NFL QB Power Rankings Week 6: Figuring out top spot is a Brees


NFL QB Power Rankings Week 6: Figuring out top spot is a Brees

The game is constantly changing, which is apparent by the fact that five of the top eight quarterbacks all-time in passing yards are active and each has multiple years remaining.

Drew Brees eclipsed Peyton Manning to become the all-time leader with more than 72,000 yards passing. Tom Brady (No. 4), Eli Manning (sixth), Ben Roethlisberger (seventh) and Philip Rivers (eighth) also rank ahead of John Elway, who is ninth on the passing list.

But, right now, the only list that matters is this one. Here’s our Week 6 NFL Quarterback Power Rankings:

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans: In recognition of being ranked No. 1 this week, we hereby award Mr. Brees a flimy paper certificate that will rip in half if his son sneezes while in the same room. (Last week: 1)
2. Tom Brady, New England: Brees breaks a record and Brady privately fumes. (2)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: The Packers should never lose to Detroit. Oh, brother, the 49ers are going to pay the price on Monday night. (3)
4. Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers: In games involving Bay Area QBs, Rivers has more victories than either of the Santa Clara or Oaktown guys. (5)
5. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City: According to Andy Reid, he sounds like a frog. True, maybe. But the guy is a prince in K.C. (6)
6. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams: All attention is on the Rams until LeBron’s games count for real. (4)
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle: The Legion of Boom turns into the Legion of One. (8)
8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: He absorbed six sacks and 11 hits against the Steelers to give Tampa Bay a blueprint for this week. (9)
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota: Was he worth the money? Have you seen Case Keenum lately? (11)
10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit: Yep, the same team that granted the 49ers their only victory is in the thick of things in the NFC North. (10)
11. Alex Smith, Washington: He’ll never lose a game. He’ll never win one, either. (7)
12. Cam Newton, Carolina: He struggled against the Giants but proved to be the best-blocking QB in the business when he leveled Vikings’ 272-pound Kareem Martin. (12)
13. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia: In his first three starts after returning from ACL surgery, he become the first player in Eagles history to complete 65 percent of his passes for 250 yards and one or fewer interception in three consecutive games. (15)
14. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati: The Bengals were flexed to Sunday night on Oct. 21 to replace the 49ers because of Dalton’s star power. And, maybe, Mahomes had a little do with it, too. (13)
15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: Big Ben finally dials up Antonio Brown for 101 yards and two TDs, and the Steelers are still hanging around while Le’Veon Bell remains MIA. (14)
16. Deshaun Watson, Houston: Returning from last year’s injury, Watson is tempting fate as he has been hit 55 times and sacked 18 times in five games. (16)
17. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants: A controversy surrounding Odell Beckham, Eli Manning and Lil Wayne. Is there anything more New York than that? (17)
18. DEREK CARR, RAIDERS: Not that there’s ever a good time to throw an interception in the end zone, but a first-and-goal-from-the-1 situation certainly qualifies as a horrendous decision. (18)
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore: By the end of the season, maybe there will be no shame in losing to the Browns. But, right now, there’s still shame. (19)
20. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: Among those who have thrown 100 or more passes, Luck and rookie Josh Allen bring up the bottom with a measly 6.1 yards per pass attempt. (22)
21. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago: In the bye week, we continue to fixate on his six-TD performance and what the future holds. (20)
22. Dak Prescott, Dallas: It’s never a good sign for the QB when his coach appears to be the most likely for an in-season firing. (24)
23. Ryan Tannehill, Miami: If he keeps feasting on inferior competition, people will look past his failings against good teams . . . for a while. (25)
24. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland: He’s giving the Browns no reason to regret that No. 1 overall pick. (28)
25. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville: He might be the only person capable of stopping the Jags from a Super Bowl. (21)
26. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay: Coming off the bye week, he better show something or folks are going to cry for Fitz. (26)
27. Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets: Showing some promise, but not even close to being there. (30)
28. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee: Hmmm. . . it’s hard to believe Chip Kelly did not groom a top-notch NFL QB. (23)
29. Case Keenum, Denver: He’s proving weekly that the Vikings made a wise decision. (29)
30. C.J. BEATHARD, 49ERS: Forget the number of passing yards, his job is simple -- take care of the dang football. (27)
31. Josh Rosen, Arizona: Here’s a piece of advice . . . do not stop completing passes even if your first throw goes for 75 yards and a TD. (31)
32. Josh Allen, Buffalo: If quarterback victories are a thing, does he really get credit for that 82-yard performance in win vs. Tennessee? (32)

49ers assistant coach copes with tragic Paradise fire


49ers assistant coach copes with tragic Paradise fire

Shane Wallen was along with his dad on a torturous drive out of Paradise, down the Skyway toward Chico.

His father, Bob Wallen, was in his car with the family pets. Shane Wallen was 200 miles away at the 49ers facility in Santa Clara, where he serves as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach.

They were together on the phone.

“He was telling me what he saw,” Shane Wallen said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“He was watching 15 to 20 homes burn right in front of him, businesses, structures, all being burned right in front of him. He’s sitting there saying there’s 10- to 15-foot flames on both sides of the Skyway, and he’s driving right through the middle of it.”

His boss, 49ers strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, told Shane Wallen if he had to leave to help his family, he should not even think twice about it. And last Thursday evening, just hours after the fire ripped through Paradise, Wallen left the Bay Area to return to his home area.

Tight end George Kittle gave his old bed to Wallen, who strapped it onto his truck to deliver to his dad.

The town of Paradise was decimated in the Camp Fire. As of Thursday morning, there have been 56 confirmed deaths with 297 people still missing. The fire has destroyed 140,000 acres with 40-percent containment.

There have been 8,650 residences and 260 commercial buildings destroyed. Wallen’s father’s house was burned to the ground, leaving just a chimney standing. He was one of more than 50,000 people in Paradise and surrounding areas to be evacuated.

Wallen considers Chico and Paradise his hometowns. He split time as he was growing up between his mom's place in Chico and his father's home of the past 20 years. His mother passed away on July 4, 2012, from cancer.

After arriving the area on Thursday evening, Shane Wallen said he met a pregnant woman and her boyfriend, as well as a family with children, sleeping in their cars in a Walmart parking lot in Chico.

Hotels were completely booked and shelters were full. He said he plans to continue to supply blankets, clothing, whatever is needed to lend any assistance.

Wallen returned to the Chico area during the 49ers’ bye week. On Wednesday, he was taken on a tour of the devastation of the Paradise area.

“Moving forward, that’s the same plan I’m going to have when I go back, is to try to help anyone and everyone I can,” Wallen said.

Wallen started a GoFundMe fundraiser to assist those impacted by the fire with a goal of raising $50,000.

How running back Matt Breida became 49ers' best surprise in 2018

How running back Matt Breida became 49ers' best surprise in 2018

Editor’s note: The 49ers break for the bye week with a 2-8 record. This is part of a series that recaps the first 10 games with an eye to the future. In this installment, we look at the team’s best surprise.

Running back Matt Breida came to the 49ers immediately following the 2017 draft almost as an afterthought.

The 49ers recruited him, and he signed with the club as an undrafted rookie with the enticement of a $5,000 signing bonus.

The 49ers wanted him. But at the time, they wanted a running back from Utah named Joe Williams a lot more. The 49ers invested a fourth-round draft pick in Williams.

As the 49ers take a step back during their bye week, Williams’ NFL career already appears to be over. Meanwhile, Breida has been the 49ers’ best surprise through 10 games as the team’s starting running back.

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Breida is the NFL's seventh-leading rusher with 632 yards and three touchdowns. His 5.6-yard average is better than any of the other running backs ahead of him on the list.

Breida has also shown improvement as a pass-catcher with 15 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

“He's worked on it a lot,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Breida's worked on everything.”

Breida was the 49ers’ No. 2 back last season behind Carlos Hyde. His role for this season was in question when the club signed Jerick McKinnon as a free agent.

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McKinnon and Raheem Mostert were assured of being suited up on game days, with Mostert serving as the third running back and a core special-teams contributor. That would have left a question whether Breida or Alfred Morris would have been active to open the season.

After McKinnon sustained a season-ending knee injury a week before the season opener, Morris got the first start of the season. Then, Breida took over. Despite dealing with shoulder, knee and ankle injuries, Breida has made every start for the past nine games.

“He worked a lot in this offseason so he could be ready for those opportunities,” Shanahan said of Breida.

In a season that has gone nowhere near up to expectations, the 49ers can enter next season feeling good about the possibilities on offense with a healthy McKinnon and a proven player with Breida as options – on the field, together.

Shanahan was asked this week if he can envision certain offensive packages with McKinnon and Breida in the backfield to pose the threat of more speed, creating dilemmas for opposing defenses.

“I envisioned it this year, so that won't change next year,” Shanahan said.