here, would Gore be on this team next year?
            As for McFadden, I think McFadden broke down because teams keyed on him, his offensive line was terrible and they tried making him a 20+ carry a game guy. If he gets 8-10 carries a game it could work.

    1. MWN,
      I don’t see anyone on this list who could be an upgrade for us with the exception of Ted Ginn Jr.

      There are some very good free agents (not on the above list) hitting the market this offseason that could come in and give us 1-2 productive seasons.

      RotoWorld recently put out a list of 2014 free agents that we could possibly dip into.

    1. If I was the 49ers I would be looking at a 2 year deal (potentially with an option for a 3rd) for Boldin, with the view of letting Crabtree go at the end of 2014. Boldin for mine can have a career in his mid-30s similar to Cris Carter. He’s that same type of physical and cerebral receiver that has never relied on speed anyway.

      Draft a guy high this year and let them compete with Patton for the 3rd and 4th receiver roles, and let them compete again in 2015 for the starting spot opposite Boldin.

        1. Thanx to you guys (and also Grant) ..
          I’ve had the opportunity
          to view youtubes of various WRs … and

          so far .. I’m really liking Jordan Matthews …

          (and I don’t care which round, either !)

        2. Well, I would prefer they take a WR first round, but that is based on my belief the big run on WRs that Grant is predicting won’t occur. There should be good value to be had at WR at the end of the first round. And as I’ve said previously, Beckham is the guy they should target.

          My theory is they should surround Kaep with quality targets to throw to this season. Give Kaep every chance to succeed.

          It’s going to be tough though given the salary cap situation. I’d much rather see Whitner brought back than rely on one of the rookie safeties this year. And they obviously need to do something at CB as well. Some guys are going to have to be restructured, and some guys will likely need to be let go.

          1. MidWest ..
            you may be right … but ..
            I’m thinkin’ positive !

            Scooter … at the risk of appearing lazy ..
            you wouldn’t happen to have
            a youtube handy .. would ya ?

          2. Scooter, I think the more pressing need is cornerback. Especially if they resign Boldin. Mr. Crabs, Boldin, Patton would be the starters. Draft a wide receiver in the second round for the future…..

  16. Finally got a chance to hear the podcast. Good interview. I hope The Game makes you a regular.

    - I disagree that Seattle has more talent. The 49ers have more aggregate talent, but Seattle has more talent at the key CB spot. The two best CBs have more value then the two best MLBs. A true shut-down CB (aided by recently relaxed holding enforcement) means Seattle can stack the box with the freed up Safety. Effectively a true “12th” man.

    - Also disagree Seattle would have beaten the 49ers if the NCFCG was at The Stick. The 49er running game would have been a bit better because the O-line could hear the snap countr. Not great, but good enough to eat a few first downs with that 10-0 lead. Seattle’s defense would have been playing their 3rd post season road game too.

    - I agree totally about the end of game brain freezes by the coaching staff and the red zone frustrations. Too many wasted time outs followed by mindless low percentage pass plays.

    BW recognized his own limitations during tense end of game moments. (Remember the Brian Sipe INT vs Oakland?) When Walsh left the Browns he expanded the play script (in part) to allow him to call better plays in crunch time.

    1. MidWest:

      F’ing Browns. Apparently, they aren’t content to shoot just themselves in the foot; they want to spread the pain around. What’s next, a rampant staph infection in the visitors’ locker room? Factory of Sadness indeed.

      1. Kabuki Theater on the shores of Lake Erie. Unbelievable. A bunch of young QB prospects are thinking: “Wuh-oh….”

      2. Hmmmm… New front office? Chaotic organization? AFC? Owns the #4 pick?

        Baalke: “Ray, ever go wine tasting? Come out to sleet free San Francisco and celebrate your new promotion. Oh that? No worries. Its our wine club registry. Just sign right here. Chateaux LaMichael St. James is an excellent vintage.”

  17. Ahh,I missed that, Why didn’t your dad mention it on his column? That’s what Dads are for. Heck,I would have hired a airplane banner..but I seem to always overdo things I’m told…

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