1. Bill Walsh Lives on
During his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh filmed almost every one of his meetings and practices. Most of the tapes ended up in the possession of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Jim Harbaugh has his own collection of copies after he requested the tapes be returned to the franchise in 2011. They now serve as a tool for Harbaugh's coaching staff. The tapes show a precise, confident and caring professor of the game, one whose dedication to the details was surpassed only by his compassion and concern for the players who carried out his strategy.
“What in the hell difference is there (among NFL teams),” Walsh told his reigning Super Bowl championship team in July of 1985, “There are some with the same athletic ability, unfortunately for us, but that’s the case. We take pride in our great quarterbacks, there are great ones around the league. The critical difference has to be how we play as a unit, how we work together. That’s the difference between us and everyone else.” From MMQB.com: Bill Walsh’s Coaching Tapes: An Enduring Genius
- Here’s a classic picture of Walsh that hangs in the Bill Walsh Conference room at 49ers headquarters.
General manager Trent Baalke is at the forefront of a redshirting trend in the NFL, rolling the dice on drafting players still rehabbing from injuries. Baalke admits that he has these plans in mind on draft day. “To answer the question, yes, it is a conscious decision we made to do that,” he told NFL.com.
- An in-depth look at the 49ers draft day moves shows Baalke’s strategy, which was influenced in part by Bill Parcells.
3. No Dice for Rice
Jerry Rice Jr. was not offered a spot on the 49ers 90-man roster after taking part in a three-day tryout during rookie minicamp. The 49ers did, however, sign two familiar names: Oakland, Calif. native
- Watch 49ers rookie minicamp, remixed.
4. #QuillPen Signings Continue
Yesterday was wide receiver
5. Around the League
Nothing official from Cowboys, but league sources say Sean Lee told MRI confirms torn ACL in left knee and expected to miss 2014 season— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 28, 2014
Key “problem” for #Chiefs/Smith: There is no 2nd-tier QB market. It’s franchise QB or… not. Why he’s pushing to be paid like a top-tier QB— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 28, 2014
Gronkowski feeling upbeat, but not ready for OTAs http://t.co/6IuFQdqSyB— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 28, 2014