Source: NFL owners' approval of Raiders to SF would set bad precedent


Source: NFL owners' approval of Raiders to SF would set bad precedent

If NFL owners vote to approve San Francisco as a one-season home for the Raiders against the league’s bylaws and the 49ers’ objections, it could set a bad precedent, according to NFL sources with knowledge of the matter.

While the 49ers do not have final say on whether the Raiders can play in the San Francisco Giants’ stadium, the 49ers’ preference -- and unwillingness to waive their territorial rights -- is likely to carry significant weight, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wanted the Raiders to play in San Francisco for one season while the Raiders’ stadium in Las Vegas is completed, he could take it to a vote of the league’s owners to override the 49ers' desire to block the move. Goodell would not have a vote in the matter.

Due to a special provision in the bylaws, the typical two-thirds vote of NFL owners does not apply, a source said.. A unanimous vote of the 30 other owners would be required against the 49ers – or in support of the Raiders – in order to clear the path for the Raiders to play at Oracle Park, formerly known as AT&T Park, for the 2019 regular season.

The seven teams scheduled to play regular-season road games against the Raiders might be reluctant to approve a move to a venue in which both teams would be situated on the same sideline, one source said. The football configuration at Oracle Park consists of a shared sideline.

A potential deal between the Giants and the Raiders is not dead, a source familiar with discussions told Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

But if NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move into San Francisco, it could set a precedent for future moves of franchises into markets already claimed by other NFL teams, sources said. Complicating matters for the approval of the Raiders’ preferred move to San Francisco is the presence of two other viable NFL stadiums in the Bay Area.

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The 49ers and Raiders have previously discussed sharing Levi’s Stadium for one season, according to sources. The 49ers remain open to the possibility of the Raiders playing one season in Santa Clara. Also, the Oakland Coliseum remains an option, though Raiders owner Mark Davis has vowed not to return to Oakland due to the city’s lawsuit against the Raiders, alleging antitrust violations and breach of contract.

San Francisco mayor London Breed spoke out Tuesday against the possibility of the Raiders playing one season at the Giants’ ballpark. The mayor expressed concerns about the additional congestion the Raiders would bring to the area, which is already impacted by the Giants, the Warriors arena, set to open next season, and ongoing construction.

How Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense impressed Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2018


How Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense impressed Packers' Aaron Rodgers in 2018

The 49ers lost to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season, but they did win an admirer. 

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told NBC Sports' Chris Simms at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe last week that he was very impressed by Kyle Shanahan's playcalling.

"The stuff they did against us this year ... was unbelievable," Rodgers told Simms on a recent episode of "Unbuttoned" released this week. "You watch on the sidelines going, 'that's pretty cool.'"

San Francisco was without starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo after he tore his ACL in Week 3, but nearly outlasted the Packers in a 33-30 shootout in a cold Monday night matchup on Oct. 15. The 49ers led 30-23 with 13:08 remaining, but Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers Things and marched the Packers 58 yards and 81 yards, respectively, on two scoring drives sandwiched by a costly C.J. Beathard interception. It was one of the team's most prolific games all season, as the 49ers combined for their fifth-highest total yards (401) and their third-most points of the season. 

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The Packers will travel to Levi's Stadium in Week 12 on Nov. 24, and the rematch could contain more fireworks on offense. Rodgers mentioned Shanahan, Simms' former teammate at the University of Texas-Austin and his longtime friend, after discussing his excitement playing in new coach Matt LaFleur's offensive scheme. LaFleur, who is replacing Mike McCarthy, coached with Shanahan in Washington and with the Atlanta Falcons, and LaFleur's brother Mike is the 49ers' wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. 

If Garoppolo's healthy and LaFleur and Rodgers click on the opposing sideline, another high-scoring classic could be in the cards. 

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

There are a litany of great head coaches in the NFL today, but few are both as universally beloved by colleagues and as overlooked by fans and media members as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The former Falcons offensive coordinator has fought an uphill battle since taking over prior to the 2017 season -- and has a 10-22 record to show for it. 

Colin Cowherd was recently discussing the NFL.com head coach rankings that were released yesterday, and he strongly disagreed with one particular selection.

"Shanahan, has a doppelganger in this league, it's called Belichick," Cowherd said. Bill Belichick is easily the most well-renowned head coach in the NFL and just came off of his sixth Super Bowl victory in February.

"Kyle Shanahan has an incredible career as a coordinator," the host of The Herd on FS1 explained. "Everywhere he's gone, He made Matt Schaub a pro bowler, he made Matt Ryan an MVP. Then he leaves, the teams aren't the same and the quarterbacks aren't the same. "

Cowherd pointed out some data on just how much better the 49ers have been with Jimmy Garoppolo on the field than when he's been off, but closed out his analysis with a strong take.

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"In two years, he will be a top-six coach."

With Shanahan and general manager John Lynch each having four years remaining on their contracts, 49ers fans can rest easy knowing they've got a very highly regarded head coach pacing the sidelines each week. The regular season opens Sept. 8 when San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers.