Gannon: Harbaugh says Randy Moss 'our best receiver'


Gannon: Harbaugh says Randy Moss 'our best receiver'

The Randy Moss gamble is already starting to pay off.According to Rich Gannon, Moss is trying to be a leaderand set a good example for Michael Crabtree and the 49ers other youngreceivers.On the field, Moss has impressed head coach Jim Harbaugh aswell.(Harbaugh) said, This offseason hes been incredible,Gannon said while hosting The SiriusXM Blitz show. He said, Hes our bestreceiver right now.RELATED: 'Randy freakin' Moss' impresses Harbaugh, teammates
Although 49ers fans may need to see some proof on the field,thats a promising sign that Moss may have regained some of the skills anddrive that led him to six Pro Bowl appearances.Gannon and Harbaugh have had a relationship since Harbaughwas an offensive assistant with the Raiders in 2002. Gannon won the AP NFL MVPaward that year as Oaklandsquarterback.Equally important for a player with the history Moss has,Gannon said Moss has bought in to what Harbaugh wants him to do.When (Harbaugh) first sat down with Randy, he talked abouthis past, Gannon said. He just really laid it on the line, what theexpectations were, how they practice, how they prepare, what the meetings aregoing to be like and really what they are expecting from Randy.At the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh andsaid, Coach, what do you want me to do? What can I do for you? And Jim lookedat him and said, You know what, for starters Id like you to sit in the frontrow of my meetings.Moss has complied with that request, Gannon said, sitting inthe front row for every team meeting, even taking notes. By doing so, Moss hasset a trend for the 49ers wide receivers.(Harbaugh) said, By doing that, its brought guys like (Michael)Crabtree, who would hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys,now theyre sitting up front with Randy Moss, Gannon said. They dont havethe hoodies on anymore. Theyre alert. Theyre paying attention.Randy is trying to do the right things. Randy is trying tobe a leader. Hes trying to set a good example for these young players.Gannon said this team-first attitude of Moss is a sign thathe recognizes what Harbaugh needs him to do and what hell get out of that inreturn.It gets back to what the expectations are. Jim Harbaugh,not a ton of rules, but what the expectations are for a pro like Randy, Gannonsaid. Im here to help you. We can get you back to playing like you did acouple of years ago. You can be a huge addition for our offense. You can helpus in the vertical passing game.This is a contract between two people. Heres what Imgoing to do for you. Heres what you need to do for me. And so far Randy Mosshas bought in.In the seasons that Moss has bought in to what his coacheswanted him to do, he has been one of the NFLs best wide receivers. Moss brokeJerry Rices record for touchdown receptions in a season in his first year withthe New England Patriots, catching 23 touchdown passes in 2007. He has averagedmore than 80 receiving yards per game in six of his 13 NFL seasons.Moss hasnt done so, however, since 2007.

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.”