Tag Archives: Eli Manning

49ers-Giants matchups: Part IV – Willis, Bowman and Whitner vs. Bennett

The 49ers play the Giants on Sunday at Candlestick. In the meantime, I’ll break down a couple of key matchups per day. TE Martellus Bennett (6-6, 265 pounds) vs. Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner With Dashon Goldson and Chris Culliver taking away the deep passes, Eli Manning probably will have to throw short […]

49ers-Giants matchups: Part III – Culliver vs. Hixon and Randle

The 49ers play the Giants on Sunday at Candlestick. In the meantime, I’ll break down a couple of key matchups per day. CB Chris Culliver (6-0, 199 pounds, 4.36 40-yard dash) vs. WRs Domenik Hixon (6-2, 197, 4.39) and Rueben Randle (6-3, 208, 4.43). When the 49ers played the Giants Week 10 last season, Culliver […]

49ers-Giants matchups: Part II – Victor Cruz vs. Carlos Rogers

The 49ers play the Giants at Candlestick on Sunday. In the meantime, I’ll break down one key matchup a day. CB Carlos Rogers vs. WR Victor Cruz When the 49ers and Giants played last season, Rogers covered Cruz on almost every pass play. That’s because the Giants like to line up Cruz in the slot […]

Is Eli Manning the next Joe Cool? (Lowell column)

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat just posted my dad’s Tuesday column on the Super Bowl. Before the Super Bowl he asked if Tom Brady was as good as Joe Montana – the greatest quarterback of all time. Now, we know that he ain’t. So, in this column my dad asks a new question: Could Eli […]

Why the Niners would have beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl more easily than the Giants did

Here’s my other Super Bowl XLVI observation: The Niners would have beaten the Patriots more easily than the Giants did. Here’s why: First, the defense would have held Brady and the Pats’ offense to fewer than 17 points. They’re better than the Giants defense. They would have shut down BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, the […]

Cosell clarifies

Greg Cosell expanded on his NFC championship commentary Thursday morning on KNBR’s The Murph and Mac Show. Here’s what he said. Q: For everyone who didn’t read your blog, tell us your evaluation of the game. COSELL: “Let me just start with this: It was 49ers football. They played true to their character. It’s a […]

Harbaugh says Alex Smith is a Pro Bowler and the Niners’ long-term QB. Really??

SANTA CLARA — Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said about Alex Smith during his Tuesday press conference. Read it, and then I have a few questions for you below. Q: The turnover differential – is that something you’ve harped on with Alex Smith since day one? HARBAUGH: “Well, coached it. And Alex has a great understanding. […]

Carlos Rogers on his hands: “I didn’t have surgery done to them.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Carlos Rogers said this morning at his locker. You should know that he was wearing an Adidas track suit, a diamond necklace, and a watch with a diamond bezel. Q: Your first pick – did the Giants run the same play as they had run the play before? ROGERS: (Laughs) […]

Vic Fangio sizes up the Giants offense

SANTA CLARA – Here is the transcript of Vic Fangio’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers. How good of a test is this Giants offense in terms of evaluating your entire defense? “It’ll be a great test because the one thing about the Giants offense that I think you can say, it strikes you […]

Carlos Rogers on Eli Manning: “He’s calmed down.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s the transcript of Carlos Rogers Wednesday Q&A. Q: What have you seen from Eli Manning this year? ROGERS: Just more poise in the pocket. I think he’s calmed down and got a lot of control of the offense. It also helps when the younger guys know the offense and know what […]