Edwards: 49ers offense 'not near what we can be'


Edwards: 49ers offense 'not near what we can be'

LANDOVER, Md. -- Receiver Braylon Edwards sustained a left shoulder injury and was led off to get X-rays after the 49ers' 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins.He was bruised, but otherwise fine.But that meant he was late arriving back at his locker. When he began getting dressed, he was the only player in the room. Edwards chatted with Sgt. Dontae Skywalker, third relief commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, as he was getting dressed.Then, Edwards began talking football until he was told that coach Jim Harbaugh had already left the locker room, and he might want to hurry up to catch the bus to the airport.

Edwards caught the bus, all right. Before that, he caught two passes for 30 yards.On a third-and-4 in the fourth quarter, he gathered in a slant from quarterback Alex Smith that went for 24 yards. Toward the end of the run, he appeared to seek out DeAngelo Hall to deliver a hit to the pursuing Redskins cornerback.A wide receiver who usually tries to avoid contact appeared to go out of his way to strike Hall."It had nothing to do with it being DeAngelo Hall or anything like that," Edwards said. "I just assessed the situation. I knew that he's fast and he probably would've caught up to me. And I saw the safety coming over the top. So I didn't think I was going to get into the end zone. I knew I had the first down, so I thought, 'Let me try to inflict some punishment on somebody and see what happens after that.'"That wasn't a personal vendetta against him. It was just anybody who was there. I thought, 'Inflict pain as opposed to letting him pull me down.' " Edwards is part of the 49ers' "regular" personnel group. But the 49ers used a lot of different combinations, as Edwards, Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn and Kyle Williams were kept on their toes throughout the game as they rotated more than ever."I'd like to see us be more consistent in that, but it's something that is new," Edwards said. "I'm finally back. It's my second game back. Kyle Williams is coming along well for us. We got Ted. We got Crab, who's making plays. You can tell his foot really doesn't bother him any more because he's out there making plays."We just got to keep it going, be more consistent. I think it's something that can be special for us. We can hurt some teams with it." Edwards was asked to compare the success he experienced with the New York Jets, as opposed to what's going on with the 49ers now. He said the 49ers have room to get significantly better, as opposed to the Jets."The Jets, we were already at our potential," Edwards said. "We'd already reached our peak. We had everything in place. We had run the offense for a couple of plays, and we were at our peak. If we'd lost a game, it was because we didn't come to play that game, or we got outplayed or out-coached."We're in a situation right now where we're 7-1 and we haven't yet begun to touch the surface of what we can do."Edwards said there are a lot of moving parts with the 49ers that provides the coaching staff with a lot of options and a lot of playmakers to incorporate in the game plan.
"So now we get consistent and we get better week to week," Edwards said. "Now you're talking about being unstoppable because our defense is pretty much our cornerstone right now. We're banking on the defense and we're getting better as an offense."We're not near what we can be."

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'


Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”