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Reasons Manning to 49ers doesn't work

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Reasons Manning to 49ers doesn't work

Here are some reasons why Peyton Manning cannot grant you your wish and become the next 49er quarterback, starting with the most obvious one of all.You cant buy everything you see in the store window, damn it. And if you could have one thing, wouldnt you rather have Larry Fitzgerald anyway?Thats the first problem with the Manning-as-a-49er scenario. It distracts their fans from the teams more obvious needs you know, the ones that kept them from winning the NFC Title Game.RELATED: Irsay cuts Manning loose after 14 seasons with Colts
And if you think the 49ers didnt win that game because of Alex Smith, youre nuts.But lets not rehash January again, as much fun as it might be for you. This is about the here and now, and why Manning isnt really as good an idea for the 49ers as you think it is.Manning is a gamble, and an expensive one at that. If he can come back from three neck surgeries at age 36 and be the quarterback he was at Indianapolis, swell. But theres no way to know that now, when the decision must be made, and if he cant make the comeback, or if hes less than he was at the height of his powers, then the 49ers have just Zitod their roster.RELATED: Peyton Manning career stats news
With all due respect to Barry Zito, who never ordered the Giants to shovel all that money at him, and has never mailed it in despite the struggles and abuse he has taken. He, in his own way, has been a pretty good servant of the club.Pardon the digression, but this is an important point. The 49ers cannot fast-forward this decision to August, when they would presumably have a good idea of what Manning could and couldnt do. They have to spend this money now, and on faith, in a sport where everyone gets hurt, and the older you are, the more easily hurt you become.And they cannot buy Mannings resume, which as weve said is of the highest quality. It is hard to make the case that he will be as he was at 31, because it cant be made. He was on a different team, with different skills and different coaching. This is a wildly different situation, in short; the 49ers are not as good at this moment as the Colts were in their heyday, so comparisons between then and now are essentially valueless.Next, Manning and Jim Harbaugh are both headstrong offensive minds, used to running their own shops. They could get along swimmingly; neither is completely inflexible.But Harbaugh got Alex Smith to trust him implicitly, while Manning, with more of a body of work behind him, is likelier to say, Thanks, but I prefer to trust me. Navigating that clash of shields will not be easy. It can be done if both men want to be pragmatists, and signing Manning to the kind of jack he will command will give him throw-weight Smith never had, but dont be fooled into thinking it will be an easy transition.There is also the danger, which cannot really be quantified, that Harbaugh, having bought into Smith as much as Smith bought into him, might look a bit disingenuous to other players if he were to chuck Smith after the season Smith gave him.It would hollow his words of belief in the quarterback nobody else believed in, and part of Harbaughs coaching gift is that he can get players to believe he will sell out for them. If he is seen to have sold Smith out instead, especially for the great unknown of Peyton Manning, his next selling job wont be so easy.On the list of reasons not to chase Manning, this last one is the least convincing, but it is a brick in the wall, and when youre talking about buying Peyton manning, every possibility must be considered and ranked accordingly.This isnt an easy call to be sure, because Manning is a pretty glittery prize. Between his age, injury history, the glitter that will have to go his way, and the timing in which the decision must be made however, the reasons not to have him are more compelling than the reasons to have him.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

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49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

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Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”