Davis: 49ers, Smith should agree to part ways


Davis: 49ers, Smith should agree to part ways

April 8, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe new 49ers' radio analyst does not envision calling quarterback Alex Smith's name throughout his inaugural season in the broadcast booth.Eric Davis, who was hired this week to replace popular Gary Plummer on the 49ers' radio network, was often critical of Smith's play while appearing regularly last season on Comcast SportsNet's 49ers programming.Davis played the first six of his 13 NFL seasons with the 49ers. He was named to two Pro Bowls and was a starter on the 49ers' Super Bowl-winning team of 1994. Now that he is back working for the 49ers, Davis has not changed his opinion or softened his stance.He said he believes the 49ers and Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, would be best-served if the union ends after six seasons."I don't see all the parties involved saying, 'This is the best situation,'" Davis said. "Jed (York), Trent (Baalke), Jim (Harbaugh) and Alex to all have to say, 'Let's give this one more shot.'"Is Alex capable of coming out and having good games? Sure. But with all the baggage, after three bad passes or two bad series, the crowd is going to go ballistic."Davis said he understands why new coach Jim Harbaugh would want to fully evaluate Smith and express a desire for the 49ers to re-sign him while the team had a sole-negotiating rights. After all, Alex Smith and Troy Smith were the only quarterbacks the 49ers could sign to an extension prior to March 3. David Carr is the only quarterback the 49ers have under contract for 2011.
Harbaugh repeatedly praised Alex Smith. Meanwhile, the 49ers did not submit a contract tender to four-year veteran Troy Smith, an obvious sign the 49ers have no intention of bringing him back.One of the advantages of re-signing Smith would've been to have him under contract before the 49ers could add players from outside the organization. Free-agent signings and trades will not be allowed until the labor dispute is settled. The first opportunity teams will likely have to add players will be the draft, scheduled for April 28-30.Davis points out that Smith's supporters often cite the constant flux he was forced to endure during his first six seasons with the 49ers. But, if Smith re-signed, he would have more dramatic changes without a full offseason program to get acclimated.
"Again, it's not 'like' or 'dislike,' there's too much baggage," Davis said. "People have complained that he hasn't had continuity. Why would that change this year? He'd have a different head coach, a different quarterbacks coach, a different coordinator, and a new offense. And this is going to be year he's going to succeed?"And how will Davis approach his job as an analyst if Smith returns to the 49ers for a seventh season?"I have nothing against Alex," Davis said. "This has to do with performance. What I'm going to do is evaluate the performance."

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’


LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.