How Hoyer rebounded from early disaster vs Rams: 'If you let it linger...'

How Hoyer rebounded from early disaster vs Rams: 'If you let it linger...'

SANTA CLARA – Coming off the worst back-to-back starts of his NFL career, Brian Hoyer’s last game could not have started any worse.

His interception on an ill-advised pass intended for Marquise Goodwin brought audible groans and a few boos from the crowd at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers have no other legitimate option. Rookie C.J. Beathard won the backup job over Matt Barkley to open the regular season, but Hoyer is clearly the team’s better quarterback.

Hoyer rebounded from the early disaster, which helped provide the Los Angeles with a 7-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game. He completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception the rest of the way in the 49ers’ 41-39 loss last Thursday night.

“I’m always going to play as hard as I can until the game’s over,” Hoyer said on Wednesday, as the 49ers prepare for Sunday’s game at the Arizona Cardinals.

“That’s the one thing is if you let it kind of linger and keep going it could affect the way you play. I think for me the biggest thing was obviously that first play didn’t go the way I wanted it to, but you come over, shake it off and go to the next play.”

Still, that does not mean he pushed his first-play mistake completely out of his mind. During a break in the a little later in the game, Hoyer said he approached Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and gave a back-handed compliment to the man who intercepted his game-opening pass.

“I went up to Nickell and said, ‘Hey, man, good guess,’” Hoyer said. “You know what I mean? It’s the first play of the game. We’ve got our fastest guy going in motion and he (Robey-Coleman) didn’t move. So good play by him. The only thing I could’ve done is just thrown it in the stands. So he made a good play and you just move on to the next one. That’s really all you can do.”

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.”