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Jerry Jones continues to push The Whopper Too Big To Die

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Jerry Jones continues to push The Whopper Too Big To Die

Jerry Jones is being noticed today for exhuming that old 18-game regular season corpse, and you had to figure the Dallas Cowboys owner would pop up at some point since being muzzled about the National Anthem and his own ludicrous inconsistencies on that topic.
 
But here he is, The Man Who Cannot Keep Still, telling the Dallas Morning News’ Tim Cowlishaw and Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan that not only is an 18-game regular season and two-game preseason the best way to make more money but the best way to keep players safer.
 
The first, of course, is indisputable. Practice games stink so much that even coaches are investing less value in and use from them. But the idea that more of an unhealthy practice is safer than less of an unhealthy practice is a level of true-isn’t-true that could only be passed off by a top-level BS artist or a politician.
 
“I can make the case that we have an uptick in concussions in the preseason,'” he told Cowlishaw. “If you look at it, I would contend there would be less exposure” because of a shorter training camp.
 
The radio show, though, caused him to be even bolder in expressing his highly-valued medical opinion.
 
“I think candidly it's probably physically better for players than it is to have the longer preseason, the longer practicing," he said. "Our studies show that we actually have a ramped-up injury situation with players during preseason as opposed to the injury factor in the regular season.”

He did admit that it is “debatable” as to whether there is more of a health risk, but went on to say, “I think it's defensible, and really I did present it on the basis that it's something I think it does, and that's create a safer game for the players.”
 
Well, let’s get to the point here, which is that he’s preposterously wrong (and in fairness, he is carrying some public water for commissioner Roger Goodell, who also whinges on command about training camp/regular season game ratios on an annual basis). The only rational affect of preseason games on injuries is that they happen in meaningless games and more often to players whom the teams regard as expendable (read: cheap and/or not part of the grand plan). It is at best a false economy, at worse a poorly-told fib.
 
Put another way, when a football owner with Jones’ record for blowhardery says something is A, it is not only B, but might indeed be C, with a side of F.
 
Except in this one aspect:
 
“It would provide more than $1 billion to the players. It's certainly worth considering. It would direct more value for what the players expend to the players.”
 
Yes, the money. Always the money. But even here, he didn’t mention how much it would bring to the owners, which safely can be estimated as a hell of a lot more than $ billion, and unlike money to players, the owners’ share is guaranteed.
 
In short, Jones is firing off the annual end-of-training-camp training-camp-must-be-curtailed screed, and given that the CBA talks start in only three years’ time, an equally traditional bartering ploy.
 
Now if he wants to get in line with coaches like Bill Belichick, who values practices with other teams over than games, or Sean McVay, who didn’t bother to point most of his offensive players to the game-day field in preseason, then maybe we’d bite. If he wanted to make the case that two practice games and 16 regular season games was safer and more logical, we wouldn’t be leaning so aggressively into this bucket right here.
 
But since Jerry was, is, and will always be about the short money, he will trot out the longer regular season pony to cavort with the shorter training camp dog. And by saying it would be safer as well as more lucrative, he is now showing his natural propensity for telling the whopper too big to die.
 
You have to give the man his due, though. No other owner would gnaw through his muzzle and bark louder about something that doesn’t exist. It’s a gift. Just not one anyone would ever want to open wth any hope of there being something useful therein.

Deebo Samuel pleas for 49ers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

Deebo Samuel pleas for 49ers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders in free agency

Before the 49ers had officially lost Super Bowl LIV to the hands of the Chiefs, tight end George Kittle was already preaching they'd be back next year.

But it didn't stop with him.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who enters free agency, was part of a play that could have possibly been a game-changer for San Francisco. It was an overthrow by Jimmy Garoppolo in the fourth quarter. Sanders was already upset about it when approached by the media following the loss, but his teammates want him back. Especially pass-catcher Deebo Samuel.

Sanders was open about his love for the team that had just barely missed the championship and spoken out about those second-guessing him due to his age. 

Manny, 32, laughed at the fact that he was "flying past 23-year-olds," and exhorted that he still has plenty of good years left in him.

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He did, however, embrace the youth the other wide receivers brought to the team. Whether it was music-related or not, he liked the loose vibes of the locker room and assisted the younger players in prepping for the big moments of the Super Bowl. 

Deebo noticed that and knows he wants that back for the team's quest for another Super Bowl next season. 

Jeff Wilson Jr. explains why 49ers' running backs are egoless, tight knit

Jeff Wilson Jr. explains why 49ers' running backs are egoless, tight knit

The 49ers found the perfect answer for a running back by committee approach in 2019. There wasn't one star in the rotation, yet they had the second-most rushing yards in the NFL with 2,305. 

They all have the same thing in common: At one point or another, each of San Francisco's running backs have been counted out. They all have an underdog's mentality. And yet, they're all extremely unselfish. 

"In our room, if you check our pasts, all of us have a similar background," 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. said Wednesday morning to Steve Wyche on NFL Network's "NFL All Access." "We all come from an undrafted past where we had to take the back road. And all that helps us because we know what each other's going through. If one person's going through it, then one person's been through it.

"And for me, I'm just now entering into it. All those guys have been through the same similar situations, so we feed off each other. I feel like that alone has helped our bond to become stronger." 

Wilson went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft. Raheem Mostert, the 49ers' leading rusher, went undrafted in the 2015 draft. Same goes with Matt Breida in 2017. 

Tevin Coleman (third round in 2015) and Jerick McKinnon (third round in 2014) were the only running backs in the 49ers' film room who once were drafted. McKinnon has missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, but Wilson still mentioned him among the group. 

Wilson played in 10 regular-season games in 2019 and rushed for only 105 yards, however, he scored four rushing touchdowns, good for third on the team. He also scored one receiving touchdown, and had a 20-yard reception in the 49ers' Super Bowl LIV loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

[RELATED: 49ers have solid running backs, but group lacks something]

While Wilson is a part of a deep running back group, he's using a message from Mostert to stay motivated. Mostert took him to breakfast when Wilson first joined the 49ers and told his younger teammate, "It's gonna be a long road. You just gotta keep your head down and know what you're capable of on the inside and never let nobody deter you from that, and you'll be fine."

That seems to be the message throughout the 49ers' running backs. So far, the perseverance has paid off for this group.