Steve Young

Steve Young: 'The biggest thing' for Jimmy Garoppolo...

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Steve Young: 'The biggest thing' for Jimmy Garoppolo...

Last Thursday, Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the 49ers.

Hours before the news broke, Steve Young was asked about San Francisco's franchise quarterback.

"There's nothing to say but positive," Young said on KNBR 680. "So you just have six months to talk positive, build it up ... the biggest thing -- he saw what greatness looks like. He knows what the threshold is.

"When you play that way and prepare that way, you perform that way. You get it."

When Young mentions "greatness," he's referring specifically to Tom Brady.

Garoppolo -- a second round pick (62nd overall) in 2014 -- played sparingly his first two seasons with New England.

But in 2016, he was thrust into action when Brady was suspended to open the season.

Although he made just two starts for the Patriots, Garoppolo was around one of the best to ever do it on a daily basis.

"That's a huge piece of the puzzle," Young added. "A lot of guys are good players, even great players, but they don't know how good you got to be."

Let Steve Young's brilliant Monday Night Football idea come true

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Let Steve Young's brilliant Monday Night Football idea come true

Steve Young recently told KNBR’s Tom Tolbert that he still wasn’t interested in replacing new Raiders coach Jon Gruden in the Monday Night Football analyst’s chair – “still,” as in he’s been approached before and declined, for the only legitimate dodge left on the books -- family reasons.
 
“I cannot take a job where you disappear for four days a week for five months,” Young said, later adding, “If I could do it from my backyard, sure, I’d do it.”
 
And therein lies an idea – a brilliant idea, if I do steal and say so myself.
 
Let Young do the games from his backyard. Put a camera back there and let him work from a lounge chair beside what I imagine is a pool. He should have a beer and snacks at hand, and his kids should be allowed to run in front of him and make noise like they would normally, because that’s how most of us watch the games. Maybe he can bring the neighbors over for a little ‘cue, as long as they don’t F-bomb through his pregame chat with Sean McDonough.
 
After all, these are not grand secrets he will be imparting. He is not going to be able to articulate the secrets of the bubble screen or the two-deep zone any more cleverly than any other analyst – he will just sound more agreeable and less cartoonish doing it. And if the payment for that sense of informality is him in a Tommy Bahama shirt, cargo shorts, flip-flops and a frothy IPA, well, what’s the harm.
 
I mean, it’s not like he would be torpedoing ratings momentum. This has been another year of diminishing viewership for the NFL, which continues to struggle with the “F” in its acronym – football. Catches aren’t catches, fumbles aren’t fumbles, holds aren’t holds, first down measurements need office supplies, and nobody can explain why the overseer on the Planet Replay is no better at getting calls right than the guys on the ground.
 
So why not Young lounging in his backyard? Or his garage? Or the hardware store? Or the local tavern? If McDonough needs company in the booth, there is a vast wildlife preserve of ex-players roaming the hills and flats just waiting to share insipid tales of jet sweeps and momentum shifts while Young sits working the business end of a pina colada and providing the big picture the sport is so weak at providing. Frankly, I'm stupefied that it hasn't been done already.
 
This has been A Tramp’s View Inside The Television Garbage Fire, and I will happily accept the standard consultants fee when this is universally adapted. 

Have Lynch, Shanahan reached out to Steve Young? 'The great news...'

Have Lynch, Shanahan reached out to Steve Young? 'The great news...'

On Feb. 9, the 49ers introduced general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Last Friday, Steve Young was asked if Lynch and Shanahan have reached out to him.

"Yes," Young answered point blank on KNBR 680. "The great news, and people say, 'that's self-serving,' but I really truly don't believe it is. We have a history, maybe Top 4 organizations with a history like this in the league. And we are now gonna try and use all of that to inspire the guys on the field today. That's a smart thing to do.

"Those guys are cousins to the original 20 years. John understands it because he was in Denver. Kyle understands it ... so they know what it's supposed to feel like. They know what it's supposed to look like, and I think they have completely embraced it. John especially has just said the first thing these players are gonna hear about it is what we used to be like; what the standard is."

Young -- a 49ers legend who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 -- discusses the state of the 49ers on a virtual week-to-week basis during the season.

He is extremely passionate about the organization and hasn't been afraid to voice his disappointment with the past couple of years.

The 1994 Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP believes the 49ers have the right man leading the franchise into the future.

"I really admire John as a human being, as a leader, as somebody who's going to be very open, transparent," Young explained. "The truth is, we got a culture now that's gonna feed excellence. Now you gotta have great players, but at some point they gotta put that locker room back together, where they have that five to seven to nine to ten great leaders in the locker room.

"And then it doesn't matter what play you call, doesn't matter what defense you run, you're gonna play well."